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Yeah I saw this and it's all about the size/weight of all the competition.Very interesting camera with great specs, about the same size as the Nikon Z Trio:
Yeah “free angle” is a fully articulating screen. It makes it so that it’s probably not the camera for me but it would be a great all around body for her.It seems to have the same viewfinder panel as the GX8 (2.36M OLED), but with slightly lower magnification (0.74x vs. 0.77x). That's what I'm used to, so fine with me. Apart from that, specs. seem more than high enough for most or all of what I do, and I hope that "Free-angle" means fully articulated LCD.
"If so, it's the camera I'd get for my wife (that I've been wanting to get)..."
Yeah... I've been wanting to get a wife to... or maybe a camera :ROTFL:
I'm sure it probably makes sense from a product marketing, pricing etc sense, but if Panasonic goes that route I'm glad I purchased a S1 when I did. I have a number of friends who strongly prefer a well built and spec'd premium ~24 megapixel camera (such as the Leica SL and Pana S1) over higher megapixel versions such as the SL2 and S1r.I just recorded a YouTube video (prior to reading this announcement and you can search it once posted by my channel iiiNelsonImages) where I stated that perhaps Panasonic should completely drop the S1 camera specifically and just have the R and H line on the high-end (in additional to some Cine focused cameras between the H and EVA line) and just continue the low end S5 lines going forward.
I tend to fully agree with you but I don’t know that the S1 offers anything other than cost savings over the S1H. I prefer the larger build myself and a lot of built-in features of the bodies. I think for the more casual user the smaller side is wanted and for better or worse so many reviewers of the camerashave spoken to the larger size as a negative since release.I'm sure it probably makes sense from a product marketing, pricing etc sense, but if Panasonic goes that route I'm glad I purchased a S1 when I did. I have a number of friends who strongly prefer a well built and spec'd premium ~24 megapixel camera (such as the Leica SL and Pana S1) over higher megapixel versions such as the SL2 and S1r.
I appreciate having both versions (when I can afford them) and generally steer clear of the lighter, smaller, less expensive alternative models that often appeal to a wider market. There are exceptions of course, which is why I still have and use a pair of Pana GX-8 cameras, primarily for travel.
The price, similar to that of the S1, makes sense. It's different and smaller than the S1, but not really less advanced all things considered, just different.Looks like the body will cost $2000 and the kit will go for $2300. I'm not sure of this positioning since the S1 regularly sells in the $1700-2000 range regularly (street price). I would think that they would sell for under $1500 for the body and under $2000 for the kit to be as commercially successful as possible.
This will compete heavily with the high-end MFT models, and may be the closest I'll come to a GX8 replacement. I'm all ears.There’s a lower res EVF and LCD. Dual SD cards and only one has UHS II. There’s a smaller battery that’s compatible with Lumix G pro bodies. All things that signal it should be cheaper than the S1. Also no top display I don’t think.
There was a recent interview with Yamane (from Panasonic Camera Division) and essentially I think Panasonic will be shrinking their portfolio as well. The higher-end system cameras seem to be doing mostly fine... even more so with people using them as web cameras no that so many are working from home. Compact camera market seems to be taking an even faster nosedive and I think this accounts for a large amount of camera market shrinkage. That was a huge part of the business that's being taken over by cellphones in general.
Speaking just for myself, I don't see a S5 and L-mount lenses as a comparable replacement for my pair of GX8 cameras and m43 lenses which I primarily use when traveling.
www.lumixs5.comSpeaking just for myself, I don't see a S5 and L-mount lenses as a comparable replacement for my pair of GX8 cameras and m43 lenses which I primarily use when traveling.
I think the lack of All-I is to further differentiate from the S1H. It looks like a good option and it’s reasonable to expect many of the features to make it into the other Lumix S cameras via firmware. In any case perhaps the h.264 will be East in your computer and if not I recommend an Atomos recorder and shooting to one of the ProRES/Avid DNX variant.This camera ticks almost all the boxes for me. I would have preferred to have the option of shooting all-i video, since it eases the strain on older computers when editing, but that's about it I think.