The part of the mirrorless cameras with Full Frame sensor is getting popularity. This changes happen dominated by Sony with little competition (we cannot forget the Leica SL family) to bring together proposals from Nikon, Canon and Panasonic. Yes, from Panasonic too. The Japanese brand has just released its first two amazing mirrorless cameras with full-format sensor: the Lumix S1 and S1R.
These new cameras and their objectives are the result of an alliance with Leica and Sigma. A maneuver that clearly reflects that Panasonic has not embarked alone on this trip. In fact, its Lumix S1 and S1R will use the Leica SL mount, and therefore, will be compatible with the lenses designed for compact system cameras with full-format sensor of the German brand. Let’s take a look at what we know about these interesting Panasonic cameras.
The Lumix DC-S1R model has a 35mm full-frame sensor, and is designed to impact the world of video: it is set to be the first cameras without a full-frame mirror to offer 4K 60p video recording.
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- The S1R has all the pixels plus the low-end video functions
- Designed to withstand, with dust and splash protection, a magnesium alloy frame, a 400,000 cycle mechanical shutter and a fail-safe design.
- Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Full-Frame sensor and Leica L mount, with all its features aimed at the professional sector (dedicated to photography, as video capabilities are better in S1).
- Other physical features of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R model include a focus selector joystick on the back, a dedicated dial to adjust the continuous unit settings and a monochromatic information panel on the top plate.
- The SD slot can handle read speeds of up to 300 MB / s and write speeds of up to 260 MB / s, while the more advanced XQD slot features write speeds of up to 400 MB / s and read speeds of up to 440 MB / s.
- The XQD slot has CFexpress support through a future firmware update, which will dramatically increase its transfer speed capabilities.
New cameras require new optics for Full Frame sensors
Panasonic has also unveiled, as expected, a new family of lenses for its compact system cameras with full-format sensor that will be called Lumix S. That will be anchored on the Leica L mount system. This choice carries a remarkable consequence: the new cameras will be compatible with the optics designed for the Leica SL family
The spokesmen of the Japanese brand have assured that before the year 2020 more than ten new targets for their Lumix with Full Frame sensor will reach the market. Although at the moment we only know some data about three of these optics. One of them will be a lens with a fixed focal length of 50 mm f / 1.4, another a standard zoom with a focal length of 24-105 mm, and the third a telephoto lens with a 70-200 mm zoom. Precisely, it is likely that these are the three optics that will accompany the cameras when they landed in stores.
No, Panasonic does not abandon the Micro Four Thirds format
This company has been one of the main promoters of the Micro Four Thirds system. Which has been among us for no less than ten years. We might think that its entry into the segment of compact system cameras with Full Frame sensor would result in the abandonment of Micro Four Thirds sensors, but Panasonic has confirmed that this will not be the same case.
In fact, they announced they are working on a new optics for the family of G cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensor: the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm f / 1.7 lens, which will be the first with variable focus and an aperture f /1.7 constant over the entire focal range.
Which cameras: DSLR or mirrorless?
It is interesting to see how mirrorless camera sales have increased exponentially in all stores, becoming a new option for both professional and amateur photographers. However, in photography rental houses (mainly aimed at professionals), much more DSLR cameras are still rented than without a mirror.
So which camera are you most interested in buying? The answer is complicated. It depends a lot on your tastes, the use that you are going to give (professional or amateur), the importance you give to size and weight, the knowledge you have about photography or the money you plan to spend.
The new Lumix S1 and S1R will arrive in 2019
We still do not know how much we will have to pay for the new this Panasonic Lumix mirrorless Full frame cameras, when they reach to the market. Right now we cannot specify Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R release date when they available in the stores. At the moment the only thing we can confirmed the Japanese brand make available this new Panasonic Lumix S1 & S1R in 2019. So we have no choice but to arm ourselves with patience. We will tell you more about these interesting cameras when we have get more information.