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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 review
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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 review

DPReview has released its comprehensive review for the Panasonic Lumix S1.

The Panasonic S1 key specifications include;

  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF system
  • 5-axis in-body 'Dual IS' system
  • Fully weather-sealed
  • Multi-shot 96MP 'High Res' mode
  • 6 fps bursts with continuous AF
  • 5.76M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Dual-hinged 2.1M-dot touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K/60p video capture (1.5x crop); Oversampled 4K/30p with no crop
  • 10-bit HLG built-in, optional 4:2:2 V-Log
  • One XQD and one SD card slot
  • 380 shots/charge using LCD
  • USB charging, including from laptop/tablet chargers and portable power banks

From DPReview's review we get the following pros and cons that they highlight for the camera;

Pros;

  • Excellent Raw and JPEG image quality
  • High-resolution mode also offers noise benefit
  • Effective 5-axis image stabilization
  • Class-leading build quality and weather-sealing; longest-lasting shutter in its class
  • Single AF is very fast and precise
  • Large, ultra-high-res EVF
  • Beautiful oversampled UHD 4K video
  • Face, body, eye and animal AF system works well
  • Firmware upgrade for 10-bit log footage
  • Linear manual focus response for video
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • AF joystick
  • Dual card slots
  • Top-panel display
  • Illuminated rear buttons
  • Impressive slow-motion video modes
  • Easy to use, mostly reliable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB charging

Cons;

  • AF system less reliable than competition
  • AF-C wobble is very distracting when using the EVF
  • Choosing one face to focus on from multiple in the scene can be unreliable
  • One touch magnification of AF point is not possible
  • Battery life lags behind competition
  • Heavy
  • More expensive than peers
  • Non-matched card slots (you'll need XQD and fast SD to make full use of both)

Their Conclusion;

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is an incredibly well-built (but heavy) camera with excellent image and video quality. The body has numerous control points and is highly customizable. The S1's built-in image stabilization is effective, and the camera can use this system to produce ultra-high-res stills. Autofocus is speedy and accurate in most situations, though the continuous AF experience can be frustrating when using the EVF. Video quality is excellent, with 4K/60p support and numerous capture controls, with more on the way via a paid upgrade. While it's more expensive than its peers, the S1 is great for a variety of use cases, and is worth your consideration if you don't mind its size and weight.

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