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Panasonic Unveils Lumix S Series Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera System

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Today Panasonic announced the Lumix S Series. The Lumix S series is Panasonic’s first full-frame, mirrorless camera system.

With the Lumix S announcement, Panasonic also announced an expansion of compatible lenses for the S1R and S1 including a 50mm/F1.4 prime lens, 24-105mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens.

  • Lumix S1R and S1 expected to release globally early 2019

  • World’s first support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera

  • A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards

  • Featuring Leica Camera’s L-Mount making it possible to use interchangeable lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of partners Leica Camera and Sigma.

Lumix S1R and S1 Key Features

Panasonic is making a splash in the mirrorless market with the Lumix S Series full-frame cameras. Here are the key features of the newly developed S1R and S1:

  1. Newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine (Effective pixels: approximately 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)

  2. World’s first support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera

  3. World’s first full- frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. image stabilization enabling handheld shots for dark or distant scenes that would previously have required additional equipment

  4. A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards: a first for Panasonic

  5. A rugged triaxial tilt LCD: emphasising ease of use and supporting professional photography and videography

  6. Utilizing Leica Camera’s L-Mount, making it possible to use alternative lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of partners*4 Leica Camera and Sigma, increasing options for alternative lenses

S1R Specs

  • 47 Megapixels

  • Dual Card Slot (XQD / SD)

  • 4K at 60fps

  • “for ultimate picture creation”

S1 Specs

  • 24 Megapixels

  • Dual Card Slot (XQD / SD)

  • 4K at 60fps

  • “for next generation hybrid photo/video creators”

Find more technical data about the Lumix S Series on CNET.

Lumix L-Mount Lenses

Panasonic will also expand its lineup of LUMIX S series compatible lenses, developing more than ten by 2020, including a 50 mm/F1.4 fixed-focus lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.

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Photo: Panasonic Global

For the LUMIX G series of Micro Four Thirds Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic has started developing a LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25 mm F1.7 lens that will achieve the world’s first zoom with maximum aperture of F1.7 for the entire range.

On top of this, the support services for professional photographers, which started in Japan in April last year, will be available in Europe and the United States this year.

Lumix S Series Development

Prototypes of the new cameras and lenses introduced today by Panasonic are being exhibited at Photokina 2018.

Lumix S Series promo image

Photo: Panasonic Global

Panasonic is partnered with Leica and Sigma for the L-Mount Alliance.

The L-Mount marks the start of a new era of lens compatibility without compromise. Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma are set to offer a user-friendly solution that will allow photographers to ‘mix and match’ any of the three manufacturers’ APS-C and full-frame cameras with any lens from each other’s product portfolios.

The L-Mount is featured on S1R and S1 cameras and will allow photographers to use a range of lenses from these manufacturers.

L-Mount Alliance

Photo: Panasonic UK

Pricing & Availability

No information about pricing has been announced by Panasonic yet, but the Lumix S Series is expected to ship globally sometime in early 2019.

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