FULL-FRAME WITHOUT COMPROMISE
Unveiled at Photokina 2018, a new chapter of LUMIX history has begun.
Panasonic Unveils Its First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera System
The New LUMIX S Series
Panasonic Corporation has developed two models of its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX S1R and the S1. These models are equipped with the world's first *¹ 4K 60p/50p video recording function and the Dual I.S. image stabilization system. As part of the LUMIX S series, Panasonic aims to release them on the global market early 2019.
For 100 years since its founding, Panasonic has strived to help realize better lives for customers around the world by responding to their needs. Working on the concept of creating a new photo culture in the digital era with digital cameras, in 2008 Panasonic released the LUMIX G1, the world's first *² Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Over the ten years since then, Panasonic has continued to lead the industry with product innovations, such as the world's first*³ camera supporting 4K video recording, and cameras equipped with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization) system, combining stabilization both inside the camera unit and the lens.
In recent years, as telecommunications lines increase in speed while sharing of video via social media gains in popularity, more and more people are enjoying a hybrid of photos and videos, widening the range of expression in the production of contents. A new type of camera is needed for this new field that goes beyond the boundaries of photos and videos.
Against this background, Panasonic adopted the concept of ‘Fuel the Photographers' creative vision’ to develop a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a strong focus on the expressive capabilities for both photos and videos. The company will bring these cameras to market as part of the LUMIX S series, striving to provide "specialized value" to customers desiring higher expressiveness. The cameras have the user-friendliness and robustness essential as tools for photography or videography by professionals, while also incorporating an entire array of Panasonic technology refined over a century in the consumer electronics business and ten years developing Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras: digital technology like image or signal processing, plus optical and heat dispersion technology and more. The combination of these will provide customers with new value for photography and videography.
The key features of the newly developed cameras, the LUMIX S1R and the S1, are as follows.
Panasonic will also expand its lineup of LUMIX S series compatible lenses, developing more than ten by 2020, including a 50 mm/F1.4 single focal length lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.
For the LUMIX G series of Micro Four Thirds Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic has started developing a LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25 mm F1.7 lens that will achieve the world's first *⁵ zoom with maximum aperture of F1.7 for the entire range. On top of this, the support services for professional photographers, which started in Japan in April last year, will be available in Europe and the United States this year.
The LUMIX GH5, G9, and GH5S high-end Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras that Panasonic has steadily released since 2017 have already gained a solid reputation among professionals and high-level amateurs across the world for the quality of their pictures and ability to capture the vitality and beauty of life. This success owes to Panasonic's world-first *⁶ support for 4K 60p/50p video recording, and the world's fastest autofocus *⁷ function using the company's proprietary DFD(Depth From Defocus) technology. Panasonic will continue to provide new value to customers through the unique features of the compact yet high-definition LUMIX G series, while also reaching the professional market through the introduction of the full-frame LUMIX S series and the greater reach of the company ’s support system. Through these measures, Panasonic will help to create a new culture of photography and videography.
Prototypes of the new cameras and lenses introduced above will be exhibited at Photokina 2018. *⁸
*¹. World's first support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Regarding the inclusion of the Dual I.S. image stabilization system, this is for a full-frame Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of September 25, 2018 when announced in Germany, according to Panasonic data.
*². For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of September 12, 2008, according to Panasonic data.
*³. The GH4 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera capable of 4K video (as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of February 7, 2014), and the GX8 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with Dual I.S. onboard (as a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera, as of July 16, 2015), according to Panasonic data.
*⁴. “The L-Mount Alliance: a strategic cooperation between Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma”(announced on September 25, 2018 in Germany)
*⁵. For an interchangeable lens for use with a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of September 25, 2018 when announced in Germany, according to Panasonic data.
*⁶. As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. As of January 4, 2017, according to Panasonic data.
*⁷. For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of November 8, 2017, according to Panasonic data.
*⁸. Photokina is a leading exhibition for the photographic and imaging industries (to be held through September 26 to September 29 in 2018, at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany).
• Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
• SUMMILUX and L-Mount are registered trademarks of Leica Camera AG.
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The New LUMIX S Series
1. Newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor (approx. 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)
2. World's first*¹ support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
3. World's first*¹ full-frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization)
4. Double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards
5. Rugged triaxial tilt LCD
6. L-Mount compatibility with lenses from Leica Camera*² and Sigma*²
*1 As of September 25, 2018
*2 "The L-Mount Alliance: a strategic cooperation between Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma"(announced on September 25, 2018 in Germany)
Following an announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic will unveil additional key features of the new LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless camera at CES 2019. The LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses will be available from the end of March 2019.*
*Availability date may vary depending on the sales area
A Whole New Style of Photo Expression
High Dynamic Range Still Photo – HLG Photo Mode
HLG Photo allows images to be shot with a wider dynamic range. Rich, precise color expression as close as possible to visual memory is enabled by reproducing both glaring lights and dark shadows that were likely to be overexposed or underexposed. HLG Photos are produced as an HSP file. The user can playback these vibrant images on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG-compliant devices. It is also ideal for photo presentations by photographers.
Stunning Details with a Realistic Sensation
High Resolution Mode
Taking advantage of the Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) mechanism, 8 consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor. These 8 images are synthesized into a single image by the new Venus Engine, which boasts high-speed signal processing. Precise details are faithfully reproduced to be saved as a beautiful, highly realistic image. This mode is ideal for taking natural landscapes or fine art objects with delicate details. Considering situations where moving subjects are included in the scene, sub options are available to suppress motion blur, so photographers can use this mode just like when they shoot in a normal photo shooting mode.
Welcome to a new world of possibilities: the L-Mount, developed by Leica Camera, marks the start of a new era of creative freedom. Never before has one lens mount standard allowed for an almost limitless array of options in combining different interchangeable lenses with cameras featuring different sensor formats.
Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma are set to offer a user-friendly solution that will allow photographers to ‘mix and match’ any of the three manufacturers’ APS-C and full-frame cameras with any lens from each other’s product portfolios. Regardless of which combination you might choose: virtually all functional and qualitative characteristics of each respective system will be fully retained. The L-Mount thereby opens up an almost limitless spectrum of new creative possibilities.
• The L-Mount Logo mark is a trademark or registered trademark of Leica Camera.
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