Panasonic Lumix S1

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  • Excellent viewfinder
  • Effective 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • Great video quality
  • Premium build quality
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  • Heavy body
  • Several minor ergonomic concerns
  • Average focusing system
  • No DCI 4K
  • V-Log firmware update is paid-for

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Panasonic Lumix S1 Review


The 3-Minute Panasonic Lumix S1 Review

A Perfect First-Gen Full Framer from Panasonic

The Specifics

The Panasonic Lumix S1 dons a superior full-frame sensor sized at 3:2 aspect ratio. This is an effective 24.2 MP out of a total 25.28 MP, putting it in the league of the Nikon Z6 and Sony A7 III. Only the Canon EOS RP is ahead at 26 MP. The sensor works across a sensitivity range of ISO204,800-equivalent if you ever need to.

The sensor features a new Venus engine, and you can use the new High-Resolution mode if 24.2 MP is not enough. The sensor-based image stabilization system struggles to cope with this when it needs to capture eight images in one go, with minute adjustments in the sensor’s position between images, before blending all eight into a 96 MP (12,000 x 8,000 px) composite. These are output as raw files and not JPEGs, so they can be processed as any other raw file would.

Panasonic now boasts three L-mount lenses for the S1 – the Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4, Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S. and the Lumix S Pro 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S. The Lumix S Pro 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S is the default kit lens.

Features & Design: 4/5 | Performance: 5/5 | Value: 5/5 | Battery Life: 4/5

The Best

The S1’s electronic viewfinder is the best of any mirrorless camera. It is an OLED model with 5.76-million dot resolution, 120 fps refresh rate, and a 0.005-second lag rating. Quick and brilliantly sharp, it is possible to judge focus and accurately preview photos and video.

With a plethora of buttons and manual dials, you can burst shooting modes without clawing through a jungle of menus. The control layout is simply better than any other, including the excellent X-T3 from Fujifilm.

ISO and joystick toggle controls are textured so you can find them by feel. This camera is easy to operate without lifting your hand from the viewfinder.

The Bugs

Apart from ergonomic concerns due to its size, the S1 has not presented with significant software bugs yet.

Is it for you?

The S1 makes it incredibly easy to shot high-quality videos and images in changing light conditions. Because it does this heavy lifting for you alongside the Live Autofocus feature, this is certainly the camera you want.

What we like

The dual high-speed card slots – one SD UHS-II and XQD – may seem incompatible, but photographers need a reliable backup, so they can use both slots at once, while videographers can shoot on XQD.

XQD is significantly faster (a princely 440 MB/s), and will be a lightning 1,700 MB/s when Panasonic brings Cfexpress support in future firmware update. This will make video recording more reliable and make large file transfers faster.

What we don’t like

Full V-Log recording will be available soon, but we’ll all have to pay for it. How much is not yet known. This is odd, especially as Nikon will soon unlock 12-bit RAW recording – a better feature really – for the Z6 and Z7 via a free firmware update.

Also, 4K videos at speeds more than 30 fps is cropped to APS-C size. Also, there is only automatic exposure in all high-speed shooting modes. This can be an issue in changing light conditions, with distinctive switches in the image when the camera changes aperture.

Should you buy it?

At $2,500, the S1 is a significant investment, but the autofocus feature makes it worth it. So, yes, you should buy it.

  • The Good :
    Excellent viewfinder, Effective 5-axis in-body stabilization, Great video quality, Premium build quality
  • The Bad :
    Heavy body, Several minor ergonomic concerns, Average focusing system, No DCI 4K, V-Log firmware update is paid-for
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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Product Description

  • The Panasonic Lumix S1 is manufactured by Panasonic and was added in January 2019 in the Digital Cameras section
  • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
  • The best price of the Panasonic Lumix S1 in Canada is $2,307.00 at S World Electronics
  • You can compare prices for the Panasonic Lumix S1 and save up to 18% or $492.00
  • In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
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