Panasonic/Screenshot by Lori Grunin/Proinertech

Issues simply acquired reeeally fascinating in cameraland, although we can’t know precisely how fascinating till 2019. 

We have gone from one selection for mirrorless full-frame cameras — Sony — to 4 in simply the previous few months, now that Panasonic has joined Canon and Nikon to compete. On Tuesday, Panasonic made a improvement announcement at Photokina 2018 for its two upcoming full-frame fashions, the Lumix S1R and Lumix S1. They’re based mostly across the Leica L mount, as a part of its new L-Mount Alliance strategic partnership with Sigma and Leica.

Panasonic’s splitting its preliminary line into two pro-focused fashions: one with a high-resolution 47-megapixel sensor optimized for nonetheless pictures, the S1R; and one with a decrease 24-megapixel sensor optimized for video, the S1. It is unclear if they’re going to comply with Sony and Nikon with comparatively cheap, extra general-purpose fashions such because the A7 III or Z6.

This display seize from the presentation video offers you a way of the design. It has a considerable grip, high standing LCD and what appears to be like like a thumbwheel (a la Canon) on the again.

Panasonic/Screenshot by Lori Grunin/Proinertech

Although Panasonic hasn’t but launched all the particulars, it did present sufficient to make them appear like critical opponents of their niches. They each have the identical core characteristic units, although I think they’re going to differ by some video-versus-still choices. That is what we all know: 

4K/60p videoPanasonic’s glorious DFD distinction autofocusHybrid sensor-shift/optical stabilization systemDual card slots, XQD and SDThree-way-tilt LCDHigh-speed shutterBig, high-resolution digital viewfinder (and it appears to be like actually large within the photographs)Climate and dirt sealed in any respect entry factors. Throughout the announcement, it gave the impression of he stated it was cold-proof right down to “-40 C” (-40 F) however I believe it is extra possible -26 C (-14 F).Can have a 50mm f1.four, 24-105mm and 70-200mm lenses at launch (no aperture spec for the latter two, however in all probability f4 and f2.eight, respectively)Transport early 2019

In fact, there is no details about the pricing, which is essential, or continuous-shooting pace, connections, viewfinder refresh pace and so forth. Although the cameras can use current L-mount lenses, most of them are, effectively, priced for Leica. As a part of the L-Mount Alliance, Sigma will begin creating for the L-mount.

Although the L-mount is designed to work on each APS-C and full-frame cameras, no point out was product of an adapter for Micro 4 Thirds, the mount system Panasonic developed along with Olympus. The L-mount’s flange distance (the space from the sensor to the mount) is 20mm, solely a hair longer than that of Micro 4 Thirds’ 19.25mm, they usually have very totally different mount diameters: 38mm for MFT vs. 51.6mm for L. 

We do not know whether or not both of the sensors has an antialiasing filter (which blurs the pixel borders barely to stop moire artifacts), although they’re designed by Panasonic, so I would anticipate none on the S1R’s however that the S1’s sensor would have it. However what do all these developments imply for Olympus?

Panasonic was emphatic about conserving Micro 4 Thirds round, although, and introduced a 10-25mm f1.7 lens. 


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