Introduced as an entry-level addition to Panasonic’s full-frame line of cameras, the new Panasonic Lumix S5 features a 24.3-megapixel sensor capable of 14+ stops of dynamic range, making it an ideal candidate for those who need to capture as much detail as possible in highlights and shadows. Although smaller and lighter than the other full-frame offerings from Panasonic, it shares a similar rugged construction which makes it resistant to dust, moisture and freezing temperatures.
Panasonic has built a reputation for packing their cameras full of useful video features and specs over the last several years and the S5 is no exception. In addition to popular video features like in-camera stabilization and V-Log, the S5 can also shoot in 4k 60p in 10-Bit color with no recording limitation, making it a great option for amateur and professional content creators.
The S5 also takes its video features one step further with the capability of slow & quick motion FHD at 180fps, a whole 60 frames more than the average full-frame camera. Not only does it have high-end video features, but it also excels when it comes to still photos. It supports a 96MP High-Resolution Mode, perfect for architecture, landscape and other still photography.
Looking at the physical characteristics of this camera, the body (with battery and memory card) weighs 1.57lbs compared to 2.25lbs in the S1 and S1R. It also comes with two SD card slots (UHS-II and UHS-I) while the S1 and S1R come with one SD and one CFexpress Type B slot. The back LCD screen now features a fully articulating touchscreen matching that of the S1H.
If you're looking for a camera with in-body stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix S5 comes with 5-axis Dual Image Stabilization and when combined with the lens stabilization, it offers 6.5 stops worth of correction. It also offers high precision autofocus with advanced technology for face, eye, head and body detection on humans and animals.
The Panasonic Lumix S5 is expected to release later this month and will be offered in a body-only option for $1999.99 and as a kit with the 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $2299.99. Plus, when you pre-order anytime from now until September 30th, you'll receive a free Sigma 45mm F2.8 lens! That's a $549 value. So don't waste your time, preorder today!