Panasonic shared some more details about the new S1-S1R cameras:
1) They will be able to shoot in High Resolution mode. It takes 8 photos and merges them for better resolution in varying lighting conditions.
2) They will capture HLG photos
3) The cameras will start shipping out in late March
UPDATE: Here is the official press text:
Panasonic Announces Additional Key Functions for the New Full-frame Mirrorless Camera at CES 2019
Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2019) – Following an announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic will unveil additional key features of the new LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless cameras at CES 2019. The LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses will be available at the end of March 2019.*
A Whole New Style of Photo Expression
High Dynamic Range Still Photo – HLG Photo Mode
HLG Photo allows images to be shot with a wider dynamic range. By reproducing both glaring lights and dark shadows that are likely to be overexposed or underexposed, the Lumix S achieves rich, precise color expression as close as possible to visual memory. 43rumors
HLG Photos are produced as an HSP file. The user can play back these vibrant images on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG- compliant devices. It is also ideal for photographers’ photo presentations.
Stunning Details with a Realistic Sensation
High Resolution Mode
Taking advantage of the Body Image Stabilizer. (I.S.) mechanism, eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor. These eight images are synthesized into a single image by the new Venus Engine, which boasts high-speed signal processing. Precise details are faithfully reproduced to be saved as a beautiful, highly realistic image. This mode is ideal for shooting natural landscapes or fine art objects with delicate details.
Considering situations where moving subjects are included in the scene, sub options are available to suppress motion blur, so photographers can use this mode the same as shooting in a normal photo shooting mode.
*Availability date may vary depending on the sales area •Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Dpreview just published their Photokina interview with Panasonic. The talk is mainly about their L-mount strategy and we have a lot of interesting tidbits:
1) The Trend is “moving towards full-frame mirrorless cameras”
2) Explaining the big size of the S1-S1R: “We didn’t want to compromise on features for the sake of body size”
3) About the S1-S1R shutter: “Most competitive cameras are guaranteed to 200,000 actuations. Our camera will be tested for more. ”
4) The S1 and S1R will be the most durable on market: “We are targeting the very highest level of durability in the industry. [The S1/R] are 100% sealed against dust and water, and operate in very low temperatures – even exceeding the limits of the GH5.”
5) About future entry level L-mount cameras: “The first generation will be specialized for professionals but in the future, of course we’re also aiming to attract entry-level users. ”
6) No APS-C L-mount cameras from Panasonic: “We have our own Micro Four Thirds system and we think that [because of the greater difference in size between full-frame and M43] this is the best balance. We have no plans to develop APS-C products.”
7) L-mount lens design is more difficult because: “In the case of M43, we prioritize compactness. But in full-frame we set higher targets, to meet professional specifications.”
8) About future video oriented L-mount cameras: “One of our assets is our experience of professional video, over more than 40 years. This is one of the areas where we contribute to the market, so in the future it’s possible that [our L-mount lineup] will expand to include such products”
9) About 8K cameras: ” After the Olympics, we will create a new generation of 8K video cameras, which are currently in development.“
Panasonic entry level Full Frame camera are likely to be developed
Panasonic video oriented S camera is coming too
8K cameras will come AFTER the Olympics
A New Zealand store scared the hell out of some of our readers by putting this $9999 price tag on the S1R (about $7,000 in US Dollars). Don’t worry folks, this is just a place holder pricing. The rela price is expected to be at close $4,000 US Dollars.
This is what the three L-mount alliance companies have to do in 2019 according to Dpreview:
– > Leica
Let’s be honest, Leica – this is pointless. It doesn’t matter what we want, or what we say, or what anyone wants or says, you’re Leica! You’ll just continue to do whatever you want, and there’s every chance that in a few weeks’ time we’ll find ourselves reviewing a limited edition ping-pong-bat-rubber-clad Melania Trump signature-edition M10. And that’s why we love you.
Leica – in 2019 we wish you would…
- Stop with the special editions already – this isn’t the 90s.
- Make a Q2 – maybe even with a 35mm lens…
- Say goodbye to 1950s technology and make an M-mount camera with an EVF.
- Give your customers their moneys’ worth and turn camera repairs around in days, not months. It’s not impossible – everyone else can do it.
As you prepare to enter the full-frame market in a few months, we can only imagine that things are pretty hectic in your Osaka headquarters right now. Hopefully you’re not working the engineers too hard, and they get a little downtime to read DPReview, because we’ve got some suggestions that we think might really help Panasonic out in 2019.
Panasonic – in 2019 we wish you would…
- Ditch field-sequential EVFs, for good.
- Either fix DFD for video, or use PDAF instead.
- Now that you’re in the L mount alliance, how about making a full-frame 4K video camera?
Sigma, we hardly recognize you. Over the past decade you’ve gone from being a respected but midrange third-party lens maker (and a quietly prolific OEM manufacturer) to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the high-end optics market. You’re making some of the finest lenses available, while still undercutting the ‘big’ brands, often by a considerable margin. How do you do that?
We love what you’ve become, but sometimes love is about being honest. Here are some ideas for 2019 and beyond.
Sigma – in 2019 we wish you would…
- Calm down a bit with the ‘biggest, heaviest and fastest’ primes thing and create a range of compact F2 lenses.
- Try again with the 24-70mm F2.8 Art.
- Follow Tamron’s example and develop some native Sony FE lenses.
- Reverse-engineer the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts and show them how it’s done.
- Create a range of full-frame Merrill compacts.