Your Move, Sony - Panasonic Unveils LUMIX S Series Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Capable of 4K/60p Video Recording

Exciting news from Photokina. Panasonic is launching not one, but two new full-frame mirrorless camera systems based around the 51.6mm L-Mount. With a global launch planned for early next year, Panasonic's full-frame LUMIX S Series will feature two different models, the 47-megapixel S1R and the 24-megapixel S1. Both will be capable of 4K/60p video recording for high-frame-rate productions or full 4K slow motion. Other features include Dual I.S. Image Stabilization, which combines in-body and in-lens stabilization, a three-way tilting LCD touchscreen, and L-Mount compatibility for lenses from Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma.

Everyone who is upset at Nikon and Canon will be thrilled to hear Panasonic is including dual memory card slots, one SD slot, and one QXD slot. But, while most full-frame mirrorless systems utilize some form of on-sensor phase detection for the AF system, Panasonic's sticking with contrast-detection AutoFocus. To be fair, Panasonic's DFD (Depth From Defocus) AF claims to be the world's fastest, and Nikon included a contrast-detection option in the Z7 & Z6 because contrast detection is exceptionally accurate... But, in lower lighting or with high contrast backgrounds, Panasonic's AF system, specifically their face tracking, isn't on par with Sony, Canon, Fuji, or Nikon.

  • 47MP (S1R)
  • 24MP (S1)
  • 4K 60/50p Video Recording
  • Dual I.S. Image Stabilization
  • 3.0" Triaxial tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Contrast AF DFD(Depth From Defocus) technology
  • 100% weather sealing in all dials, buttons, & seams
  • Dual Memory Card Slots: XQD & SD
  • Compatible with all L-Mount lenses from Leica, Panasonic, & Sigma
Panasonic has yet to announce a specific launch date or pricing. Stay tuned for more!

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What is a new camera system without lenses? Panasonic has also announced three new L-Mount S Series compatible lenses, a 50mm F1.4 prime, a 24-105mm standard zoom, and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom. Unfortunately, we don't know any more specifics, like aperture details, given Panasonic's love for Dual I.S., we're willing to be Panasonic's L-Mount lenses will feature image stabilization. Panasonic is planning to have ten L-Mount lenses on the market by 2020.

Again, Panasonic has yet to specify pricing or a specific launch date for their new glass.

Source: Panasonic