Why the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 full format replaces the Panasonic GH5 and the mft system.

What happened? Why does the excellent Panasonic GH5 have to go and the Panasonic DC-S1 full-frame camera comes for the video area in my photo bag? Well, this has very special reasons, which has exclusively to do with my camera - field of application nature photography.

Of course, the more modern full-frame camera Panasonic DC-S1 also has technical advantages in other areas, full format, 24.2 MB sensor, V-LOG 4:2:2 10bit internal recording, lowlight range up to -6.5 aperture levels, switchable to APS-C format in the video area, autofocus with animal and eye recognition and much more.

But the main reason for my decision was that the mft system with the 20 MB sensor clearly showed me its limits when shooting in the July midday heat. During the monitoring of the Griffon Vultures in Paphos Forest, photo and video recordings with a very long distance to the subject were required. While the full-frame camera Panasonic DC-S1R delivered very good results in both the photo and 4K video range, the shots of the mft camera DG-GH5 were very blurry and spongy. Focusing in AFS and AFC mode was also almost impossible, in manual mode focusing was also severely restricted. I think this is due to the double crop of the mft system, the prolem became particularly visible in the midday heat at 35°C and strong heat-related air flicker.

On the GH5 the Panasonic Top Lens Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3 was mounted, for photo and video I only used the AFS focus, on the Pana DC-S1R the Sigma converter Mc21 with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary was in use, also with AFS focus. The difference in the results delivered is serious, so I have replaced the complete mft system with full format.

Since December 2019 I have the full-frame camera Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with 47 MB sensor, IBIS, L-mount bayonet in use for the photo area, which provides me with excellent full-format RAW recordings. I was surprised that the Pana DC-S1R with its high-resolution 47 MB sensor also delivered better results in all video recordings than the GH5 with the Sigma MC21 converter and the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary. The video quality of this combination was also very good in the shots with 1.6-fold crop connected to the camera.

Therefore now also in the video area the full-format system with the Panasonic DC-S1, which I have additionally retrofitted with the V-Log Update to save 4K video in 4.2.2. 10 bit recording format directly in the camera. The 24.2 MB sensor integrated in the Pana DC-S1 is equipped with special lenses on the sensor, which provide excellent and particularly low-noise shots in the LowLight range in the photo and video area. A great all-rounder.

For the Panasonic full-frame cameras I use the L-mount lens Lumix S 24-105 f/4 OIS, the Sigma L-mount 70mm f2.8 Macro, the Sigma L-Mount 24mm f:1.4 DG HSM and the Sigma Adapter MC 21 L-Mount in my photo bag. On the Sigma MC 21 adapter I can attach all EF+EFS mount lenses, at the moment the Sigma EF mount 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.

The next lens with L-mount is the new Sigma 100-400mm f5-6,3 DG DN OS Contemporary L-Mount in the inlet, I will bring a report here in the blog.

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  • #1

    Vincent (Montag, 07 September 2020 19:59)

    I also moved to full frame with the S1. I still have my GH5 though with the very nice 10-25mm and the 100-400mm. I'm very interested by the Sigma 100-400mm DG DN OS for my S1 (150-600mm in APSC video mode) but I would like to know how good is the stabilization @400mm, especially for video. I watched a video with the A7III and this lens but since the A7III IBIS is very bad, the video was very jerky. Thank you.

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