Panasonic S1R

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R front
  • 47MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1020g - 149 x 110 x 97mm
  • Introduced February 2019
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic S1R summary

Panasonic S1R is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless camera originally introduced on February of 2019. It uses a 47 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 8000 x 6000.

The S1R is scored #26 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & overall #40 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized factors.

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Here is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic S1R family

The Panasonic S1R has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can check out all previous and brand new models along with key specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5-Mark-II front thumbnailPanasonic S5 II
S1R vs S5 II
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5-Mark-II-X front thumbnailPanasonic S5 II X
S1R vs S5 II X
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5 front thumbnailPanasonic S5
S1R vs S5
24MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1H front thumbnailPanasonic S1H
S1R vs S1H
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1R front thumbnailPanasonic S1R47MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1 front thumbnailPanasonic S1
S1R vs S1
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
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Panasonic S1R Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Panasonic S1R based on things that are usually considered crucial in a camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in touchscreen
comes with focus by touch
does have external microphone socket
does have HDMI socket
does have headphone socket
does not have anti aliasing filter
features face detection focus
features tracking autofocus
focusing manually
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
has Top LCD display
high flash sync speed (1/320s)
high MP (47 megapixels)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
screen has good resolution (2,100 k dots)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports bluetooth
supports RAW formats
tilting screen
two card slots
weather proofing
display is not selfie friendly
does not have phase detect auto focus
more heavy than competition (1,020 grams)
not so great battery pack (360 CIPA)
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Panasonic S1R Sensor specifications

The Panasonic S1R features the Venus Engine processor. The sensor spec in the Panasonic S1R is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor is able to capture 8000 x 6000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 47 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. This ISO can be extended digitally to 50 - 51200. RAW format is supported so you have wider margin for error.

Panasonic opted to skip the anti aliasing filter with the Panasonic S1R. This can result in more detailed pictures but could create moire under certain circumstances.

The picture below shows the S1R's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The S1R sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic S1R dimensions

Panasonic S1R is 2.25 lbs (1,020g or 35.98 oz) & has external measurements of 149mm x 110mm x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g so the Panasonic S1R is weightier when compared to its rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Panasonic S1R beside a soda so you can get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the S1R.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R topview buttons dials

Panasonic S1R Lens specifications

The S1R fits the Leica L mount and has 52 lenses available to buy. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the S1R.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-35mm-F1.2-DG-DN-Art-Leica-SL lensSigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art35mmf/1.21090g
Panasonic-S-70-300-F4.5-5.6-Macro-OIS lensPanasonic S 70-300 F4.5-5.6 Macro OIS70-300mmf/4.5-5.6 790g
Photography Glossary
Sigma-24mm-F3.5-DG-L-Mount lensSigma 24mm F3.5 DG24mmf/3.5 225g
Panasonic-Lumix-S-Pro-70-200mm-F4-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS70-200mmf/4 985g
Panasonic-Lumix-S-85mm-F1.8 lensPanasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.885mmf/1.8 355g
Sigma-65mm-F2-DG-DN-L-Mount lensSigma 65mm F2 DG DN65mmf/2.0 405g
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Panasonic-Lumix-S-Pro-16-35mm-F4 lensPanasonic Lumix S Pro 16-35mm F416-35mmf/4 500g
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Panasonic S1R Connectivity

The S1R has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send pictures and oftentimes change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Panasonic S1R Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Panasonic S1R is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p delivers an exceptional resolution for video. You are able to crop to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Be wary of the huge file sizes and make sure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does include both headphone and microphone socket making it incredibly useful whilst recording sound.

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Panasonic S1R Weather Sealing

Panasonic S1R has weather proofing making it a fantastic option for use during tough climates. This is particularly handy if you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Panasonic S1R Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic S1R houses a 3.2" tilting screen supporting a resolution of 2,100k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you are able to shift focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingertips. The S1R also has a Top LCD display so it’s possible to instantly checkout camera settings.

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The View Finder specifications for Panasonic S1R are the following:

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

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be very valuable.

Panasonic S1R Shutter specifications

Panasonic S1R continuous shooting speed is 9.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might lead to "rolling shutter" under certain situations.

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Panasonic S1R Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic S1R comes with external flash support but with no built-in flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/320s.

Panasonic S1R Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic S1R comes with just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.

The AF system boasts 225 focus points to pick from. Panasonic S1R has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus points. It also has Tracking AF for things on the move. Panasonic S1R boasts manual focusing in case it is required during low light situations or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Panasonic S1R Battery life

The battery pack for the Panasonic S1R is fashioned to last for 360 clicks with respect to the CIPA standards making it less when compared to it's rivals. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the maximum (870) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the highest battery life:

Panasonic S1R for varying types of photography

The following graph shows a rundown of the Panasonic S1R for varying types of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic S1R Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic S1R receives a rating of 87 which is impressive, meaning that it is a fantastic pick to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support together with the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/320 seconds)
fantastic megapixels (47 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detection focus
saves RAW formats

Panasonic S1R as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a above average rating of 71, the Panasonic S1R is a fine fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
environment proofing
good ISO range (25,600)
more heavy than competitors in class (1,020 grams)

Panasonic S1R Sports photography features

A brilliant sports photography rating of 78 indicates the Panasonic S1R is a brilliant option for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (47 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proofing
bad battery pack (360 CIPA)
does not have phase detect AF

Travel photography with Panasonic S1R

Size is really critical in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic S1R gets a decent 60 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suited to take with you on your trips.

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weather sealing
has bluetooth
boasts touch focus
amazing megapixels (47 megapixels)
bad battery power (360 shots)
more heavy than average (1,020g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display

Landscape photography with Panasonic S1R

For anyone who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic S1R with it's brilliant score of 82 for a landscape camera is a superb choice amongst its competitors.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Leica L mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic MP (47MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
has dual storage slots
terrible battery life (360 shots)

Panasonic S1R as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic S1R is simply not good for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 32.

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touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone support
display is not selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (1,020 grams)

Panasonic S1R Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the S1R, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The diagram here provides you an overview of the S1R vs it's top scoring competitors suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may see as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
47 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
8000 x 6000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Leica L
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Display size
3.2 inch
Display resolution
2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
5,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Max quiet shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
9.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/320 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1020g (2.25 lb)
Physical dimensions
149 x 110 x 97mm (5.9" x 4.3" x 3.8")
Battery life
360 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Card slots
Pricing at release