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

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Panasonic Lumix S1R: Viewfinder & Screen

It’s quite a statement, but the S1R has the most impressive electronic viewfinder of any camera we’ve ever tested. Like the Lumix S1, it’s the first camera in the world to debut a 5.76-million-dot OLED EVF – a resolution that’s exceeds the 3.6-million-dot EVF units you get on Nikon’s Z-series cameras and even the 4.4-million-dot EVF on the Leica SL.

The eye sensor is positioned above the EVF. The V.MODE button on the right side of the EVF unit is used to switch between the different viewfinder magnifications (0.78x, 0.74x, 0.7x)

With a 10.000:1 contrast ratio, minimum lag time of 0.005secs and refresh rate of 60fps that can be increased to 120fps, it displays a sensationally sharp and accurate view to the point you’re left wondering if it’s possible for EVFs to get any better. The default magnification (0.78x) can be reduced to 0.74x and 0.7x using the V-Mode button for users of glasses who may struggle to view the corners of the frame and there’s no viewfinder blackout beyond the first frame, making it easier to track and follow fast and erratic subjects during a high speed continuous burst.

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Onscreen settings can be navigated in a number of ways. You can use the joystick, the rear command dial/four way controller or tap the touchscreen with your finger

The 3.2in, 2.1-million-dot touch screen is a slim unit and doesn’t protrude too much at the rear. Being the triaxial tilting type, it’s designed to withstand rugged professional use and doesn’t block any of the ports at the side in any tilted position. It’s very similar to the type of three-way screens we’ve seen before on Fujifilm’s premium X-Series cameras and with a press of a button at the side it’s possible to pull it out and tilt it to aid with high and low angle shots in the portrait format.

This image illustrates how the screen can be pulled out to aid shooting from low and high angles when shooting in the portrait format

The panel is sensitive to light touches, letting you navigate through the new two-tier menu system quickly and precisely. The same can be said for reviewing images in playback. A double tap of the screen takes you to 2x-magnified view, with the rear dial allowing you to zoom up to 16x magnification.

  • 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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