Panasonic’s New Lumix S5 II and Lumix S5 II X

  By Ryley Smith

 

Panasonic has excitedly announced not one but two new hybrid full-frame mirrorless cameras! The latest additions to the Lumix S Series camera line up the Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 II X. The first Lumix cameras to utilize Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) with the help of a newly developed 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor and a new imaging engine, a powerful image stabilization system plus, outstanding video capabilities! The Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 II X are offering more options for full-frame cameras and helping you explore your creative universe! 

The Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 II X share many key features, including the new 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, which provides high resolution, natural description, and approximately 2x higher-speed signal procession for high bit-rate video recording. Panasonic evolved the auto-focus system into Phase Hybrid Auto-Focus by increasing the AF points to 779 to significantly improve subject tracking, furthering both cameras PDAF capabilities and making them more dependable. Once subjects are locked, the auto-focus will continue to track the subject despite adverse lighting and other subjects entering the frame. Both cameras have dual Native ISO sensitivity, which minimizes noise generation by choosing an optimal circuit to use according to the sensitivity before gain processing. This results in a maximum ISO 51200 (Extended: 204800) high-sensitivity recording. 

The Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 II X have a powerful image stabilization system for wide-ranging shooting conditions and situations. The 5-axis in-body image stabilization and the 2-axis optical image stabilizer from the Lumix S Series lens combine to create the 5-axis Dual I.S. 2, maximizing the correction power to allow for a 6.5-stop slower shutter speed. The 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 works for photo and video recording, including 4K. In addition, Active I.S. has been added for even more stable video recording. Active I.S. optimizes the horizontal, vertical, and rotational correction ratios by determining the status of camera shake. As a result, the performance of the image stabilizer can account for a more significant amount of camera shake at approximately 200% compared to conventional image stabilization. This capability is highly beneficial in adverse situations, such as handheld filming or telephoto fixed-frame shots.

Then there is the incredible video performance of the Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 II X. With the new imaging engine, they provide 4:2:0 10-bit 6K (3:2) / 5.9K (16:9), unlimited 4:2:2 10-bit C4K/4K recording capability. With a new heat-dispersion mechanism, there is no limit on recording time to avoid overheating. The Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 II X contain 14+ stop V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver a high dynamic range and broad colours. Plus, a REAL TIME LUT function enables colour grading on the compatible video and photo in the camera by applying the LUT(.VLT/.cube) saved in the SD memory card. This gives users the ability to perform intended colour grading on the spot without postproduction and share images online through social networking sites and during live streams. The cameras also feature unique shooting options such as 4K60p interval shooting and 4K HDR video recording. The Lumix S5 II X in particular is capable of RAW video output and All-Intra, ProRes recording on SSD. It also features a wired/wireless IP streaming function and USB tethering. When it comes to audio, the cameras can record 48kHz/24bit audio using a built-in microphone and external microphone for realistic sound recording. A Φ3.5mm stereo jack and a headphone jack are provided for the external microphone.

Packing the essence of Lumix S Series cameras into a compact, lightweight body, the Lumix S5 II and Lumix S5 II X have further evolved to meet the demands of all creators. The large, 3,680K-dot OLED Live View Finder features a high magnification ratio of approx. 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). A 3.0-inch free-angle touch-control monitor in 3:2 aspect with 1,840K-dot high resolution does not cause interference, even when both the HDMI cable and USB cable are connected, by adjusting the tilt/rotation angle of the monitor. There are improvements in external design, including a new easy-to-operate 8-directional joystick and the drive dial with an increased setting position for 96-megapixel High-Resolution Mode (JPEG/RAW). They also have double card slots, Wi-Fi capabilities and a high-capacity DMW-BLK22 battery. 

The Lumix S5 II is now available for pre-order, and the Lumix S5 II X will be available later this year. 

Want to learn more about the Lumix S5 II? Join our virtual Panasonic S5 II Tech Talk on Thursday, January 5th, at 7:00 PM MST! More info here!

Our TCSTV Team got their hands on a pre-production Lumix S5 II! Check it out below! 

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Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.