Targeting content makers who want high video specifications with their still images, the Panasonic Lumix S5 is part of the Lumix S series. But compared to the other members of the S family with larger, heavier and boxier bodies, the S5 sports a significantly smaller and lighter body, but packs a much fuller punch than its size contemporaries like the Lumix GH5.
This new offering has a different lens mount, so it can sport both L-mount with its fellow S-class family. It boasts the same 24.2MP, dual native ISO sensor, pulled from the Lumix S1H which costs double of the S5. The new shooter also inherited different video specs such as V-Log colour, waveform monitoring, LUTs, anamorphic shooting, image stabilisation (in-body), and 180fps HD recording and 10-bit internal video capture
However, despite its promising specs, it’s not quite a Lumix S1H. The Lumix S5 is limited to 4K recording. Recording tie is limited to 30 minutes in select formats, and does not have a built-in cooling fan, hence the smaller body size.
Though it shoots at 60/50p 4:2:0 10-bit internally and 4K/ 30p at 4:2:2 10-bit, an upcoming firmware update will upgrade the shooter’s recording spec to C4K internal recording and raw 5.9K at 25/ 30p, 4K at 60/50p and anamorphic 3.5K outputted to an Atomos Ninja V recorder. Considering that the Lumix S5 is only a fraction of the S1H, that’s a pretty hefty deal.
The Lumix S5 boasts of plenty of features by top range mirrorless cameras, but there are still some features that will be toned down to allow the model’s lower price and size. Image and video capture quality is the same its older brother, but in super slow motion settings, there is the absence of Af, and it produces softer images than most.
The Lumix S5 has a strong foundation that can only be seen as favourable in the long run. Despite its shortcomings, the upcoming firmware update does provide the additional push it needs to be a strong camera. However, updates such as these can be crucial overall to the health of the camera, and it is better to leave it to professionals like the experts at CameraFIX, lest you find your Panasonic Lens faulty. Leave the firmware upgrading to us, so you don’t have to look for a Panasonic camera repair shop in Sydney that will try to fix your camera.