Panasonic Lumix S1

Panasonic Lumix S1

In addition to being a fully-rounded camera, the Lumix S1 is also Panasonic’s first foray into the full-frame mirrorless market. It offers extensive feature sets for both stills and video, as well as a durable physical build.

A full-frame 24.2MP MOS sensor, which is accompanied by an upgraded Venus Engine, distinguishes the S1 from its competitors. The S1 also boasts a fast 9 frames per second shooting rate and a wide ISO sensitivity range, which extends to ISO 204800 in some cases.

The S1 can record UHD 4K30p video with full-pixel readout, 4:2:2 10-bit color, and limitless shooting durations, as well as 4K60p video for up to 29:59. It can also record 4K60p video for up to 29:59. HDR video recording is feasible using the specialized Hybrid Log Gamma mode, and a firmware upgrade will be released to add 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording to the V-Log mode as well as other features.

In addition to its still-image and video capabilities, the image sensor is equipped with a powerful DFD contrast-detection autofocus technology that allows for rapid and precise focusing and tracking of moving subjects.

Additionally, sensor-shift image stabilization reduces the impression of camera wobble by 6.0 stops, allowing for clearer handheld photography.

Apart from its photography capabilities, the S1 is differentiated by its body design, which combines a 5.76m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with an incredibly high resolution, combined with a 3.2-inch LCD monitor “Triaxial tilt touchscreen LCD with 2.1 million dots.

The magnesium-alloy body is weather-sealed to allow for operation in inclement weather, and it is equipped with a top-mounted status LCD for monitoring shooting settings on the move.

The inclusion of CFexpress Type B/XQD and SD card slots provides a wide range of storage options, while Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity allows for remote camera operation as well as wireless picture transmission to tablet computers and smartphones.

Venus Engine with a 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor and Venus Engine

Its image capabilities have been enhanced for high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and a variety of recording modes, thanks to a full-frame 24.2MP MOS sensor and an upgraded Venus Engine.

The sensor and processor are equipped with Multi pixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing technologies, which aid in the production of high resolution and definition by suppressing color moiré.

Color Control further improves color reproduction, particularly in the highlights and shadows, and Color Control further improves color reproduction overall. With its processing power, the Venus Engine is able to reduce noise levels across the entire sensitivity range of ISO 100-5200, while also enabling fast full-resolution continuous shooting speeds of up to 9 frames per second with AF-S or 6 frames per second with AF-C for more than 90 consecutive raw files.

Video Recording in Ultra High Definition (4K HDR)

Aside from still photography, the S1 is an extremely capable video camera, capable of UHD 4K30p recording with full-pixel readout, 4:2:2 10-bit color, and an unlimited recording time, as well as UHD 4K60p recording for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds and UHD 4K120p recording for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Full HD recording is also available, with resolutions up to 60p and recording durations that are virtually limitless.

Additionally, high-speed recording options for UHD 4K60 with 30 fps playback and Full HD 180 fps with 30 fps playback provide 2x and 6x slower motion, respectively, as compared to standard recording modes.

Along with the video quality, a High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode and a specific Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) Photo Style mode are available for enhancing highlight and shadow details while also providing additional freedom when color grading the final product.

It will be possible to purchase an extra paid firmware upgrade that will enhance recording capabilities even further by adding support for 4:2:2 sampling, 10-bit color depth internal recording, as well as V-Log.

The HDMI Type A port also allows for the connection of an optional external recorder, and the 3.5mm ports on the back of the monitor allow for the connection of an external microphone and headphones.

Design of the Body

  • The L lens mount, which may be used in conjunction with other members of the L-Mount Alliance, is a flexible interface with a mount diameter of 51.6mm and a flange distance of 20mm that allows it to be used with a wide range of optical systems.
  • One of the camera’s most outstanding features is its high-resolution 5.76 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, which provides a crisp 0.78x programmable viewing magnification, a smooth 60 or 120 frame-per-second variable refresh rate, 0.005-second latency, and a stunning 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • 3.2 in. in diameter “The 2.1-million-dot LCD provides a bright, crisp method of filming in live view as well as for replay and menu navigation. The screen has a triaxial tilting design that allows it to be used from high and low angles, even when filming in vertical mode, and its touchscreen design allows for straightforward management of the camera’s many settings. While working in low-light conditions, Live View Boost is a dedicated viewing mode that allows you to increase the viewing sensitivity of your screen to assist you in composing your image. A Night mode, on the other hand, is beneficial when working in low-light conditions by lowering the screen’s backlight intensity.
  • An additional LCD, located on the top of the camera’s body, maybe utilized for rapid evaluation of shooting settings, even when the camera is not switched on.
  • Durable magnesium-alloy construction that is splash, dust, and freezeproof allows you to operate in the most challenging situations and in extreme weather conditions.
  • For easy operation, the ergonomic design includes a big, comfortable right-hand grip in addition to conveniently accessible physical controls and an eight-way joystick, as well as a polished overall user interface. In addition, LED controls to make it easier to modify the settings in low-light circumstances, and a lock mechanism prevents unintentional settings modifications.
  • When it comes to image storage, having two memory card slots—one CFexpress Type B/XQD slot and one SD UHS-II compatible slot—provides greater flexibility. You can separate raw and JPEG files to different cards, save duplicate files to both cards, or simply double your storage space by using overflow recording.
  • A USB Type-C interface enables rapid file transfer as well as high-speed battery charging while the camera is in use. An HDMI Type A connector is also available for video applications, a 2.5mm port may be used with the optional DMW-RS2 Remote Shutter, a 3.5mm microphone, and headphone ports are available for improved audio recording, and a PC sync port can be used for wired flash synchronization.
  • It is estimated that the DMW-BLJ31 lithium-ion rechargeable battery will provide around 380-400 shots per charge while working with the back display, 360-380 shots per charge when working with the EVF, and 1100-1150 shots per charge when working in Power Save LVF mode.
  • The high-precision shutter mechanism has been tested for roughly 400,000 actuations and has a maximum mechanical speed of 1/8000 sec, a flash sync speed of 1/320 sec, and a maximum mechanical speed of 1/8000 sec.

Image Stabilization Due to Sensor-Shift

Dual I.S. 2 combines the S1’s 6.0 stop-rated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based 2-axis image stabilization technology to adjust for a wider variety of movement types, resulting in sharper, clearer picture when photography handheld.

Dual I.S. 2 needs the usage of compatible Lumix lenses that include O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization). This camera stabilization device is capable of compensating for roughly 6.5 stops of camera wobble, according to the manufacturer.

DFD Autofocus System is a type of autofocus system.

For faster autofocus performance, the DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology evaluates the distance between subjects and adjusts the focusing position in as little as 0.08 seconds, with sensor and lens communication occurring at speeds of up to 480 frames per second (fps).

It is possible to benefit from this contrast-detection type of focus method in both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications that use Advanced AI Technology. Subject type, color, size, and motion vectors are used to intelligently lock-onto moving subjects and ensure precise focus with this method.

If you’re dealing with portrait subjects, face/eye recognition skills make it much easier to shoot individuals and emphasize focusing as precisely as possible on a subject’s pupil. The AF Near Shift function favors subjects that are close to the camera, whereas the AF Far Shift function favors subjects that are farther away.

The focusing sensitivity and speed of the camera may be changed to further optimize performance with the certain subject matter. It also has 225 autofocus regions, which allow you to have complete control over where the camera will concentrate its attention.

Additionally, a Low Light AF function, which supports operating in low-light circumstances, provides precise AF performance down to -6 EV.

Focus peaking, which emphasizes bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for rapidly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist, which allows for touch-to-focus operation, are both available for manual focus operation to make it more convenient.

In addition, an AF Point Scope setting, which momentarily magnifies the subject by 3x to 10x for confirmation of the focus location, is available. A custom selectable AF zone may also be selected for Multi-AF / Custom Multi-AF operation.


Taking use of the S1’s video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for capturing continuous 3:2 or 4:3 8MP stills at 60 or 30 frames per second shooting rate, or 18MP stills at 30 frames per second shooting rate:

It is great for situations where a high frame rate is required in order to capture the best possible moment. Burst: This mode will enable you to record continuously, making it perfect for situations where a high frame rate is required in order to capture the best possible moment.

Pre-Burst: This mode is useful when you’re not sure when it’s important to push the shutter button. It will record photographs one second before and one second after pressing the shutter button, giving you a total of 60 frames to pick from in this situation.

Burst (S/S): This mode is the most similar to the video recording procedure, and it allows you to watch your video, pause it at a certain point, and then use the shutter button to choose a specific frame from the movie and save it as a single 8 or 18MP frame from your video.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are two types of wireless technology.

Bluetooth Low Energy (4.2) technology maintains a steady connection between your smartphone or tablet and the camera while consuming the least amount of power. IEEE 802.11ac and b/g/n support are also available for more robust wireless activities, allowing for quicker transfer, as well as more fluid remote control and monitoring operations.

To complement the camera’s wireless connectivity, Panasonic has developed Lumix Sync, an iOS and Android software that can be used to control the camera from a smartphone or tablet, as well as transmit images wirelessly. Using Wi-Fi, 4K video files may be transmitted to a smartphone for playback.

Additional Camera Functions

  • Because of the sensor-shift stabilization technology, the S1 has a High-Resolution mode that captures and compiles eight individual exposures into a single 96MP raw or JPEG file utilizing sensor-shift stabilization technology.
  • This mode, which is best suited for static scenes and while working on a tripod, generates a more highly detailed and color-correct image than a single shot alone can produce, and it produces an image with a resolution of 12000 x 8000 pixels, which is the highest possible resolution.
  • HLG Photo mode provides a greater dynamic range, allowing for more detail to be captured in the shadow and highlight parts of the image. In HLG Photo mode, images can be saved as HSP files in either 4Kor full resolution, in addition to JPEG and raw formats, for vivid playback on 4K televisions.
  • When working in HLG Photo mode, images can be saved as HSP files in either 4K or full resolution, in addition to JPEG and raw formats, for vivid playback on 4K televisions.
  • Additionally, photographs may be captured in 6524 and 2:1 panoramic formats, in addition to the normal 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 16:9 aspect ratios.
  • The I.S. Status Scope, which displays an arrow in the viewfinder or on the back LCD, assists the photographer in identifying the sort of camera shaking that has occurred.
  • In order to provide consistent exposure and color, Flicker Decrease automatically identifies the frequency/flicker of artificial lighting and engages the shutter at peak brightness periods when the illumination is at its brightest.
  • Highlight Weighted Metering mode emphasizes highlight values while calculating exposure values, which helps to keep bright highlights under control and avoid scenes from blowing out.
  • An AWB setting will preserve a reddish warm color, whilst an AWBc setting will provide a cooler, blue tint, providing greater adaptability than conventional Auto White Balance (AWB).
  • A USB connection between the camera and a computer is required in order to use Lumix Tether’s connected, tethered shooting capabilities. Aside from providing a wider live view preview, this program also allows for remote shutter activation, the usage of 6K and 4K Photo modes, as well as the start and stop of video recording sessions.
  • Standard, Vivid, Natural, Flat, Landscape, Portrait, Monochrome, L. Monochrome, L. Monochrome D, Cinelike D, Cinelike V, Like709, Standard (HLG), Monochrome (HLG), Like2100, and My Photo Style are among the Photo Style modes available on the iPhone.

Firmware version 2.1 is available.

Adding Blackmagic RAW video output via HDMI when recording to a Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR recording display makes the S1 an excellent solution for DaVinci Resolve users who want to capture high-quality footage.

Users of the S1 must already have the DMW-SFU2 upgrade installed in order to benefit from this update, which makes the S1 capable of recording in both ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW formats. In addition, the Photo Style has been expanded to include L. ClassicNeo and L.

Monochrome. For portraiture, L. Classic Neo is a delicate, film-like colored effect with soft tones, while L. Monochrome is a gentle black and white rendering that is well-suited for the genre.

Panasonic Lumix S1 Specs

MSRP$2499 (body only), $3399 (w/24-105mm lens)
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
ISOAuto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis; combines with in-lens stabilization for increased shake reduction
CIPA image stabilization rating6 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points225
Lens mountLeica L
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,100,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.78×
Viewfinder resolution5,760,000
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 72 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 72 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 72 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesXQD + SD card slots; UHS-II supported
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
HDMIYes (4:2:2 8-bit output (except 4K/60p))
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11ac + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BLJ31 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)899 g (1.98 lb / 31.71 oz)
Dimensions149 x 110 x 97 mm (5.87 x 4.33 x 3.82″)
Orientation sensorYes

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