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Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic Lumix S1R

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Panasonic S1R review: It’s powerful, but already trumped by Sony’s new A7R IV

Panasonic S1R review: It’s powerful, but already trumped by Sony’s new A7R IV

Posted   07.25.19
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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Panasonic’s S1R is a good, high-resolution, full-frame mirrorless camera, but it can’t hold up to the competition. Rugged and heavy, it delivers great handling, an ultra-sharp EVF and effective 5-axis stabilization system. The contrast-detect autofocus is good, but inferior to Sony’s faster, more accurate hybrid system. Images are sharp and color-accurate, but again can’t hold up to the Sony A7R III in terms of low-light noise and dynamic range. However, video features and quality are very respectable for a camera in this category. The main downside, though is the $3,700 price. That’s $200 more than Sony’s incoming A7R IV, and a whopping $1,200 more than the rival A7R III.

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Pros
  • Excellent handling
  • High-resolution images
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • Dual card slots
  • Best video in the high-resolution full-frame category
Cons
  • Contrast-detect autofocus inferior to rivals
  • Heavy
  • Much too expensive
  • Mediocre low-light performance and dynamic range

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Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Resolution (effective)
47 megapixels
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
Memory card
Sd, Xqd
Type
Resolution (effective)
Sensor size
Image stabilization
Memory card
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
47 megapixels
Full-frame
Optical (sensor-shift)
Sd, Xqd

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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