The Panasonic S1 & S1R: leading the L-Mount to new heights

At the Photokina show last September, Panasonic teased their plans for two full-frame cameras. These much-anticipated plans are coming to fruition, and the S1 and S1R will be joining the rapidly-developing class of full-frame mirrorless cameras later this year! More specifically: April 4th, 2019. Click the links below to preorder now.

Panasonic Lumix S1 (body only)
Panasonic Lumix S1 with 24-105mm f/4 lens
Panasonic Lumix S1R (body only)
Panasonic Lumix S1R with 24-105mm f/4 lens

The local business advantage!

We’ll be hosting “touch & try” events in March. Mark your schedules for March 20th, if you’d like to see Panasonic’s new full-frame mirrorless cameras in Sacramento, or March 23rd in Denver. More details will be released soon!

For a limited time, preorders through special partners of Panasonic’s (including Mike’s Camera, of course) will ship with an extra battery pack as a special bonus, too. Don’t wait and miss out on this bonus offer!

Quick specs / What’s the difference?

S1S1R
Sensitive video powerhouseHigh-res studio shooter's tool
24.2 MP full-frame sensor47.3 MP full-frame sensor, without low-pass filter
51200 ISO maximum sensitivity25600 maximum sensitivity
96 MP high-resolution mode utilizing sensor-shift technology187 MP high-resolution mode utilizing sensor-shift technology
Up to 4K 60p/50p, 4K 24/30P unlimited recording, 4K60P 29:59 min limited recording • HDR Mode and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) • V-Log with Internal 4:2:2 10-bit 4k30/24p (4K60p output only) available via optional software upgrade keyUp to 4K 60p/50p recording, plus 6K Photo functions and HLG Photo

The new Venus Engine, coupled with each of the cameras’ rich-gradient-dynamic range sensors, allows for ultra-high-speed auto-focus and uniquely beautiful color reproduction.

Appealingly for anyone shooting in a commercial or otherwise irreplaceable context, both the S1 and S1R will accept both one SDXC card and one XQD card.

The cameras are also both made with a rugged design, enabling fearless photography across the country—dust & splash* resistant!

This particular new system will be interesting to watch develop, as Panasonic has always excelled at producing video-oriented gear. Bringing those talents to a camera based on a full-frame sensor can only create some exciting inspiration amongst every member of the industry as a whole!

All the help you need to focus

Panasonic is releasing their first three lenses for the L-mount, and they are definitely, *ahem* sharp-looking. Geared towards a higher-end shooter, they look like they ought to deliver! Click the names or images of each lens to preorder now.

Near to far, it’s hard to beat the versatility of a nice all-in-one like the 24-105mm f/4.
The classic compact professional choice: 70-200mm f/4!
Ahh, the 50mm f/1.4. The highest-end new prime, though more will surely follow.

What are you excited to do with this camera? Are you already on-board with the L-mount alliance, or is Panasonic’s involvement the intriguing factor for you? I know I’m interested in this venerable videographer’s full-frame.

The cameras themselves

The cameras look almost exactly the same, which makes sense: any meaningful change is largely inside the camera “husk” itself. Either way, everyone loves a high-res sneak-peek of new gear. Enjoy, and be sure to check back on mikescamera.com to preorder soon!

NOTICES AND DISCLAIMERS: Splash Resistant / *Dust Resistant: SPLASH RESISTANT is a term used to describe an extra level of protection this device offers against accidental exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust. Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this device is subjected to direct contact with water. MINIMIZING DAMAGE: In order to minimize the possibility of damage, please be sure the following precautions are taken: (A) The Splash Resistant feature only works in conjunction with the cameras, lenses, and accessories that carry the same Panasonic Splash Resistant certification.  (B) The device is not designed to be Dust and Splash Resistant when or if a USB connection cable or the cable holder is attached to it. (C) Make sure that all doors, socket caps and terminal covers are securely closed. (D) Make sure that you are in a dry and secure place when changing the battery, lens or memory card, or other accessory. After changing, make sure their protective doors are securely closed. (E) If this device is exposed to water, sand or any other foreign material clean it as soon as possible, taking the necessary precautions that the foreign substance does not get inside the device. CAMERA MONITOR CLEANING: If sand, dust, or liquids such as water droplets adhere to the monitor, wipe them off with a dry soft cloth. (A) Not doing so may cause the monitor to respond incorrectly to touch operations. (C) If the monitor is closed when such liquids are present, malfunction may result. COLD TEMPERATURES: When using in cold temperatures (10C to 0C (14 F to 32 F): Attach a Panasonic interchangeable lens with a minimum recommended operating temperature of 10 C (14 F) before use. CAUTIONS: Do not place your hands inside the camera mount of the digital camera body. Since the sensor unit is a precision apparatus, it may cause a malfunction or damage. “

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