Today at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Panasonic announced that they’re teaming up with Leica and Sigma to launch the L-mount alliance. Essentially, the companies are committing to make lenses for Leica’s already existing L-mount, while the Panasonic is launching two full-frame cameras for the said mount – the 47MP Lumix S1R and 24MP Lumix S1.
Both cameras are feature packed. They have in-body image stabilization, three-axis touchscreen, high-resolution EVF, as well as two memory card slots (one SD and one XQD card slot). The cameras will not only take great photos thanks to the full-frame sensor, but Panasonic also promises impressive video features – 4K video recording at up to 60 fps and 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, to name a few.
Leica L-mount lenses for upcoming Panasonic full-frame mirrorless cameras are already on the market, but they are quite expensive. Panasonic announced a few of their own L-mount lenses, which will surely be much more affordable, including a 24-70mm, 70-200mm zoom lenses and a 50mm f/1.4 prime. They plan on releasing a total of 10 lenses by 2020.
Both the S1R and S1 are set to arrive on the market in 2019, but Panasonic didn’t mention a specific date.