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Panasonic S1R MultiShot HighRes Mode: Concise Comments, Teaser Preview

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I’ll be publishing my findings on the Panasonic S1R MultiShot HighRes Mode soon, with various subjects. Before I did that, I wanted to assess lens performance enough so as to not draw erroneous conclusions. Given what I found so far with the Panasonic 24-105 mm f/4 zoom, that was worth the delay.

Terminology: it’s worth distinguishing between MultiShot HighRes Mode versus pixel shift, because the latter is a very different 4-frame approach by Pentax and Sony, but Panasonic uses 8 frames, as does Olympus, and does some blending in-camera also.

GIGO (garbage in = garbage out)

Results with the Panasonic LUMIX S 24-105mm f/4 are hardly worth the bother—largely a waste of time in all examples I shot so far—GIGO. I attribute this to optical performance not good enough for the sensor in substantial areas of the frame combined with distortion correction that damages the strong areas of the frame.

Panasonic S1R HighRes MultiShot Mode results with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon are stunning, output jaw-droppingly good at 100 megapixels. Examples will go into my review of the Panasonic S1R as the lens in this case is not being reviewed but being used to demonstrate the technology (later I might post some full aperture series with the 55/1.4 APO in my diglloyd Zeiss DSLR Lenses, but that is a non priority right now).

I used the Novoflex Nikon F Lens to Leica SL/T Camera Body Lens Adapter to attach the Nikon F-mount Otus to the Panasonic S1R.

Teaser

Below, teaser crops as actual pixels crops from 104 megapixel image derived from a 0.75X linear downsampling (56% of original pixel count) from original 187 megapixel Panasonic S1R HighRes mode image.

Note: on Retina displays, see the 2nd crop.

Actual pixels crop from 104MP image
f5.6 @ 1/25 sec Multi-Shot HighRes, ISO 100; 2019-04-06 16:35:27
Panasonic S1R + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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Below, the same crop as above but displayed at actual pixels assuming a 2:1 display scaling on a Retina display:

Same crop, displays at actual pixels on 2:1 retina display assuming no other browser scaling
f5.6 @ 1/25 sec Multi-Shot HighRes, ISO 100; 2019-04-06 16:35:27
Panasonic S1R + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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