Panasonic’s Lumix S1R is an unapologetically blocky pro camera

The attractive theme of the Photokina 2018 is a mirrorless camera with a huge sensor inside. Leica unveiled the medium format S3, Fujifilm introduced the GFX 50R in the same medium format class, and Nikon and Canon brought the recently released full-frame mirrorless models Z7 and EOS R, respectively. With Sony already selling the full portfolio of excellent full-frame mirrorless cameras, Panasonic was one of the last remaining companies that did not offer the modified high-end models at Photokina, where the Lumix S1 and S1R were revealed. The only difference between these two cameras to be released early next year is that the S1 has a 24 megapixel sensor, but the S1R goes at 47 megapixels.

The new Lumix S series appeals to the most sincere professional photographers in Panasonic. The Micro Four Thirds camera has already earned a reputation among video cameramen and amateur enthusiasts, but the Photokina 2018 is where the decision to make the strongest pitch for still photographers. This means full weather sealing and dual image stabilization on both the camera body and lens that Panasonic offers for this new system. Initially, there are three Panasonic lenses to choose from: 50mm f / 1.4, 24-105mm zoom, 70-200mm telephoto zoom and 8 compatible Leica lenses. Panasonic, Leica and Sigma announced the new L-Mount Alliance at Photokina. Two Japanese companies will adopt Leica's existing lens mounting mechanism.

With its own engineering system and growing lens ecosystem As fast as anyone else, Panasonic has shown all the correct moves to catch up with Sony, the undisputed leader in popularizing full-frame mirrorless formats There is.


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At this week's Photokina, I learned about the prototype of the Lumix S1R, and Panasonic emphasized that the design is not final yet, but now it is very similar to the 2019 release, 19659006] S1R is large, highlighted, filled with straight lines and right angles. The recent ergonomic appeal of the Leica S3 and the subtle refinement of the Ricoh GRIII has resulted in an extremely angular feel to the Panasonic model. The S1R has a tight, nicely curved grip with the stern of the rest of the camera body broken.

Dedicated shortcut buttons for null dial mode, white balance, ISO and exposure adjustment, and LCD readings. The top of the camera is all that a pro can do. Panasonic, nevertheless, chose to look busy because it was possible to have more immediate physical control.

Unfortunately Panasonic does not turn on the prototype in the show, so it is a very large electronic viewfinder of the Lumix S1R. The company expects to be close to camera launches as it promises the highest precision of EVF yet.

Panasonic lenses for the Lumix S will be as big and heavy as the camera itself. . Full-frame cameras and high-quality glass should not frighten or amaze people who are already working, but somewhat undermine the benefits of full movement to the mirrorless. Panasonic still has a faux pentaprism hip joint on top of the Lumix S1R, so it's not like saving a lot of space or space when packing equipment for shooting. In other words, Panasonic's pitch to these cameras is superior to traditional full-frame DSLRs, with or without a size advantage.

Panasonic Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R will be sold with the third product early next year. The company will offer 10 lens sets for the system by the end of 2020.

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