Panasonic S1 & S1R Hands-On, Part II: New full-frame mirrorless cameras impress in Texas


posted Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2:51 PM EDT

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Panasonic S1 and  Panasonic S1R Hands-On Experiences


At the end of February, I headed down to Austin, Texas to spend a day of hands-on time with the Panasonic S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras, along with the trio of launch lenses hitting shelves alongside the cameras next month.

The Panasonic S1 and S1R are part of a brand-new full-frame mirrorless camera system and feature 24 and 47-megapixel sensors, respectively. Aside from their image sensors, many of the features of the two cameras are identical, including their entire body design and control layouts. On the topic of the camera bodies, they are rather large for mirrorless cameras. With their relative heft comes ample physical controls and an excellent design. The cameras feel very nice during use. The OLED electronic viewfinder is particularly excellent with its 5.76-million dots of resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.

Panasonic S1R

Relying upon Panasonic's Depth from Defocus contrast-detect autofocus system, the S1 and S1R delivered quick and decisive autofocus performance, even in challenging low-light scenarios. Further, continuous autofocus performance proved to be quite reliable, even with pre-production firmware. In fact, nearly every aspect of the cameras' performance impressed me during my day in Austin. Despite their different sensors, both cameras also delivered high-quality images across a wide range of ISO speeds. 

Panasonic 24-105mm f/4 MACRO OIS LUMIX S at 54mm, f/16, 1/20s, ISO 1600. Shot with a Panasonic S1 with Beta Firmware.

For my full hands-on experiences for the two new Panasonic full-frame cameras, click the links below. You can also head straight to the S1 and S1R's respective galleries below.

Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 LUMIX S PRO at 50mm, f/1.4, 1/60s, ISO 1600. Shot with a Panasonic S1R with Beta Firmware.

Panasonic S1 Hands-on Part II • S1 Gallery

• Panasonic S1R Hands-on Part II • S1R Gallery •