- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #35 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all-around #59 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your custom requirements.
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.
S1 vs S5 II24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
S1 vs S5 II X24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
S1 vs S524MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
S1 vs S1H24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
S1 vs S1R47MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic S1 Gallery
You can see the S1 from different angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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 719 gr so the Panasonic S1 is heavier compared with various rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Here is a picture of the Panasonic S1 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will show the button design on the S1.
Panasonic S1 Lens specs
The S1 uses the Leica L mount and has 52 lenses available on the market. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the S1.
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.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.
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.
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 462. 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:
S1 vs E-M1X870 yesnoyes
S1 vs Fujifilm GFX 100800 yesnoyes
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 85 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.
Panasonic S1 Street photography details
Coming in at a very good score of 70, 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.
Panasonic S1 Sports photography factors
A excellent sports photography points tally of 76 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.
Travel photography with Panasonic S1
Size is very important when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic S1 gets a average 59 as a travel camera which is somewhat appropriate to take with you on your vacations.
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 81 as a landscape camera is a outstanding fit in the current market.
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.
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.