When it rains, it pours. And it seems we are stuck in a downpour of full-frame mirrorless camera announcements. The latest forecast calls for two new pro-level models from Panasonic—the S1 (24MP) and S1R (47MP).
Panasonic previewed these two new models at Photokina—joining the likes of Nikon and Canon to recently announce pro-level full-frame mirrorless cameras. Both cameras will be aimed at the professional and will feature a standard Leica L-mount (allowing for the use of current Leica lenses as well as new ones). Other highlights include high-resolution EVFs, dual XQD/SD card slots, and top plate LCD screens.
Panasonic anticipates that the S1 will be used mostly for photography, but it will also try to lure some of the Sony mirrorless videography base as well. Meanwhile the 47-megapixel S1R is purely for producing high-resolution stills (landscape, commercial, portrait). It is unclear if these two models will have the same body design, which would allow the use of a singular underwater housing.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but Panasonic expects to begin shipping the S1 and S1R in early 2019. The company has promised to release 10 new lenses specifically for these models by 2020. Check out DPReview’s report from Photokina for more information.
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