Panasonic launches Lumix S Series full-frame mirrorless camera

The LUMIX S1 is a hybrid camera that comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.

Panasonic has launched its much-awaited full-frame mirrorless Lumix S series in the Indian market. Comprising of LUMIX S1 and S1R with 24 megapixel and 47.3 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor respectively, the new S series is based on the L-Mount standard, which provides uncompromised imaging experience.

The LUMIX S Series aims for stellar image quality with high-resolution mode for the first time in mirrorless full-frame, industry-leading video recording performance (4K 60p/50p), the most effective image stabilisation, rich gradation and superior colour reproduction. The first full-frame mirrorless camera by Panasonic, S1 is priced at Rs 1,99,990 and with 24-105mm F4 lens will be at Rs 267,990 and S1R is priced at Rs 2,99,990 for the body and Rs 3,67,990 with a 24-105mm F4 lens.

Lumix S1 and S1R offer a high-speed, high-precision AF system based on advanced control technology over the lens, the sensor, and the new Venus Engine enable the user to capture the target in sharp focus without fail.

Marking the entry in still photography segment with LUMIX S1R, the camera integrates a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm), which gives it the industry’s highest level of resolution in the full-frame mirrorless cameras, to pursue the ultimate power of expression. In addition to the precise reproduction capability in detail, this sensor achieves a high S/N ratio by taking advantage of its high light-condensing efficiency despite a large number of pixels. The LUMIX S1R features a High-Resolution mode for the first time as a mirrorless full-frame camera to enable 187-megapixel ultra-high precision photo with a pixel shift technology shooting.

The LUMIX S1 is a hybrid camera that comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6mm x 23.8mm) that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent performance at high sensitivity in addition to a natural yet sharp image description thanks to sufficient light condensation per pixel. The LUMIX S1 also features a High-Resolution mode for the first time as a mirrorless full-frame camera to enable 96-megapixel ultra-high precision photo with a pixel shift technology shooting.

The LUMIX S1 supports professional use in videography by taking advantage of the stunning expression performance that a full-frame camera can offer. S series, with a software upgrade key (to be sold separately) following soon in 2019.

Panasonic has achieved a high-speed AF with its advanced control technology over the major devices - lens, sensor and imaging engine. The lens and sensor communicate at a maximum of 480 fps. Combining the Contrast AF with DFD technology, the LUMIX S1R/S1 realizes an ultra-high-speed, high-precision AF of approximately 0.08 sec. The LUMIX S1R/S1 also boasts high-speed burst shooting at 9 fps (AFS) or 6 fps (AFC).

Panasonic is also bringing in artificial intelligence for photography and videography. When it comes to autofocus, there are 3 things to consider: where to focus, how far the subject is from the camera, and the accuracy of the focus. The last two points are covered by their DFD technology. On the other hand, “where to focus” is an area where LUMIX S1R/S1 uses artificial intelligence to analyze images. Panasonic has used deep learning to study a large number of images of people and animals and loaded the resulting AI into Venus engine. As a result, the camera can recognize and accurately focus on them even if they are facing away. Advanced AI technology can recognize not only the human body but animals and birds, while the high-performance tracking system helps keep the subject in focus at all times.

The LVF (Live View Finder) is the key factor for completing the ultra-high-speed response of the camera. The LUMIX S1R/S1 has the largest level of Real View Finder which boasts the world’s highest 5,760k-dot resolution. The 0.78x magnification ratio can be switched to 0.7x or 0.74x according to the shooting situation. Adoption of a high-speed, high-precision OLED for the LVF achieves smooth display at 60 fps/120 fps (switchable).

Drawing on the vast expertise of the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera and Sigma, Panasonic has introduced three new interchangeable lenses especially focusing on professional use. The L-Mount will allow photographers to ‘mix and match’ any of the three manufacturers’ APS-C and full-frame cameras with any lens from each other’s product portfolios providing customers with a diverse and future-proof range of products. Together with Leica and Sigma, there will be 42 more lenses available for L mount series over the next 2 years.

To be tough enough to withstand heavy field use, the main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame. Robust construction and a sealing for every joint, dial, and button make the LUMIX S1R/S1 not only splash resistant and dust resistant but also freeze resistant down to -10 degrees Centigrade. The shutter unit is also durable for approximately 400,000 cycles.

The 7.4-V 3,050 mAh high-capacity battery can be quickly charged via USB PD using the bundled USB3.1 Type-C cable which also ensures high-speed data transfer.

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