Panasonic Launches Lumix S1 and S1R Full-Frame Cameras with 4K/60P Recording

Panasonic gets into the full frame game with its new Lumix S1 and S1R cameras, both of which feature 4K recording and Dual I.S. 2.

Two new full-frame sensor mirrorless camera with 4K video recording have joined the Panasonic Lumix platform. The Lumix S1 ($2497.99/body only) and Lumix S1R ($3697.99/body only) are the first full frame cameras from the company, and they are also capable of recording exceptional video thanks to five axis stabilization, low noise at high ISOs, and the ability to record in 4K/60P (with some limitations) and 4K/30P without those limitations (like a 15 minute time limit).

The new Panasonic Lumix S1 with 24-105MM F/4 lens

The S1R Incorporates a 47.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor and features a High Resolution mode that delivers a 187 megapixel final image by subtly shifting the sensor and taking multiple readings (eight shots total) of the same subject. A maximum ISO of 256,000 ensures that this full frame camera can operate in low light. Meanwhile, the S1 has a 24.2 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor that can deliver a 96 megapixel-equivalent superresolution image. and will be able to output clean 4K 60P via HDMI  (a feature that is coming soon via software upgrade, sold separately).

Both of these models utilize the dual stabilization approach that combines the five axis Body I.S. and to the two-axis O.I.S. found in Lumix S series lenses. Panasonic calls this Dual I.S. 2. And the company says that it delivers the equivalent of 5.5 f-stops (equivalent in shutter speed) stabilization.

Videographers will be happy to hear that this camera offers HDR capture in the HL G format, is also able to produce photographs in HLG HDR. About the only fly in the ointment in this announcement, which is the subject of much discussion, are the limitations to 4K/60P Recording. In particular, the S1R is time limited to 15 minutes and the S1 offers just under 30 minutes of 4K/60P recording before requiring a pause in order to cool down. Between the two cameras, the S1 is at once the more affordable and the more videography-centric.

Click here to go to the forum and read excerpts from the press release and join the discussion regarding these two exciting new 4K capable full-frame sensor cameras from Panasonic.


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