Panasonic LUMIX S1: Full-frame without compromise
- 24.2 Megapixel full-frame sensor
- 6-stop Dual Image Stabilisation for Still and Video Mode
- Real View Finder with 5760K OLED display
Designed for exceptional photography as well as professional quality video, the LUMIX S1 is built around the wide diameter L-Mount and offers media creatives all the benefits of a full-frame high sensitivity sensor.
The 24.2-megapixel-CMOS is the heart of LUMIX S1. Equipped with outstanding image stabilization and powered by a new Venus Engine, the camera performs up to the highest standards in photography as well as offering advanced video recording with well-retained highlight and shadow details.
To capture the decisive moment, the photographer frames the image using the world’s highest resolution*1 electronic viewfinder with unrivalled clarity via a 5.76-million-dot OLED display.
*1 As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, as of February 1, 2019.
High Resolution, High Sensitivity
The LUMIX S1 full frame mirrorless camera uses a 24.2-million-pixel CMOS sensor (35.6 x 23.8 mm) that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent signal to noise ratios at high ISO settings. Efficient pixel design, combined with the high-powered Venus Engine processor, allows standard ISO settings to reach ISO 51.200.
When extra resolution is needed, a High Resolution Mode can be used to create images with a staggering 96 million pixels. The mode combines information recorded in eight exposures that are taken as the Body I.S. system makes tiny off-set adjustments to the sensor position. The result is a 12.000 x 8.000 pixel RAW-file bursting with information. A feature of the High Resolution Mode is the option to supress motion blur.
Dual I.S. 2 for Incredible Shake Compensation
The 5-axis Body I.S. (Image Stabiliser) system compensates for the effects of camera shake to make shutter speeds up to 5.5-stop slower than usual safe to use*1. Combined with the 2-axis O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) in the LUMIX S Series lenses, this Dual I.S. 2 system increases the level of compensation to 6-stop*2, and works to eliminate the effects of a wide variety of camera movement types in both still and video photography*3. Making use of sophisticated technology, vibration measurements are taken not only from a gyrosensor but also using information from the CMOS itself and from an accelerometer sensor.
To help photographers remove sources of camera shaking, an I.S. Status Scope has been added that displays a graphic interpretation of vibration.
*1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.*2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm when S-R70200 is used.].*3 5-Axis Dual I.S.2 can be used with the lens S-R24105 and S-R70200 as of February 1, 2019.
High-Speed Precision Focusing
Combining contrast detection and Panasonic’s unique DFD technology with ultra-fast processing creates a focusing system that provides both speed and precision. To achieve extremely fast and accurate focusing, the Venus Engine, CMOS sensor and new LUMIX S lenses communicate at up to 480 fps allowing the system to react in 0.08 seconds*1. The autofocus works with as little light as remarkable -6 EV*2.
Focus acquisition and tracking is enhanced with Advanced Artificial Intelligence Technology that detects humans, cats, dogs and birds. Identifying the subject helps the system anticipate movement patterns and allows the autofocus to keep tracking the subject even when its back is turned. Face, eye and pupil detection ensure that portraits are focused correctly.
For fast moving situations the LUMIX S1 is capable of shooting at a rate of 9 fps in AFS or 6 fps with continuous focusing. The 6K Photo mode allows bursts of 18-million-pixel JPEG images at 30 fps, while 4K Photo offers sequences at 30 or 60 fps with 8-megapixel resolution.*3
*1 11EV, at wide-end with S-R24105 (CIPA) in LVF120 fps setting.*2 F1.4, ISO100 equivalent, AFS.*3 4K/6K PHOTO modes create an MP4-file allowing cut outs of still images in 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio with approx.6K/18-megapixel or approx. 4K/8-megapixel resolution.
High Resolution Viewfinder and High Quality Displays
The world’s highest resolution electronic viewfinder*1 provides photographers with unrivalled clarity via a 5.76-million-dot OLED display. The Real View Finder offers refresh rates of up to 120 fps and a virtually non-existent lag of just 0.005 seconds for smooth and realistic tracking of motion while panning with moving subjects. The display resolution, matched with a 10.000:1 contrast ratio, ensures a very clear and detailed view. The finder magnification can be adjusted from 0.78x to 0.74x or 0.7x for the comfort of the photographer.
The camera’s 3.2 inch touchscreen features 2.1-million-dot resolution and is mounted on a triaxial tilt rear monitor that allows it to flip out for low or high angled viewing in both portrait and landscape orientation. Night Mode, Live View Boost and illuminated buttons help those working in dark conditions and the camera’s top plate offers largest-in-class back-lit status LCD*1 to keep the photographer informed of important shooting settings at a glance.
*1 As of February 1, 2019
Professional Video Features
The LUMIX S1 offers filmmakers exceptional video quality and a wide range of tools to take full creative control of their footage. 4K-video is offered at 60/50p*1, while full pixel readout is achieved at 30p for exceptionally clean and detailed images. With the full width of the sensor being used, the focal length of lenses is retained and the creative possibilities of extreme shallow depth of field are available.
The camera offers a variety of gamma curves, including industry standards such as Cinelike D/V and Like709. To shorten post-processing work, a new flat mode with less contrast and saturation for versatile use is offered. The new Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)*2 profile allows recording in an even wider dynamic range with rich colours (Like2100) to mimic the abilities of the human eye.
LUMIX S1 allows video recording up to 4K 60/50p 4:2:0 in 8 Bit directly to SD- or XQD-card. 4:2:2 colour sampling can be put out through HDMI. Panasonic will provide a software key to unlock the option to record 4K 60/50p 4:2:2 10 Bit via HDMI-output and 30p/25p/24p in 4:2:210 Bit internally within 2019. This upgrade will also bring V Log with industry leading dynamic range to the LUMIX S1. While time-limitations apply to 4K/60p and High-speed-footage, 4K/30p and Full HD can be recorded without a time limit.*3 High Speed Video allows 2x slow motion at 60fps in 4K, and up to 6x slow motion in Full HD with frame rates of up to 180fps.
Line-input is supported by a 3.5 mm microphone socket while audio can be monitored using the 3.5 mm headphone port. Advanced audio quality can be achieved using the DMW-XLR1 microphone adapter in the hot shoe with professional microphones and XLR input sources.
*1 50p in PAL-area only*2 “HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)” is an international standard (ITU-R BT.2100) HDR format*3 4K/60p: 29 Min and 59 sec, High-Speed-Videos up to 15 Min (all high-speed-modes). The recording will stop, when the Memory Card is full or the battery runs out. When the temperature is too high, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.
Designed to Meet Professional Expectations
Developed for professional photographers, the LUMIX S1 has been built to withstand heavy use with magnesium alloy die-cast front and rear panels and sealing at every joint, dial and button. The camera is resistant to dust, splashes and operates at temperatures as low as -10°C*1.
The shutter unit is designed to endure 400,000 actuations. It allows mechanically driven exposure times as short as 1/8000 sec to ensure the capture of fast moving subjects even using open aperture settings of fast lenses in the bright sunshine. The external flash can be synchronized with the industry’s fastest shutter speed of 1/320 second*2.
The control buttons and dials are located based on an ergonomic study to enable the user to concentrate on shooting. The adoption of an 8-directional joystick and refined UI (User Interface) also supports quick operation during shooting. A lock lever prevents unintentional operation and the user can choose which functions to lock.Photographers can also protect their work by having the camera automatically add their personal details and copyright information to Exif data as pictures are recorded. Double memory card slots are provided for SD (UHS-II) and XQD*3 media, and compatibility with CFexpress is due in the near future.
*1 Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with dust and water*2 As of February 1, 2019*3 XQD is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
Creative Control Made Easy
For the individual look, in-camera controls provide the photographer with great flexibility in the way the JPEGs are recorded. Each photo style can be adjusted and new ones can be created and saved. A Flat option produces JPEGs with flat contrast and saturation as a flexible starting point for post-processing.
New photo styles include HLG Photo Modes (Hybrid Log Gamma)*1 for vibrant high dynamic range pictures that retain extreme highlight detail suitable for display on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG-compliant devices. Images taken with the HLG Modes can be saved as HSP files in stunning 8K resolution, as well as in JPEG and RAW formats.
When shooting portraits the new AWBw white balance setting creates an attractive moderate red tint, and a new Highlight Weighted Light Metering Mode prioritises the retention of detail in the brightest areas of the picture.
New panoramic aspect ratios add extra creative possibilities, with 65:24 Film Panorama and 2:1 wide frame formats offering exciting dimensions at the shooting stage.
*1 “HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)” is an international standard (ITU-R BT.2100) HDR format.
Connectivity and Remote Shooting
- Remote Shooting via LUMIX Tether
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Wi-Fi 5GHz*1/2.4GHz
The LUMIX S1 is compatible with LUMIX Tether software that allows remote control of the camera over USB from a PC, as well as live view streaming and direct transfer of pictures to a PC as they are recorded.
LUMIX Sync is a new smartphone app for iOS/Android*2 devices that enables remote control of the camera and photo transfer from the camera to the phone/tablet.
Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 enables a constant connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption, as well as allowing camera settings to be shared between multiple LUMIX S1 bodies. Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac) in addition to 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) provides a secure and faster connection to smartphones/tablets for remote control and image/video transfer.
*1 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries.
*2 Android and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
Full Range of Accessories
The LUMIX S1 is compatible with a range of accessories including Remote Shutter (DMW-RS2), Eyecup (DMW-EC6), Battery Grip (DMW-BGS1) and Battery Charger (DMW-BTC14). The Battery Charger also complies with USB Power Delivery and enables quick power charging of the camera’s 7.4V 3,050 mAh battery in approximately 2 hours. The camera can be used while charging via this adaptor. The conventional External Flash (DMW-FL580L / FL360L / FL200L) can also be mounted on the LUMIX S Series cameras.