GB Sports Photographer & The Panasonic LUMIX S1

Panasonic Lumix S1 Full-Frame Camera Review By David Thorpe

David Thorpe takes a look at the Panasonic S1 Full-Frame camera to find out how it compares with the Panasonic G9 Micro Four Thirds camera.

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The Panasonic S1 (S1R) is a full-frame mirrorless camera but how does the relatively new model compare with the ever-popular Panasonic Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds camera?  This is what David Thorpe is finding out in his latest video review, along with sharing his general thoughts on the performance of the S1. 

"The S1 and the G9 Panasonics are a truly unique digital double act. How do the Full Frame S1 and Micro Four Thirds G9 stand up against one another? Is bigger better? Or is nimbler nicer?" Asks David Thorpe. 

To summarise, David says the S1 is very similar to the G9 but has some well thought out improvements but if you're looking for a camera with the best technology possibly built-in, whether you can use it or not, the S1 is the way to go. Whereas the G9 is for the pragmatic photographer who is willing to ditch superfluous image quality in return for portability. Simply put, David says you're more likely to capture good images with the G9 because you're more likely to reach for it due to its overall size/weight. 


David has already reviewed the Lumix G9 in full so do have a look at that for is full thoughts on the Micro Four Thirds Camera and we've shared a comparison table below, along with sample images, from the G9 and S1 R (we'll add sample images from the S1 when we've put the camera to the test). 

 

Panasonic Lumix G9 Sample Photos

 

Panasonic LUMIX S1R Sample Photos

 

Comparison Table

Panasonic LUMIX S1RPanasonic Lumix S1Panasonic Lumix G9
ManufacturerPanasonicPanasonicPanasonic
Image Sensor
Pixels47.3Mp (Megapixels)24.2Mp (Megapixels)20.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)836860005184
Pixels (H)558440003888
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-FrameFull-FrameMicro / Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)36mm35.6mm17.3mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm23.8mm13mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 65:24
  • 2:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 65:24
  • 2:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in3in
Screen resolution2100K dots2100k dots1040K dots
Touch ScreenYesYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Bracketing
  • Touch AF
  • Centre
  • Multi
  • AF Tracking
  • Face Detection
  • Spot
  • Manual
  • Eye Detection
  • Autofocus
  • Eye Detection
  • Touch AF
  • Centre
  • Multi
  • AF Tracking
  • Face Detection
  • Spot
  • Manual
  • Bracketing
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/16000sec1/16000sec1/32000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec60sec60sec
Bulb modeYesYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 5120050 - 204800100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Bracket
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution5760K dots5760k dots3680K dot
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting9fps9fps60fps
Video
Movie modeYesYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS4K 60fps4K UHD, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98fps4K 30fps
Stereo SoundYesYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYesYes
Interface
HDMIYesYesYes
USBUSB-CUSB-CUSB 3
Wi-FiYesYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • XQD
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • XQD
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 3050mAh, 23Wh)Li-ion Battery PackDMW-BLF19 Lithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)380shots400shots400shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo DataBattery Charger (AC Adaptor, USB connection Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Eye Cup, Flash Syncro Socket Cap, Cover for the Battery Grip Connector, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Lens Hood, Lens Rear Cap
Dimensions
Weight1016g1017g658g
Width148.9mm148.9mm136.9mm
Height110mm110mm97.3mm
Depth96.7mm96.7mm91.6mm
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