Panasonic proved all rumors right about their new full-frame cameras with the introduction of two models at Photokina 2018. The new Lumix S1R will have a 47 megapixel full-frame sensor, developed at Panasonic, while the Lumix S1 model will have a 24 megapixel sensor.
Both full-frame, both capable of 4K/60p with Dual I.S., which is really useful as it will allow for both in-body image stabilization in addition to stabilization from Leica/Panasonic lenses with OS.
At the moment, we have limited information on the video capabilities, bit depth, chroma subsampling 10bit 4:2:2 or otherwise, but we got a chance to interview Mike from Panasonic, who was kind of enough to endure a few questions from me.
Information on the new Lumix S series full-frame system is very limited, and I did do my best to get more info from Panasonic, however we’ll have to wait until early 2019 to learn more specifics.
Despite this, the buzz at Photokina 2018 is substantial around the Panasonic booth who are next door neighbours to Canon, who have a massive stand of their own. The Lumix S1R prototype and a few new lenses are encased in glass on the main Lumix stand gathering plenty of interest from show attendees, and given Panasonic’s determination to make a dent in the full-frame mirrorless market, their collaboration with major players such as Leica and Sigma can be a winner.
Sure there are plenty of unanswered questions at this point, but this we are in the very early stages of Panasonic’s foray into full-frame photography and video acquisition, so give them time. I, like many of you, have high hopes of Panasonic’s aspirations to dominate the video world in mirrorless cameras, and I really hope Panasonic delivers in early 2019.