Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Overview
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The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a hybrid stills/video camera that has a 24MP full-frame sensor. Like the other members of the Lumix S family, it uses the L-mount developed with Sigma and Leica. The S5 has built-in 5-axis image stabilization, which can reduce shake by up to 6.5 stops with compatible lenses. A high-res mode uses the IS system to produce 96MP images with much higher levels of detail. It has a fully articulating LCD with 1.84 million dots and a large EVF with 2.36M dots.
On the video side, the S5 can capture 10-bit 4K at up to 60p. V-Log and V-Gamut have a claimed dynamic range of over 14 stops. Panasonic has improved the accuracy of continuous autofocus in video mode and face/eye/body recognition accuracy in all shooting modes. The S5 has mic and headphone sockets, and supports Panasonic's XLR adapter.
The compact but well-built body is weather-sealed and has two SD card slots (one of the two supporting UHS-II speeds). It has dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The camera can be powered and charged over its USB-C connector.
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)|
|Lens mount||Leica L|
|Focal length mult.||1×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Max shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Format||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported in slot 1)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||714 g (1.57 lb / 25.19 oz)|
|Dimensions||133 x 97 x 82 mm (5.24 x 3.82 x 3.23″)|
The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is an full-frame mirrorless camera that's great at both still and video shooting. Its well-built, fairly portable and feature-packed. Image quality is in-line with its peers, though autofocus is a little bit behind. The S5's video features are the best in its class and video quality is impressive, as well.
Good for: Amateur videographers who also want a capable stills camera
Not so good for: Stills shooters who need to capture fast action or want a better through-the-viewfinder experience
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