Panasonic announces two professional full-frame mirrorless cameras with 4K 60p & Leica L-mount


posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:15 AM EDT


Well, well, well, look what we have here. Another fighter enters the fray of full-frame mirrorless cameras! After a decade as a dominating force in the Micro Four Thirds world, Panasonic is going big with not one but two full-frame mirrorless cameras.

At Photokina, Panasonic announced the development of the Lumix S1R, a 47-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera, as well as the Lumix S1, a similar camera with a lower-resolution 24-megapixel chip. Full specs are still in the works, but a handful of really cool details have come out of the announcement, the most interesting one, perhaps, is the choice of lens mount: the Leica L-mount. Indeed, the Panasonic S1R and S1 share the same lens mount used by the Leica SL, which means not only will the cameras work with Panasonic's own S series full-frame lenses but also Leica's existing L-mount glass.

And what's more, Sigma is joining in on the fun as a partner in a new L-mount Alliance alongside Panasonic and Leica.


While these two cameras are heavily tailored towards still photographers, the video performance is likely to be impressive given Panasonic expertise in this area. Details are scarce, but both cameras offer 4K video up to 60p -- a first for a full-frame ILC.

Other welcomed features include dual card slots, Dual I.S. stabilization technology and durable, weather-sealed camera bodies. For more details on these upcoming professional-class cameras, check out our Panasonic S1R Preview.

Panasonic S1R Preview