Panasonic Lumix S1 compared to the Sony A7 III, is Panasonic able to compete with one of Sony’s best selling cameras? Are they too late to enter the full frame market? And is bigger always better? Let’s find out.
I’ll try not to be biased but in the interest of full disclosure, I already own the Sony A7 III but in all fairness. I also own the Panasonic GH5 which some would consider the little brother to the Panasonic Lumix S1.
I like both brands and I watched this video with an open mind and although, I do not prefer either brand. Just purely looking at the specifications and the price of these two cameras. As well as considering the inferior auto focus on the Panasonic Lumix S1 my first thought is that Panasonic is going to have a difficult time competing with Sony.
Especially in regards to size, weight, and value for the price considering you have to pay extra to unlock some additional features on the Panasonic. In all honesty, I have only had a few minutes to check out the Panasonic Lumix S1 at a special Panasonic launch event but I wasn’t impressed with the size, look and weight of the camera.
My first thought was why didn’t they at least include a flip out screen like on the GH5? Also one of the main reasons people are switching to mirror less cameras is the smaller size and weight and Panasonic seems to have ignored this and produced a very large and heavy camera.
In regards to video quality, I would give a slight advantage to the Panasonic Lumix S1 but if you factor in the price and cost and availability of lenses at this time, I feel the Sony A7 III is a wiser purchase choice. You also have to consider that the Panasonic is the first generation compared to the third generation Sony camera.
Let me know what you think in the comments below, did Panasonic price this camera too high? Do you think the larger size and weight is a mistake? Let me know which camera you think is the better purchase for the money and why in the comment section below.