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Panasonic Launches New LUMIX S Series Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras LUMIX S1R and LUMIX S1
After our show-stopping announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic is now proud to introduce the full specifications of its long-awaited first full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, the LUMIX S1R and S1, with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. The new cameras are based on the L-Mount standard, which boasts a well-balanced, large inner diameter and compact dimensions for a flange focus to realize optimum size and performance as a mirrorless camera system.
The LUMIX S Series aims for unprecedented image quality with high resolution, rich gradation and superior color reproduction. A high-speed, high-precision AF system based on advanced control technology over the lens, the sensor, and the new Venus Engine enable the user to capture the target in sharp focus without fail. The LUMIX S Series also boasts industry-leading video recording performance (4K 60p/50p*¹), intuitive control, a rugged design for heavy field use, durability, and expandability.
The LUMIX S1R integrates a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm), which gives it the industry’s highest level of resolution in the full-frame mirrorless cameras*², to pursue the ultimate power of expression. In addition to the precise reproduction capability in detail, this sensor achieves a high S/N ratio by taking advantage of its high light-condensing efficiency despite the large number of pixels. The LUMIX S1R features a High Resolution mode for the first time as a mirrorless full-frame camera to enable 187-megapixel ultra-high precision photo shooting.
The LUMIX S1 comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6mm x 23.8mm) that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent performance at high sensitivity in addition to a natural yet sharp image description thanks to sufficient light condensation per pixel. The LUMIX S1 supports professional use in videography by taking advantage of the stunning expression performance that a full-frame camera can offer. It records smooth 4K 60p/50p*¹ video and enables full-pixel readout of signals in 4K 30p/25p*¹ to save truly beautiful footage. Furthermore, the LUMIX S1 will comply with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p*¹ internal video recording and 4K 60p/50p*¹ HDMI output as well as V-Log, with a software upgrade key (to be sold separately) following soon in 2019.
Panasonic’s advanced Contrast AF system with DFD technology has evolved through the development of numerous mirrorless cameras to make the AF system of the LUMIX S1R/S1 even more practical. It achieves not only the industry’s fastest level of focusing speed but also a tracking performance that is made possible by the adoption of Advanced AI Technology that accurately recognizes moving target subjects. The LUMIX S1R/S1 incorporates a Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) to effectively compensate for the hand-shake movement. Combining the Body I.S.(5-axis) and the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) in the LUMIX S Series lenses, the Dual I.S. 2*³ boasts even more powerful compensates for virtually any types of blur. Equipped with a high-resolution Real View Finder, triaxial tilt rear monitor and high performance shutter unit with high durability, the rugged design LUMIX S1R/S1 provides the professional photographers with high reliability.
Drawing on the vast expertise of the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera and Sigma, various interchangeable lenses are available for the LUMIX S Series. On the other hand, the LUMIX PRO service*⁴ has also launched to support professional work globally.
As a pioneer of the Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, Panasonic has pursued innovations in technology under the vision of “Changing Photography”. Crystallizing all these digital and optical technologies, Panasonic is committed to introducing an unparalleled full-frame camera system without compromise for professional photographers and videographers.
*¹ PAL area only
*² As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019.
*³ 5-Axis Dual I.S.2 can be used with the lens S-R24105 and S-R70200 as of February 1, 2019.
*⁴ Service is not available in some countries.
LUMIX S1R - Unprecedented picture quality and high descriptive performance
A new 47.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers incredibly realistic detail. Focus and O.I.S. systems that capture each instant with stunning clarity. A body design that fluidly guides photographic intentions toward unforgettable images. With all these features and more, this full-frame mirrorless camera transports you to the world of passionate image creation.
A 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor gives the LUMIX S1R the industry’s highest level of resolution* to pursue the ultimate power of expression. This sensor adopts an aspherical lens for an on-chip micro lens to enhance light condensation. Optimally designed to concentrate more incoming light onto the photodiode, it features both high resolution and highly efficient light condensation performance. In addition to the precise reproduction of details, this sensor achieves a high S/N ratio. A massive amount of digital signals are processed by a new, high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine to render images with breathtaking description in both photo and video.
* As a Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019.
LUMIX S1 - Ultimate Hybrid. Fuel the Passion for Stills and Video.
The LUMIX S1 comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Providing ample light condensation per pixel, the LUMIX S1 boasts a wide dynamic range and reproduces sharp images with exceptional clarity. The new Venus Engine, which is exclusively tuned for the full-frame camera, and its Multipixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing, realize natural, high-resolution expression while suppressing colour moiré.
Three-dimensional Colour Control also improves the colour reproduction of both bright areas and shadows. Thanks to the high-performance sensor and engine, true-to-life images from low to high sensitivity are realized. The LUMIX S1 is an ideal camera especially in low-light situations with minimal noise even at the maximum ISO51200.
* Maximum 29 minutes 59 seconds in 4K 60p/50p until the SD Memory Card becomes full or the battery runs out. When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.
6-stop 5-axis Dual I.S. 2
The LUMIX S1R/S1 integrates the Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) with 5.5-stop compensation power.*¹ Combining the Body I.S. (5-axis) and the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) in the LUMIX S Series lenses, the 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 compensates for larger movements that were conventionally uncontrollable.*² It is highly beneficial for telephoto shots and adverse situations, such as in low light or with one-handed shooting with a 6-stop slower shutter speed.*³
High Resolution Mode – 187MP (S1R) / 96MP (S1)
High Resolution mode enables ultra-high precision photo shooting. Eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor using the Body I.S. mechanism and synthesized into a RAW image. This mode is ideal for taking natural landscapes or fine arts with delicate details. However, it can also be used in situations where moving subjects are included in the scene, by switching the sub mode.
HLG Photo Mode – New Style of Photo Expression
Panasonic's HLG Photo mode excels in the expression of lights, such as sparkling starlight or glaring sunlight.*⁴ It provides a wider dynamic range to reproduce light and shadows with more natural contrast. The HLG Photos can be produced as HSP files with compressed high-brightness signals.*⁵ Photographers can view those images on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG-compliant devices.
High-precision Shutter Unit
The new shutter unit offers a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second to capture fast moving subjects and to use a high-speed lens with a fully open aperture even outdoors. The external flash can be synchronized with the industry’s fastest shutter speed*⁶ of a maximum 1/320 second.*⁷
High-speed, High-precision AF of Approximately 0.08 sec
Panasonic has achieved a high-speed AF with its advanced control technology over major devices – lens, sensor and imaging engine. The lens and sensor communicate at a maximum 480 fps. Combining the Contrast AF with DFD technology, the LUMIX S1R/S1 realizes an ultra high-speed, high-precision AF of approximately 0.08 sec.*⁸
Low Light AF in -6EV Condition
As a camera that excels in low-light shooting, the LUMIX S1R/S1 boasts -6EV*⁹ luminance detection performance with Low Light AF thanks to the higher sensitivity and optimized tuning of the sensor.
Adoption of AI Technology
The LUMIX S1R/S1 also incorporates Advanced AI Technology that detects specific subjects – humans and fast-moving animals, including canidae, felidae and birds. The LUMIX S1R/S1 keeps tracking these subjects even when they turn their back to the camera.
Video Recording Performance
4K 60p/50p video recording is available in the LUMIX S1R/S1. Furthermore, the LUMIX S1 is capable of recording a full-pixel readout of signals and a crop factor of 1.0x in 30p/25p to save truly beautiful footage with no time limit*10 for both Full-HD and 4K 30p/25p, as well as HDR (High Dynamic Range) video recording. The LUMIX S1 will comply with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recording, 4K 60p/50p HDMI output and V-Log with a software upgrade key (to be sold separately).*¹¹
High Speed Video
The High Speed Video lets you record slow motion video in 4K (max. 60 fps / 50fps) and FHD (max. 180 fps / 150fps).
The Largest-in-class Real View Finder
The largest-in-class Real View Finder boasts the world’s highest 5,760k-dot resolution.*⁶ The 0.78x magnification ratio can be switched to 0.7x or 0.74x according to the shooting situation. Adoption of a high-speed, high-precision OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) for the LVF achieves smooth display at 60 fps / 120 fps (switchable) and high-speed response with minimum time lag of less than 0.005 sec as well as 10,000:1 high contrast for exceptional visibility.
Triaxial Tilt Rear Monitor and Status LCD
The 2,100K-dot high resolution monitor in 3:2 aspect ratio has adopted a triaxial tilt moving element to secure both durability and operational ease. It also has a touch control system. The LUMIX S1R/S1 includes a largest-in-class*⁶ Status LCD on the top, allowing users to check the settings at a glance.
Double Memory Card Slot
The Double Memory Card slot is compatible with SD Memory Cards (UHS-II) and XQD Memory Cards for high-speed, high-capacity, continuous data recording.*¹² It will also be compatible with CFexpress in the near future.
To be tough enough to withstand heavy field use, the main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame. Robust construction and a sealing for every joint, dial, and button make the LUMIX S1R/S1 not only dust resistant and splash resistant but also operates down to -10 degrees Centigrade.*¹³ The shutter unit is also durable for approximately 400,000 cycles.
*¹ Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm when S-X50 is used.]
*² 5-Axis Dual I.S.2 can be used with the lens S-R24105 and S-R70200 as of February 1, 2019.
*³ Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm when S-R70200 is used.]
*⁴ “HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)” is an international standard (ITU-R BT.2100) HDR format.
*⁵ “HSP” is an HDR picture format using HLG format video technology.
*⁶ As a Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019.
*⁷ The guide number decreases at 1/320 second. Only when set to M mode or S mode.
*⁸ 11EV, at wide-end with S-R24105 (CIPA) in LVF120 fps setting.
*⁹ At ISO 100, F1.4, AFS. 100% contrast target.
*¹⁰ Maximum 29 minutes 59 seconds in 4K 60p/50p until the SD Memory Card becomes full or the battery runs out. When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.
*¹¹ 50p and 25p recording only for 50Hz area.
*¹² XQD is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
*¹³ Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.