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Panasonic DMW-BLK22E

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The mechanical shutter operates at 7fps with continuous AF, versus the A7 IV at 10fps and the R6 II at 12fps, so not exactly blisteringly quick, but faster at least than the original S5 which only achieved 5fps with autofocus. However, its 10-bit files are robust enough to tune saturation in standard profiles, as well as recover moderately blown highlights and raise underexposed shots without the quality of your clips breaking down. But remember the S5 II has a Pixel Shifting trick up its sleeve and switching its single frame result in the middle for one taken in the High Resolution mode, shows it taking a clear lead in potential resolving power. Despite being positioned at the advanced enthusiast/amateur market, the Lumix S5 is built around a tough, magnesium alloy frame that makes it feel very much made for professional use. Moving on, Panasonic describes the S5 II sensor as being new, although I believe it’s based on the same sensor in the S5 and S1H before it, albeit now featuring phase-detect autofocus points.

Lumix S5 II review | Digital Camera World Panasonic Lumix S5 II review | Digital Camera World

And it did indeed turn in an excellent performance – it’s capable of producing highly detailed shots with warm and vibrant colors in a wide variety of situations.Ideally in single area AF I’d like the box to remain grey and only become green once focus is achieved.

Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5 S5 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera body

As such while this strategy will guarantee almost blanket coverage across YouTube on launch-day, it’s given them nowhere to hide. The top dial houses control for the shooting mode as well as buttons for quickly switching up the ISO and exposure, and a red record button to jump straight into video shooting. Shown here mounted on a Lumix GH5S, the Atomos Ninja V will support ProRes RAW capture from the Lumix S5 following a firmware update later this year. The S5 II also inherits the six aspect ratios of its predecessor, so along with the native 3:2, you can choose to crop JPEGs into 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1, as well as panoramic 65:24 or 2:1 options.If subject detection is enabled, you can instruct the camera to prioritise one of three types: Human, Face and Eye or Animal and Human. Most brands throttle the performance of their entry-level cameras so as not to cannibalise sales from the cameras above. The Lumix S5 features the same 5-stop, 5-axis in-body stabilisation as the larger S1 and S1R models, and this increases to 6. Ok, so let’s check out the quality in practice, starting with a real-life urban landscape, shot with the S5 II fitted with the Lumix S 70-200mm f4 Pro lens, one of the sharpest native lenses I had on test.

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