Panasonic Lumix S1R review

February 1, 2019

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Panasonic Lumix S1R

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Price as Reviewed:

£3,399.99 (Body Only)

After making Micro Four Thirds cameras for over a decade, Panasonic has entered the full frame market with a bold statement. Michael Topham got to test the Panasonic Lumix S1R


Panasonic Lumix S1R: L-mount lenses

It’s early days for the S-series. Although Panasonic only currently offers three lenses, comprising the Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 (£2,299), Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S (£1749) and Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 MACRO O.I.S (1,299), we can expect many more S-series lenses based on the Leica L-mount to arrive in the coming months and years.

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic currently has a pair of S Pro lenses in its lineup – the ludicrously sharp Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 and the Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S, which features 23 elements in 17 groups

The beauty of the ‘L-Mount’ Alliance’ is that photographers have the flexibility to mix and match Panasonic, Leica or Sigma cameras with L-mount lenses from each manufacturers product portfolios. Sigma has been forthcoming with their plans to support the L-mount, making it known that 11 of their primes from its high-quality ‘Art’ line will be optimised to work with L-mount cameras such as the S1R, covering focal lengths from 14mm to 135mm. As well as these lenses, Sigma will also make a new mount adapter (MC-21). This will allow Sigma SA mount and Canon EF mount lenses to be used with L-mount cameras. Better still, it’ll work with the auto crop function, enabling APS-C format lenses to be used with a full frame sensor too.

Panasonic Lumix S1R

The Lumix S1R with the Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 O.I.S and battery grip attached is a sizeable and heavy combination, weighing over 2kg on the scales

While the L-mount might not be supported by the wide range of lenses that other full frame mirrorless systems offer at present, the future of the S-series and L-mount certainly looks bright.

  • Price: £3399 (body only)
  • Sensor: 47.3MP full-frame CMOS
  • Output size: 8368x5584 pixels
  • Focal Length magnification: 1x
  • Lens mount: L-mount
  • Shutter Speeds: 60secs-1/8000sec (mechanical shutter) 1sec-1/16,000sec (electronic shutter)
  • ISO: 100-25,600 expandable to ISO 50-51,200
  • Exposure modes: PASM, iAuto
  • Metering modes: Multi, centre-weighted, spot, highlight weighted
  • Exposure Compensation: –5 to +5 EV, in increments of 1/3EV
  • Drive mode: 9fps (AFS) 6fps (AFC)
  • Video: 4K/60P FHD/180fps
  • External mic: 3.5mm stereo
  • Viewfinder: 5,760k dot EVF with 0.83x magnification
  • Display: 3.2in, 2.1-million dot triaxial tilt LCD
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible), XQD
  • Power: DMW-BLJ31 Li-ion battery
  • Battery life: 360 shots (rear monitor) 340 shots (LVF) (1,150 shots in Power save LVF mode)
  • Dimensions: 148.9x110.0x96.7mm
  • Weight: 1020g with XQD card and battery

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