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Panasonic officially launches the Lumix S1R and Lumix S1 in Newark

By Marcus Wong - on 4 Feb 2019, 12:27pm

Panasonic officially launches the Lumix S1R and Lumix S1 in Newark

At long last, the Lumix S1R and S1 have been officially launched! As reported earlier, the Lumix S1R and S1 are indeed 35mm full-frame cameras with 47.3MP (36 x 24 mm) and 24.2 MP resolutions respectively. Most of what we reported earlier does seem true (including price), but here’s the features of the new cameras again in detail.

The Lumix S1R seems to be more photography-centric, and features a high-resolution mode that allows the camera to do 187-megapixel high-precision photo capture, and has a maximum ISO of 25,600. It comes without low-pass filter for optimum resolution, and uses a new high-speed Venus Engine image processor for better performance despite the higher resolution.  

Meanwhile, the S1 seems to be built with video use in mind, as it does full 4K 60p video, and 4K 30p/25p with full pixel readout. The S1 is capable of 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recording and 4K 60p HDMI output as well as V-log with an additional software upgrade key. This too has a high-resolution mode, but that only produces 96-megapixel images. The camera will go up to a maximum ISO of 51,200, making it ideal for low light situations. HDR video recording is also available for better reproduction in both the highlights and shadows..

Both cameras will benefit from the latest version of Panasonic’s Contrast AF system with DFD technology which now uses AI to accurately recognize fast moving targets, making for better tracking even if the subjects turn their backs to the camera. Lens and sensor will communicate at up to 480fps, allowing the camera to achieve focus in as little as 0.08s. The new system will also be able to obtain focus in light levels as low as -6EV.

They will also integrate an IBIS system that combines with the Optical Image Stabilizer in selected Lumix S Series lenses to give up to six stops of shutter speed compensation for both stills and video. They will also come with a new HLG Photo mode which gives images with wider dynamic range as HSP files to be played back on the latest HLG-compliant 4K TVs. Worth noting is that the cameras will have a fast flash sync speed of 1/320s – the fastest in industry.

Local pricing and availability have yet to be released, but B&H has them up for pre-order now with the Lumix DC-S1R priced at US$3,697.99 (about S$5,000) and the Lumix DC-S1 at US$2,497.99 (about S$3,382). Both are body only prices. Expected availability in the US is 4th of April, so hopefully we’ll see the cameras here by June.

Sources: Panasonic US, B&H Photo

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