Panasonic has released an update on the S1 and S1R full frame mirrorless cameras it announced at Photokina 2018. The company says the new cameras will feature a high dynamic range HLG Photo mode and a High Resolution Mode that uses the IBIS (in-body image stabiliser) to capture eight separate images and blend them into a single ultra-high resolution photography.
Unfortunately, Panasonic hasn’t revealed what this ultra-high resolution is going to be, but this system has already been used on Olympus Micro Four Thirds models to offer 50-megapixel images from a 20-megapixel sensor, though this can only be used with static subjects.
We do know that the new Panasonic S1 will be a 24-megapixel camera and the S1R will have 47 megapixels. Both cameras have in-body stabilisation and a Leica L lens mount developed by a new L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma.
Panasonic is now saying that the new cameras will be available from the end of March 2019, so it’s surprising to have so little concrete information so close to launch date, though you can read more information on the Panasonic S1 and S1R on Digital Camera World.
2018 has been hailed as the year of the full-frame mirrorless camera, and saw the launch of the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 and the Canon EOS R. Panasonic’s announcement of the S1 and S1R probably also counts as a ‘launch’, even though the cameras won’t be available until 2019.
This is certainly not great news for Sony which, until 2018, had the entire full frame mirrorless market to itself, and had nothing new of consequence to show at Photokina 2018. Sony does, however, have a major head start in its range of mirrorless lenses, and it seems likely that Canon, Nikon and Panasonic won’t catch up for some considerable time.
Available: End of March 2019
More information: LUMIX S series – Panasonic