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Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 review: Digital Photography Review

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The Panasonic S5 is a 24MP full-frame mirrorless digital camera constructed across the identical sensor because the Panasonic S1, however in a smaller, extra inexpensive physique. The truth is, regardless of having a full-frame sensor, the S5 is smaller in each dimension than its Micro 4 Thirds sibling, the GH5.

Aiming to enchantment to each photographers and videographers, it consists of updates to Panasonic’s DFD autofocus system, new artistic picture modes, and video options that come near matching each the GH5 and the far more costly S1H.

Key specs:

  • 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor with no AA filter
  • Full-frame oversampled 4K/30p; 4K/60p with APS-C crop
  • Panasonic contrast-detect DFD AF with improved face, physique and head detection
  • 2.36M-dot OLED EVF w/ 0.74x magnification
  • 3” 1.84M-dot totally articulating touchscreen
  • Twin SD card slots (1x UHS-II, 1x UHS-I)
  • 96MP Multi-shot high-resolution mode
  • 7 fps burst capturing (5 fps with steady autofocus)
  • 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with one-touch picture switch
  • Mud and splash resistant
  • 460 photographs per cost when used with EVF
Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 320 | 1/125 sec | F5.6 | Lumix S 20-60mm package lens @ 37mm

Whereas Panasonic’s first-generation full-frame cameras have been considerably niche-driven, the S5 is extra of an all-around generalist, with a physique and value level that extra immediately competes with the likes of the Nikon Z6 and Sony a7 III. For videographers, it’s a bit like a full-frame GH5 or a mini S1H, whereas photographers ought to profit from an up to date AF system and a wide range of photography-focused efficiency enhancements.

The S5 is priced at $1999 body-only, or $2299 with the Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5.5.6 lens.


Desk of contents

What’s new and the way it compares

The S5 shares many video options with the S1H, provides some artistic picture modes for stills shooters and will get an up to date DFD autofocus system.

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Physique, dealing with and controls

That is Panasonic’s most compact full-frame digital camera so far. See what’s totally different about it, and why it would get even higher by means of firmware.

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Picture high quality

The Lumix S5 churns out strong Uncooked information, distinctive JPEGs and has a formidable high-res mode.

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Autofocus

The DC-S5 has the newest model of Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus AF system. However can it sustain with the most effective of its friends?

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Video

The S5 is filled with extra video seize instruments than another digital camera in its class.

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Conclusion

Learn our ultimate ideas in regards to the S5 an the way it stacks as much as the competitors.

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Pattern gallery

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