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Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera with 50mm f/1.8 Lens Kit

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Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera with 50mm f/1.8 Lens Kit
Key Features
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K60 Video,10-Bit Internal Recording
  • V-Log, HDR, and Dual Native ISO
  • 2.36m-Dot 0.74x-Magnification OLED LVF
A natural pairing for normal-length prime lens enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera with 50mm f/1.8 Lens Kit from B&H bundles the full-frame mirrorless body with the Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Panasonic DC-S5 Overview

A natural pairing for normal-length prime lens enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera with 50mm f/1.8 Lens Kit from B&H bundles the full-frame mirrorless body with the Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera

Well-rounded, lightweight, and sleek, the Panasonic Lumix S5 meshes capable video and photo capabilities with a portable body design. Featuring a full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor, the S5 is distinguished by its UHD 4K60 10-bit internal recording, Dual Native ISO, and wide 14+-stop dynamic range. Beyond video, it caters to a versatile range of stills applications with 7 fps continuous shooting, ISO 100-51200 native range, and even a 96MP High-Res Shot mode. Regardless if working with photo or video, the S5 maintains a quick and accurate 225-area DFD autofocus system with refined subject tracking, as well as 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization to minimize the appearance of camera shake.

In terms of physical design, the S5 borrows elements from the larger S1-series of cameras but has a smaller footprint and lighter weight profile for improved portability. The S5 incorporated a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a free-angle 3.0" 1.84m-dot touchscreen LCD, and it has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. Dual SD memory card slots are featured, too, for flexible file storage and the body also has a splash- and dust-sealed design for working in trying conditions.

24.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and Venus Engine

Featuring a full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor and an updated Venus Engine, the S5 balances high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range, and speed. The sensor-processor combination enables a useful ISO 100-51200 range, which can be expanded to ISO 50-204800, to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. For working with fast-moving subjects, the S5 also enables full-res shooting at up to 7 fps with AF-S or 6 fps with AF-C, or up to an impressive 60 fps continuous shooting when using 6K or 4K PHOTO modes.

UHD 4K HDR Video Recording

In addition to stills, the S5 also sports highly capable video recording assets, including full-frame UHD 4K30p internal recording with 4:2:2 10-bit color and UHD 4K60p recording using an APS-C sensor area and 4:2:0 10-bit color. Full HD recording at 60 fps, as well as 4K at 30 fps, is also supported with 8-bit color and no recording time limits. Also, high-speed recording is possible, up to Full HD at 180 fps, and anamorphic recording is also available.

Borrowing from Panasonic's broadcast line of video cameras, Dual Native ISO helps to achieve a balanced combination of low noise and high sensitivity to better suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. Two dedicated circuits are provided for each pixel: a Low ISO circuit provides base sensitivities of ISO 100 for normal use, ISO 640 when V-Log is applied, ISO 400 when HLG is applied, and ISO 200 when Cinelike D2/V2 is applied; a Low Noise circuit provides base sensitivities of ISO 640 for normal use, ISO 4000 when V-Log is applied; ISO 2500 when HLG is applied, and ISO 1250 when Cinelike D2/V2 is applied.

Optimizing your recording for post-production color adjustment, the S5 also features a pair of gamma settings suited to capturing a wide dynamic range. V-Log has been pre-installed on this camera and is used to capture a flat, neutral gamma curve and an equivalent 14+ stops of dynamic range, making it well-suited for grading. Additionally, a High Dynamic Range mode, and Hybrid Log Gamma, can be used to record greater detail in both the shadow and highlight regions of a scene. Additional picture styles are available to provide a more gradable image, such as Cinelike V2 and Cinelike D2, as well as an in-camera LUT to make monitoring easier. Additionally, recording to an optional external recorder is possible, via the HDMI Type D port, and support for an external microphone and headphones are also available via dedicated 3.5mm jacks.

Body Design

  • Used in conjunction with other members of the L-Mount Alliance, the L lens mount is a versatile interface with a mount diameter of 51.6mm and a flange distance of 20mm for working with a broad range of optics.
  • High-resolution 2.36m-dot OLED EVF offers a clear 0.74x magnification along with a smooth 60 fps or 120 fps changeable refresh rate.
  • Rear 3.0" 1.84m-dot LCD is a bright, clear means for live view shooting as well as playback and menu navigation. The screen features a free-angle design to suit working from high, low, and front-facing angles, and its touchscreen design affords intuitive settings control.
  • Durable, weather-sealed construction is splash and dust-resistant to accommodate working in harsh weather conditions and trying environments.
  • Dual SD memory card slots—one UHS-II-compatible slot, one UHS-I-compatible slot—offer improved flexibility for image storage, allowing you to segregate raw and JPEG files to different cards, save duplicate files to both cards, or simply double your storage space with overflow recording.
  • A USB Type-C port allows for fast file transferring as well as high-speed in-camera battery charging. Additionally, an HDMI Type D port benefits video applications, a 2.5mm port can be used with the optional DMW-RS2 Remote Shutter, and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks suit advanced audio recording needs.
  • DMW-BLK22 rechargeable lithium-ion battery is rated for approximately 440 shots per charge when working with the rear monitor, 470 shots per charge with the EVF, and 1500 shots per charge when Power Save LVF mode is on.
  • High-precision shutter mechanism offers a top mechanical speed of 1/8000 sec and a flash sync speed of 1/250 sec.

Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

Helping to achieve the utmost sharpness when photographing handheld, Dual I.S. 2 combines the S5's 5 stop-rated 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based 2-axis image stabilization to compensate for a broader range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery. Dual I.S. 2 requires the use of compatible Lumix lenses featuring O.I.S. This stabilization system is able to compensate for approximately 6.5 stops of camera shake.

DFD Autofocus System

For accelerated autofocus performance, the DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology quickly calculates the distance to subjects and adjusts the focusing position in as little as 0.08 seconds, with sensor and lens communication occurring at rates up to 480 fps. This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications, using Advanced AI Technology, where subject type, color, size, and motion vectors are used to intelligently lock-onto the moving subjects and ensure precise focus. When working with portrait subjects, face, eye, head, body, and animal detection capabilities make it easier to prioritize focusing on specific areas of the subject. The focusing sensitivity and speed can be adjusted to further improve performance with certain subjects. It also features 225 AF areas, which provide excellent control over where the camera will focus. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Low Light AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -6 EV.

Benefitting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist for touch-to-focus operation. Other AF features include an AF Point Scope setting that temporarily magnifies the subject by 3x to 10x for confirmation of the focus position and a custom selectable AF zone for Multi AF / Custom Multi AF.

6K and 4K PHOTO

Utilizing the S5's video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 3:2 or 4:3 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:
  • Burst: This mode will allow you to continuously record, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • Pre-Burst: This mode is ideal for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record images one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the video recording process, and allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 8 or 18MP frame.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Bluetooth Low Energy (4.2) provides constant connection between your smartphone or table and the camera with minimal power consumption. For more robust wireless activities, IEEE 802.11ac and b/g/n support is also available for faster transmission and more fluid remote control and monitoring.

Complementing the camera's wireless connectivity, Lumix Sync is an iOS and Android app designed to pair with the camera for smartphone or tablet-based remote shooting control and wireless image transferring.

Other Camera Features

  • By using sensor-shift stabilization technology, the S5 features a High Resolution mode to capture and compile eight separate exposure to create a single 96MP raw or JPEG file. Suitable for static subjects and when working on a tripod, this mode creates a more highly detailed and color accurate image than a single shot alone can produce and produces an image with a 12000 x 8000-pixel resolution.
  • HLG Photo mode offers increased dynamic range for improved detail in shadow and highlight regions of the image. When working in HLG Photo mode, images can be saved as an HSP file in either 4K or full resolution, in addition to JPEG and raw formats, for vivid playback on 4K televisions.
  • In addition to conventional 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 16:9 ratios, photos can also be recorded in 65:24 and 2:1 panoramic formats.
  • Helping to contain bright highlights, Highlight Weighted Metering mode prioritizes highlight values when making an exposure metering in order to prevent scenes from blowing out.
  • Offering more versatility than standard Auto White Balance (AWB), an AWBw setting will retain a reddish warm tint while AWBc offers a cooler, bluish tint.
  • Photo Style modes: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Flat, Landscape, Portrait, Monochrome, L. Monochrome, L. Monochrome D, Cinelike D, Cinelike V, Like709, Standard (HLG), Monochrome (HLG), Like2100, and My Photo Style.

Firmware Version 2.3

Firmware version 2.3 adds raw video data output over HDMI to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR [5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit. Raw video data can be output over HDMI to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR to be recorded as Blackmagic RAW.
UPC: 885170426290

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Designed for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras, the Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 is a sleek and compact standard-length prime. Its 50mm focal length is ideally suited for portraiture, landscapes, and all-purpose shooting and provides a modestly bright f/1.8 maximum aperture for shallow depth of field control. An extra-low dispersion element and an ultra-high refractive index element reduce chromatic aberration and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy, and the lens provides excellent sharpness as well. A linear autofocus motor suppresses focus breathing and delivers smooth, precise, and near silent focusing performance. Made for tough environmental conditions, the lens also features a dust-, moisture-, and freeze-resistant design.

Prime standard-length lens designed for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras, however, can also be used on APS-C models where it provides a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture offers control over depth of field and suits working in low-light conditions.
Three aspherical lenses including an extra-low dispersion element and an ultra-high refractive index element reduce chromatic aberration and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Linear autofocus motor suppresses focus breathing and delivers smooth, precise, and near silent focusing performance.
Benefitting professional video applications, linear focus ring control for mechanical-based follow focus systems moves the focus at a constant speed in accordance with the rotating angle of the focus ring.
High resolution sharpness and performance to support 4K video.
Smooth exposure changes by micro-step aperture control for video applications.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Dust-, moisture-, and freeze-resistant design for increased protection from the elements.
UPC: 885170382121

Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera Specs

Imaging
Lens MountLeica L
Sensor ResolutionActual: 25.28 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Seconds
Up to 30 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
Up to 30 Minutes
Electronic Shutter
1/8000 to 60 Seconds
Up to 60 Seconds in Bulb Mode
1/16000 to 1/25 Second in Movie Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 51,200 in Auto Mode (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
Video
100 to 51,200
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Multiple, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range0 to 18 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set
Continuous ShootingMechanical Shutter
Up to 7 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 24 Frames (Raw) / 999 Frames (JPEG)
Electronic Shutter
Up to 7 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 24 Frames (Raw) / 999 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 30 fps at 18 MP
Up to 60 fps at 8 MP
Up to 30 fps at 8 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 Raw
6000 x 4000
4:3 JPEG
5328 x 4000
3792 x 2848
2688 x 2016
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
4272 x 2848
3024 x 2016
16:9 JPEG
6000 x 3368
4272 x 2400
3024 x 1704
1:1 JPEG
4000 x 4000
2848 x 2848
2016 x 2016
65:24 JPEG
6000 x 2208
2:1 JPEG
6000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio1:1, 2:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 65:24
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [150 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 Mb/s]
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [150 Mb/s]
H.264/MOV 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [100 Mb/s]
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p [100 to 150 Mb/s]
H.265/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [200 Mb/s]
4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 50p [200 Mb/s]
H.265/MP4 4:2:0 10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [72 to 100 Mb/s]
H.264/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p/179.82p [20 to 28 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes for UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p (4:2:2 10-Bit)
Up to 30 Minutes for UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p (4:2:0 10-Bit)
Unlimited for UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p (4:2:0 8-Bit)
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording AAC Audio
LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
Raw OutputHDMI In Raw Mode:
5888 x 3312 12-Bit at 23.98/25/29.97 fps 
4128 x 2176 12-Bit at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps 
3536 x 2656 12-Bit at 23.98/25/29.97/50 fps 
External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 50p/59.94p
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSlot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini Control Input
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,840,000 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution2,360,000 Dot
Eye Point20 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.74x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +4
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsContrast Detection: 225
Autofocus Sensitivity-6 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesAuto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Operating Humidity10 to 80%
General
Battery Type1 x DMW-BLK22 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 2200 VDC, 7.2 mAh (Approx. 440 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.22 x 3.82 x 3.22" / 132.6 x 97.1 x 81.9 mm
Weight1.57 lb / 714 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
1.39 lb / 630 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.5 x 6 x 5.75"

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 Lens Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountLeica L
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45.11 cm
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design9 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.9 x 3.2" / 73.6 x 82 mm
Weight10.6 oz / 300 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.385 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.9 x 4.5 x 4.5"

Panasonic DC-S5 Reviews

I use it for photography for half a year

By mycodmobileacc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-03

The camera is very good, autofocus is not perfect but also good. I dropped the camera from a height of about 3 feet on the pavement and it still works great. If you are looking for a camera that is really worth the money then you have found it. S/N: WJ1AA001093

First use was perfect

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-09

We needed a 3rd camera for a shoot that met the specs we required, but was small enough for a mechanical tracking shot. This camera delivered. Battery was very long-lasting and the 4K shot looks amazing. Could not have worked out better.

Nothing but problems

By Daniel
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

The features and menu options are extensive and impressive, but this camera has repeatedly and very seriously malfunctioned on me: even after sending it to Panasonic to get fixed it came back and is experiencing the same issue where the mount doesn't lock, the camera doesn't read the lens which disables all functions--it most recently did this to me on a gig. Big pain, completely dissappointed.

Love It

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-20

I purchased this camera to replace my 15 year old Canon Rebel. I have been super impressed with the images so far coming off the camera. Almost as import to me is the interface, new cameras have some many options and this is no exception. The menu structure is easy to navigate and customize. The body itself feels very well built. I look forward to shooting with this camera for many years to come!

So far this is great

By Kenton
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-08

This is a great camera. Every review talks about the autofocus so here's that piece. In photo you won't notice it hunting. In video it is a bit noticable but you can adjust the settings to make it work for you. Everything else is fantastic. The controls can be remapped and the build quality is amazing.

A fantastic and reliable partner.

By Kyle
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-05

I purchased the Lumix S5 as a partner for my Lumix S1R for professional hybrid photo and video work. It's every bit as good as its massively larger and more expensive cousin. Panasonic's ergonomics and build qualities are the biggest perks to their systems, and the S5 is no exception. The Lumix brand has been marketed heavily toward professional videographers, leaning in on Panasonic's history in cinematography, but you should know this is still an amazing camera for still photography too. I highly recommend the S5 for a lightweight and very portable option in the full frame mirrorless market, especially for those who have already invested in the Leica L system lenses.

Perfect for hobbyists; usable for pros (with compromises)

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

This camera offers tremendous value for the price. I have used it primarily for video and I am very pleased with the images I can get with it. Full frame 4K for 2K is hard to beat. However, I have only used it for hobby projects and, as a professional, a part of me wishes that I had gone for the S1H. Don't get me wrong, what this camera can do it does very well, but there are a few compromises which might have made the much more expensive camera worthwhile. Perhaps the most regrettable compromise is the lack of a full frame, open gate recording mode. I think this should be very doable on this camera, and I hope Panasonic adds it in a future firmware update. Then there is the issue of limited mounting points. The S5 has a single 1/4-20 thread on the bottom and no anti-twist port (look at the bottom of the S1H or GH6). This may not be an issue for most, but if you are going to rig accessories to this camera you may find yourself wishing for some more secure connection points. That's not a deal breaker, but it is a potential challenge for anyone thinking about using it for professional work. That said, I am mostly very happy with this purchase. In a way, it is a true successor to the GH2, which helped me to punch well above my weight as a fledgling professional ten years ago. Still, I can't help feeling like Panasonic was very clever about protecting their more expensive mirrorless cameras. If I am compelled to gripe about it, it is only because I'd like to keep Panasonic on their toes, so to speak. Maybe encourage them to support the S5 with some future firmware updates...

Value, Value, Value

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-12

I picked up a used copy from B&H after reading a number of reviews. The camera and lens live up to these reviews in every respect. The camera is small and lightweight yet packed with features. The image quality is good and might match the larger and pricier S1. The kit lens is made of a polycarbonate material that is light and durable. The optics are good and the focal range that starts at 20mm is useful. Panasonic has built an excellent travel kit that is priced so as to leave some money left in the bank for travel.

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