January 5, 2023
Panasonic can claim bragging rights for first announcing a 2023 full-frame mirrorless camera release Lumix S5II ($3199 body only) a S5IIX ($3,499 body only), Panasonic’s first cameras to “get with the program” and use phase-detection AF.
The new cameras feature a 24-megapixel sensor and a new image processor that Panasonic claims provides “approximately 2x faster signal processing (sic) for high bitrate video recording” and also a brand new thing: “natural description”. Unfortunately, Panasonic does not reveal what the natural description is.
The S5II will be available as soon as his month, while the S5IIX will not be here until the middle of the year.
Here’s the full press release in all its clunky, clunky glory *1
1. Including footnotes 🙂
The S5II and S5IIX cameras use phase detection autofocus (PDAF), satisfying the demand for this feature in LUMIX mirrorless cameras.
Panasonic is proud to announce two new hybrid full-frame mirrorless cameras, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX, as the latest additions to its LUMIX S range of cameras. The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX are the first LUMIX mirrorless cameras to use Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) thanks to the newly developed 24 ,2 megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor and a new imaging module. Developed under the L2 Technology alliance formed last year by LEICA and LUMIX, the new imaging module provides high resolution, natural description and approximately 2x faster signal processing for high-bitrate video recording. To expand the PDAF capabilities of cameras and make them more reliable, Panasonic has developed the Auto-focus system to Phase Hybrid Auto-Focus by increasing the AF points to 779 to significantly improve subject tracking. Once the S5II and S5IIX are in focus on a subject, autofocus will continue to track the subject, even in poor lighting conditions and when multiple subjects are moving in the frame. In addition, there is continuous AF during zoom, AF micro-adjustment and the ability to reduce the size of the AF area.
The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX have a powerful image stabilization system for a wide range of shooting conditions and situations. The body IS (5-axis) of the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX and the OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) of the LUMIX S-series lens have been combined to form 5-axis Dual IS 2, which maximizes correction power to allow 6.5 EV slower shutter speed*2. The 5-axis Dual IS 2 works for both photo and video recording, including 4K. Additionally, Active IS has been added for even more stable video recording. Active IS optimizes horizontal, vertical and rotational correction ratios by determining the state of camera shake. As a result, the image stabilization performance can cause approximately 200%*3 more camera shake compared to normal image stabilization. This capability is very beneficial in adverse situations such as handheld shooting or shots with a fixed telephoto frame.
The new imaging module provides the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX with high image performance comparable to the LUMIX S1H. They provide 4:2:0 10-bit 6K (3:2) / 5.9K (16:9), unlimited 4:2:2 10-bit C4K/4K recording capability*4. Thanks to the new heat dissipation mechanism, the recording time is not limited to avoid overheating*5. HFR (High Frame Rate) in C4K/4K (48p), FHD (120p), Slow & Quick motion in C4K/4K (1-60fps) / FHD (1-180fps) is also available. The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX feature 14+ feet of V-Log/V-Gamut capture that delivers high dynamic range and wide color. In addition, a REAL TIME LUT function is provided to allow color grading of compatible video and photos in-camera using a LUT (.VLT/.cube) stored on an SD memory card. Users can perform intended color grading on site without post-production and share images online via social networks. This feature can be used for live streaming.
Packing the essence of the LUMIX S series cameras into a compact and lightweight body, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX have been further developed to meet the demands of all creators. The LUMIX S5II is priced at $1,999.99 and will be available in January 2023. The LUMIX S5IIX is priced at $2,199.99 and will be available in May 2023.
*1 Regular zoom lenses require a firmware update to use continuous AF while zooming. The firmware will be released on January 10, 2023, 1:00 UTC.
*2 Based on CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm when S-E70200 is used. Firmware must be updated to the latest version.
*3 Compared with LUMIX S5. Focal length 20mm, when using S-R2060.
*4 When the camera is used at recommended operating temperature 0-40 degrees C.
*5 When [Thermal Management] is set to [STANDARD]recording will stop when the continuous recording time exceeds 30 minutes.
1. Professional quality photo/video performance for unlimited expression
In addition to the PDAF features listed above, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX provide:
Dual native ISO sensitivity that minimizes noise generation by selecting the optimal circuit to use according to sensitivity before processing gain. As a result, it allows recording with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51200 (extended: 204800).
Compared to the LUMIX S5, the possibility of faster continuous shooting at speeds of 9 (AFS) / 7 (AFC) with the mechanical shutter and 30 fps (AFS/AFC) with the electronic shutter in JPEG/RAW format is improved.
2. Various video functions and recording options
In addition to recording capability, a new heat dissipation mechanism and V Log/V Gamut recording with more than 14 stops as mentioned above, the LUMIX S5II and LUMIX S5IIX offer unique shooting capabilities such as 4K60p interval shooting and 4K HDR video recording. In response to the demands of professional users, auxiliary video functions such as Waveform Monitor, Vector Scope and Zebra Pattern are available. Some features offered on the LUMIX S1H and LUMX GH6, such as system frequency (24.00 Hz), sync scan, fan mode and a redesigned control panel that allows for quick menu selection, are also available on the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX.
48kHz/24bit audio can be recorded using the built-in microphone and external microphone for realistic sound recording. The use of an external microphone and an XLR microphone allows high-resolution audio recording of 96 kHz/24 bits.
The LUMIX S5IIX is capable of RAW video output and All-Intra, ProRes*1 recording on SSD. It also features wired*2/wireless IP streaming and USB tethering.
*1 Apple and ProRes are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the US and/or other countries.
*2 Requires USB-LAN adapter, sold separately.
3. Excellent controllability and one-man operation minimization function
Based on the functionality of the LUMIX S5, a number of options have been added to the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX to provide users with an excellent shooting experience. AWB Lock maintains the white balance set in auto mode. Sheer Overlay can now be used in Creative Video mode, making it easy to fix an image with a sequence of shots. The 2100 Like (HLG) brightness level in Photo Style for video has an extended adjustment range from 64-940 to 0-1023, which provides a sufficient amount of resistance to color cast. In addition to FHD, it is now possible to get a 4K image output with live crop function. To support high-precision focusing, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX provide convenient manual focus options. While the focus shifts by a variable amount according to the rotational speed of the focus ring for non-linear settings, for linear settings it shifts by a fixed amount according to the amount of rotation of the focus ring. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 1080 degrees to perform the intended focus. MF Assist, which allows the focus point to be enlarged, is now available for both stills and video recording*1.
The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX models use a large LVF (Live View Finder) OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) with 3,680,000 dots, which features a high magnification ratio of approx. 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). The 3.0-inch free-angle touch monitor with 3:2 aspect ratio and high resolution of 1,840,000 dots does not cause interference even when both HDMI cable and USB cable are connected by adjusting the tilt/rotation angle of the monitor. There have been improvements to the exterior design, including a new easy-to-use 8-way joystick and drive selector with increased setting position for 96-megapixel high-resolution (JPEG/RAW) mode.
*1 Up to 60p. Does not work in variable frame rate mode.
4. Reliable quality and performance for professional use and connectivity
Overheating is a fatal problem for continuous video recording, especially as resolutions and frame rates increase. The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX use a new heat dissipation mechanism that combines a small fan and a highly efficient heatsink. As a result, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX achieve unlimited video recording time*1*2 and live streaming*3 in C4K 60p while maintaining a compact camera size. In case the camera stops during 4K video recording, a small fan works independently to cool the unit and recover quickly.
To withstand the rigors of field use, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX are composed of a fully cast magnesium alloy front/rear frame and are splash-proof*4 and dust-proof.
HDMI Type A is available for the connector. Additionally, a cable lock holder for the HDMI/USB cable is included to prevent problems such as disconnecting in place. The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX support USB 3.2 Gen 2 for high-speed writing and reading. The LUMIX S5II and S5IIX are equipped with dual card slots (UHS-II x 2). Users can choose the recording method from Relay Recording, Backup Recording, Allocation Recording. There is a Φ3.5mm stereo jack and headphone jack for external microphone.
Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac)*5 and 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) effectively provide a secure and stable connection on smartphones, tablets and other devices on site for smooth remote control. The photo/video data transfer rate is also increased by using the 5 GHz band. Compatibility with Bluetooth 5.0 (referred to as BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) allows constant connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimal energy consumption. LUMIX S5II and S5IIX camera settings can be copied and wirelessly transferred to other LUMIX S5II and S5IIX cameras when using multiple LUMIX S5II and S5IIX cameras. The LUMIX Sync app for iOS/Android devices enables remote control of the camera with a smartphone or tablet via an easy wireless connection. In addition to wireless control with the DMW-RS2 remote shutter release (sold separately), the LUMIX Tether application software enables tethered shooting via USB. Users can control the camera by connecting to a PC via USB. It allows them to view the image on a large computer screen while shooting.
The DMW-BLK22 high-capacity 2,200 mAh battery can be recharged either via AC power or USB, according to users’ convenience. It is also USB PD (Power Delivery) compliant when the matching DMW-BTC15 battery charger (sold separately) is used. The DMW-BGS5 Battery Grip (sold separately) can be used together with the LUMIX S5.
Dressed in an exceptional matte black profile, the LUMIX S5IIX boasts an exceptionally elegant and stylish design, while the S5II takes on the authentic look of its predecessor.
*1 When the camera is used at the recommended operating temperature of 0-40 degrees C.
*2 6K and 5.9K video recording at 30p/25p will stop once when continuous recording exceeds 30 minutes if [Thermal Management] is set to [STANDARD]
*3 LUMIX S5IIX only
*4 Dust and splash resistance does not guarantee that no damage will occur if this lens is exposed to direct contact with dust and water.
*5 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries.
5. The best range of S PRO /S full-frame lenses
The Panasonic LUMIX S range boasts a total of 14 lenses including the purpose-built new LUMIX S 14-28mm F4-5.6 MACRO (S-R1428). In addition, the L-Mount system provides the best range of full-frame lenses to choose from for an unlimited range of creative possibilities. Color shading correction helps improve image quality when using third-party lenses, including old lenses with or without a mount adapter. In addition, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX remember the name and their focal length of analog lenses, such as anamorphic lenses or vintage lenses, to ensure the appropriate setting of the camera’s built-in image stabilizer automatically when using these lenses.
6. Future firmware updates
To enhance the performance of the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX, the following features will be available with a future firmware update according to customer needs:
RAW data output with DMW-SFU2 software update key (S5II);
Live View Composite (S5II) and more.
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