The Bigger Picture of the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R Full-Frame Camera Release

Panasonic has officially launched the Lumix S1 series, the company's first foray into full-frame mirrorless, but is there more to be said on this release than just talking about the cameras themselves?

In this video, Jaron Schneider of broader FOCUS takes a measured look beyond the S1 and S1R's spec sheets and pixel peeping, opting to observe these camera releases in context of the current industry and the choices made by Panasonic to get here. Because as much as some camera companies try to act like they don't care what the others are doing, keeping pace plays a role in public perception by interrupting the growing list of unreasonable demands set up by competitors, rumor websites, and free-to-dream wish lists.

The Panasonic S1 acknowledges the camera buying public's hesitation to use Micro Four Thirds over full frame, regardless of the company's previous all-in attitude towards the smaller sensor. And perhaps they now see a wide enough opening in the full-frame mirrorless space; Schneider makes a point that the big three here — Canon, Nikon, and Sony — are in flux as they all have disappointing aspects to their systems. Those three companies also have much more public pressure on them to create cameras that are better than best, whereas Panasonic comes into it with no real expectations in this space or unruly public demands for what they need to do.

Over visually impressive footage provided by Panasonic and shot with the new S1, Schneider expresses points not often made during a camera release news cycle. Have a look at the video above and let us know what your thoughts are on the new full-frame Panasonic cameras in the comments below.

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Matt Pignataro's picture

Super excited to see how these cameras shake out over the next several months. I'm definitely planning on retiring my GH5 next year once the bugs are worked out of these cameras and the lens selection is a bit more broad (I need ~15mm for real estate & architecture work).

I'm a stills only shooter so the truckload of video features are irrelevant to me. What I'm intrigued is the 5.76mil dot 120fps EVF. Because until today most EVFs in the market are not yet good enough to me.

The absurd part, is the lens pricing. Sure, it is sharpeerrrrr, but who cares when many can't afford it except the professionals.
50mm F1.4 - $2299
70-200mm F4 - $1699
24-105mm F4 - $1299.

David T's picture

Well, they stressed very often that this is aimed at professionals. Use them to get your money from R&D back and then release low hanging fruit aimed at prosumers/consumers.

I'm pretty sure that Canon equivalents (apart from the 50 f/1.4) for example are more than good enough for professionals who don't need fast apertures despite costing way less, those new Panasonic lenses have prices that are simply too high.

Devin Groody's picture

Let’s be honest. This is the biggest disappointment of 2019. Coming from a D850 + GH5 I was hoping for a camera that could compete with both. 4K/60 cropped to APS-C? Heavy, slow, expensive lenses? Who on earth is this system geared towards. I was so looking forward to jumping in, but this is a huge letdown.

revo nevo's picture

Probably sensor can't push 4k60

Nicolas KIEFFER's picture

Maybe the best idea is just stop looking for something else and just use what you own and is working fine for you (both are still state of the art in their field)
Or are you trying to convince yourself you're maxing out a D850 or GH5 and are truely limited by their capacities ? Seriously ?
And swaping Nikon FX + Pana MFT + lenses for that FX Pana + new lenses would be a really pertinent investment for quasi ZERO technical improvments ? Really sure ?

Devin Groody's picture

Who are you to give advice or assume what works for me? I have absolutely maxed both cameras out. The D850 is a powerhouse for all my still images, but falls on it's face for video. The GH5 is great for run-and-gun or controlled situations with good light, but can't keep up in dimly lit scenarios or even holding focus while vlogging or following a person talking. A full-frame mirrorless camera capable of 4k/60 and high ISO is the perfect combination. That's what we were promised, and the cropped 4k is a letdown.

Nicolas KIEFFER's picture

you should just stop blindly believe marketing material... And guess what ? until you will get that fancy still photocamera that makes 4k/60fps video like you wish, you will have to get a moviecam to get 8k/120fps material...

And hey, you are already limited by a Nikon D810 and GH5, you are really a big guy and you should stop tinkering with prosumer gear and go with real professionnal rigs, don't you think so ?

Or maybe calm down a little bit with a still massively growing ego...

Julien Jarry's picture

“With the exception of the A7sii” he says. I can’t even respond to that. The A7sii is probably the single most produced/used/rented everything video mdslr ever.

I'm really excited about the S series. Couple things though. Not impressed with the lens lineup at all. Hoping for better video recording options in future firmwares. I may even wait for a second generation camera before buying. Because while I would love to have full frame, I have not exhausted the possibilities with the GH5 with my current skill set

Just to give back to those who criticized the higher-end m43 cameras, you might have noticed that an S1R with Panasonic's "nifty fifty" runs almost $1,000 more than a Fujifilm GFX 50r setup.