Panasonic announce two new full frame mirrorless cameras

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Panasonic has announced they are working on the development of two new full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 47MP S1R and 24MP S1.

The new cameras are the first products from the recently announced 'L-Mount alliance' between Panasonic, Leica and Sigma that will see the three companies work together to produce lenses and bodies based around Leica's full-frame L-mount. 

Although not all details are currently confirmed, the S1R and S1 will both use Panasonic's Dual IS technology, offering stabilisation both in-camera and in certain lenses. Continuing the tradition of strong video capabilities, both cameras will also be able to capture 4K/60p video, which Panasonic says is a first for a full-frame mirrorless camera.

The new cameras will both use the existing Leica L-mount, meaning they will be compatible with both existing Leica lenses made for Leica's full-frame SL, as well as the first three being developed for the new camera system, a 50mm F1.4, 24-105mm and 28-70mm.

Panasonic have stated they plan to release more than ten lenses by 2020, and, along with Leica's existing L-mount collection, Sigma will also produce lenses for the system. 

Physically the S1R and S1 will both feature three-axis touchscreen LCDs, and, in a move sure to keep many photographers happy, dual card slots with one XQD and one SD slot.

Specs and pricing for the S1R and S1 are expected shortly, with the cameras expected to be ready for release in March.

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