Panasonic S5 review

Panasonic S5

Panasonic S5 review

The Lumix S5 is Panasonic’s new camera with a 24-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, uses a five-axis internal anti-shake system, and is equipped with a dual memory card slot.

Panasonic unveiled the Panasonic Lumix S5 camera, about which we have been hearing various rumors for a long time.  The whistleblowers became involved some time ago and revealed a lot of information about the Panasonic Indorbin, so we knew many of its features before the product was officially unveiled.  The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a compact camera that can be described as a mid-range camera.  The Lumix S5 belongs to the category of full-frame mirrorless cameras, which are equipped with various and special capabilities in the field of photography and video recording.

Panasonic’s new camera incorporates a range of functionalities into an L-mount body.  Many of the key features of the Panasonic Lumix S5 are similar to those offered by the Lumix S1 Gravity Camera.  Thus, the Lumix S5 uses a 24-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor to capture images and videos, is capable of capturing 96-megapixel images in high-resolution multi-shot mode, and is equipped with a five-axis image stabilization system (called IBIS).  Panasonic says that when used with the right lens, the IBIS system can reduce vibration by up to 6.5 stops.

The Lumix S5 offers all the aforementioned features we’ve seen before in the Lumix S1 in a more compact body and is equipped with a dual SD memory card slot (including a UHS-II port and a UHS-I port);  The Lumix S1 used an SD port and a CFExpress port.  The new Panasonic camera has a lower resolution LCD screen than the S1, which has a resolution of 1.84 million dots.  There is no LCD screen at the top of this camera.  The Lumix S5 uses an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a resolution of 2.36 million dots.

Panasonic Lumix S5 is equipped with an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 million dots

Panasonic has tried to make some improvements to the Lumix S5 to provide a better shooting experience with this camera.  To achieve this, Panasonic has paid special attention to the camera’s ability to focus on autofocus and has tried to turn the Lumix S5 into a high-quality camera in terms of shooting in low-light and video environments.

The autofocus system in Panasonic’s new camera has been largely redesigned, using the latest Deep Learning technologies.  The use of deep learning technology increases the speed and accuracy of the autofocus system.  In addition, the Lumix S5 is equipped with a special system called Depth from Defocus (called DFD), which is specific to Panasonic and is used for continuous autofocus.  The DFD system in the Lumix S5 has seen some improvements over previous generations.

As mentioned, Panasonic pays special attention to shooting in low-light environments.  The Panasonic S5 uses Dual Native ISO to perform flawlessly when using a very high ISO for capturing photos or videos.  In V-Log mode, the camera’s native ISO is 640 and 4,000, however you can increase the ISO to 51,200 (which you will probably never use);  The Lumix S5 is similar to the Lumix S1 in this respect.

Finally, we come to the video-centric capabilities of the new Panasonic camera.  The Lumix S5 has a lot of video recording capabilities by default;  But in the future, it will increase its capabilities by receiving software updates.  When the product is released, you can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second in 10-bit 4: 2: 0 format with APS-C crop.  You can also record 4K video at 30 frames per second in 10-bit 4: 2: 2 using the full width of the sensor.  If you also connect an external recorder to it, you can save 4K / 60fps videos in 10-bit 4: 2: 2 format via HDMI cable.

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is capable of 4K video recording at 60 frames per second

The user can also save RAW videos on the Panasonic Lumix S5 while using the Atomos Ninja V.  Given the explanation we provide, we can consider the Panasonic Lumix S5 as a more balanced, lighter, and much cheaper version of the Panasonic S1H camcorder (or even the GH5 full-frame camera).The special Panasonic kit, which includes the Lumix S5 camera and the new 20-60mm f / 3.5-5.6 lens, is priced at $ 2,300.  The product launch process is expected to begin by the middle of this month.  If you are in the United States, you will receive a free Sigma 45mm f / 2.8 DG DN lens if you pre-purchase the camera before September 30, 2020.

With a price tag of $ 2,000, the Lumix S5 clearly fits into the category of Panasonic S series mid-range cameras.  However, using the middle word for this camera may not be right;  Because the Lumix S5 is on a different level than cameras like the Canon EOS RP and Nikon Z5.

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