Panasonic used the Photokina camera show in Cologne, Germany Tuesday to announce that it has developed its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras using a “full-frame” 35mm image sensor, marking a departure from its long-used Micro Four Thirds style image sensors.

Panasonic said the Lumix S1 and S1R will be released to the global market in early 2019 at pricing to be announced later. They will be positioned for marketing “as the world’s first” cameras equipped with both a 4K/60p video recording function and the company’s (in-body and in-lens) “Dual I.S.” image stabilization system.

The company said changing bandwidth technology and imaging advancements have made for a new field of demand, particularly among professional photographers, that prompted “the need for a new type of camera that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional photos and videos.

As a result, Panasonic said it adopted the concept, “Fuel the Photographers’ Creative Vision” to develop a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a strong focus on optimizing both photos and videos.

The cameras will debut under the Lumix S series, through which they will emphasize “specialized value to customers desiring higher expressiveness.”

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The cameras offer the latest feature innovations for the Lumix S series including advanced image or signal processing along with optical and heat dispersion technology, which combined provide very high-quality photos and up to 4K/60 fps videos.

Other key features include:

  • A full-frame (35mm equivalent) image sensor and image processing engine, producing approximately 47 million “effective pixels” in the S1R and 24 million effective pixels in the S1.
  • Support for 4K/60p video recording in a full-frame Mirrorless DSLR.
  • Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization) for the first time in a full-frame camera, enabling handheld shots for dark or distant scenes.
  • A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards.
  • A rugged triaxial tilt LCD.
  • Leica L-Mount allowing use with comparably configured interchangeable lenses developed by partners Leica and Sigma.

Panasonic said it will be expanding its lineup of Lumix S series compatible lenses, with plans to develop more than 10 by 2020, including a 50 mm/F1.4 fixed-focus lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.

For owners of Panasonic’s Lumix G series Micro Four Thirds camera, the company said it has started developing a Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 lens that will achieve a zoom with maximum aperture of F1.7 for the entire range.

In addition, Panasonic launched Lumix PRO, which is a service and support program for professionals who use Lumix cameras and gear. The program was designed to help professionals quickly receive service and repair benefits around the world.


By Greg Tarr


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