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Saneal Cameras Blog March 20th 2019.
Staff submission. 
 - Author: Stuart Perry - 1402 11th avenue SW Location.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on the Panasonic S range of full frame cameras: the S1 and S1R.

 The S1 + S1R cameras have sensors that have been designed in house by Panasonic and marks for them a substantial step forward for their tech division. Panasonic no longer rely on an outside company supplying a sensor for them (which can be often be the same/shared  technology as with another company’s product like it is with Nikon’s D850 V Sony’s A7RIII both having the same sensor), but instead have branched out to create a sensor that could and may take the mirrorless camera market by storm. The question is could their sensor stand shoulder to shoulder with or against the existing greats, such as the above mentioned bench mark setting D850 and the A7Riii? or even against the 24MP sensor used in Nikon’s Z6 or Sony’s A7iii series of cameras?  

Is it stable?
Unlike some mirrorless full frame cameras on the market, the S1 and S1R both have 5 axis image stabilization built into the sensor mount. I have found that on-sensor stabilization seems to be more effective than in-lens I.S. (image stabilization) though I know some may not agree with that observation. I find the latest line of Panasonic cameras have certainly the best I.S. system on the market to date whether thats with their compact series or Micro-fourthirds (MFT) system. For example I have just recently managed to pull off a 2 second hand held image with the GH5, where as before with a nikon DF and  Nikkor 105mm f2.8 VR lens attached I managed a personal best of only 1/8th of a second. Could the S series push that hand held low speed performance even further? Or at least perform the same as its smaller GH5 brethren? Time will tell.

By specs the S1 and S1R are both monsters in their own right.
The S1 has a HUGE buffer allowing the user
 999 continuous jpegs or 90 continuous RAW images which means that you can spray and pray all day without waiting for your buffer to empty, that’s if you want that style of shooting.  On the other hand the S1R’s “High Res Mode” will allow the user to pull off a massive 187MP image! That is superb for those who enjoy shooting scapes of all kinds, though it needs to be said that the camera will need to be on a tripod to pull off such a fete. I would like to find out if that same function could be done by hand and am anxious to test that out for myself.

What is exciting for me (as a Panasonic user) is the S1 and S1R's lowlight performance. Why?  
I adore the challenge of extremely difficult lighting scenarios and getting something from them especially in urban photography.  The more I can travel around back streets and dingy alleyways without extra equipment, the better it is for me. So I do wonder could the S1 help me to achieve getting that low light image successfully without having to take a tripod of types with me.  so in that sense the S1 model would be far more attractive to me because it has one stop more of ISO at 100-51200 against the S1R’s 100-25600 ISO. The S1’s sensitivity can be pushed to a maximum of 204,800 ISO.  So for night time urban shooting (hand held) and for low naturally lit scenes this is more than enough ISO to play with and get good results, hopefully. Technically though my question is would the sensor stand up against such lords of darkness as the Nikon DF and the Sony A7Sii?
If the SNR (signal to noise ratio) has a slow curve we could be looking at a formidable low light demon. This is yet to be put to the test on any review platform and I can't wait to see DXO's results on it.

There are some great and exciting things on paper coming encased with the S1 series, will they hold up in the real world? I can't wait to find out.
Saneal Cameras are about to hold a series of Panasonic S1 promotional events of which you can help me answer those many questions  and hopefully I will get some time to get a hands on to test it out for my self.

See below for demonstration dates and locations.

Panasonic will be holding product demonstrations at all our locations starting at 1402 11th avenue SW (Head Office) on Saturday March 23rd between 1pm until 4pm. This is a good time for you to get your orders placed down to receive our in-store incentives on hand for that day only.
Panasonic will then go to Market Mall for a product demo on Sunday March 24th between 1pm until 4pm, again orders are being taken there too.
Saturday March 30th will be a great time for those who visit our South Centre Mall location between 1pm-4pm as well as Sunday March 31st at our Crossiron Mills location, again between 1pm-4pm for the same demonstration of the Panasonic S1 line.



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Visit weekly to see photo galleries of the top entries and download stunning wallpapers. Think you have the winning picture? Show us your best.


Submit to three categories: nature, cities, and people.


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March 11th 2019.
Product Shout-out. - Author: Stuart Perry - 1402 11th avenue SW Location.

Often used for creating material specifically for youtube, vimeo and, various other media platforms. The M Series cameras have been selected for their size, quality of lenses and ease of use. With Canon’s video history the EOS M-series takes the creator from idea to platform with well known ease of use.

Using the EOS EF-M adapter allows a wider creative plain where Pro-EOS lenses can be used for even better end results.

M5 BODY ONLY              M5 15-45mm lens kit              M5 18-150mm lens kit

Compact. Powerful. Fast. The EOS M5 features the brilliant image quality you can expect from the EOS line of cameras, in a lightweight, portable design with fast autofocus and processing to help make sure you don't miss that unforgettable shot. Whether you're navigating the tight alleys of an old European city or enjoying the view after a strenuous hike, the EOS M5 will let you take advantage of every photo opportunity, more conveniently. Inside its rugged frame is a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that's able to capture sharp, high-resolution images even in low-light situations. Easy to keep on hand for virtually every situation, it's also fast enough to capture the moment thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which quickly and accurately locks onto your subject. A high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3.2-inch tilt-type LCD monitor offer versatility in lining up the angle you want. Equipped with these impressive features and a whole lot more, the EOS M5 can be ideal for advanced photographers, enthusiasts and anyone looking to capture and save the best moments from everyday life and beyond. 

M6 15-45mm Silver kit              M6 18-150mm Silver kit

M6 15-45mm Black kit              M6 18-150mm lens kit black

The EOS M6 is an interchangeable-lens camera that puts advanced technologies like Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase-detection in a compact and lightweight size. Ready at hand to help capture photos and videos the instant the moment happens, it focuses quickly and precisely to help ensure you catch the shot you want. The 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor helps ensure your results are clear, incredibly detailed and vibrantly colourful. Once you've captured your most precious memories, you can easily share them with friends, family and the world through built-in wireless connectivity including Wi-Fi®*, NFC** and Bluetooth®***. Advanced technology and stunning image quality combine inside the stylish, highly portable EOS M6. 


March 8th 2019.
Staff Recommendation. 
 - Author: Stuart Perry - 1402 11th avenue SW Location.

VidPro Professional Studio Lighting Kits LED-604 and LED-1X1


We and our customers have been impressed with both the versatility and adjustability of our latest line of VidPro LED Studio Lights.
The VidPro Studio LED Light system comes with a 2 metre adjustable light stand and a dual interlocking carry case. Unlike a lot of LED kits out there both the LED604 and LED1X1 kits come with an AC power supply adapter.

A soft diffuser that also comes with the kit adds a slight edge of softness to the panel’s light, allowing a more even lighting for either portrait photography or for use in video / streaming use.


Being a lightweight unit means that they are both: portable; and easy to set up anywhere (especially as you can run the unit with Sony F and V-series batteries too).

The panels have fully adjustable white balance color (3200-5600K) and also has a separate brightness Control allowing full control over the light within your scene.


LED-1X1 Specifications:

LEDs: 896  Hi-Intensity

Power Output:   54 W

Lumens: 2200 Lux / M

Color Temperature:

3200K-5600K variable

Beam Angle:   60°

CRI Index:      >90

Power Input: 12 - 14.8V DC

Dimens. 30 x 30 x 4cm

Unit Weight:     3.5 Lbs


LED-604 Specifications:

LEDs: 604  Hi-Intensity

Power Output:   36 W

Lumens: 1720 Lux / M

Color Temperature:

3200K-5600K variable

Beam Angle:   60°

CRI Index:      >90

Power Input: 12 - 14.8V DC

Dimens. 35 x 21 x 4cm

Unit Weight:     3.2 Lbs