Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Review

Overall 45
Imaging 9
Features 16
Size 91
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 99 x 59 x 21 mm
  • Weight: 117 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-S1 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #136 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #367 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-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.

PROs

  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact 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 DMC-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 Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 has the following external dimensions 99 x 99 x 21 mm (38.98 x 23.23 x 8.27″) with the weight of 117 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 21mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 — 240 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 — 21 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 — 117 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-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 DMC-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 DMC-S1 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 comes with Venus Engine IV processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 are its fps max speed and 1/1600 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-S1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-S1 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-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.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-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 DMC-S1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-S1 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 can be called a Underclass 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.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (99 x 59 x 21 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 27. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 can be called a 27 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1600s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (240 shots)
  • Small size (99 x 59 x 21 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 21. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (117 g)
  • Small size (99 x 59 x 21 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 can be called a 30 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-S1
Announced Jan 05, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 117 g
Physical Dimensions 99 x 59 x 21 mm
Battery Life 240 shots
Battery Type 240 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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