Panasonic has released two new mirrorless cameras in their Lumix S series: the Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 IIX. Both of these cameras have a lot to offer photographers and videographers, with a range of features that make them capable of capturing high-quality images and videos.
One of the standout features of the Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX is their image sensors. Both cameras feature a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, which is capable of capturing detailed and vibrant images. The image sensors are also designed to be low-light sensitive, meaning that they can produce clear and noise-free images even in challenging lighting conditions.
Another impressive feature of these cameras is their Phase Hybrid AF autofocus system. The Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX both have advanced autofocus systems that are capable of tracking fast-moving subjects and maintaining focus, even when the subject is in motion. This makes these cameras ideal for sports and action photography, as well as for capturing video footage of moving subjects.
In terms of video capabilities, the Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX are both capable of capturing full-frame 6K30p video with 4:2:0 10-bit color can be captured for up to 30 minutes, while unlimited video recording is possible when filming in DCI and UHD 4K60p 4:2:2 10-bit mode. This high frame rate allows for smooth and detailed video footage, which is perfect for capturing fast-moving subjects or for creating slow-motion effects.
Both models offer a range of image profiles such as V-Log/V-Gamut for great latitude in post-processing with a high dynamic range of 14+ f-stops. A new feature is a REAL-TIME LUT function. A LUT (Look Up Table) is a color mapping table that can be used to map specific color, brightness, and contrast values between videos. While LUTs are often used in post-processing, the Lumix S5II and S5IIX allow color correction LUTs to be uploaded to an SD card and applied directly to the camera.
One of the main differences between the Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX is the additional video functionalities that each camera has. The Lumix S5 IIX has pro-level video features like HDMI RAW video data output, for videographers who want to improve efficiency in data backup and post-processing, recording and playback are supported using an external SSD via USB, ALL-Intra recording and ProRes recording are also supported, the camera allows for Wireless IP streaming, USB tethering to smartphones, and Wired IP streaming.
Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX price and release date
The Lumix S5II and S5 IIX are already available for pre-orders in Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com online stores for $1,997.99 and $2,197.99, respectively. Shipping will start on January 31, 2023, for S5 II and on May 31, 2023, for S5 IIX. Both cameras are available with all 14 lenses of the Lumix S series as well as the L Mount full format lenses from Panasonic’s L mount -Partners compatible.
Along with the Lumix S5 II and the Lumix S5 IIX mirrorless cameras, Panasonic also introduced the Panasonic Lumix 14-28mm f4-5.6 Macro lens at the CES 2023 in Las Vegas.
Panasonic is expanding the L-Mount system with a new, inexpensive ultra-wide-angle zoom. Thanks to its versatile zoom range, the full-frame lens is recommended for wide-angle landscape and architectural shots as well as for atmospheric portraits, in which the surroundings are more closely integrated into the shot thanks to the large angle of view. There is also a macro function with a short close-up limit for impressive detail shots. With this lens, photographers and videographers will find a flexible tool for many different motifs and recording situations.
The optical system of the Lumix 14-28mm f4-5.6 Macro consists of 14 lens elements in 10 groups, including an aspheric ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens, an aspherical lens, three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lens and a UHR lens (Ultra High Refractive Index). The use of aspherical lenses enables both sharp details and an attractive bokeh to be reproduced, while the three ED lenses effectively suppress chromatic aberration. Despite its compact size (ØxL: 84.0 mm x 89.8 mm) and its low weight (approx. 345 g), the 14-28mm macro offers a 0.25x (at 14mm) to 0.5x (at 28mm ) macro function. The short minimum distance of just 15 centimeters over the entire zoom range allows you to create interesting close-ups.
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Panasonic Lumix 14-28mm f4-5.6 Macro specifications
- Focal Length: 14 to 28mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/4 to 5.6
- Minimum Aperture: f/22
- Lens Mount: Leica L
- Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
- Angle of View: 114° to 75°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 5.9″ / 15 cm
- Maximum Magnification: 0.5x
- Optical Design: 14 Elements in 10 Groups
- Diaphragm Blades: 7, Rounded
- Focus Type: Autofocus
- Image Stabilization: No
- Front Filter Size: 77 mm
- Dimensions (ø x L): 84 x 89.8 mm
- Weight: 12.2 oz / 345 g
Panasonic recently introduced a new, high-speed, wide-angle zoom lens for the Lumix G series, which corresponds to the Micro Four Thirds standard (MFT). Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS is reminiscent of the Lumix G camera models from Panasonic as well as Olympus cameras and other camera models with MFT mount. The 12-35mm focal length in Four-Thirds format corresponds to a 24-70mm in 35mm.