Panasonic S1 & S1R Launch, digiDirect, Sydney, April 1 2019

I attended the first Panasonic S-Series touch-and-try launch event for members of the public in Sydney, hosted by digiDirect at the House of Merivale in the CBD on the 1st April. 

The organisers provided a number of Panasonic S1 and S1R mirrorless 35mm sensor cameras mostly equipped with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 Macro OIS zoom lenses, though I spotted a couple of Panasonic Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f/4.0 OIS telephoto zoom lenses and a Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. 

My first impressions of the S1 as a stills photography camera are positive though limited due to the circumstances, but it came across as very well-designed and well-manufactured, and it performed better than hoped for in available darkness. 

Panasonic S-Series cameras and lenses at House of Merivale, Sydney, 1st April 2019

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After some initial snapshots in colour with the S1’s default settings, I selected monochrome HLG Photo mode to better focus on the people and gear being shown.

Each photograph produced three files, the JPEGs that you see above and that I have resized without any other image editing, an .RW2 raw file and an .HSP HLG Photo file that is apparently currently only viewable on the latest high-end 4K Panasonic television sets.

The .RW2 and .HLG files are not yet supported by the latest version of macOS and none of the raw processing and image editing software that I use.

Panasonic S1 and S1R: When will raw processing software be ready?

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DxO PhotoLab in its previous incarnation as DxO Optics Pro Elite was the very first fully-fledged raw processing application I purchased after disappointments with Adobe Camera Raw, and it continues to do a brilliant job of processing raw files from cameras by most makers except for Fujifilm, though it does process raw files from my Fujifilm Finepix X100.

If I come across estimates as to when other raw processing and image editing applications will gain support for Panasonic S1 and S1R raw files then I will add it here.

At the moment I am downloading a version of Silkypix that apparently supports the S1 and S1R and will put it to the test when it eventually arrives (thanks, NBN, for your appalling download and especially upload speeds).

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Panasonic Australia: Ray Martin in Bhutan with LUMIX S1R | Photography Across Borders

“In this short film – created by LUMIX ambassador Dave Katague – iconic Australian journalist-turned-photographer, Ray Martin trials the new LUMIX S1R full-frame mirrorless camera while exploring the people and culture of Bhutan. Follow Ray on his journey through breathtaking scenery, meeting the locals, and road-testing our new flagship camera’s features as one of the first people in the world to capture images with the LUMIX S1R….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

Commentary

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Australian journalist Ray Martin is a longtime photography enthusiast who recently had a book of his photographs published. I made this portrait of him at his presentation about his work at Ted’s World of Imaging in Sydney in October 2018.

I will be attending some Panasonic Australia Lumix S1 & S1R public launch events at stores in Sydney early April as an alternative, in effect, to the private launch events to which selected members of the online and offline media are invited.

In the absence of access to the latter and the loss of the big annual Sydney photography trade shows, you have to take whatever you can get nowadays!

The photography and video scene in Australia is smaller than it is in the UK and I do miss the torrent of events and invitations from when I lived in London and routinely hopped over to the continent.

The other alternative is to watch online marketing videos though there is no substitute for in-person hands-on events where you can touch and try the product in question even if only for the shortest time.

Accordingly the list below contains links to product marketing videos and public launch events.

Postscript

I have just received notification of these three Australian Lumix S1 and S1R events.

Better get in quick lest they become booked out!

Hands on with the Lumix S1 & S1R SYDNEY
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-hands-on-with-the-lumix-s1-s1r-sydney-registration-59033255055

Photo Tour with the Lumix S1 & S1R SYDNEY
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-lumix-s1-s1r-photo-tour-sydney-registration-59037294136

Hands on with the Lumix S1 & S1R MELBOURNE
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-hands-on-with-the-lumix-s1-s1r-melbourne-registration-59038022314?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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TechRadar: Hands on: Panasonic Lumix S1 review

https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-s1

“EARLY VERDICT
Panasonic may have taken its time launching a full-frame mirrorless cameras, but the new Lumix S1 can definitely hold its own. It’s rugged, well designed, easy to use and produces wonderfully sharp images with excellent color rendition. Its Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) Photo Mode also adds natural-looking high dynamic range to stills, which looks fantastic when viewed on an HDR screen….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

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News Shooter: Are the Panasonic S1 and S1R the holy grail of mirrorless cameras?

https://www.newsshooter.com/2018/09/26/https-www-newsshooter-com-2018-09-26-are-the-panasonic-s1-and-s1r-the-holy-grail-of-mirrorless-cameras/

“With Panasonic unveiling their first ever full frame mirrorless cameras, the S1 and S1R, the question needs to be asked, will they knock Sony off the throne and take the crown to become the new king of full-frame mirrorless cameras? Now I’m strictly speaking about video functionality and not their performance as a hybrid camera….

… Panasonic has a real chance to push the envelope with the S1 and S1R and let’s hope they do. Competition is good for everyone, and hopefully, with such fierce competition in the full frame mirrorless space, it will continue to push manufacturers into giving us the features we all want….”

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Panasonic Lumix S1R 35mm mirrorless digital camera.

Commentary

Panasonic’s announcement at photokina 2018 of its Lumix S1 and S1R 35mm sensor cameras, also referred to somewhat inaccurately as “full frame” or “full format”, was an in-development notification meaning that the system and its cameras and lenses are a little way off from release yet.

The term “35mm” is more than sufficient for describing digital cameras based on 24x36mm sensors and possesses an accuracy that the other two rather silly terms do not.

The idea of Panasonic adding a 35mm system to its current Micro Four Thirds system offering is an intriguing one given Fujifilm has already gone two steps further with its APS-C X-Mount system and its more recent Medium Format GF-Mount system.

Will the image quality difference between M43 and 35mm be as great as that between APS-C and MF?

Will photographers who currently rely on Panasonic’s Lumix GX8, GH5 and G9 M43 cameras consider adding Panasonic Lumix S1R cameras for their 47 megapixel sensors and consequent high image quality for large format printing?

Or, having got bitten by the big sensor bug, might they wish to go beyond 47MP in the 35mm sensor format and consider the Fujifilm GFX 50R, GFX 50S or GFX 100S?

Interesting times and, of course, the proof of the pudding will only be available when the new Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras make their appearance and the inevitable side-by-side comparisons begin turning up.

Then there is the question of Panasonic’s commitment to the Japanese Government’s decision to broadcast the 2020 Olympics in 8K and whether the Lumix L-Mount S-System is how Panasonic will bring 8K video capability to its hybrid cameras.

I am looking afraid to learning more about Panasonic’s Lumix S1 and S1R as well as what happens with the L-Mount initiative formed between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma.

Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R at Panasonic Lumix press conference, photokina 2018

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BBC News: Mirrorless cameras: Photography’s new decisive moment

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45627055

“Nearly 200 years after the birth of photography, the art form is experiencing a technological revolution….

… on the eve of Photokina – the industry’s giant trade fair in Cologne – Panasonic has just unveiled a body that could prove the most disruptive of all….

… Panasonic, however, is teasing a model that promises to combine several cutting-edge features….

“Panasonic’s move into the full-frame mirrorless segment is particularly interesting because of its collaboration with Leica and Sigma – both companies with a strong photographic heritage,” Futursource analyst Arun Gill told the BBC.

“By adopting Leica’s L-Mount, Panasonic’s cameras will have an immediate advantage of being compatible with several existing high-quality lenses.”…”

Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R mirrorless 35mm sensor format cameras with the first three lenses to be released for the system, 24-105mm f/4.0 standard zoom lens, 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens and 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. Photograph of Panasonic Lumix cameras and lenses at photokina 2018 courtesy of Panasonic.

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change.org: Petition: Panasonic to give the Lumix S1 a Flip-out Fully Articulating Touch LCD

https://www.change.org/p/petition-panasonic-to-change-the-lumix-s1-s-3-axis-tilt-lcd-to-a-flip-out-fully-articulating-touch-lcd

“… When it was unveiled that Panasonic was making two Full-Frame cameras and that they are partnering with Leica and Sigma, I was ecstatic, and still am. Everything about these new cameras looks and sound promising.

However, we have found out that the upcoming S1 and S1R will not have flip-out fully articulating touch LCD like the G9 GH5 and GH5S, it is unsure what the reasoning of this was. But many of us in the video world was surprised and confused by this, all we wanted was for the screen to be the same as the one offered in the GH5 and GH5S….”

Panasonic Lumix S1R 35mm mirrorless digital camera.

Fully-articulated LCD monitors on other Panasonic Lumix cameras and other brand cameras too

Commentary

I fully support Australian artist Idin Aazami’s petition to Panasonic asking that Panasonic’s currently -in-development Lumix S1 and S1R 35mm mirrorless cameras be released with fully-articulated LCD monitors instead of the 3-way tilting LCD screens shown off on the pro-production dummies shown at photokina 2018.

I was convinced to invest in Panasonic Lumix cameras for video production and stills photography by the experience of using cameras with 3-way tilting screens and using cameras with fully-articulating monitors and the advantages of the latter over the former became very clear very fast.

Please sign Idin Aazami’s petition and help get the numbers well beyond 1000.

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