S1 and S1R

June 30, 2019 – Looked at the S1 and S1R with the 24-105 at bandh. They are massive! Heavy and bulky. Difficult to tell in pictures and specs but for me, these are studio cameras but not anything I would take on a hike or more than 100 yards from the car.

Feb 2, 2019 – Lumix announced the S1 and S1R on February 1, 2019. The 24mp S1 is $2500. The 47mp S1R is $3700. Similar to a Nikon Z6 and Z7, or Sony A7 and A7r.

 

My first impression is that they are impressive. However, they are too heavy, large, and expensive. For instance, the S1 weighs more than a Canon 5D Mark IV. So why would a photographer want to buy one? The main advantage of mirrorless is size, bulk, and locking up the mirror up is no longer required for macro work or fine landscape photography. The built in image stabilization is a plus. The high resolution mode may be interesting, but I doubt they will sell very well against Canon or Nikon with their fully built out lens and accessory lines. The S mount lenses are also way too expensive. The 24-105 f/4 is $1300. The 70-200 f/4 is $1700. Compared to a similar Canon and Nikon, this is way too expensive. I’d rather have a Canon or Nikon DSLR, R, or Z.

Rarely mentioned is customer service. Canon’s customer service is excellent. I have received 3 out of warranty repairs for free, I even got a new lens when I scratched the front element of my EF-M 11-22mm so I’m sold on Canon’s customer service. Not sure about Lumix.

I doubt Lumix will be able to steal many Nikon or Canon users. What would be the compelling reason to get a buyer to pay more than a comparable Canon or Nikon system? I’m glad there’s another system out there to consider when going full frame, I just don’t think their slice of the pie will be very big. Note that that pie is also shrinking every year. See the LensVid article What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2018? to understand how camera sales are doing. They have declined every year since 2010.

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