Panasonic Lumix S1R and S1, all the information, contact and samples of the new CSC full frame that point high
Presented at Photokina 2018 (where we were already in contact with the models), months of waiting for Panasonic Lumix S1R and S1 have sparked a desire to learn more about the house’s bet in this highly controversial segment. Now we have the opportunity to try out some pre-production models, and we’ll tell you about it.
Although more details became available on the occasion of the CES, the truth is that there was not much information about the characteristics of the cameras except the two different sensors (about 24 and 47 effective Mpixel), the new Venus processor, the 4K video recording 60p, dual IS image stabilizer in housing, double slot for XQD and SD, LCD with three-axis tilt and mount the L-mount system.
Now we finally have all the technical specifications, but most of all we could hold them in our hands and try them for a few hours. Little, as is customary in these cases, and certainly not enough for cameras that are clearly geared towards the professional. However, the time we spent with them was more than enough to realize Panasonic’s strong bet.
First sensations in the hands
If we rely on the viewfinder, we see that Panasonic is not exaggerated when it comes to real seeing, because the truth is that the viewfinder is very good (with a very high resolution of 5.76 million points) and one Provides vision that meets expectations.
The same goes for the screen, which, as previously announced, has a three-axis system similar to what we saw on another camera, which in principle appears somewhat threadbare.
However, as they could be well demonstrated (in one of the most curious moments of the presentation), the system is durable and strong enough to hold the camera (including lens) regardless of the extended LCD display in its (apparently) sensitive position.
As for the approach, we generally found it very fast and precise, even though the mastering focus point is its crumb, and in very low light environments, we had some problems. However, aside from being non-final units, we have to remember that we did not have enough time to test the variety of focus modes offered (including one that recognizes people and animals), so this is just a first impression that needs to be confirmed in a later analysis.
By the way, if we talk like a single camera, it’s because our contact was really so short we barely noticed a difference with the S1R and the S1. To be sure, these are two very similar models that hardly differ. Basically, the resolution, which is very high in the S1R, for professionals who need a very high quality, and greater capabilities for video recording in the S1.
In this sense, we can not say that one is faster at the time of handling than the other or, of course, at the time of ignition in bursts. A field in which, by the way, their numbers are interesting (up to 9 FPS at AFS), but not “stratospheric”.
Of course here we do notice the difference between the 47.30 Mpixels of the S1R and the 24.20 of the S1 , although the truth is that both offer a quality beyond doubt and a really high level of detail. On the noise side, as expected in a full frame sensor, the range of use is very high and we can dare to shoot at 12,800 ISO without the result being detrimental.