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The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that won’t weigh you down

By Ng Chong Seng - on 8 Sep 2020, 10:46am

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that won’t weigh you down

(Image: Panasonic.)

In case you missed it, Panasonic has announced the Lumix S5, a compact full-frame mirrorless camera.

The 4th model in the Lumix S series, the new S5 weighs just 630g for the body, who is great news if you've been lusting for the S1 but are put off by its bulk and weight.

Specs-wise, the S5 has a 24.2-megapixel MOS sensor and can capture 10-bit 4K videos either at 60/50p at 4:2:0 or at 30p/25p at 4:2:2, with the latter using the full sensor width. When doing 10-bit recording, there’s a 30-minute time limit; there’s no restriction if you’re doing 8-bit.

The camera has a base ISO range of 100 - 51,200 and there’s a Dual Native ISO tech that helps to keep noise down whether you’re shooting stills or videos. For instance, V-Log has two native ISOs — 640 and 4,000. V-Gamut also comes pre-installed.

The S5 supports 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilisation that Panasonic says is good for up to 5 stops — or 6.5 stops if you use a Dual I.S. lens.

In the AF department, Panasonic claims the camera’s Contrast AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) tech is able to lock focus on the subject in just 0.08 second. It even uses deep learning to detect specific subjects such as humans and fast-moving animals. When detecting humans, the system is now able to recognise the head separately from the eye, face and body.

Other noteworthy features include a magnesium alloy full die-cast body (splash/dust-resistant, too), 2,360K-dot OLED viewfinder, 3.0-inch free-angle LCD and dual SD memory card slots (1 x UHS-I, 1 x UHS-II).

Finally, Panasonic is promising a firmware update for the S5 by the end of the year. This will add Cinema 4K support, as well as RAW video data output to ATOMOS NINJA V over HDMI at 5.9K (5,888 x 3,312) 29.97p/25p, 4K(4,128 x 2,176) 59.94p/50p and Anamorphic 3.5K (3,536 x 2,656)/50p. Several video recording assist functions and new Photo Style options are also planned for.

In the U.S., the Panasonic Lumix S5 is priced at US$2,000 for the body and US$2,300 for the kit with a 20–60mm lens. We’ll update you again when we’ve the local pricing and availability info.

Source: Panasonic.