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    Panasonic S1R Lumix Review

    Panasonic S1R Lumix Review

    The Panasonic Lumix S1R is a 47.3 megapixel full- frame mirrorless camera with integrated stabilization and 4k 60p video. Announced in September 2018 and scheduled for February 2019, Panasonic is one of two organizations launched as part of its L- mount alliance with Leica and Sigma. The L- mount alliance is a Leica, Panasonic and Sigma partnership to develop cameras and lenses based on the existing Leica L- mount. Panasonic says that Lumix G Micro Four Thirds products will continue to be developed in conjunction with the new Lumix S system.
    Like Sony and Nikon, Panasonic has launched two full-frame mirrorless cameras, mostly differentiated by resolution: the S1 with 24.2 megapixels and the S1R with 47.3 megapixels. A high resolution mode moves the sensor to deliver a composite image of up to 187 megapixels on the S1R or 96 megapixels on the S1, respectively.  Like its Lumix G cameras, Panasonic implements a Dual IS system with up to 5.5 stops of compensation thanks to body- based stabilization and optical stabilization in the lenses, and Lumix S continues to hamper the trend of embedded phase- detection AF by using a 100 percent contrast- based DFD autofocus system, Although this works to extremely low light levels of -6EV with a sufficiently fast lens, the new AF software supports face, eye, body and even animal sensing.
    Video is a key feature for Lumix S with both bodies supporting 4k 60p, making them the first full-frame cameras in their class to offer the capability; you can record up to 30 minutes in 4k to 30p or 15 minutes in 50/60p on the S1R. The S1 allows longer recording times of 30 minutes in 4k up to 60p or 4k up to 30p unlimited and also supports 10 bit recording internally up to 30p or externally up to 60p with an optionally paid firmware update in 2019.
    Note on the pre-production samples I tested, the S1 only allowed 4k to 30p uncropped and an APSC crop of 50 and 60p was applied. In contrast, S1R I tested allowed uncropped 4k to 60p, although you could optionally apply an APSC or even tighter 1:1 crop if you want to reach more. On final production models, cropping specs may change.
    Note on the pre-production samples I tested, the S1 only allowed 4k to 30p uncropped and an APSC crop of 50 and 60p was applied. In contrast, S1R I tested allowed uncropped 4k to 60p, although you could optionally apply an APSC or even tighter 1:1 crop if you want to reach more. On final production models, cropping specs may change. 

    Completing the specifications, the Lumix S1 and S1R offer 100 percent weather- sealing, a 3.2 in touchscreen that can flip up and down and out like the Fujifilm XT3( although unfortunately not forward), an industry- leading 5.76 million dot OLED viewfinder with 0.78x magnification, dual memory card slots( XQD and SD), 9fps single autofocus or 6fps continuous autofocus, Unique Panasonic 4 K and 6 K Photo modes, 1080 video up to 180fps and fast 1/320 flash sync speed. At the start of 2019, Panasonic will have three native lenses: a 50 mm f1.4, 24- 105 mm and a 70- 200 mm. Panasonic promised another seven by the end of 2020, and with a Leica L- mount, the S1R and S1 will also be compatible with all existing and future Leica SL lenses, with a total of 42 L- mount lenses from the Alliance by the end of 2020.

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