Mirrorless Full Frame Panasonic S1 and S1-R REVIEW and Features


We are here again with the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1-R review, two of the newest players in the heated mirrorless market. In the following sections of our article, you can find the features of Panasonic S1 and s1R (rewiev), the differences between S1 and S1-R, the prices of s1 and s1R, and short comparisons with Sony a7xxx- Nikon Z- and Canon R.

The full frame mirrorless group of Sony, which emerged as a separate segment with a7 m1, was very popular. Unfortunately, although Canon and Nikon are involved in the race, they have no power to catch up with Sony right now. They were too late to see the market and drive the product. Panasonic was one of the companies that was late, but said ‘I am not dead’ here. Panasonic has already made a name for itself in the mirrorless cameras market with Olympus in the m43 system. But at these times when the future of the m43 system is discussed, I think it was also able to enter the full-frame mirrorless market.

Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1-R Specifications

In the table below, you can examine the features of Panasonic LumixS1 and S1R cameras in detail. Then we will examine briefly.

‘L mount’ Is Born Again Full Frame Mirrorless: Panasonic Lumix S1 System


Let’s first look at the mouth structure. Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1-R will use the L mount system. In fact, L mount does not belong to Panasonic. It belongs to Leica. However, as it was known from previous years, Panasonic and Leica had partnered in the production of cameras and lenses. The M43 system has beautiful lenses produced by Leica for Panasonic. We see that a similar partnership will continue. The L mount used by Leica on full frame machines will also be used jointly. Moreover, not only these two companies use the L mount. Sigma will also produce L-mount cameras and lenses. Likewise, there was another news from Russia. Zenit also decided to support L mounta. Let’s see what happens next. Will Sony’s reign break down, will they be seen as rivals to the Canon and Nikon L system?

The Panasonic Lumix S1 24 mp and S1R physically received a good score with its hand-fitting structure and shortcut keypad that is easy to access and use. Although he is not very handsome, he has expense. You will understand that it is produced with a classic Japanese head. Convenient, functional but not aesthetic… twill like Sony 🙂

The main differences between Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R

Panasonic Lumix S1 was released with a resolution of 24 mp and S1-R with 47 mp. This is the most obvious technical feature among them. Apart from that, another noticeable difference is ISO performance. Since the resolution is very high in S1-R, the ISO value was limited to max 51200. At S1, the maximum is 204800. There is a difference of 3 stops between them. Let’s add that similar values are also seen in Canon R and Nikon Z, and that they are unable to capture the ISO performances in the Sony a7m3 and a7S series. Since the A9 will not be a competitor, I do not need to add. Captures may be seen on 3rd Generation cameras. The only difference that physically catches my eye is nothing more than a R letter. They have the same size and the same frame size. In fact, both models do not have AA filters. Not like the Sony series.

Having wifi, bluetooth, hdmi and USB connections as well as microphone and headphone jacks did not surpass the Panasonic Lumix s1 and s1R. If not, there would be a mistake. Likewise, it is good to have 2 card entries, one of which is xqd. It is possible to transfer and remotely control from the phone via wifi.

Panasonic Lumix S1 System (L mount) Lens Range

One of the most important advantages of this newborn system is the range of lenses. Since at least 3 brands will use L mount together, it is considered to be on display with 20 different lens options for now. There are only 3 alternative FF Panasonic lenses: 50mm, 70-200mm and 24 105mm. But I can not go without mentioning that their prices, especially Leica, are burning. (I have just set the last sentence as if Sony-Canikon lenses were given for free :)) Canon and Nikon seem to be a bit slower and more complicated. The currently known Canon RF mount 10 has a Nikon Z mount 5 lens. In short, the variety of lenses in the hands of the Canon is also very limited. However, Sony has already surpassed its role in mirrorless competition with more than 150 (ff or crop compatible) e-mount lenses that have been on display for years and supported by 2nd party companies. In addition, the advantage of these three systems is that they can use DSLR lenses with compatible adapters. But whether the adapters give the original taste are discussed. Let’s see who will use the game.

Panasonic Lumix S1 System Battery Capacity

Unfortunately, the battery capacity, which is one of the major disadvantages of mirrorless systems, also continues in the Panasonic Lumix s1 and s1R. An average of 350-400 photos can be taken with 1 battery in both machines. For years, dear critics who have criticized Sony for not enough battery will also criticize the Panasonic Lumix s1 and s1R behind the battery. It is not easy to make such a new system and overcome its shortcomings with technology. Even Sony had only doubled its battery capacity after 5 years. The others are per se.

Panasonic Lumix S1 Display and Viewfinder Features

If we come to the screen and viewfinder, we have to congratulate Panasonic. Its 3.2 inch screen is very useful with a resolution of 2.1 m pixels. They were successful in the screen and viewfinder in Canikons. But I bury Sony this time and declare it the last. Sony should definitely enlarge its screen and increase its resolution. Similarly, Panasonic has a great viewfinder and resolution. While the other 3 systems have similar electronic viewfinder resolutions, Panasonic has raised the bar quite high in the electronic viewfinder. It managed to fit 5 760 000 pixel resolution into those small sizes. Like a professional DSLR optical viewfinder with fast reaction time.

Panasonic Lumix S1 IBIS and Video

Having 5 wool vibration prevention (IBIS) features, I see it as one of the indispensable and congratulate Panasonic. He did his best not to be left behind. It is now one of the indispensable features of this type of advanced devices. IBIS … Ah Canon ahh… the other 2 systems (Nikon-Sony) are also equipped with a vibration prevention system. In fact, Sony is probably the place to use for 15 years. Ahh Canon ahhh… 🙂
Panasonic company, more precisely, Japanese companies have already come a long way in terms of video. In the M43 system, gh series cameras were able to shoot very good quality. With the Panasonic s1 series, it once again expresses that it is ambitious in terms of video in full frame. With the log support, microphone and headphone jacks, missing parts are also completed. Although it is not a model produced specifically for video like Sony, it is quite ambitious. UHK – 4K video resolution and built-in anti-vibration feature on the body.

Other Panasonic Lumix S1-R Features

225 focus points, 9 frames per second full resolution, 1/8000 sec. Max shutter speed, 4Klog supported video shooting, header display, illuminated buttons, lack of AA filter are some of the features that will not leave the Panasonic Lumix s1 and s1R back in the race. Other competitors already have such features. Although we cannot see the extra features that will allow consumers to choose the Panasonic Lumix s1 and s1R, I think it will anger the race because it has no lagging direction.

It is also possible to take high resolution photos. With Pixel Shift technology, it is possible to take RAW photos up to 187 mp high resolution. Of course, it will not be as easy as writing or creating it or writing it here. It is obtained by fixing the frame by frame or something.

In addition, Panasonic S1 and S1 R offer the right stable and fastest focus promised with DFD, Depth Focuc Defocus and improved Artificial Intelligence technology. Panasonic S1 used a situation similar to the advanced focus technology that Sony understands at a7 m3. Let’s see how the reactions will come from the users.

Panasonic S1 Missing Aspects

We can say that there are several disadvantages in other system ff mirrorless machines. The first is price. The price of the Panasonic Lumix S1 is $ 2500 and the price of the Panasonic S1-R is $ 3700. Obviously, I would have expected this new system to compete at more reasonable prices. Others are not weaned at pricing, of course, but even the Sony a7iii, which is a step further in terms of many features, is $ 2000. 3700 dollars is a very very high price. And just the price of the body. Regardless of its technology and quality, it would be appropriate for market dominance to offer competitive prices from their competitors. But the consumer is so accustomed to Sony, and while their prices are relatively inexpensive … Other competitors are also very good. Nikon Z6-7 or Nikon DSLR D850 or Canon eos R or 5D MARK4 are really high quality machines that the market is familiar with. While Sony has hardly broken Canikon’s reign with the a7 and a9 series for even years, I do not assume that Panasonic can get a high share of the market in this case. Good quality but very expensive.

Another disadvantage is the lack of phase detection focus. While other systems have contrast + phase detection hybrid detection systems, Panasonic Lumix s1 and s1R only have contrast af. Although officials claim to be able to focus very quickly and consistently, we will better understand what the final result will be in the future.

See you in another review article. Let your light be of good quality …

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