Just over two weeks ago I jetted off to India for a week which was the perfect place to test out my Panasonic S1 + 24-105mm F4. I recently bought one and prior to this trip, my only experience with the camera was during its pre-production phase. I did a review of it and the S1R which you can check out below. Without further ado, let’s go over my thoughts on the S1 on the trip.
My first stop was Agra, home of the beautiful Taj Mahal. We ventured to the Taj Mahal for sunset and sunrise. One thing I learnt quickly is that many places in India do not allow tripods, so I couldn’t really get some long exposures done. However this is where I really appreciated the Panasonic S1‘s 5 Axis IBIS + 2 IS.
I was able to handhold 1/2 to 1 second exposures during early light. This was something I could never do in the past, and really shocked me about the IBIS + IS system. I’ve attached a couple of samples of this below.
I have one word for Jaipur, HOT. Jaipur was stinking hot with an average max temperature of 43 degrees in the four days I was there. The Panasonic S1 survived the heat but as a word of warning the camera does get very hot. The S1 has a pretty good cooling system that redirects and pushes heat out which seems to come out from the bottom of the camera. Combine this with the blistering heat of India, and you’ll have a pretty hot camera.
The heat didn’t affect performance at all, but did leave a lot of sweat on my camera. Weather sealing on the Panasonic S1 is trustworthy and not once did it seem like the camera was going to go under because of extreme weather.
I thoroughly enjoyed using the Panasonic S1 on this trip. For those who are looking for a lightweight, everyday camera to travel with, the Panasonic S1 is not the camera to suit this need. However if you’re looking for a premium photography shooting performance, in a DSLR like rugged body, than the S1 is by far one of the best cameras out there right now.