Introduced the Panasonic Lumix S series as the latest contender by Imaging boss Yosuke Yamane at Photokina 2018 event. The newer version of the upgrade has been announced in the rapidly crowding full-frame mirrorless camera race.
The new series of Panasonic’s Lumix S cameras wll offer image stabilization in both the camera body and the lenses, have higher shutter speeds and highest flash-synchronization speeds, also offers 4K video at 60fps. There’s an electronic view finder that will be the highest resolution and precision in the industry.
At the keynote we are told, coming “closer to human vision.” Now, you’ll have noticed that none of these claims are backed by specific numbers yet, but again, that’s the nature of an announcement as early as this. While the event also been taking place in the fall 2018 whereas the first glimpse of these cameras. The latest Lumix S cameras has 47-megapixel Lumix S1R and the 24MP S1, which won’t be out for selling until the spring of 2019.
There’s hype in purchasing Panasonic’s Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras, where they are most popular choices among prosumer and semi-pro videographers, and the new Lumix S series will try to extend that pedigree with it offering of 4K video recording at up to 60 frames-per-second and dual image stabilization.
Panasonic also promises extreme durability, with weather sealing on all seams, dials, and buttons. A Lumix S camera has already been down to the South Pole, where it has “functioned perfectly” at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius.
Any new camera system will have the challenge of establishing a lens ecosystem, which is where Panasonic’s newly announced L-Mount Alliance with Leica and Sigma comes in. In fact, the Lumix S series will adopt Leica’s L-Mount, meaning these cameras will have compatibility with eight high-quality lenses from Leica right from the start, along with three from Panasonic’s Lumix division.
Panasonic will start the Lumix S off with a 500mm f/1.4 prime, a 24-105mm zoom lens, and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom. Sigma will also contribute lenses through 2019, and Panasonic promises that it will have a total of at least 10 compatible lenses within a year of the Lumix S cameras’ release.
Although given the super high specs and abundance of professional features, we can expect the cost for the new Panasonic’s Lumix S camera series to be in the thousands of dollars.
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