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Panasonic’s dynamic duo Announced last year, Panasonic’s S series is on sale from March and is the brand’s first foray into the full-frame mirrorless market

TheOlympusOM-DE-M1Xis the latestMicroFour Thirds marvel, with headline features such as an integral vertical handgrip, advanced autofocus, intelligent subject AF tracking and custom AF point selection. This 20.4-megapixel camera features dual image processors for faster performance in key areas, including start-up, sequence shooting and support for two UHS-II SD cards. Body price of the OM-D E-M1X is £2799.99. Turn to page 3 for more news and page 24 for a detailed first look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Olympus goes large

Panasonic has entered the full- frame mirrorless market with two cameras: the S1R and the S1, which both use the Leica- developed L-mount. The two cameras are the same externally, so handle identically, but there are significant differences in terms of specification and price. The S1R body has a guide price of £3399.99 and the S1 guide price is £2199.99. Aimed at both professional and enthusiast photographers, the two Panasonic models boast state-of- the-art features for taking stills and shooting video. The S1R has the highest resolution of any current full- frame camera. Its CMOS, optical low-pass filter-free sensor turns in 47.3 megapixels, while the S1 sensor delivers 24.2 megapixels. Both models have new Venus Engine image processors and high-speed, precision autofocus

that uses artificial intelligence to aid performance and works in light levels as low as -6EV. AI technology can detect subject type (humans, cats, dogs and birds) and can anticipate movement patterns to help the AF track the subject. Other key features include in- body image stabilisation, high- resolution electronic viewfinder, high-res mode, class-leading video settings and rugged build. Three lenses have also been announced that use the Leica- developed L-mount: the Lumix S Pro 50mm F1.4, Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS and Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro OIS. They are priced at £2299, £1749 and £1299, respectively. For more news turn to page 3 and for a hands-on report of the Lumix S1R, see page 30.

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