Panasonic S1

 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 front
 
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1021g - 149 x 110 x 97mm
  • Launched February 2019
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
54
Imaging
78
Features
84
Overall
80

Panasonic S1 overview

Panasonic S1 is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally revealed on February of 2019. The camera houses a 24MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The S1 is placed #25 out of 51 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all-around #41 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic S1 history

The Panasonic S1 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can identify all past and newer models as well as main specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5 front thumbnailPanasonic S5
S1 vs S5
24MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1H front thumbnailPanasonic S1H
S1 vs S1H
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1R front thumbnailPanasonic S1R
S1 vs S1R
47MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1 front thumbnailPanasonic S124MPFull frame9.0 fps2019

Panasonic S1 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic S1 based on criterias which are oftentimes seen as important in a digital camera.

2 card slots
above average flash sync speed (1/320s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
change lenses (Leica L mount)
does have HDMI out
does have headphone support
does have mic support
does not have anti aliasing filter
exports RAW files
focusing manually
great ISO range (51,200)
great min ISO (100)
has Top screen
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
nice clear screen (2,100 k dots)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
provides face detect focus
provides touch to focus
provides tracking focus
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is great (Full frame)
silent shooting (1/8,000s)
supports bluetooth
touchscreen capability
weather proof
does not have phase detect auto focus
heavier than competitors (1,021 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
terrible battery power (380 per charge)
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Panasonic S1 Sensor details

The Panasonic S1 is run by the Venus Engine chip. The sensor spec in the Panasonic S1 is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 51200. This ISO can be increased digitally to 50 - 204800. RAW format is saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

Panasonic chose to skip the anti aliasing filter on the Panasonic S1. This may result in more detailed photographs but might create moire in certain situations.

The graphic underneath displays the S1's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The S1 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 sensor size Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic S1 dimensions

Panasonic S1 weighs in at 2.25 lbs (1,021 gr or 36.01 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 149mm x 110mm x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 699 gr so the Panasonic S1 is heavier compared with various rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Panasonic S1 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button design on the S1.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic S1 Lens specs

The S1 uses the Leica L mount and has 38 lenses available on the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the S1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-16mm-F1.4-DC-DN-Leica-L lensSigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN16mmf/1.4405g
Sigma-24mm-F3.5-DG-L-Mount lensSigma 24mm F3.5 DG24mmf/3.5 225g
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Leica-APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL-90-280-mm-F2.8-4 lensLeica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280 mm F2.8-490-280mmf/2.8-4.0 1710g
Sigma-40mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Leica-L lensSigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A40mmf/1.40g
Panasonic-Lumix-S-24-105mm-F4-Macro-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro OIS24-105mmf/4 680g
Sigma-85mm-F1.4-DG-DN-Art-Leica-SL lensSigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art85mmf/1.4630g
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Leica-APO-Summicron-SL-50mm-F2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm F2 ASPH50mmf/2740g
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Panasonic S1 Connectivity

The S1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send images and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Panasonic S1 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Panasonic S1 is 3840 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 file format. 2160p offers a superb quality for video recording. You are able to crop to Full HD in order to get improved results. Beware of the considerable file sizes and ensure you get high quality SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does have both headphone and mic support making it very valuable while capturing audio.

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Panasonic S1 Weather Sealing

Panasonic S1 has weather sealing making it a good option for use for tricky climates. This is especially valuable if you are unsure about the conditions you might face for outdoor photography.

Panasonic S1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic S1 is equipped with a 3.2" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 2,100k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you are able to set focus points as well as change settings by using your fingers. The S1 also comes with a Top screen so it’s possible to quickly see your settings.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic S1 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 5,760k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.78x

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Panasonic S1 Shutter specs

Panasonic S1 continuous shooting rate is 9.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/8000s. Beware that the electronic shutter might cause "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Panasonic S1 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic S1 comes with external flash ability but with no in-built flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/320s.

Panasonic S1 Autofocus specs

Panasonic S1 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it useful for portraits.

It supports 225 focus points to pick from. Panasonic S1 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Panasonic S1 supports manual focus if needed for low light or you need more precise focus control.

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Panasonic S1 Battery life

The battery power in the Panasonic S1 is built to last for 380 photos according to the CIPA measurements which is lesser as compared with it's competitors. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 441. Olympus E-M1X has the highest (870) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras with the highest battery life:

Panasonic S1 for different categories of photography

The following chart displays a overview of the Panasonic S1 for different categories of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Panasonic S1 Portrait photography highlights

The Panasonic S1 has a points tally of 86 which is exceptional, meaning that it is a great option for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the capability to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
above average flash sync (1/320s)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers face detection focusing
exports RAW formats

Panasonic S1 Street photography details

Coming in at a very good score of 71, the Panasonic S1 is a very decent fit for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW files
provides touch focus
weather proofing
good high ISO (51,200)
heavier than others in class (1,021g)

Panasonic S1 Sports photography factors

A excellent sports photography points tally of 77 means the Panasonic S1 is a awesome pick for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
not so great battery life (380 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF

Travel photography with Panasonic S1

Size is very important when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic S1 gets a average 60 as a travel camera which is somewhat appropriate to take with you on your vacations.

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environment proof
supports bluetooth
provides focus via touch
MP count decent (24MP)
low battery (380 per charge)
heavier than competitors (1,021g)
screen is not selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Panasonic S1

When you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic S1 at it's great grade of 82 as a landscape camera is a outstanding fit in the current market.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
2 card slots
bad battery pack (380 CIPA)

Panasonic S1 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic S1 is simply not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a awful rating of 32.

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touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has external microphone support
does not offer selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competitors (1,021 grams)

Panasonic S1 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the S1, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall within the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the S1 vs it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might view as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Type
Pro Mirrorless
Launched
2019-02-01
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area
847.3mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW format
Max native ISO
51200
Max boosted ISO
204800
Lowest native ISO
100
Lowest boosted ISO
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
225
Lens
Lens mount
Leica L
Available lenses
30
Crop factor
1
Screen
Screen type
Tilting
Screen diagonal
3.2 inch
Resolution of screen
2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
5,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.78x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
95
DXO Color Depth score
25.2
DXO Dynamic range score
14.5
DXO Low light score
3333
Features
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/320 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
1021 grams (2.25 lbs)
Dimensions
149 x 110 x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8")
Other
Battery life
380 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Card slots
Two
Pricing at launch
$2,498