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Reader Comment: Fake News Camera Reviews (how will the Panasonic S1R perform)

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Reader Michael A writes:

Panasonic S1R

Subject: Fake News Fake Reviews

Inquiry about the cameras which offer pixel shift technology:

I am extremely tired of the less than semiprofessional reviews posted by folks that have not used the equipment they are claiming to know about. The reviews of the Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R cameras that I have seen for instance, are milk toast covered in baby spit. Apparently, there is only one style of photography left which is "shoot wide open with ambient light" … SWOWAL.

Flash photography seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron nowadays. This trend is extremely notable in wedding photography where brightness around the eyes and sparkles in the eyes have been replaced with a look that even a drunken sailor would be embarrassed by. The brightness of the backgrounds are so overexposed that the subjects appear to be cutout photos glued to the background as if in a collage.

So far I have not seen any simple data about the Lumix S1 and S1R camera's pixel shift usability, i.e., how long of a time period can be set between each of the eight pixel shift shots that the camera is taking for the high resolution composite photo? People who do not use or understand studio flash photography do not understand how important this question is. The longer a time that can be set between shots, then the more time my strobes have to fully recycle and the lower the probability that the units will overheat and burn up.

Any information on this topic Mr. Chambers would be greatly appreciated. Yes, you have my permission to reprint this inquiry. Thanks for your help and continued healing and recovery!

DIGLLOYD: it’s industry practice to “review” a camera with quick looks—good for clicks for sure. There are some good review sites out there, though generally I do not find them adequate for what I’d like to know. When I do a review, my POV is to discuss everything I can think of that matters to me, or might matter to some user. Accordingly, I focus on factors that make a camera work or not work in important types of shooting situations, thought I cannot cover everything.

I have the Panasonic S1R on order at B&H Photo, and I intend to look at it very thoroughly, including pixel shift (well done, pixel shift can be a very attractive bonus feature and for some users, a 'killer' feature). If the S1R looks solid, I might use my meager budget* to buy one so that I can cover all the Leica SL lenses on it, as well as the coming crop of Sigma lenses as well, not to mention checking Leica M lenses.

I’m irritated about the matter for a different reason: the cheerleader sites get the cameras up to two months in advance, which undermines my business. I rarely get any 'love' because I spell it all out (good and bad) and camera manufacturers don’t like the truth very much. Camera reviews have a short shelf life, so it makes it really hard to justify the in-depth stuff I like to do. But the Panasonic S1R is likely to be an exception, I hope.

* I’ve had a tight budget for a few years now, but $11K in medical bills to be paid are a challenge.

Jason W writes:

I'd expect the 187 megapixel pixel shift on the Panasonic S1R to be very useful to you. If I calculated correctly it's a 220 lp/mm system. It would seem to me to be the final word on how good any full frame lens is (adapted of course).

DIGLLOYD: it all depends on how well it is implemented. It might also be better with the 8-frame approach by oversampling in a way that minimized checkerboarding.

I gave up on both Pentax K-1 II an Sony A7R III pixel shift because 90% of the time I was getting checkerboarding, which is just unacceptable for many subjects. If the camera can shoot all 8 frames very quickly, that would help tremendously (since that minimizes lighting changes). Of course as Michael A points out, one would want a configurable delay for uses with strobes.

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