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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Full-Frame Camera (2019)

MSRP 2500 USDNeoscore 70%NEX score 84%

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Product Overview

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is a high-end mirrorless camera in the Leica L-mount system. Introduced by Panasonic in 2019, it comes with a full-frame sensor with 24 MP (6000 x 4000) resolution and a 5.76 million-dot EVF.
The camera has a usable battery life, though a second battery may be a good thing to keep in your camera bag.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 comes with 225 autofocus points. Those who intend to use the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 for video work will be glad to find that the camera comes with 6 stops of IBIS.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • 6 stops of IBIS
  • Weather-sealed
  • High resolution EVF
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Quite heavy
  • Viewfinder with low 0.78x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 84% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb viewfinder
  • Superb battery life
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent video quality
Cons
  • Not as fast as rivals
  • Doesn’t support full-frame 4K video
  • No autofocus
  • No anti-aliasing filter
  • Battery life isn’t great
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac + Bluetooth

Construction

Battery | Capacity
3050 mAh
Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Lens Mount
Leica L-mount
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
24 MP (6000 x 4000)
Sensor | Type
CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
97 mm / 3.82 in
Size | Height
110 mm / 4.33 in
Size | Width
149 mm / 5.87 in
Weight
899 g / 31.77 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2 inch
Display Type
Tilting TFT LCD
Resolution
2,100,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.78x
Viewfinder | Refresh Rate
120 fps
Viewfinder | Resolution
5,760,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

AE Bracketing
±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Autofocus
225 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
5-axis; combines with in-lens stabilization for increased shake reduction, 6 stops
ISO Range
100 ~ 51200 (expands to 50 ~ 204800)
Processor
Venus Engine
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Video Recording
4K, 60p
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
380 shots
Dynamic Range
14 stops
Max Burst Rate
9.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/8000 s (electronic) / 1/8000 s (mechanical) ~ 60 s
Storage
XQD + SD card slots; UHS-II supported

Production

Battery
DMW-BLJ31 lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2019-02-01

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Lumix S1 can record unlimited 4k up to 30p while power and memory remain, but how long can you expect in practice? The biggest limitation is 4K and 6K Photo use the movie focusing capabilities which aren’t as quick as those for stills in AFC. Panasonic’s done a great job with the controls and ergonomics, while being careful not to skip any key features expected at this level.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Excellent image quality
  • Superb viewfinder
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Not as fast as rivals

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Lumix S1 can shoot 4K at 24 and 30 frames per second from the full width of the sensor. It can also produce in-camera slow motion using a high framerate mode. The one thing to watch out for with the S1 is moiré. Autofocus errors, as intermittent as they are, are a cause for concern.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive image quality
  • High-resolution video
  • Compact design
Cons
  • No anti-aliasing filter
  • Moiré in slow-motion video

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is one of those cameras that will really appeal to video specialists. It offers 60fps capture at 4K, which is something we've not seen on full-frame cameras from other brands. It's on a slightly higher level than the Sony a7 III and the Nikon Z 6. The S1 delivers great image quality and includes a high-resolution mode.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent in-body stabilization
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Doesn’t support full-frame 4K video
  • No autofocus

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Panasonic S1 has a 5.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder. Full HD videos can also be captured at a maximum 60p, although faster frame rates up to 180/150p are also available. 4K footage captured at 60/50p can be output in slow motion. There are two slots on the body, one for XQD cards and another for SDHC/SDXC cards.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Competitively priced
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Battery life isn’t great

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Panasonic S1 is a superb camera: masterfully constructed, rich with features, and able to create stunning images. It can capture full resolution images at a continuous speed of 9fps, a significantly faster 30fps if you dial down the resolution to 6K (around 18-megapixels) or a frankly supercharged 60fps at 4K. I was also impressed by the S1’s battery life, which seems to go on and on. Panasonic says you’ll get around 400 shots out of a charge when shooting using normal settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb image stabilisation
  • Excellent video quality
  • Superb battery life
Cons
  • No autofocus
  • High price

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Panasonic Lumix S1 review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/panasonic-lumix-s1-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Panasonic Lumix S1 review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/digital-camera-reviews/panasonic-lumix-s1-review/. 2019-04-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dc-s1. 2019-06-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Panasonic Lumix S1 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-s1-review. 2019-04-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Panasonic S1 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-s1. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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