Panasonic Lumix S1

87

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Panasonic has a strong full-frame mirrorless debut with the Lumix S1. You get a rugged, weatherproof and heavy body that handles well, and it delivers excellent image and video quality, even in low light. It beats rival models from Canon and Nikon feature-for-feature, thanks to dual high-speed card slots, 5-axis in-body stabilization, the clearest EVF on the market and 10-bit, 4K video with no crop. The biggest negative is the contrast-detect autofocus, which can’t stand up to the phase-detect systems on other models, especially for video. It’s also the most expensive 24-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera at $2,500, and Panasonic is charging for a key firmware update on top of that.

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Panasonic S1 review: A perfect camera, except for its autofocus system
Only the fussy autofocus holds it back from true greatness.
Steve Dent
Steve DentApril 10, 2019

Pros

  • Excellent handling
  • Great image quality
  • 10 bit 4K video with no crop
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • Dual card slots

Cons

  • Contrast-detect autofocus inferior to rivals
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
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Key Specs

TYPE
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
LENS MOUNT
Other
RESOLUTION (EFFECTIVE)
24 megapixels
SENSOR SIZE
Full-frame
IMAGE STABILIZATION
Optical (sensor-shift)
MEMORY CARD
Sd, Xqd

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