S5 High Resolution Astro Imaging

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Jonathan Usher Regular Member • Posts: 147
S5 High Resolution Astro Imaging
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I received my Lumix S5 a few days ago and last night with clear skies I took it to the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, to see what the new advances in High Resolution mode included in the S5 could bring.

The S5 allows for High Resolution mode now with ISO up to 3200 and duration up to 8 seconds per image, so I started at 8 seconds (with a Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN lens at f/2.8).  That led to some significant star trails in the final image further away from the celestial south pole, so I backed the exposure time down to 2.5 seconds and tried again.

After processing the resulting image with Affinity Photo (which can read the RAW files; Adobe Camera Raw can't yet though I'm sure an update is close), I was very happy with the result...

100 Megapixel (well, nearly) astro imaging is a reality with the Lumix S5

Other than High Resolution mode, for single shot imaging the sensor is very nice and clean at high ISOs - I'm a very happy S5 owner today!

I hope you enjoy the image!

Jonathan

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