Panasonic Is Planning Two Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Tomorrow, September 25, 2018, at Photokina, Panasonic is expected to throw its hat into the full frame mirrorless camera war, by announcing two new models under the “S” series moniker.

According to 43rumors.com, Panasonic will announce a high end S series full frame mirrorless camera with a 48 mp image sensor, Leica mount, and IBIS internal image stabilization. The camera will shoot 4K at 60 frames per second, and will have two UHS-II card slots.

Other rumored features include:

  • 48 Megapixels
  • L-mount
  • Panasonic designed and manufactured sensor
  • 4k60p
  • IBIS
  • 150 Megapixel stills in Pixel Shift mode
  • Dual card slot (one card should be SD)

Price of the prosumer grade S series full frame is expected to be around $4,000.

Then comes the lower end entry level model. This version of the S series full frame mirrorless camera is believed to have a 24MP image sensor. All other features are believed to be the same as the higher end model, even with support for IBIS and 4K60 video.

Specs:

  • 24 megapixels
  • L-mount
  • Panasonic designed and manufactured sensor
  • 4k60p
  • IBIS
  • Dual card slot (one card should be SD)

No word on pricing for the lower end S series mirrorless camera, but I imagine it’ll be around the $2,000 price range. Maybe even closer to the GH5s, but with the full frame sensor, I’m not sure it’ll drop that low.

The “L-Mount Alliance” is an unprecedented way of working together and will be particularly beneficial to the customers of the three companies. It allows Panasonic and Sigma to use the L-mount standard developed by Leica for their own developments and thus also offer cameras and optics with this lens mount. Through the joint efforts of the three partners, the alliance will significantly contribute to the importance of the L-Mount standard for the world of photography. – Leaked and translated L-Mount alliance press release

Moreover, there was a press release leaked over at Nokishita which shows that Leica, Panasonic and Sigma will announce the L-Mount Alliance, which would indicate that Panasonic intends to go against the direction of both Canon and Nikon to refuse to support third party lenses for their full frame mirrorless cameras.

That makes sense, considering that the lens mount that Panasonic has always used has been a Leica design. But with Sigma joining that alliance, Panasonic looks to cast itself as “third party friendly,” which is sure to be a clever marketing move.

“Panasonic’s focus has always been to revolutionize the camera market and make photographers’ lives easier, more advanced, and more enjoyable. The L-Mount alliance with Leica and Sigma is a prime example of the power of our collaboration,” said Tetsuro Homma, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Panasonic Corporation. “Partnering with Leica and Sigma will provide additional business opportunities for our companies, but above all, it will continue to bring great pleasure to our customers in photography.”

The Leica L Mount going onto the S series is believed to be 51.6 millimeters, which will also support APS-C sensor sizes as well, and will offer a 20mm flange distance to keep the camera compact. The first three lenses announced will likely be the Panasonic 24-70mm FF, 70-200mm FF, and a “nifty fifty” 50mm FF.

The announcement is expected to take place tomorrow, at 12:30pm at Photokina.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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