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Panasonic S5 To be Launched On September 2, 2020

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The Panasonic Lumix S5 has now officially broken cover with a pre-announcement and full launch date, following with the appearance of a leaked teaser image.

It appears that information on the Panasonic S5 – which is envisioned as a smaller and lighter version of the Panasonic S1 – will be drip-fed over the next two weeks.

“Panasonic is pleased to announce that they will hold an online launch event for the new full-frame mirrorless camera Lumix S5,” wrote the manufacturer on its dedicated product page. “It will be unveiled at this page on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 14:00 UTC.

“Panasonic is committed to meeting the passionate demands of all creators through its Lumix brand, and the brand new Lumix S5 is one of the embodiments of this commitment. More information will be added and updated here and the official Instagram account @lumix until September 2, 2020.”

From the teaser image, we can see that the dial layout has been changed, with the top-left of the body (facing the camera) now possessing twin dials that are not present on the Panasonic S1 – and these are positioned where the top LCD display previously sat, indicating that it will be absent from the new model.

Specifications

Sensor 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS
Lens Mount L Mount
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
ISO 100-51,200 (50-204,800 extended)
File format RAW, JPG, HLG
Stabilisation 5-axis sensor shift (5 stops) / Dual IS (6.5 stops)
4K Video 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 59.94fps
HD Video Full HD (1920×1080) at up to 180fps)
Audio 3.5mm external microphone / audio device socket. Mic (powered) / Mic / Line selectable.
Focus type Auto and manual focus
Viewfinder 2.36m-dot OLED viewfinder
LCD 1.84m-dot 3″ touchscreen TFT LCD
Connectivity 2.4/5Ghz WiFi, Bluetooth
Dimensions Approx 132.6 x 97.1 x 81.9 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight 630g body only / 714g with battery and SD card
Launch price Unknown

A spec sheet for the Panasonic S5 has been leaked by Nokishita, revealing that it’ll be 33% smaller and 38% lighter than the S1. The S5 will measure 132.6 x 97.1 x 81.9mm (excluding protrusions), and weigh in at just 630g (or 714g with a battery and “SD Memory Card x1”, suggesting a single card slot). This would realize Panasonic’s stated goal of releasing a smaller, lighter and cheaper model of its bulky, heavy, expensive full-frame mirrorless line.

Otherwise, the Panasonic S5’s main specs look broadly the same as its larger sibling. The new camera will feature a 24.2MP sensor, is capable of recording 4K video up to 30p as well as 4K anamorphic video, and possesses the standard 5-stop in-body image stabilization system that’s compatible with Panasonic’s Dual IS technology for a maximum of 6 stops of stability using IS-enabled lenses. And it will, of course, retain Panasonic’s DFD contrast-based AF.

However, something noteworthy is that the Panasonic S5 will have Dual Native ISO, operating at ISO100 / 640 in normal mode and ISO400 / 2500 within HLG. While the manufacturer made a big song and dance about the Panasonic S1H having Dual Native ISO, it’s long been speculated that the S1 actually has it as well. So this isn’t strictly a new addition to the S5, but something that Panasonic may be more comfortable about putting on the spec sheet now that it doesn’t have to worry about cannibalizing USPs of the S1H.

With no information to go on, besides the camera’s name and claimed existence, we have no idea what to expect of the Panasonic S5 in terms of specs and features. However, if this leak is indeed legitimate, expect more details to spill out soon…

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