As much as I appreciate Panasonic’s beastly pro-grade S1 electronic cameras, I need to confess they are more cam than I truly need, or more notably, more cam than I ‘d ever wish to carry around. However with the launch of the new Lumix S5, Panasonic has actually taken a lot of the very best parts from its flagship full-frame mirrorless camera and put them into a lighter and more compact body.
Starting at $2000(body just), Panasonic states the S5 is meant to deliver strong stills and video efficiency with assistance for super quick autofocus speeds, broad ISO sensitivity, and 40 K/60 fps video recording with 4:2:0 10- bit color (or 4:2:2 10- bit at 4K/30). At its core, the S5 is powered by the exact same 24.2- MP full-frame sensing unit used in the S1, which provides more than 14 stops of dynamic range and a special 96- MP High Resolution mode for even more in-depth images.
Likewise, like the S1, the S5 supports Double Native ISO sensitivity with the native ISOs set at ISO 640 and 4000, so the camera must perform well in both intense light and low light conditions. By integrating 5-axis in-body stabilization with 2-axis OIS, Panasonic says the S5 can provide up to 6.5 stops of shake decrease.
One thing that will be fascinating to see is how much better the S5’s autofocus is, with Panasonic claiming new improvements to its DFD tech (Depth from Defocus) allow for better tracking of small and fast moving topics, specifically when using constant autofocus. Formerly, sometimes inaccurate autofocus was one of the few knocks versus the S1, with the electronic camera in some cases susceptible to wobbling particularly when you were using the S1’s electronic viewfinder. In other places, Panasonic states that the S5 also includes deep learning tech that can select both human beings and animals, with the electronic camera able to identify heads, eyes, faces, and bodies independently to deliver better focus tracking.
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On the S5, in addition to a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF with a 0.74 x magnification, the S5 also includes a “free-angle” or vari-angle LCD touchscreen that can flip out and be tilted 180- degrees. This means the S5 could be a good dual-purpose option for anybody searching for a higher-end stills cam and something that can record vlog-style videos.
As for its build, the S5 features a magnesium alloy body that’s both dust and splash resistant while likewise offering enhanced heat dissipation to assist support longer uninterrupted video capture. There’s also a USB-C port that supports both charging and data transfer, along with a new 2,200 mAh battery that provides up to 470 shots per charge (or up to 1,500 shots in Power Save mode), and dual SD card slots. When it comes to connection, the S5 includes dedicated earphone and microphone jacks, micro HDMI, Bluetooth 4.2, and built-in wi-fi.
Finally, to help support the S5 and other L-mount electronic cameras, Panasonic is also announcing the advancement of brand-new 24 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm and 80 mm f/2.8 prime lenses, so that Panasonic can hopefully provide quick, premium lenses covering all the significant focal lengths that pros require.
All informed, if Panasonic has the ability to capture 85% to 90% of the S1’s performance in a smaller body that weighs just 1.53 pounds (with battery) compared to around 2.25 pounds for the S1, the S5 could be a really terrific all-rounder for advanced stills and videos shooters.
The Panasonic Lumix S5 is expected to go on sale sometime in mid-September for $2,000(body only) or for $2,300 as part of a set with an f/3.5 -5.6 20-60 mm lens.