Until today, Panasonic didn’t really have an entry level full-frame camera in their lineup. That all changes with the brand new Lumix S5. This camera features a 24MP sensor and is geared towards both photographers and videographers.
The new camera is not only $500 cheaper than the S1 (most affordable Panasonic full-frame camera until now), but it is also significantly lighter. In fact, it’s about as heavy as some of Panasonic’s most popular micro 4/3 cameras like GH5 and G9.
Panasonic S5 shoots 4K video at up to 60 fps in 4:2:0 10-bit, it has in-body image stabilization (up to 5 stops) and the company claims it features 14 stops of dynamic range, just like its cinema cameras.
It features a decent viewfinder with 2.36 million dots and 0.74x magnification, as well as a fully articulating 3-inch touchscreen. The camera body is well-made and is dust and splash resistant.
The camera will start shipping in mid-September, and will retail for $1,999.99 for the body alone and $2,299.99 when paired with the recently announced 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.