Panasonic Lumix DC-S5

24MP full-frame CMOS sensor | In-body image stabilization | 4K/60p video (APS-C)

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality
  • In-body image stabilization
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video capture
  • Extensive video tools

What we don't:

  • DFD autofocus can 'wobble' when shooting video
  • EVF resolution is behind the times
  • Sluggish burst shooting
The Panasonic S5 is a full-frame mirrorless L-mount camera that's very capable for both photography and video. It includes a 96MP high resolution photo mode and useful video tools like waveforms and Panasonic V-Log gamma.
Controls on the S5 are well-placed, with easy access to the quick menu and many options for customization. A fully articulated LCD screen will suit videographers, but has benefits for stills shooters as well. The 2.36M-dot EVF feels a bit dated, but has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps.
The Panasonic S5 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that's very capable for both photography and video.
The S5's updated Depth-from-Defocus AF system is fast and accurate when shooting single AF, and mostly reliable for continuous AF. However, video shooters may detect some focus 'wobble' when shooting in C-AF. The battery has a very respectable 460 shot rating when using the EVF.
Based on our initial samples, the S5 delivers outstanding image quality. JPEGs offer pleasing color, well-judged sharpening and intelligent noise reduction. Raw files show excellent detail capture and plenty of flexibility. An updated 96MP multi-shot high resolution mode offers motion correction by using data from a single shot, if needed.
The S5 can capture oversampled 4K/30p video from the full width of its sensor, or 4K/60p from an APS-C/Super35 region, all in 4:2:2 10-bit color, though there's a 30 minute recording limit when using the highest quality settings. A promised firmware update will add features like shutter angle, vectorscope and 5.9K Raw output to an external recorder.
The Panasonic S5 has a lot to offer both still and video shooters in a relatively compact body. We haven't fully reviewed the camera, but our experience so far suggests continuous AF in video isn't as refined or reliable as the phase-detect systems of its peers. Beyond that, it appears to be a very capable model with an impressively deep feature set.

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