Source: Photo Rumors
Panasonic is keeping its fans (and the media) in suspense with a slow trickle of information about its first full-frame mirrorless camera, first previewed at Photokina in September last year. There was no full reveal at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas either, only some juicy details about two previously undisclosed features: a high-resolution mode and a high dynamic range mode. Oh, and the planned shipping date of end-March.
Now, through L-Forum, Panasonic has given us a few images of the new S1R placed alongside the company’s G9 and GH5s models—for those of us who weren’t at CES to see the camera for ourselves. Next to the Micro Four Thirds cameras, the considerably larger size of the lens mount is most immediately noticeable, as is, unsurprisingly, the camera’s larger overall bulk. (The new Panasonic S-series cameras use the Leica-developed L-mount, which has a 51mm diameter, compared to the 54mm and 55mm diameters of the new Canon RF-mount and Nikon Z-mount, respectively.)
The other notable difference compared to the G9 and GH5s is the lack of video start/stop button on the top of the camera; on the S1R, the red movie button is located on the back, out of the way, just to the right of the viewfinder—perhaps surprising given that one of the most loudly touted specs is the 4K/60p recording capability, a “world’s first” for a full-frame mirrorless. Presumably, housing manufacturers will have to put in considerable effort to reroute this control to a more convenient position near the right-hand grip. We also still don’t know whether the 24MP videocentric S1 and 47MP stills-focused S1R will be externally the same (like the Nikon Z6 and Z7), which would allow you to drop either camera into the same housing.
No doubt that morsel will be dangled before us soon, too.
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