The LUMIX S5 from Panasonic is a versatile 24.2 megapixel full-frame mirrorless digital camera body for photographers and videographers alike. The Panasonic LUMIX S5 is built around the full frame L-mount and is compatible with lenses from Panasonic, Sigma and Leica.
LUMIX S5 headline features
CMOS Sensor 24.2 megapixels and more
A 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers perfectly usable photographs with exceptional low light sensitivity (see Dual Native ISO below) in RAW and JPEG. For photographers who want more, a high resolution mode is available that shoots eight consecutive still images and combines them to create a 96-megapixel equivalent image (12,000 x 8000 pixels) for blistering detail. For ideal results high-resolution mode. your scene and subject must be static.
High bit-rate 4K video
The LUMIX S5 can record up to 4K 60p/50p 4:2:0 10-bit and 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit video with internal recording to SD cards for up to 30 minutes. For use with an external recorder the Lumix S5 can can output 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit footage via HDMI. If you want to record a really long take to the internal SD card you can, at a lower bit-rate: There is no record time limit for internal recording of 4K 30p/25p 4:2:0 8-bit footage thanks to exceptional heat dispersion technology developed by Panasonic for stable, continuous video recording.
Dual Native ISO
What is Dual Native ISO?
Normally when you push your ISO up in-camera the sensor is receiving the same amount of light, it runs through the same circuit for ISO 100 or ISO 3200, and then Gain is applied to the electronic signal. Like turning the volume up on your speakers you get more volume but that can come with more hiss (in photography: noise).
With dual native ISO there are two circuit sets, one for lower ISO levels and one for higher, optimised to get the best signal possible from the light available and leave the noise behind.
The native ISO levels for the Lumix S5 are 640 ISO and 4000 ISO.
5-Axis image stabilisation
In body image stabilisation provides 5 stops of steadying power allowing you to shoot handheld with slower shutter speeds. When paired with a compatible lens that features optic stabilisation the benefit is boosted up to 6.5 stops.
Size & build
The LUMIX S5 is the fourth and smallest camera body in the LUMIX S series. The previous LUMIX S series cameras, LUMIX S1, LUMIX S1R and LUMIX S1H were mirrorless bodies built around a large chassis. The bulky build was similar to DSLR camera construction and offered a comfortable grip, plus good balance with longer lenses. However many photographers and filmmakers moving to mirrorless were looking to take some weight out of their kit while keeping a full-frame sensor. With the LUMIX S5, Panasonic has packed the benefits of S Series mirrorless into a more compact and lightweight body.
- Dual SD card slot: 1 standard, 1 UHS II
- Bluetooth and Wifi for camera control and image transfer
- Electronic viewfinder with OLED display and 20mm eyepoint for glasses wearers
- 3 inch vari-angle rear LCD display
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