Panasonic’s tradition of producing full-frame mirrorless cameras is continued by the Panasonic Lumix S5. The S5 is capable of shooting excellent-quality 10-bit videos in glorious 4K, like its predecessor. How nice is your S5? In a nutshell, Panasonic took what was nice about the Lumix S1 and stuffed it into the Lumix S5‘s body.
Panasonic Lumix S5: Review of an outline
Right off the bat, we like that the Panasonic Lumix S5 still has 5-axis stabilization and faster autofocus than the Lumix S1, apart from 4K 10-bit video capability (up to 60 fps). Besides getting a small design, it has a flip-out panel as well.
They’re actually bigger than the Lumix S1, but here’s the catch. Although also continuing to have superior video capabilities, the Lumix S5 costs less.
But you will never have anything, really. There is a poor electronic viewfinder (EVF), sluggish photo burst rates, and poor contrast-detect autofocus in the Panasonic Lumix S5.
A full-frame sensor within a (sort of) crop-sensor body
When it comes to full-frame cameras, the common challenge is their weight. Sure, if you’re a hobbyist or a specialist, you should bring one and use it. Let’s throw on a couple hours of continuous carry-and-use, however. It may be difficult to haul around a bulky camera rig whether you have sturdy arms or bring around a monopod. In contrast to most compact shooters, mirrorless systems weigh less than their DSLR brothers, but they are still a little bulky and tall. Yeah, it is an improvement over a smaller crop sensor to get a full-frame sensor, but it is not always the only thing to remember.
With a battery and a memory card supplied, the Panasonic Lumix S5 weighs 714 grams. It’s always on the “heavy” side, but note that the S1 is almost 300 grams smaller. The S5 also has a body built of magnesium-alloy-engineered to spread heat. It also contributes rigidity to the body of the camera, to a certain degree.
Given the camera’s comparatively tiny frame, the buttons are equally distributed. Without entering into the menu, it has a wide grip and plenty of dedicated manual controls to change shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and other commonly used settings easily.
If you’re still not so comfortable with utilizing configurable keys, the touchscreen display of the Panasonic Lumix S5 is your buddy. The S5 can be used for vlogging and taking selfies, as its screen flips out to the edge.
The S5 just has a 2.36 million dot OLED optical viewfinder, sadly, compared to Sony cameras. Compare this with the 5.76 million dot OLED EVF of the S1 and you’d be quick to question why. It may be a balance on architecture and pricing. Maybe Panasonic assumed that because the S5 was mainly a camera for video shooters, the touch panel will be used much of the time, not the EVF.
How is it performing?
First off, sure, it’s a camera. But it doesn’t concentrate on still photography. With continuous AF, it can only do 5 FPS bursts. Nevertheless, it is also a really capable camera for taking images. And because a full-frame sensor rocks, it’s perfect in low-light circumstances.
Video photography is where it certainly shines. At just 30 fps, the S1 can fire 4K images, while the S5 can move up to 60 fps. It will turn up the FPS to 180 for slo-mo and action scenes for 1080p footage. At 40 C, the Panasonic Lumix S5 will capture 30 minutes of 4K 60p and 4K 10-bit 30p videos continuously. Panasonic says that, if circumstances are normal, the recording period will run longer. The S5 will continuously capture videos at lower resolutions and frame rates, before storage and battery run out.