Video overview

The S1R has the least powerful video specifications of the three S-series cameras, but it's still pretty capable when compared to any of its immediate high-res peers.

Key takeaways

  • 4K video comes from pixel-binning
  • 1080 capture at up to 180 fps, output as 50 or 60p footage
  • Video footage looks good, particularly in full-frame 4K mode
  • Autofocus isn't confidence inspiring but face detection does a reasonable job
  • No HLG option (meaning no 10-bit capability)

The S1R can shoot 4K video for up to 15 minutes. It can also shoot 1080p video at 180 fps or 120 fps, which is then played-back at 30p to give 1/6th and 1/4th slow-motion, respectively. You can also get 1/2 speed slow-motion 4K from 60 fps and 48fps capture, slowed to 30p and 24p.

Resolution Frame Rate Bit Rare Chroma Audio Compresion
3840 x 2160 60p 150 Mbps 4:2:0 8-bit Linear PCM
30p / 24p 100 Mbps AAC
1920 x 1080 60p 28 Mbps
30p 20 Mbps

The S1R can shoot 4K video at up to 60p but, unlike the S1, has to pixel-bin to do so. It can shoot 4K footage from a slight crop of its full-frame region, or from a Super 35/APS-C cropped region or from a native 3840 x 2160 pixel region. As always, the smaller the crop you use, the worse the noise performance is likely to be and the harder it will be to find a lens that will offer wide-angle capability.

The S1R can shoot 4K video from three different crops of the sensor.

Like other high-end Panasonic cameras, you can choose whether the camera uses the full 0-255 values available in its 8-bit files. You can also set it to only use the values 16-255, to produce broadcast-safe footage that won't unpleasantly clip to black.

In terms of operation, the S1R matches the S1, giving plenty of control over which of the cameras settings are carried across from stills shooting and which ones remain distinct. This is very useful if you plan to switch back and forth between stills and video shooting.

Video Quality

There's not much of a difference between the camera's 60p and 24p performance, but the APS-C footage is notably sharper than the full-frame version. The pixel for pixel footage is somewhere between the two, in terms of quality.

The 1080 footage taken from the full width of the sensor and shows a good level of detail. The APS-C version is less impressive, with much more obvious aliasing.

While the full-frame 4K footage isn't great, it's still better than the Nikon Z7 can do. The difference is even greater in APS-C mode. So the S1R is capable of impressive footage in APS-C mode, but the full frame footage of the S1 can more readily use the full width of the lens and should offer a significant noise advantage.