Panasonic S1R Review

March 11, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Panasonic S1R Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 47.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which produces an average image size of around 16Mb.

The Panasonic S1R captured images of excellent quality. It produces noise-free images at ISO 100 to 3200, with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 6400. ISO 12800 exhibits quite visible noise and loss of fine detail, and the fastest settings of ISO 25600 and 51200 are even noisier but still usable for small prints and web use.

The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 minutes allowing you to capture plenty of light, while the built-in image stabilisation system works very well when hand-holding the camera at slower shutter speeds than usual.

Post Focus and Focus Stacking is a great feature inherited from the Lumix G9 camera. The Intelligent D-range mode and new HLG mode are effective features for capturing more detail in both the shadows and highlights, while the new High Resolution Mode is capable of creating 187 megapixel images. The wide range of Photo Styles and Filters allow you to quickly and easily customise the look of the camera's RAW and JPEG images, respectively.

Noise

There are 11 ISO settings available on the Panasonic S1R. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPG and RAW files.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Panasonic S1R has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (19.6Mb) (100% Crop)

Standard (9.29Mb) (100% Crop)

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RAW (66.6Mb) (100% Crop)

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Night

The Panasonic S1R's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds and there's also a Bulb option for exposures up to 30 minutes long, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 30 second setting the actual exposure takes 60 seconds.

Night

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Image Stabilisation

The Panasonic S1R has a built-in anti-shake mechanism which allows you to take sharper photos at slower shutter speeds than without it turned on. To test this, we took some handheld shots of the same subject with different shutter speeds. The first shot was taken with the stabilizer turned off in the menu system, the subsequent shots with it turned on.

With the 50mm Lumix S Pro lens, we could hand-hold the camera down to around 1/10th second and still get sharp results with image stabilisation turned on.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Image Stabilisation Off (100% Crop)

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Image Stabilisation On (100% Crop)

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Post Focus and Focus Stacking

Post Focus is a function that enables you to select the in-focus area after shooting simply by touching it on the LCD screen. The first three images show the effects of switching between the three memory cards.

The Post Focus > Range Merging function then allows you to combine all or selected focus areas into one image. The fourth image below shows the effect of merging the first three images into one stacked image with the range set between the front and rear memory cards.

Right

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Middle

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Left

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Focus Stacking

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High Resolution Mode

The Panasonic Lumix S1R's High Resolution Mode combines 8 shots into a 187 megapixel image to create a super high-resolution photo. The resulting Raw files are 333Mb in size! We found during testing that selecting Mode 2 in the Motion Blur Processing sub-menu produced the sharpest images.

Off (100% Crop)

Mode 1 (100% Crop)

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Mode 2 (100% Crop)

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Off (100% Crop)

Mode 1 (100% Crop)

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Mode 2 (100% Crop)

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Intelligent Dynamic Range

The Panasonic S1R's Intelligent D-range setting adjusts the exposure to record more detail in the highlights and shadows, with three strengths available - Low, Standard and High - and an Auto setting.

Off

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Low

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Standard

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High

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Multiple Exposure

The Panasonic Lumix S1R's Multiple Exposure mode combines up to four different pictures to create one composite image.

Multiple Exposure

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HLG Photo

The Panasonic S1R has two native HLG modes for high dynamic range presentation - 4K (3232x2160 pixels) and 8K (6464x4320 pixels). The brand new Hybrid Log Gamma mode is designed for display on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via a HDMI cable connection, offering 3x more dynamic range than a standard image. Pictures taken with the HLG modes can be saved as HSP files in 8K resolution, as well as in JPEG and RAW formats.

HLG Off

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HLG 4K

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HLG 8K

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Photo Styles

Panasonic's Photo Styles are preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and noise reduction settings. The 9 available Photo Styles are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. There are also some Custom options so that you can create your own looks.

Standard

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Vivid

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Natural

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Flat

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Landscape

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Portrait

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Monochrome

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L. Monochrome

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L. Monochrome D

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Cinelike D

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Cinelike V

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Like709
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Filters

The Panasonic S1R has an extensive range of creative Filters with 22 different options on offer.

Expressive

Retro

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Old Days

High Key

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Low Key

Sepia

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Monochrome

Dynamic Monochrome

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Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

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Impressive Art

High Dynamic

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Cross Process

Toy Effect

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Toy Pop

Bleach Bypass

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Miniature Effect

Soft Focus

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Fantasy

Star Filter

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One Point Color

Sunshine

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