This review is devoted to Lumix DC-S1 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Feb 01, 2019. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #134 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #321 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DC-S1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 has the following external dimensions 149 x 149 x 97 mm (58.66 x 43.31 x 38.19″) with the weight of 899 g.
The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 97mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 204800.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 has a High-Resolution mode feature. It allows you to take multiple shots of a particular scene, at the same time, move its sensor with a special sensor-shift image stabilization system, and join all these shots into one 96.0 MP picture automatically. To make the best use of this feature, we recommend capturing static scenes while using a tripod for more stability and less stitching artifacts.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 with other standard sensor sizes.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is equipped with a Tilting 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,100k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 5,760k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 are its 9.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Lumix DC-S1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DC-S1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
In addition, Lumix DC-S1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 formats.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Lumix DC-S1.
Lumix DC-S1 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.
In addition, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.
One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Lumix DC-S1 is equipped with its USB Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks) or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DC-S1 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 provides a shooting life of 380, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DC-S1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DC-S1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DC-S1 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
|Announced||Feb 01, 2019|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Leica L|
|Number of Lenses||20|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||2,100k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||5,760k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||9.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||n/a|
|DxO Color Depth||n/a|
|DxO Dynamic Range||n/a|
|DxO Low Light ISO||n/a|
|Sensor Size||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.6 x 23.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||847.28 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||51,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||204,800|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||225|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265|
|USB||USB Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)|
|Physical Dimensions||149 x 110 x 97 mm|
|Battery Life||380 shots|
|Battery Type||380 shots|