Panasonic S5 overview
Panasonic S5 is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless camera originally released on August of 2020. The camera houses a 24MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000.
The S5 is ranked #9 out of 51 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all round #9 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to try out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic S5 family
The Panasonic S5 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can look at all earlier and most recent models alongside main specifications.
Panasonic S5 Gallery
You can see the S5 from different angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic S5 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Panasonic S5 based on factors which are oftentimes viewed as crucial in a camera.
Panasonic S5 Sensor info
The dimension of the sensor in the Panasonic S5 is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor can resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. This ISO can also be increased electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW format is saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.
Panasonic decided to skip the anti aliasing filter with the Panasonic S5. This can result in more clear photographs but may introduce moire in certain conditions.
The picture underneath illustrates the S5's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The S5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic S5 dimensions
Panasonic S5 weighs around 1.57 pounds (714 gr or 25.19 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 133mm x 97mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 699 gr so the Panasonic S5 is on par compared to various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Down below is a shot of the Panasonic S5 with a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the S5.
Panasonic S5 Lens info
The S5 works with the Leica L mount and has 38 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the S5.
Panasonic S5 Connectivity
The S5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Panasonic S5 Video info
The maximum video quality in the Panasonic S5 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 2160p will provide an excellent quality for video recording. You can easily crop to Full HD in order to get clearer results. Be wary of the huge file sizes and make sure you get high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and mic support making it incredibly useful while capturing audio.
Panasonic S5 Weather Sealing
Panasonic S5 has got environment sealing which makes it a great candidate to use in rough locations. This is especially helpful any time you are uncertain about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.
Panasonic S5 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic S5 is equipped with a 3.0" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,840k dots.
It possesses a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits as well as group photos when required. Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily set focus points plus adjust settings using your fingertips.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic S5 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 2,360k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
- Magnification 0.74x
Viewfinders are very handy in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Panasonic S5 Shutter info
Panasonic S5 continuous shooting rate is 7.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/8000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in certain situations.
Panasonic S5 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic S5 boasts external flash ability but does not include built in flash. The max flash sync is 1/250s.
Panasonic S5 Autofocus info
Panasonic S5 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it helpful for people photography.
The AF system supports 225 focus points to pick from. Panasonic S5 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also includes Tracking AF for moving things. Panasonic S5 boasts manual focus if required in low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focus.
Panasonic S5 Battery life
The battery on the Panasonic S5 is built to last for 440 shutters with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is comparable with its rivals. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 441. Olympus E-M1X features the highest possible (870) battery life in this category of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the best battery life:
Panasonic S5 for specific categories of photography
The following graph gives a analysis of the Panasonic S5 for specific categories of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.
Panasonic S5 Portrait photography details
The Panasonic S5 has a rating of 87 which is excellent, and means the camera is a superb pick for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support and potential to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Panasonic S5
With a exceptional rating of 78, the Panasonic S5 is a brilliant choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic S5 as a Sports photography camera
A wonderful sports photography points total of 83 means the Panasonic S5 is a tremendous pick for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic S5 Travel photography features
Portability is super critical when getting a travel camera. In general, the Panasonic S5 gets a outstanding 79 as a travelling camera which is a superb pick for your travels.
Panasonic S5 Landscape photography information
For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Panasonic S5 at it's excellent rating of 87 for a landscape camera is a wonderful choice amongst its competitors.
Panasonic S5 Vlogging features
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic S5 is a fantastic fit as a vlog camera as it comes to a outstanding score of 79.
Panasonic S5 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the S5, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Pro Mirrorless.
The diagram listed below will give you an overview of the S5 versus it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might view as alternative options. To see a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.