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Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5

Portability
51
Imaging
82
Features
90
Overall
85
Nikon Z9 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 front
Portability
60
Imaging
76
Features
92
Overall
82

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Key Specs

Nikon Z9
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 1340g - 149 x 150 x 91mm
  • Introduced October 2021
Panasonic S5
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.0" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 714g - 133 x 97 x 82mm
  • Launched August 2020
  • Successor is Panasonic S5 II
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Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Nikon Z9 and Panasonic S5, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the Z9 (46MP) and S5 (24MP) but both cameras have the same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The Z9 was announced 15 months after the S5 which makes them a generation away from each other. The two cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a brief overview of how the Z9 scores vs the S5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z9 over the Panasonic S5

 Z9 S5 
LaunchedOctober 2021August 2020Newer by 15 months
Screen dimensions3.2"3.0"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2089k1840kCrisper screen (+249k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic S5 over the Nikon Z9

 S5 Z9 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon Z9 and Panasonic S5

 Z9 S5 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you should take into account its weight and size. The Nikon Z9 comes with outside dimensions of 149mm x 150mm x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") and a weight of 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) while the Panasonic S5 has specifications of 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") and a weight of 714 grams (1.57 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you use at that time. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the Z9 vs the S5.

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the Z9 and S5 is 51 and 60 respectively.

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to imagine the difference between sensor dimensions only by looking at a spec sheet. The picture below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the Z9 and S5.

As you can see, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Nikon Z9 to resolve greater detail with its extra 22 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs more aggressively. The more modern Z9 should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z9 Portrait photography features
Panasonic S5 Portrait photography features
89
manual focus
fantastic sensor resolution (46 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
85
has manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon Z9
Street photography with Panasonic S5
70
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
boasts touch focus
weather proof
great high ISO (25,600)
heavier than competition (1,340g)
78
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
has touch to focus
environment proof
good high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon Z9
Sports photography with Panasonic S5
91
silent mode (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (30.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic sensor resolution (46MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery life (740 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect AF
81
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z9 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic S5 as a Travel photography camera
65
great battery life (740 per charge)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
boasts touch focus
fantastic sensor resolution (46MP)
heavier than competition (1,340 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
79
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
has touch to focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z9 Landscape photography features
Panasonic S5 Landscape photography features
87
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
fantastic sensor resolution (46 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
great battery life (740 CIPA)
2 card slots
86
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
good sized screen (3.0 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
good high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
has dual storage slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon Z9
Vlogging with Panasonic S5
32
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focusing
great video quality (7680 x 4320 pxls)
includes external mic support
screen isn't selfie friendly
heavier than competition (1,340 grams)
79
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has mic jack
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Nikon Z9 vs Panasonic S5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z9 and Panasonic S5
 Nikon Z9Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
General Information
Company Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Z9 Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2021-10-28 2020-08-14
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type Stacked CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 46 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 8256 x 5504 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 51200
Max enhanced ISO 102400 204800
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 32 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 493 225
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon Z Leica L
Available lenses 29 31
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3.2" 3.0"
Resolution of display 2,089 thousand dot 1,840 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,686 thousand dot 2,360 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x 0.74x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 900 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed - 1/8000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/32000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 30.0 frames per second 7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Front-curtain sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 7680 x 4320 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, L 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 7680x4320 3840x2160
Video data format H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) Yes (can be charged with high-power laptop/tablet chargers or portable power banks)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1340 gr (2.95 lbs) 714 gr (1.57 lbs)
Physical dimensions 149 x 150 x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") 133 x 97 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 740 shots 440 shots
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL18d -
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual CFexpress Type B slots SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Storage slots 2 2
Retail cost $5,500 $1,999