Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 review
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is the company's mid-level full-frame mirrorless camera, built around the L-mount developed by Leica and now supported by Sigma and Panasonic. It features an image-stabilized 24MP sensor and is capable of shooting at up to 9 frames per second. The S1 can also shoot 4K/60p video from an APS-C region of its sensor or oversampled 4K/30p from its full sensor width. A multi-shot high-res mode lets it create 96MP Raw files and a paid upgrade enables 10-bit V-Log shooting.
The S1, along its sibling the S1R, also features one of the highest-resolution electronic viewfinders on the market: a 5.7M-dot OLED panel that runs at 120Hz and promises very little lag.
Panasonic Lumix S1 Key Specifications
- 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF system
- 5-axis in-body 'Dual IS' system
- Fully weather-sealed
- Multi-shot 96MP 'High Res' mode
- 6 fps bursts with continuous AF
- 5.76M-dot electronic viewfinder
- Dual-hinged 2.1M-dot touchscreen LCD
- UHD 4K/60p video capture (1.5x crop); Oversampled 4K/30p with no crop
- 10-bit HLG built-in, optional 4:2:2 V-Log
- One XQD and one SD card slot
- 380 shots/charge using LCD
- USB charging, including from laptop/tablet chargers and portable power banks
|The complete Lumix S system at launch|
The S1, with its large, magnesium alloy body, is being pitched at a higher price than the 24MP models from Nikon and Sony, with a list price of $2499.
Alongside the S1 and its higher-resolution sibling, the S1R, Panasonic also announced 50mm F1.4, 24-105mm F4 and 70-200mm F4 lenses for the L system. They're priced at $2299, $1299 and $1699, respectively. Both cameras are also compatible with existing Leica SL lenses as well as APS-C 'TL' glass.
A battery grip (DMW-BGS1) is available for around $350.
What's new and how it compares
The S1 inherits (and improves upon) many of the features from Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds cameras, while adding new full-frame sensors, a High Res mode, HLG photos and more.
Body and handling
The S1/S1R have rugged bodies which can hold their own in the elements. The cameras have an incredibly high resolution EVF as well as a dual axis LCD.
Operation and controls
The S1 and S1R have redesigned menus, plenty of customizable controls and a cool 'image stabilization scope'.
Is it right for you?
Find out what kinds of shooting the Lumix DC-S1 is best suited for.
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DMW-SFU2 video upgrade
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