The grip on the S1R is huge, bigger than on any other mirrorless digicam, by a ways. That gave me confidence I could well presumably presumably by no manner fall it, even in slippery or chilly situations. It be additionally weather-sealed and authorized to neutral in temperatures from 14 to 104 levels F, and I shot pretty a few pictures at across the latter temperature at some stage in a heatwave in Paris. While it completely got hot, it by no manner stopped working.
With the additional dimension, Panasonic used to be ready to squeeze in tons of manual controls and I came across lovely worthy every thing, devour the joystick, dials and ISO controls, to be in precisely the perfect role. I beloved the fact that the point of ardour and shooting controls had been on dedicated buttons, pretty than buried in menus. The one ingredient I did no longer love used to be the site and operation of the on/off swap, because it’s too tense to search out by in actuality feel and too easy to by likelihood bump.
The rear display may well presumably also be tilted and flipped out, but sadly, it’ll no longer be flipped spherical 180 levels. Brooding about that the GH5/GH5s has a truly articulating display disguise, I frankly create no longer gaze why the S1/S1R can no longer hold one, too. Even though it’s obviously no longer a vlogging digicam (too heavy), it can presumably maybe peaceable be a to hand neutral for solo videographers devour myself.
On the plus aspect, that display disguise is touch-enabled, letting you carry focal point, Q-menu and first menu settings without buttons. I came across Panasonic’s menus to be very logically grouped into categories and subcategories. The total lot is additionally fully programmable, letting you tweak the digicam to work valid the style you wish.
Panasonic’s electronic viewfinder (EVF) is worthy, with beautiful optics, a 5.76-million dot OLED display, 120 fps refresh rate and .005-seconds of spin. It be appealing and lovely, which let me gaze rapid if focal point and colour temperatures had been on point. This EVF (additionally came across on Sony’s new A7R IV) lovely worthy destroys any final arguments for an optical viewfinder.
The mammoth body houses Panasonic’s beautiful 5-axis stabilization system. It delivers 6 stops of shake reduction, or 6.5 with twin IS have to you hold a supported, optically stabilized lens devour the Lumix 24-105mm f/4.0 mannequin. It yielded appealing pictures all of the style down to an 1/eighth of a 2nd or less and video that used to be gentle when shot handheld, so long as I did no longer attain one thing too crazy, devour a handheld monitoring shot.
Panasonic beats Nikon’s Z 7 and the Canon EOS R with two card slots, one for SD UHS II and the opposite XQD. Working photographers can shoot to each cards true now for backup, and the instant, 440 MB/s XQD slots will seemingly be a boon for video shooters. Come what may well, the S1R will beef up CFexpress cards, which is ready to allow you to transfer media to your PC at up to 1,700 MB/s and save serious quantities of time.
Take care of the S1, the S1R has each headphone and microphone ports and may well presumably merely beef up knowledgeable XLR audio input/output by process of a dedicated hotshoe adapter. It be got a USB Kind C port for recordsdata transfers and charging, a corpulent-sized HDMI port and beef up for Bluetooth/WiFi transfers and digicam administration. Camera apps most often suck, however the Lumix Sync app is de facto lovely responsive and uncomplicated to setup and use.
Bucking the construction to hybrid piece- and distinction-detect autofocus, Panasonic has caught with its developed distinction-detect system that it calls “depth from defocus.” The foundation is to maximize image quality by taking away piece-detect pixels on the sensor, whereas peaceable turning in constant autofocus efficiency.
I used to be lower than impressed with the glory-detect AF on the S1, which tended to hunt or no longer lock on focal point, notably in low gentle and at some stage in burst and video shooting. The S1R looked as if it can presumably maybe execute better, on the opposite hand, presumably on account of a most up-to-date firmware update.
Unlike piece-detect programs, which can lock onto focal point straight, the S1R desires to hunt for focal point (gaze a proof right here), which is distracting in the event you are taking a seek thru the EVF. Luckily, I did rep appealing pictures as a rule, even at some stage in continuous shooting, when the use of residence, field and monitoring role autofocus. The hit rate used to be decrease in low-gentle situations, but no longer unmanageably so.
The glory detect AF is a plus for AI-powered face- and demand-detect AF programs, which create no longer use piece-detect pixels. I came across the S1R’s field, face and demand-monitoring programs rapid and strong, conserving my eyes, body and face locked beneath most situations. It additionally has an animal-detect system that tracked our canine valid comely, but used to be more at a loss for words by the chickens.
Panasonic has executed fantastic issues with depth from defocus, but it’s peaceable no longer as merely as hybrid programs, notably on Sony’s A7 cameras. It did no longer hit focal point as persistently because the A7R III, notably in burst shooting with continuous autofocus enabled. That acknowledged, the S1R is aimed towards landscape, architectural and portrait photographers, and for those other folks, the AF system is valid comely.
With a new firmware starting up, Panasonic has boosted the stabilization system (IS) from 5.5 to 6 stops, or 6.5 stops with twin IS enabled. I came across it labored extremely neatly, yielding appealing photos at low shutter speeds, even after I drank several cups of espresso. Tellingly, I shot a amount of pictures in low-gentle, and among the opposite folks in the shot had been appealing whereas others (who moved) had been blurred. Which manner the IS system did its job.
The S1R has a mammoth 23Wh battery, however the mammoth sensor, excessive-res EVF and image stabilization system agree with their toll. The S1R delivers valid 380 pictures per cost, compared to 530 for Sony’s A7R III and A7R IV. On the plus aspect, I used to be ready to shoot video for roughly two hours sooner than altering the battery, which is beautiful for a corpulent-frame digicam.