Panasonic's first full-frame mirrorless has garnered the attention of professional video and shooting, thanks to its peak of class-leading features. The Lumix G-series has been a company favorite with multiple users since its launch in 2008, and hopes for the Lumix S1 are very good. The S1 is built on this solid foundation and adds to the benefits of a much larger digital sensor and the installation of new lenses, done in collaboration with the two biggest names in the optical field. But the Panasonic S1 is more than just an improved mirrorless camera. Here are five reasons why we consider this camera really special.
Record uncut 4K videos
Panasonic S1 in video mode offers a choice of HD (1920x1080p) resolution at 24fps, 25fps, 50fps or 60fps, or 4K (3840x2160p) at 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, 50fps or 60fps. Most digital cameras that offer 4K resolution video crop the image to do so, leading to a narrower screen. Although S1 can shoot in this cropped APS-C format, S1 can also shoot in 4K oversampling at 30 fps, which uses a full sensor and thus a wide-lens display. There is also a high-speed mode, which shoots at 180 fps in HD to give the effect of slow motion. Those who want more than their video can afford a firmware update, which adds 10-bit capture, gamma registration, waveform display, and the ability to load lookup tables.
Can capture 96 million pixel images
The S1 has a 24 million pixel sensor, which can only make very detailed images good enough to hang on a wall or in a gallery. But put the camera in a special high resolution mode and it will produce 96MP images. This is done by taking a series of photos and combining them on the camera, using sensor change technology. It is designed for inanimate landscapes and subjects, where you will not have movement on the scene, and must be carried with a tripod to reduce camera shake. This offers switchable motion correction to perfect any alignment.
It is in camera stabilization
Like the Lumix G series, S1 has a 5-axis dual sensor stabilization system in the body. This provides active stabilization to combat camera shake at approximately 5.5 stop, use an unstable lens. This system can also be combined with a new OIS lens to create a Dual IS 2 system. Together, they provide up to six stops of image stabilization, allowing you to take sharp images even in very low light conditions. If you want to see how hard the system is working, the Image Stabilizer Status Scope shows your movements on the screen in a still image.
It has the highest resolution viewfinder
The electronic viewfinder has come a long way for years, but S1 has taken it to a new level. With 5.76 million dots and a refresh rate of 120 frames per second, this is the highest resolution electronic viewfinder on the market. The result is more vivid image viewing, with the added benefit of accurate preview of the final image and all overlapping shooting information. The viewfinder also has an eye sensor to allow the camera to enter sleep mode when you remove it from your eyes, and large round lenses for added comfort.
Images can also be previewed and reviewed using the 3.2-inch 2.1 million large dot rear LCD screen. It is mounted on a three-axis stand, allowing it to be tilted both vertically and horizontally so that it can be easily viewed in portrait or landscape orientation.
It has a new special lens mount
To get the best performance from the new S1 full-frame sensor, Panasonic has developed a new lens mount in collaboration with Leica and Sigma. There are currently four Panasonic L mount lenses, including the S Pro 50mm f / prime lens. 1.4, standard multipurpose zoom S 24-105mm f / 4, telephoto S Pro 70-200mm f / 4 and S Pro 24 -70mm f / 2.8 standard zoom There is also a 70-200mm f / 2.8 telephoto lens and 16- wide-angle 35mm f / 4 to launch in 2019, but this is just the beginning. Panasonic plans to have more than 11L mount the lens by the end of 2020, and there are over 18 compatible Leica lenses, and 17 Sigma lenses will be available soon.
Panasonic has released a new scheme to allow photographers to borrow Lumix S-series cameras and full-frame lenses for a free trial. Professional and serious amateurs can try the Lumix S gear for two weeks to cover a particular project or just to enjoy the opportunity to see what they can do.