We expected big announcements from this year’s Photokina, and Panasonic did not disappoint. While mockups were already available, Panasonic released working prototypes of two professional full-frame mirrorless ILCs, LUMIX S1 and S1R, as well as lenses. Equipped with the world’s first 4K 60p/50p video recording function and the Dual I.S. image stabilization system in a full-frame digital single lens mirrorless camera, these models are slated for release in early 2019.
The S1R features a 47-megapixel sensor, while the S1 offers 24 megapixels. Both come with a “newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine.” There’s also a “double slot” for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards. Both feature Leica’s L-mount, so you can use interchangeable lenses with L-Mount specifications from Panasonic partners Leica Camera and Sigma. Panasonic also plans to add ten new lenses by 2020, which includes the 50 mm/F1.4 single focal length lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.
User friendly and durable for photography or videography by professionals, the S1R offers controls based on detailed user feedback, as well as a deep grip for better ergonomics. In fact, it actually looks a like a traditional DSLR. Moreover, both weather-sealed cameras come with ‘high resolution’ electronic viewfinders. Like Fujifilm, they feature dual-hinge tilting rear LCD panels that tilt up, down, and in a third axis. While the S1 is aimed to be used roughly two thirds for photography and one third for video, the S1R is more or less strictly for photography.
In addition to its gear, Panasonic also introduced LUMIX Pro Services, personalized LUMIX camera, lens and accessories support for imaging professionals. It’s designed to suit professional photographers, filmmakers, and cinematographers, and prioritizes their support with expedited delivery, repairs, discounts, and more. The annual membership fee is $199 dollars, but seems to include a lot of exclusives.