Lumix S1 timelapse photography review

Panasonic Lumix S1 main specifications for timelapse 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor Body weight 1021 grams (2.2 pounds) 5-axis image stabilization Weather sealing 5.76 million dot EVF (electronic viewfinder) Semi flippable 2.1 million dot LCD touchscreen One XQD and one SDXC UHS-II card slot 2.5 mm TRS remote control Astro mode where the monitor turns red screen guides and digital level Timelapse.

Magic performance The full-frame CMOS sensor of S1 24.2MP is not disappointing. The Canon 1DXMkII and the 6DMkII are my usual daily drivers and these sensors are simply not as good. Through my experience on the Panasonic, shadow recovery is much better than on the older Canon sensors.

The Lumix S1 is neither small nor lightweight in construction quality. It feels strong and sturdy.

This is good news for timelapse photography as a lightweight camera tends to move more easily, which means that you will need to stabilize your footage in the post.

The weather sealing covers both the lens and the sensor. Once I went out to shoot, it didn’t rain so I can’t comment on it, but I suppose it’s

Usability This camera has a ton of different modes and options for shooting. If speaking specifically about timelapse, the mode dial at the top left gives you a dedicated timelapse mode. You decide between mode timelapse and mode stop motion, let’s talk first about mode timelapse.

Lumix S1 Timelapse mode These are the menu options that you get when timelapse mode is allowed.

Interval of shooting Start time –’ Now’ or set a time to start the camera on its own. A very useful function to have when taking a timelapse from two different locations but not having the means to switch between the two lenses. You select the start time on a 24-hour clock, which is connected to the internal clock of the cameras, of course.

Image count–You get 9999 max count and at least 1. There is no choice.
On / off light setting–’ Off’ is for the regular series of static exposure. If you manually adjust them, the settings will stay the same throughout the series. On’ is a holy grail mode in which the camera reads the changing light in the scene (for example, sunrise or sunset) and adjusts the settings to create a flawless, flicker-free sequence.
Usually, cameras adjust their exposure by 1/3 of a stop, resulting in large flickering exposure jumps when the sequence is played back. The S1 adjusts its shutter speed and iso gradually and minutely (when shooting with iso on auto in Aperture Priority mode), resulting in a clean sequence directly out of the camera. The EXIF values show 1/3rd of a stop changes but in reality the iso and shutter speed


The Panasonic Lumix S1 is an amazing camera and a timelapse camera that is even better. On all my potential timelapse shoots, I’ll use this camera. It’s the best timelapse camera I’ve ever taken and I’m curious to see what else I’m going to do with it.