New Panasonic Lumix Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras Available to Rent

The new Lumix S line marks a new chapter for Panasonic. They have made an exciting debut into full frame mirrorless cameras with the S1 and S1R. These cameras marry the high demands of advanced photographers with robust video recording options, making it the ideal tool for hybrid assignments and projects.

At the heart of this new system is are new L mount lenses to be equipped with large, light-gathering rear elements and ultra-fast apertures. A large 51.6mm mount diameter and a short 20mm flange distance produces fewer aberrations, greater brightness, and better image performance overall. Speed and volume of communication between the lens and camera is also increased. These optical technologies take full advantage of the benefits of a mirrorless design.

Standout Feature of the S1: Video Performance

Enjoy pro-level video in a future firmware upgrade that will allow internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording in 4K 30p/25p, 4K 60p/50p HDMI Out, and V-Log. Currently, record UHD 4K up to 59.94p in 8-bit 4:2:0 or 4K 30p in 10-bit 4:2:0 (4K 30p is also supported in the efficient HEVC codec). Unlimited internal recording is available in 4K 24/25/30p and 1080p. You can also capture high-speed video up to 180 FPS in Full HD. Enjoy full pixel readout using the entire width of the sensor in 4K 30p, which is supported by a new Venus Engine that is specifically tuned for full frame capture with the most minimal noise even at the highest ISOs. Note, however, that there is a 1.5x crop when recording 4K 60p. New Multipixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing systems provide exceptional clarity and sharpness.

Panasonic also developed a new algorithm that calculates shake from not just the gyrosensor but also the image sensor and accelerometer sensor for their most accurate shake detection to date. When combining the 5-axis in-body stabilization with the optical image stabilizers inside Lumix S series lenses, you get up to 6-stops of compensation when shooting at slow shutter speeds, making shooting in low light a breeze. For extra smooth results, you can optionally deploy the E-Stabilization setting for steady handheld footage.

Standout Feature of the S1R: Resolution

The standout feature of the S1R vs the S1 is this camera offers an ultra high resolution 47 megapixel sensor. Shoot an extended 30 FPS burst and choose the exact set of frames you want for stunning results in 6K Photo Mode or opt for a high-speed 60 FPS capture in 4K Photo Mode. 225 AF points and advanced subject lock-on technology is ideal for wildlife and sports shooters. Shoot up to 9 frames per second in RAW format with a 90 frame buffer.

Never wash out your scene ever again with the handy Highlight Weighted Metering Mode, which prioritizes highlight values. A new Flat Mode allows photographers to shoot JPEG images with a plain finish that features less contrast and saturation to gain some of the processing control of RAW with the expediency of JPEG, which may be useful for those with extremely fast turnaround assignments. Auto White Balance also got enhanced with the addition of Auto White Balance Warm (or AWBw) and Auto White Balance Cool (or AWBc) to give images more red or blue tints according to external lighting conditions. Complementing all these features is a long list of photo style modes, including monochrome and Cinelike D.

Explore Panasonic’s full frame mirrorless collection here and let the latest technology elevate your shooting performance and imagery results.

Tom Anello is Boston-based and has a background in both product and portrait photography. He came to Boston for music school and landed heavily in the world of photography after spending time with commercial product photographer Eric Kulin. Presently, he is BorrowLenses’ Social Media Specialist and produces photo content for the BorrowLenses Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Outside of the office, he is an avid film photographer with a focus in portraiture.


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