Panasonic announces compact full frame hybrid Lumix S5

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Panasonic has announced the Lumix DC-S5, a compact full-frame mirrorless camera that looks to take many of the video capture features of the flagship Lumix S1 and S1H, but packages them in a smaller, more compact body. 

The S5 features a 24MP BSI CMOS sensor, the same as that in the S1, but it's packaged in a body that is just smaller and lighter than Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds GH5.

Inside, there's a 5-axis image stabiliser capable of reducing camera shake by up to 6.5 stops, and Panasonic says the autofocus has seen improvements, although it still uses the same depth-from-defocus (DFD) system as found on the S1. The company says it should feature less hunting when focusing and there's a new 'head detection' function as well.

The new S5 (middle) next to the GH5 (left) and S1H (right). Image: Panasonic

Build-wise, the S5 features a magnesium alloy chassis with weather-sealing. There's dual SD card slots, although only one is the faster UHS-II type, and there's also WiFi and bluetooth connectivity. The rear touchscreen is fully articulating.

Panasonic's strength in both their Full Frame and Micro Four Thirds cameras has always been video, and the S5 continues that trend. And although users don't get access to some of the higher-end features as found in the S1H (there's none of the high bit rate All-I codecs for example), it can capture 10-bit 4:2:0 4K/60p video with an APS-C crop, or 10-bit 4:2:2 using the full width of the sensor at 30p or 24p.

Other video features include V-Log / V-Gamut and HLG, and a 30 minute time limit when shooting 10-bit video, although there's  no limit with 8-bit.

Onboard, there's headphone and mic sockets and the camera supports the company's XLR adapter. According to Panasonic, a firmware update later this year promises to add DCI Cinema 4K, Raw video, vector scope display and a number of other video-centric features.

The S5 uses a new DMW-BLK22 battery, capable of a solid CIPA rated 440 shots per charge using the LCD, or 470 with just the EVF. There's also an optional battery grip available. 

The Lumix DC-S5 will be available in mid-September at a price of $3199, body only, or as part of a kit with a LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens for $3699.

In the meantime, you can find out more at Panasonic, and watch the launch video for the new camera below.

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