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LUMIX S5 Mirrorless Camera is Revealed

Simon Skinner - 3 weeks ago

The LUMIX S5 has finally arrived as one of the most highly anticipated cameras of the year so far. A mid-range, hybrid full-frame mirrorless camera boasting pro-level 4K video recording and particularly high-quality still image capabilities. The LUMIX S5 is here and it’s very exciting!

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Essentially, the new LUMIX S5 from Panasonic lands as a kind of ‘full-frame GH5’. Not least does this explain the absence of the much-awaited GH6 successor, but also suggests more of a move away fro the Micro Four Thirds format as Panasonic LUMIX builds its product range with the [relatively] new L-Mount system. The S5 is the fourth full-frame camera in the range. That said, Panasonic’s Director of Imaging Business Unit, Yosuke Yamane, stated in a recent interview that the company isn’t ruling out that the GH6 might surface in time.

As mentioned, the LUMIX S5 is the 4th full-frame camera in the S-Series range, but the others are all much heavier cameras, which are generally aimed at pro users. The S5 is much smaller. It’s lighter, less expensive and yet packs a real punch in terms of high spec capability for both photo and video shooters. This put the new camera squarely in the popular ‘hybrid’ category, which whilst less specialist by nature, offers users some of the best available technology in all areas of digital image-making.

It comes with a weather-sealed die-cast magnesium alloy frame, the very same sensor that you’ll find in the LUMIX S1, but with a much smaller price tag. It also houses the Dual ISO circuitry seen in the higher-end Lumix S1H.

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Key features

  • 35mm full-frame [35.6mm x 23.8mm] CMOS sensor
  • 24.20 megapixels
  • 60fps 4K photo and 30fps 6K photo continuous shooting
  • Up to 4K/60p video resolution
  • Free-angle, 3.0-inch TFT LCD monitor with touch control
  • OLED Live View Finder Approx. 2.36 million dots
  • Dual SD memory card slots including one high-speed UHS-II video class
  • Built-in body stabilisation providing up to 5-stops of compensation with OIS lenses
  • Free-angle 3.0-inch LCD for selfies and Youtube vlogging plus a bright OLED EVF
  • Significantly improved AF with deep learning Face, Eye, Body and Animal tracking
  • New high capacity 2,200mAh battery for extended shooting times
  • Filmmaker connectivity through mini HDMI, mic input and headphone terminal
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy die-cast body for reliable use anywhere
  • Excellent connectivity with 5GHz WiFi and Bluetooth® v4.2
  • Tethered shooting from a computer as well as smartphone camera control
  • Panasonic provides regular firmware updates to enhance capabilities
  • Approx. 630g [Body only]
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Available accessories

  • Battery grip DMW-BGS5E
  • Remote control DMW-RS2
  • DMW-MS2E Stereo Microphone
  • Spare Battery DMW-BLK22E
  • DMW-DCC17GU DC coupler for S5
  • Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1
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Video

The new Panasonic LUMIX S5 camera is capable of recording 4K 60p/50p 4:2:0 10-bit, and 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal movies with 14+ stops of dynamic range [V-Log]. This kind of performance is up there with pro-level cinema cameras, whilst also producing V-Gamut compatibility with popular VariCam colour science, renowned for accurate colours and skin tones. 

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Low light capability

Filmmakers can also gain advanced low light capabilities from the S5, with a maximum ISO 51,200 producing crystal-clear high sensitivity video with the appropriation of Dual Native ISO technology. 

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Never miss ‘that’ shot

Stills photographers who never want to miss a shot can burst up to 30fps in 6K photo mode with 18-megapixel equivalent photographs, ensuring every moment of action is captured. Ultra-high resolution stills are also possible with 96 megapixel equivalent images when using a tripod, which we’re certain will broaden the appeal of the LUMIX S5 to landscape, architectural and photographers who produce large prints.

There’s a lot going on with this new camera from Panasonic’s LUMIX S5. Whether you’re shooting street photography, portraits, cityscapes or centring in travel photography, the S5 could be a perfect match. That said, it’s just as capable a device for disciplines such as Vlogging and any kind of video. 

Unlike recent announcements from ‘other’ camera brands, we’re told that the LUMIX S5 can produce high-resolution video files without the camera overheating. This provides numerous options from ultra slow motion to 4K at 60p with excellent colour rendering. 

On the face of it, this mirrorless camera and lens kit from Panasonic is not only the lightest possible full-frame L-mount combination currently available in the range but the most versatile and best value for money. It will certainly appeal to a broad range of users who love to carry pro-quality equipment with the lightest load possible and we can’t wait to run it through a full test. Watch this space!

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Pricing and availability

The LUMIX S5 is available to pre-order as a camera body only or with the LUMIX S Series 20-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens. It’ll be available at the end of September [2020] and will cost £1,799.99 for the body only, or £1,999.99 for the kit. Tap here for more info on Pansonic’s website.

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.