Panasonic S1H

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5952 x 3988 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1052g - 151 x 114 x 110mm
  • Released August 2019
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
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Panasonic S1H overview

Panasonic S1H is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless camera originally introduced on August of 2019. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The S1H is placed #31 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all-around #49 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic S1H family

The Panasonic S1H is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5-Mark-II front thumbnailPanasonic S5 II
S1H vs S5 II
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5-Mark-II-X front thumbnailPanasonic S5 II X
S1H vs S5 II X
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5 front thumbnailPanasonic S5
S1H vs S5
24MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1H front thumbnailPanasonic S1H24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1R front thumbnailPanasonic S1R
S1H vs S1R
47MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1 front thumbnailPanasonic S1
S1H vs S1
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
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Panasonic S1H Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic S1H based on aspects which are oftentimes seen as useful in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
comes with headphone jack
comes with mic jack
display is selfie friendly
environment proof
exports RAW files
flash sync is higher than normal (1/320 seconds)
focusing manually
good ISO range (51,200)
good min ISO (100)
good resolution (24MP)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has dual storage slots
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has Top LCD display
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2")
quiet shutter (1/8,000 seconds)
screen articulates
screen is touchscreen
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports bluetooth
supports face detect focusing
supports focus via touch
supports tracking focus
very good screen resolution (2,330 thousand dot)
video res high (5952 x 3988 pixels)
does not have phase detect AF
heavier than competitors (1,052g)
not so great battery power (400 CIPA)
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Panasonic S1H Sensor features

The Panasonic S1H is run by the Venus Engine processor chip. The sensor spec in the Panasonic S1H is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor can resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. The ISO can also be increased electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW format is saved which means that the user has more margin for error.

The image underneath displays the S1H's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The S1H sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic S1H dimensions

Panasonic S1H weighs about 2.32 lbs (1,052 gr / 37.11 oz) and features outer proportions of 151mm x 114mm x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr so the Panasonic S1H is more heavy than various competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Panasonic S1H beside a soda to help you to have a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the S1H.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H topview buttons dials

Panasonic S1H Lens features

The S1H works with the Leica L mount and has 52 lenses that you can purchase. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the S1H.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-35mm-F1.2-DG-DN-Art-Leica-SL lensSigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art35mmf/1.21090g
Leica-Super-Vario-Elmar-SL-16-35mm-F3.5-4.5-ASPH lensLeica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm F3.5-4.5 ASPH16-35mmf/3.5-4.5990g
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Panasonic-Lumix-S-85mm-F1.8 lensPanasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.885mmf/1.8 355g
Sigma-35mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-Leica-L lensSigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM35mmf/1.4 665g
Leica-APO-Summicron-SL-75mm-F2-ASPH lensLeica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm F2 ASPH75mmf/2720g
Sigma-45mm-F2.8-DG-DN-Contemporary-Leica-SL lensSigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary45mmf/2.8215g
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Sigma-28mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Leica-L lensSigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM A28mmf/1.40g
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Panasonic S1H Connectivity

The S1H has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and in some cases adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Panasonic S1H Video features

The highest video quality in the Panasonic S1H is 5952 x 3988 and it can save in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 3988p will provide an excellent quality for video recording. You can easily downsample to Full HD in order to get clearer results. Be wary of the large file sizes and make sure you own high quality SD cards with good write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and mic jack making it really useful while capturing audio.

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Panasonic S1H Weather Sealing

Panasonic S1H has environment sealing which makes it a very good selection to use in tricky places. This is especially handy if you are not sure about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.

Panasonic S1H Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic S1H includes a 3.2 inch fully articulated display screen with a resolution of 2,330 thousand dots.

It has a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits and group photos when needed. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily change focus points and adjust settings by using your fingers. The S1H also comes with a Top LCD display allowing you to quickly view camera settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic S1H are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 5,760 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.78x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be quite helpful.

Panasonic S1H Shutter features

Panasonic S1H can shoot continuously at 9.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/8000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may cause "rolling shutter" in some conditions.

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Panasonic S1H Flash and Hot shoe features

Panasonic S1H includes external flash ability but is lacking inbuilt flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/320s.

Panasonic S1H Autofocus features

Panasonic S1H includes only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it useful for people photography.

The Sensor includes 225 focus points to select from. Panasonic S1H has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving subjects. Panasonic S1H has got manual focus when required in low light or you want to have more exact focus control.

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Panasonic S1H Battery life

The battery power for the Panasonic S1H is built to last for 400 images with respect to the CIPA standards which is lesser than its competitors. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the highest (870) battery life in this range of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Pro Mirrorless cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Panasonic S1H for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Panasonic S1H for specific styles of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Panasonic S1H as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic S1H gets a rating of 85 which is awesome, and means the camera is a superb option for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support plus the potential to use external lighting.

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manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/320s)
good MP (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats

Street photography with Panasonic S1H

With a very good points total of 69, the Panasonic S1H is a good choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
features touch to focus
weather proofing
very good ISO range (51,200)
more heavy than average (1,052 grams)

Panasonic S1H Sports photography highlights

A superb sports photography score of 76 suggests the Panasonic S1H is a tremendous fit for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
environment sealing
low battery power (400 per charge)
no phase detect AF

Panasonic S1H Travel photography information

Size is pretty crucial in buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Panasonic S1H gets a very good 64 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick to buy for your travels.

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weather proofing
supports bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery life (400 shots)
heavier than competition in class (1,052 grams)

Panasonic S1H Landscape photography information

In case you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic S1H at it's brilliant score of 81 for a landscape camera is a great choice within the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Leica L mount)
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
has double storage slots
bad battery (400 per charge)

Panasonic S1H Vlogging information

A vlogging camera really should come with a articulating display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic S1H is a respectable option for vlogging as it comes to a very good score of 70.

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display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect autofocus
high quality video (5952 x 3988 pxls)
has microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (1,052 grams)

Panasonic S1H Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the S1H, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the S1H vs it's top scored competitors mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might regard as alternate options. To see a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Leica L
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
Display resolution
2,330 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
5,760 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated 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./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/320 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
5952 x 3988 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic input
Headphone input
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1052 grams (2.32 pounds)
151 x 114 x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3")
Battery life
400 images
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots
Cost at launch