As part of Panasonic's entry into full-frame mirrorless, the Lumix DC-S1 is a well-rounded camera offering advanced feature-sets for both stills and video, along with a robust physical construction. Characterized by its full-frame 24.2MP MOS sensor, which is supported by an updated Venus Engine, the S1 offers impressive image quality along with a quick 9 fps shooting rate and expanded sensitivity range up to ISO 204800. In regard to video, the S1 can record UHD 4K30p with full-pixel readout, 4:2:0 10-bit color, and unlimited shooting times, as well as 4K60p for up to 29:59. HDR video recording is possible using the dedicated Hybrid Log Gamma mode, and a firmware update will be available to add 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording along with V-Log. Complementing both stills and video capabilities, the image sensor also utilizes an advanced DFD contrast-detection autofocus system for quick and precise focusing and subject tracking. Additionally, sensor-shift image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by 5.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting.
Beyond the imaging attributes, the S1 is also distinguished by its body design, which incorporates an impressively high resolution 5.76m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder along with a 3.2" 2.1m-dot triaxial tilt touchscreen LCD. The magnesium-alloy body is weather-sealed to permit working in harsh conditions and has a top status LCD for reviewing shooting settings on the fly. CFexpress Type B/XQD and SD card slots offer flexible storage capabilities and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity afford remote camera control along with wireless image transferring to tablets and smartphones.
24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
Featuring a full-frame 24.2MP MOS sensor, along with an updated Venus Engine, the S1's imaging capabilities have been optimized for high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, and flexible recording modes. The sensor and processor incorporate Multipixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing technologies, which help to produce high resolution and definition by suppressing color moiré, and Color Control further enhances color reproduction, especially in the highlights and shadows. The Venus Engine's processing power also helps to suppress noise levels throughout the sensitivity range, from ISO 100-51200, and yield fast full-resolution continuous shooting speeds up to 9 fps with AF-S or 6 fps with AF-C, for more than 90 consecutive raw files.
UHD 4K HDR Video Recording
Beyond stills shooting, the S1 is a highly capable video camera featuring UHD 4K30p recording with full-pixel readout, 4:2:0 10-bit color, and unlimited recording time along with UHD 4K60p recording for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Full HD recording is also supported, up to 60p with unlimited recording times. Also, high-speed recording modes for UHD 4K60, with 30 fps playback, and Full HD 180 fps, with 30 fps playback, offer 2x and 6x slower motion, respectively.
Complementing the video quality, a High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, along with a dedicated Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) Photo Style mode, can be used to expand highlight and shadow details and offer greater flexibility when color grading. An optional paid firmware update will be available to further heighten recording capabilities with support for 4:2:2 sampling, 10-bit color depth internal recording along with V-Log. Additionally, recording to an optional external recorder is possible, via the HDMI Type A port, and support for an external microphone and headphones are also available via dedicated 3.5mm jacks.
Used in conjunction with other members of the L-Mount Alliance, the L lens mount is a versatile interface with a mount diameter of 51.6mm and a flange distance of 20mm for working with a broad range of optics.
An impressive Real View Finder is a high-resolution 5.76m-dot OLED EVF offering a clear 0.78x configurable viewing magnification along with a smooth 60 fps or 120 fps changeable refresh rate, 0.005 sec lag, and 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
Large 3.2" 2.1m-dot LCD is a bright, clear means for live view shooting as well as playback and menu navigation. The screen features a triaxial tilting design to suit working from high and low angles, even in the vertical shooting orientation, and its touchscreen design affords intuitive settings control. Live View Boost is a dedicated viewing mode for working in low-light conditions, where the viewing sensitivity can be increased to aid in composing your image, and a Night mode also benefits working in dark conditions by lowering the screen's backlight intensity.
In addition to the rear LCD, a top status LCD can also be used for quickly reviewing shooting settings, even when the camera is powered off.
Durable, weather-sealed magnesium-alloy construction is splash, dust, and freezeproof to accommodate working in harsh weather conditions and trying environments.
Ergonomic design provides a large, comfortable right-hand grip along with easily accessible physical controls, an eight-way joystick, and a refined overall UI design for intuitive use. Additionally, illuminated buttons aid settings adjustment in low-light conditions and a lock lever prevents unwanted settings changes.
Dual memory card slots—one CFexpress Type B/XQD slot and one SD UHS-II compatible slot—offer improved flexibility for image storage, allowing you to segregate raw and JPEG files to different cards, save duplicate files to both cards, or simply double your storage space with overflow recording.
A USB Type-C port allows for fast file transferring as well as high-speed in-camera battery charging. Additionally, an HDMI Type A port benefits video applications, a 2.5mm port can be used with the optional DMW-RS2 Remote Shutter, 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks suit advanced audio recording needs, and a PC sync port can be used for wired flash synchronization.
DMW-BLJ31 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated for approximately 380-400 shots per charge when working with the rear monitor, 360-380 shots per charge with the EVF, and 1100-1150 shots per charge when Power Save LVF mode is on.
High precision shutter mechanism offers a top mechanical speed of 1/8000 sec, a flash sync speed of 1/320 sec, and has been tested for approximately 400,000 actuations.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
Panasonic DC-S1 Specs
Lens Mount Leica L
Camera Format Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 25.28 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 2:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 65:24
Sensor Type MOS
Sensor Size 35.6 x 23.8 mm
Image File Format JPEG, Raw
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 51200 (Extended: 50 to 204800)
Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Seconds
0 to 30 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
0 to 30 Minutes in Bulb Mode
1/8000 to 60 Seconds
1/16000 to 1/25 Second in Movie Mode
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range 0 to 18 EV
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set
Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 24 MP for up to 90 Exposures (Raw)
Up to 9 fps at 24 MP for up to 999 Exposures (JPEG)
Interval Recording Yes
Self-Timer 2/10-Second Delay
Recording Modes 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/29.97p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 59.94p [150 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/29.97p [100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p [20 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/29.97p [72 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 29.97p [24 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94i [17 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94i [24 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 59.94p
Video Encoding NTSC
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio File Format AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 225
Autofocus Sensitivity -6 to +18 EV
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 5,760,000 Dot
Viewfinder Eye Point 21 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +2
Monitor Size 3.2"
Monitor Resolution 2,100,000 Dot
Monitor Type Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Built-In Flash No
Flash Modes Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed 1/320 Second
Flash Compensation -3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Memory Card Slot Slot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: CFexpress Type B / XQD
Connectivity 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-Mini, HDMI A (Full Size), X-Sync Socket, USB Type-C (USB 3.0)
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Operating Humidity 10 to 80%
Battery 1 x DMW-BLJ31 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 3100 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.9 x 4.3 x 3.8" / 148.9 x 110 x 96.7 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight 2.25 lb / 1021 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
Package Weight 6.385 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 9.15 x 6.4"