Photokina 2018 Part 1: Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame 4K/60p and Fujifilm GFX 100MP 4K Medium Format. WOW!

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This will be a short part 1, as I am about to get on my way from Berlin to Cologne to see all the new stuff at Photokina for myself! It’s been a mammoth few weeks for camera announcements and these two top them all.

First from Panasonic we have the first ever full frame cameras to shoot 4K/60p, beating Sony to the punch. Their A7S III is STILL not yet announced. The Panasonic S1 and S1R are probably why! For video they beat every full frame camera past, present and future!

Second we have the Fujifilm GFX 100MP development announcement, which will be a 2019 $10,000 medium format mirrorless camera. They also have a cheaper 50R “rangefinder” style GFX body at the show ($4500) but that is 1080p only like the GFX 50S it’s based on. It is the 100 megapixel one I am really interested in.

In addition Panasonic reaffirmed their commitment to Micro Four Thirds with an outstanding optic. The first ever F1.7 lens.

The zoom has an equivalent 20-50mm focal range and constant F1.7 aperture.

As you can see it’s a historic Photokina this year. The biggest I can remember.

Panasonic S1 and S1R

These are full frame G9/GH5 style bodies with a Leica SL mount. A new Panasonic Lumix PRO support network is behind the cameras. These are the highest-end Lumix cameras ever made. The video specs out out of this world…

Panasonic promise 10 lenses within 2 years and the system will go on sale early in 2019.

  1. We have a newly developed 35mm full frame sensor and new processor
  2. 47 megapixel for the R and 24 megapixel for the standard model
  3. 5 axis IBIS with Dual I.S. support just like a GH5
  4. Double card slot (XQD and SD)
  5. Triaxial tilt-LCD and very large, high resolution EVF
  6. L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma
  7. Full size HDMI and USB C
  8. Top LCD, and ergonomics closer to G9 body than GH5 (this is a good thing)

Above: Hands on picture from Slashcam

This camera is far more powerful than the EOS R (1.8x crop 4K/30p maximum) and even Nikon Z6 (40/30p maximum).

I will be bringing you A LOT more about this camera once I’ve reached the show.

Fujifilm GFX 100MP

This announcement blew the doors off Photokina as far as specs go. I think Fujifilm’s strategy is going to be VERY interesting in the long-run, to skip full frame altogether and dominate the next step after that ahead of time (and before there’s much competition).

The GFX 100MP 4K enabled medium format camera has IBIS (!!) and an extremely compact body, a big improvement on the GFX 50S. It appears to have the amazing Sony 100MP CMOS sensor we last saw in the Hasselblad H6D 100C but for a LOT less money in a MIRRORLESS form factor. Yes it is $10,000 but it murders the Hasselblad, which is $33,000 and the traditional non-mirrorless form factor. I have adapted Canon FD and Minolta MDs to my GFX 50S and no way I am giving those up. You will want to do the same once you see how they look 🙂

AF is phase-detect on-sensor and I believe the 4K is NOT a crop – so that full medium format look is coming to video mode.

This camera is clearly a glimpse of the future, whereas the Panasonic is what we can afford TODAY and is the best of the new mirrorless announcements as far as I’m concerned.

See you at the show from tomorrow onwards!

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