Panasonic is proud to announce a new ground-breaking addition to its LUMIX Series mirrorless camera range: the sleek matte black LUMIX S5II. With incredible performance in both photos and video capture and stunning lightweight mobility, the L Mount camera is designed to fulfill the demands of the most ambitious creators while representing exceptional value for money. The new model is built around a newly developed 24-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor and imaging engine. The sensor supports Hybrid Phase Detection Auto-Focus, is a first for LUMIX cameras, while the new engine provides superb image quality and high bit-rate video performance on a par with the LUMIX S1H. It is also compatible with the entire existing range of 14 LUMIX S lenses, plus further full-frame L-Mount system lenses produced by Panasonic’s L-Mount partners.
With a new imaging engine developed within the L2 Technology partnership formed by LEICA and LUMIX, and a new 24-megapixel sensor, the LUMIX S5II is the first LUMIX camera to offer Hybrid Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF). The camera uses a new Phase Hybrid AF system combining PDAF with Contrast Detect AF. Fast and dependable and providing 779- area metering, the new system is able to detect target subjects in difficult conditions such as low light and backlighting and, once locked on, will remain tracking them even with other moving objects in the frame. Continuous AF during zooming1 and AF micro adjustment is also available!
Video Functions & Recording Options
The new engine gives the LUMIX S5II video recording capabilities including internal 4:2:0 10-bit 6K (3:2) and 5.9K (16:9) at 30fps and 4:2:2 C4K and 4K at up to 60fps, while a new low-profile heat management system allows for unlimited recording times1 without
increasing the size of the camera body. The cameras also support HFR (High Frame Rate) recording at up to 120fps and Slow & Quick capture at up to 180fps.
Thanks to a host of new and improved features, the LUMIX S5II is able to deliver truly astounding photo and video performance, including high-speed burst shooting at up to 9fps with a mechanical shutter and 30fps with an electronic shutter (capable of capturing up to 300 images), a 96-megapixel High-Resolution Mode (JPEG/RAW), and Dual Native ISO sensitivity, which minimises noise and allows a maximum ISO of 51200 (204800 when Extended). The LUMIX S5II also boasts an upgraded image stabilization system to greatly enhance handheld shooting in a wide range of conditions and situations. The new Active I.S. provides highly stable video recording by optimising horizontal, vertical and rotational correction. Compensating as much as 200% compared to conventional stabilization, Active I.S. is especially effective in traditionally challenging conditions for handheld shooting, such as using telephoto lenses or filming while walking. The LUMIX S5II offers a highly refined shooting experience, allowing creators to achieve excellent results with minimal workflow thanks to features such as AWB Lock, MF Assist (available for both video3 and photo shooting), and a new Live Crop function, which records video footage using the entire sensor surface enabling the user to crop 4K and FHD images out afterward. Usability is further enhanced with the new easy-to-operate 8-way joystick, expanded drive dial, 3.0-inch free-angle touch-control monitor and large, 3,680K-dot OLED Live View Finder.
Class Leading Reliability
The camera is built to robust standards for in-field use, with magnesium alloy die-cast front and rear frames and a splash- and dust-resistant1 construction. Connectivity has been improved over the LUMIX S5, with the LUMIX S5II each featuring a fullsize HDMI Type A terminal and high-speed USB 3.2 Gen 2, plus a cable lock holder to prevent unwanted unplugging. Wireless connectivity has been improved too, with Wi-Fi 5GHz2 joining 2.4GHz to provide fast, stable communication with smartphones and tablets. Dual card slots (both UHS-II) support Relay Recording, Backup Recording and Allocation Recording and the 2200mAh high-capacity battery can be recharged via AC or USB. Users will be able to further enhance LUMIX S5II performance through a future firmware update, which will add a host of functions including RAW data output and Live View Composite. More information on the update will be announced ahead of its release.