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The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R is the company's high-end, high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera. It uses a 47MP sensor and is built around the 'L' lens mount developed by Leica and now adopted by both Panasonic and Sigma.

The S1R shares a body with the 24 Megapixel S1, whose size and level of dedicated controls sets it apart from its other full-frame mirrorless rivals. The S1R boasts a very high resolution (5.7M-dot) viewfinder, top plate LCD panel, twin card slots and pro-level build-quality that promises to be weather resistant.

The S1R has a multi-shot high resolution mode, which delivers 187MP Raw files. In addition, it can shoot UHD 4K video at up to 60p. However, this video has a slight crop and is achieved by pixel-binning. Until the video-centric S1H sister model arrives, the less expensive S1 is the stronger video camera.

Panasonic Lumix S1R Key Specifications

  • 47MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF system
  • 5-axis in-body 'Dual IS' system
  • Fully weather-sealed
  • 187MP 'High Res' mode
  • 6 fps bursts with continuous AF
  • 5.76M-dot EVF
  • Dual-hinged 2.1M-dot touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K/60p video capture with 1.09x crop and pixel-binning
  • One XQD and one SD card slot
  • 360 shots/charge using LCD
  • USB charging, including from laptop/tablet chargers and portable power banks

The S1R has a list price of $3699. Alongside the camera, Panasonic announced 50mm F1.4, 24-105mm F4 and 70-200mm F4 lenses for the L system. They are priced at $2299, $1299 and $1699, respectively. There's also the option to use existing Leica's SL lenses, its APS-C 'TL' series and a range of Sigma's 'Art' lenses that it has announced for the L mount.

A battery grip (DMW-BGS1) is available for around $350.

What's new and how it compares

The S1R has a range of features, including a multi-shot high resolution mode, an HLG-compatible HDR mode and a 6K Photo system to grab stills from video footage.

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Body and handling

The S1R has a comparatively large body, which provides plenty of room for direct control points.

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Operation and control

In addition to the direct controls, the S1R has a revised menu system and user interface.

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Video specifications

The S1R is the least video centric of its S-series peers, but it's still capable of capturing some nice clips.

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Studio scene

The Panasonic S1R renders resolution well in its standard mode, but its eight-shot high-res mode extends this into medium format territory (for appropriate subject)

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Sample gallery

We've been shooting with the S1R in a variety of situations, to show what the Panasonic flagship can do.

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