Panasonic S1 review

The Panasonic S1 is the more affordable of the brand's two full-frame mirrorless cameras, but is it a good all-rounder?

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Panasonic S1 is a solid, high-quality camera that delivers superb video and stills in many situations, it only lacks in credentials as a sports camera.


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    Stunning image quality

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    5-axis in-body image stabilisation

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    Impressive video specs

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    Accessible price relative to S1R


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    Iffy contrast-detect AF tracking

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    Currently limited lens line-up

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    Large for a mirrorless camera

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The Panasonic S1 and S1R were first announced at Photokina in 2018. The S1 is the 24.2Mp model aimed at professional and experienced enthusiast photographers and videographers. Meanwhile, the 47.3Mp S1R is the high-resolution model aimed at pro stills photographers who may want to shoot video – check out our Panasonic S1R review.

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.