December 2, 2022

Probably the greatest mirrorless cameras simply received higher.

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is now 15% off. At solely $1,698 USD the S5 is a killer deal. In the event you’re available in the market for a hybrid full body mirrorless digicam the S5 ought to warrant consideration. Particularly for video-only shooters. Extra on that in a second.

Launched on the finish of 2020 — within the throws of the second wave of Covid no much less — the S5 is Panasonic’s reply for these in search of a excessive efficiency L-mount digicam with out the excessive worth present in its higher vary fashions such because the S1 and S1H.

Specs-wise there appears to be little compromise given the S5’s considerably lower cost level: 24.2MP CMOS sensor; 4K/60 video; 5-Axis Twin I.S. providing 6.5 stops correction (with appropriate L-Mount lenses); V-Log; Twin Native ISO; 10-bit 4:2:2 video; 180fps excessive body price for gradual movement; 4:3 anamorphic; 14+ stops of dynamic vary (claimed); twin SD card slots; and on and on it goes. You’d be laborious pressed to discover a lacking function for filmmakers.

Panasonic Lumix S5 camera deals, sales. Compared to Blackmagic, Sony and Canon.
Panasonic Lumix S5. An usually ignored digicam, particularly for video initiatives akin to marriage ceremony movies, music and journey movies, and indie filmmaking.

In the event you’re into digicam gear and have adopted the market over the previous few years you would possibly even think about the S5 basically a full-frame model of the GH5 (itself a beast of a digicam for the worth).

Contemplate the competitors.

There’s the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Digital camera 6K. An apparent competitor on this phase. For underneath $2K you get a full loaded mini cinema digicam that performs nicely with DaVinci Resolve and produces a ravishing picture. An added bonus: the ever-present Canon EF mount. Chances are high most if not all of your current glass will work, at the least when you’re a Canon shooter. The S5 then again would require an adapter. One thing to remember.

On the Sony aspect the A7 III is a standout and worthy different. I’ve been following the digicam market on Stark Insider for some time and maybe the A7 III is essentially the most extremely regarded and nicely reviewed mirrorless digicam (for video) that I’ve ever seen. Individuals love this factor. Little doubt an amazing possibility.

Nonetheless, in addition to the Blackmagic and Sony carry out, it’s laborious to disclaim the worth of the S5. With the present sale it undercuts each fashions and could be had for $300 much less. These financial savings can go in the direction of lighting, gimbals, reminiscence playing cards, lenses, and so forth.

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Panasonic Lumix S5 (left) subsequent to its older sibling, the GH5. Each are terrific, full-featured 4K cameras for video shooters.

I must also point out the GH5. Customers in search of a excessive efficiency mirrorless digicam within the, say, $1,000-2,000 phase shouldn’t write this mirrorless monster off. In any case these years the GH5 remains to be an unbelievable video making machine. Don’t let the Micro 4 Thirds lens mount dissuade you. Ignore the FUD. For video it’s completely peachy. The truth is, focusing is mostly simpler and extra exact with these types of Tremendous 35-ish, non full-frame cameras.

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Shot on Panasonic Lumix GH5

As a lot as I believe the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Sony A7 III and even GH5 to be worthy gamers I’d nonetheless put my cash on the S5 for video. Wedding ceremony shoots. Music movies. Style movies. Journey movies. Indie movies. This factor can do all of it, with out breaking the financial institution.


There may be one price mentioning.

And that’s: auto-focus.

Not good. The truth is, fairly unhealthy. In my exams the S5 routinely struggled with focus whereas others locked on simply high-quality.

Please don’t come trying to the S5 for quick and correct auto-focus. You’ll doubtless be pissed off. However for many critical video shooters that’s not a problem — in any respect. You’ll need to be in handbook focus mode anyhow. This received’t work for Vloggers after all. However for movie productions that is par for the course. Guide all the best way. Additional, due to the comparatively poor contrast-based focus system discovered on the S5 (versus the higher performing phase-detection techniques discovered on Canon and Sony), utilizing the Panasonic as a real hybrid — for movies and stills — just isn’t supreme. As a substitute I’d advocate one thing just like the Canon EOS R or RP or the aforementioned Sony A7 III.

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AF apart, maybe my favourite function of the S5, or I ought to say, result’s the picture. Natural. Textured. And most undoubtedly non-digital. Tweak that V-Log a bit in submit and you may get some excellent, cinematic footage that can bely the digicam’s worth.

My guess is Panasonic must compete considerably on worth because it doesn’t fairly carry the model identify recognition and cache discovered with Canon and Sony. That’s a win for customers, although. Don’t let the decrease costs idiot you — it is a phenomenally nicely constructed and thought out digicam. Fortunately Panasonic continues to serve these area of interest video-centric markets.

At solely $1,698 the Lumix S5 represents unbelievable worth for video shooters of every kind (save for people who want dependable AF!). My advice can be to steer away from the costlier full-frame fashions and search worth that can get the job carried out for much less cash. The S5 is the right instance.

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