Panasonic S5 II

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Mark II front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 5952 x 3968 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 740g - 134 x 102 x 90mm
  • Released January 2023
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic S5
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic S5 II summary

Panasonic S5 II is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless camera originally released on January of 2023. The camera comes with a 24MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Panasonic brought out this camera in order to replace the older Panasonic S5 (Read Full Comparison)

The S5 II is ranked #11 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over all #12 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic S5 II family

The Panasonic S5 II is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5-Mark-II front thumbnailPanasonic S5 II24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5-Mark-II-X front thumbnailPanasonic S5 II X
S5 II vs S5 II X
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2023
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S5 front thumbnailPanasonic S5
S5 II vs S5
24MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1H front thumbnailPanasonic S1H
S5 II vs S1H
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1R front thumbnailPanasonic S1R
S5 II vs S1R
47MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-S1 front thumbnailPanasonic S1
S5 II vs S1
24MPFull frame9.0 fps2019
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Panasonic S5 II Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Panasonic S5 II based on criterias that are typically regarded as important in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with phase detect autofocus
connects via bluetooth
delivers RAW formats
does have HDMI port
does have headphone port
does have mic port
doesnt have low pass filter
environment proofing
good MP (24MP)
has double storage slots
high quality video (5952 x 3968 pixels)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
nice screen size (3.00 inch)
provides focus via touch
quiet mode (1/8,000s)
screen articulates fully
screen has good resolution (1,840 k dot)
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
touchscreen functionality
very good ISO range (51,200)
very good minimum ISO (100)
bad battery life (370 shots)
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Panasonic S5 II Sensor specs

The spec of the sensor in the Panasonic S5 II is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 24MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. The ISO can be expanded electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW format is saved therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

Panasonic made the decision to omit the low pass filter with the Panasonic S5 II. This might result in more sharper images but could cause moire under some situations.

The graphic below illustrates the S5 II's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The S5 II sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic S5 II dimensions

Panasonic S5 II weighs about 1.63 pounds (740 gr or 26.10 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 134mm x 102mm x 90mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 3.5"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr so the Panasonic S5 II is similar in comparison with its competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Panasonic S5 II beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Mark II dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the S5 II.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Mark II topview buttons dials

Panasonic S5 II Lens details

The S5 II uses the Leica L mount and has 52 lenses available to buy. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the S5 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-14mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Leica-L lensSigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art14mmf/1.81170g
Sigma-24mm-F3.5-DG-L-Mount lensSigma 24mm F3.5 DG24mmf/3.5 225g
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Sigma-150-600mm-F5-6.3-DG-DN-OS-S-L-Mount lensSigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS S150-600mmf/5-6.3 2100g
Panasonic-Lumix-S-85mm-F1.8 lensPanasonic Lumix S 85mm F1.885mmf/1.8 355g
Sigma-18-50mm-F2.8-DC-DN-Contemporary-L-Mount lensSigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary18-50mmf/2.8 290g
Leica-APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL-90-280-mm-F2.8-4 lensLeica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280 mm F2.8-490-280mmf/2.8-4.0 1710g
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Sigma-65mm-F2-DG-DN-L-Mount lensSigma 65mm F2 DG DN65mmf/2.0 405g
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Panasonic S5 II Connectivity

The S5 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes alter camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Panasonic S5 II Video details

The highest possible video quality in the Panasonic S5 II is 5952 x 3968 and you can record in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 3968p is an excellent quality for video. You are able to downsample to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Beware of the huge file sizes and make sure you have decent SD cards with good write speed. The camera does have both headphone and mic port making it really useful whilst capturing sound.

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Panasonic S5 II Weather Sealing

Panasonic S5 II comes with environment proofing which makes it a excellent pick for use for tough conditions. This is especially helpful when you are uncertain about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.

Panasonic S5 II Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic S5 II comes with a 3.00" fully articulated display having a resolution of 1,840k dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display for self portraits and even group photos when needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you are able to switch focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specs for Panasonic S5 II are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 3,680k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.78x

Viewfinders are pretty handy for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Panasonic S5 II Shutter details

Panasonic S5 II continuous shooting speed is 9.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/8000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might lead to "rolling shutter" under some lighting conditions.

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Panasonic S5 II Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic S5 II features external flash support but does not have in-built flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Panasonic S5 II Autofocus details

Panasonic S5 II features both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is handy for portraits.

The AF system comes with 779 focus points to pick from. Panasonic S5 II has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to adjust focus points. It also features Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Panasonic S5 II has got manual focusing if required for low light conditions or you want more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic S5 II Battery life

The battery life (DMW-BLJ31) in the Panasonic S5 II is made to last for 370 shots as per the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser when compared with it's competition. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X offers the best (870) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a list of Pro Mirrorless cameras with the best battery life:

Panasonic S5 II for different styles of photography

The following chart indicates a outline of the Panasonic S5 II for different styles of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section below.

Panasonic S5 II Portrait photography features

The Panasonic S5 II has a score of 87 which is great, and means the camera is a brilliant fit for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos along with the ability to use off-camera flash.

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manual focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features face detect focus
supports RAW files

Street photography with Panasonic S5 II

Getting a brilliant points total of 78, the Panasonic S5 II is a outstanding fit to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
provides touch focus
environment sealing
great high ISO (51,200)

Panasonic S5 II Sports photography highlights

A awesome sports photography rating of 83 means the Panasonic S5 II is a awesome option for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good resolution (24MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect auto focus
bad battery life (370 shots)

Panasonic S5 II Travel photography features

Portability is very critical when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Panasonic S5 II gets a nice 72 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option for your trips.

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environment sealing
supports bluetooth
includes focus via touch
good megapixels (24MP)
display is selfie friendly
low battery power (370 shots)

Landscape photography with Panasonic S5 II

For anybody looking to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic S5 II and it's very high rating of 83 as a landscape camera is a superb fit in the current market.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Leica L mount)
pretty good screen size (3.00 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have low pass filter
above average ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW files
weather proof
two card slots
terrible battery pack (370 CIPA)

Vlogging with Panasonic S5 II

A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic S5 II is a wonderful choice as a vlog camera as it receives a superb rating of 79.

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screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focusing
high quality video (5952 x 3968 pixels)
includes external microphone port

Panasonic S5 II Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the S5 II, here is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The chart here provides you a bird's eye view of the S5 II versus it's highest scored rivals shown above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Mark II
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Leica L
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display size
3.00 inch
Resolution of display
1,840k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,680k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
9.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
5952 x 3968 @ 30p/24p
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
740 grams (1.63 lbs)
134 x 102 x 90mm (5.3" x 4.0" x 3.5")
Battery life
370 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Storage slots
Retail price