The same modal worked well with GH5. No reason to defend them, unless you are part of their marketing efforts.... Then I would say BIG fail. Will be interesting to see if Pana does a small-scale version of that. I can clearly remember that Sony used to bring out new models (sometimes even within month of its release) instead of giving their users 'free' updates. The whole staff, our treat, as a reward. did I forget a qualitative? The ONLY one. From the Update Portal Web Page use BROWSE to find and select "SERIAL.LST" file on the SD card. Initial models will the version without the high-end video. If the rumours of a global shutter are to be true, it would probably take that crown. Have you experienced it? sony has a huge user base and a huge lens selection vs the new panasonic. It’s an added value. After a couple years' hiatus from macro shooting, DPReview contributor Chris Foreman decided to experiment with a motorized slider and focus stacking. please....This is the only thing I miss so far... Apart from that the best camera I ever had. Input "Key Code" from the kit you purchased in "Upgrade Software Key" to this website to get activation code. It has all the features of Sony and Canon intangible (ergonomic, menu, weather seal, back lit buttons, etc). Only buy that upgrade if you need it (i.e for video users). Even so, I welcome panny to the fray...We can always use a couple more super weather sealed, pro level juggernauts--but I don't think sales will be brisk....But what if Canon? Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. Also you have to remember that the S1 is the ONLY Full Frame camera that can shoot internal 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video. Subscription to keep the upgrades sounds crazy. Knew that would happen! market share, there is no comparison. If you read their license carefully, do don't actually own the hardware and you are not allowed to modify it. I would guess that a large majority of S1 buyers won't need or want the paid video upgrade, so it's better to keep it as a separate upgrade. When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. It's interesting to have the option for those who want it. As you find Pana's way of milking customers a professional way of treating them with respect. If you could get the function limited camera significant cheaper then maybe just maybe I could be a good thing, Exactly, if the save on the "base" model would be significant, it would be an interesting option. Last model has heavily cropped 4K at 30p only and it's still very popular. Over priced, super sized systems with no free upgrades. it was proven back in the A7r3 days..... since A7sii iso is no better than A7r3... its just the dual gain was new in 2013. Are serious video producers really going to be using the Panasonic S1? Curious what the bitrate and codec are for those modes. Panasonic offers firmware update program for DC-S1 to enhance the performance and usability DC-S1 Firmware Update - Panasonic Our website uses cookies and similar tools to improve its performance and enhance your user experience and by continuing to use this website without changing your settings, you consent to their use. Does this make the S1 the best full frame camera for video on the market? Steve, I think those are slightly different things. I don't see why it won't with S1! you sound like a panasonic brochure. Companies should also think about providing firmware upgrade services. the ones who bought panasonic already did. Stills-only shooters get nearly $500 of free gear for jumping in early but Video-shooters would have to pay for both those same extras AND the Video-upgrade, too?! Thanks to an optional firmware update, the Panasonic S1 now offers advanced video features historically reserved for the company's GH series of cameras. Adobe has shared a sneak peek video showing off a new Sensei-powered Sky replacement feature that will automatically replace a bland sky in an image with a more dramatic one. Like you do when you buy a computer. Plenty of people don't use Manual mode, or shoot RAW, but I would not expect those that do to have to pay extra for it. You can’t deny EVERY OTHER COMPANY gives it away for free, Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Blackmagic, Red, well you get it right? It includes updates to Panasonic's DFD autofocus system, creative photo modes, and video features that come close to matching the more expensive S1H.