Panasonic launches LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras

Panasonic launches LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras
Published: 3 February 2019 - 8:16 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

After the development announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic has now introduced the full specifications of its first 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 large inner diameter and compact dimensions for a flange focus to realise optimum size and performance as a mirrorless camera system.

The LUMIX S Series aims for image quality with high resolution, rich gradation and superior colour 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. The LUMIX S Series boasts video recording performance at 4K 60p/50p, and a rugged design for heavy field use.

The 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm) without LPF (Low Pass Filter), provides the industry’s highest level of resolution in the full-frame mirrorless cameras according to Panasonic. Despite the large number of pixels, Panasoinic says the sensor achieves a high S/N ratio by taking advantage of its high light-condensing efficiency, thus allowing precise reproduction capability.

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 has a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6mm x 23.8mm) and supports professional use in videography with 4K 60p/50p video recording and full-pixel readout of signals in 4K 30p/25p. The LUMIX S1 comply with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recording and 4K 60p/50p HDMI output as well as V-Log, with a software upgrade key (to be sold separately) following soon in 2019.

“As a pioneer of the Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, Panasonic has pursued innovations in technology under the vision of ‘Changing Photography’. This further strengthens our position at the forefront of the industry. 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. This will help them thrive further, and more importantly, inspire, engage and empower more people through innovative imagery,” commented Hitesh Ojha, Deputy General Manager – Audio Video Department, PMMAF.

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. Panasonic claims this achieves not only the industry’s fastest level of focusing speed but also a tracking performance made possible by advanced AI technology that accurately recognizes moving target subjects.

The LUMIX S1R/S1 incorporates a Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) to effectively compensate for 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 stabilization which compensates for any types of blur.

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