Panasonic Lumix S1 review
Gordon Laing of CameraLabs has completed his review of the Panasonic S1.
From his verdict, he quite liked the camera and rated it highly;
The Lumix S1 delivered some of the best-looking photos I’ve seen from a 24 Megapixel full-framer, and certainly banishes the concerns over noise and dynamic range that plagued Panasonic’s smaller format. When comparing it directly against Sony’s A7 III, I found greater detail retention across the ISO range, and the ability to deploy a sensor-shift high-res mode to resolve more detail is genuinely useful with appropriate subjects. Speaking of sensor shift, the built-in stabilisation also worked very well for both stills and video, maybe not as eerily smooth as the best Micro Four Thirds models, but still as good as any full-framer and sometimes better.
I think the biggest sticking point is price. In some regions, the A7 III costs $500 less and while the gap can be closer with the Z6 in other countries, the Lumix S1 remains the most expensive in its immediate peer group. But then it is offering something genuinely different. Rather than follow Sony or aim more at a mid-range like Canon, Panasonic has aimed unashamedly high with Lumix S, with arguably the toughest body sporting pro features like two fast card slots, backlit buttons and the best viewfinder, with decent stabilisation, unlimited 4k up to 30p and also 4k up to 60p with an APSC crop, not to mention including an interval timer, 6K Photo and great wireless. The photo quality is excellent and all-round handling feels very assured. As the first bodies in a new system, the Lumix S is a tremendous start, confidently taking on the best of its current rivals with a unique feature-set. I’m impressed by Panasonic’s approach and look forward to putting the rest of the system through its paces.
Read the review here
The Panasonic S1 at a glance;
- 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor
- Venus Engine Image Processor
- 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Magnification OLED LVF
- 3.2" 2.1m-Dot Triaxial Tilt Touchscreen
- UHD 4K60 Video; HDR and 10-Bit Recording
- ISO 100-51200, Up to 9 fps Shooting
- Contrast-Detect 225-Area DFD AF System
- Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
- Weather-Sealed Construction
- 96MP High-Res Mode, Dual XQD/SD Slots
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