Rumours of the Panasonic, Leica, Sigma collaboration are true, as Panasonic has announced two full frame cameras, the Lumix S1 and S1R, and a partnership with Sigma and Leica Camera to develop more than 10 S Series lenses by 2020.
The Panasonic full frame cameras were announced as a development project, with a release date slated for early 2019. The Panasonic S1 will use a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor, while the Panasonic S1R will boast a 47-megapixel sensor.
The Lumix S1 will be positioned as a hybrid entry-level full-frame camera designed for both stills and video, while the Lumix S1R will be aimed at professional users.
Both Panasonic full frame cameras will feature the same body design and specifications, with the sensor being the main difference between the Panasonic S1R and S1.
The Panasonic full frame cameras will be the world’s first to support 4K video recording in a full frame digital single lens mirrorless camera at 60p/50p, Panasonic says.
Panasonic is also stating that the Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R will boast the world’s fastest autofocus for interchangeable lens cameras.
What’s more, the company says the Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R will be the world’s first full frame cameras equipped with Dual IS image stabilisation.
Other features include dual slots for XQD and SD memory cards and a vari-angle LCD screen.
Both new Panasonic full frame cameras will employ Leica’s L-mount, and the company will work with Leica Camera and Sigma to develop a range of optics for the S Series.