The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 and S1R are the company's mid and high-end full frame mirrorless cameras: both of which are built around the L-mount developed by Leica and now supported by Sigma and Panasonic. Aside from resolution and video features, the two cameras are very similar to one another.

The Lumix S1 is a mid-level, image-stabilized 24MP camera capable of shooting at up to 9 frames per second. It can 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 images. A paid upgrade enables 10-bit V-Log shooting.

The Lumix S1R, meanwhile, is a higher-end, higher-resolution variant. It features a 47MP sensor which can also shoot at up to 9fps, and its multi-shot mode lets it generate 187MP files. The S1R can shoot video at up to 4K/60p with only a slight crop but it pixel bins, so footage will be less detailed than the S1's output.

Both cameras feature the highest-resolution electronic viewfinders on the market: 5.7M-dot OLED panels that run at 120Hz and promise 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
  • 96MP '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 (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

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 complete Lumix S system at launch

Alongside the cameras, Panasonic has announced 50mm F1.4, 24-105mm F4 and 70-200mm F4 lenses for the L system. They will cost $2299, $1299 and $1699, respectively. Both cameras will also be compatible with the existing Leica SL lenses as well as APS-C 'TL' glass.

A battery grip (DMW-BGS1) will also be available for around $350.


What's new and how it compares

The S1 and S1R inherit (and improve 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.

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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.

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Operation and controls

The S1 and S1R have redesigned menus, plenty of customizable controls and a cool 'image stabilization scope'.

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Is it right for you?

Find out what kinds of shooting the DC-S1 is best suited for.

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Shooting experience

Gothic streets and cured meats - check out DPR staffer Dan Bracaglia's experience of shooting the S1R at Panasonic's launch event in Barcelona.

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Image quality

The S1 competes with the likes of the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6 and Sony a7 III. See how its image quality stacks up.

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Autofocus

Video performance

The S1 can capture 4K/60p video with a 1.5x crop as well as oversampled 4K/30p footage.

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DMW-SFU2 video upgrade

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Conclusion

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Sample Galleries

Dan Bracaglia has been shooting with the S1 and S1R running firmware v0.7.

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