A number of websites are now reporting that we can expect an announcement for Panasonic’s new entry-level full-frame S5 mirrorless camera as soon as next week. Not only that, but the complete specs for the Panasonic S5 have already leaked, courtesy of Nokishita and it looks pretty decent.
According to the leaked specs, the Panasonic S5 will house a 24.2-megapixel sensor, offer 14+ stops of dynamic range with Face, Eye, Body and Animal autofocus tracking, exposure and focus bracketing, and shoot full resolution raws at up to 7 frames per second. But where it really shines are its video capabilities – which are pretty awesome for an entry-level camera.
You can download and view the complete specs here, but here are the highlights…
|Sensor||24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS|
|Lens Mount||L Mount|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|ISO||Dual Native 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 (1920x1080) 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|
|Storage||Dual SD (1x UHS-II, 1x UHS-I)|
|Connectivity||2.4/5Ghz WiFi, Bluetooth, Type-C USB (USB3.1), HDMI D (Micro)|
|Microphone||3.5mm microphone input|
|Headphones||3.5mm headphone output|
|Dimensions||Approx 132.6 x 97.1 x 81.9 mm (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||630g body only / 714g with battery and SD card|
The stills capabilities of the Panasonic S5 are about what we’d expect from an entry-level mirrorless camera. It’s not crazy high on the resolution, nor is it a speed demon when it comes to continuous shooting speed, but what it offers is pretty respectable. What are extremely impressive, though are the video specs. Again, these are the highlights, because the leaked spec sheet goes into a lot of detail on the different video modes, but this is what’s important…
- 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 29.97fps, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP)
- FullHD (1920 x 1080) up to 59.94fps, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP)
- APS-C / Pixel by Pixel
- 4K UHD up to 59.94fps, 200Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP)
- 4K UHD up to 29.97fps, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP)
- Anamorphic 4K (3328 x 2496 4:3)
- 4K Anamorphic up to 29.97fps, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP)
- Slow motion
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 180fps, 24Mbps (4:2:0 8-Bit LongGOP)
Yes, the video is LongGOP and not All-I, but for many users, this will be plenty. And if you’re really serious about video, the HDMI port offers 10-Bit 4:2:2 output, so you can hook it up to your Ninja V or something and shoot ProRes or DNx. There’s no mention of RAW over HDMI in the tech specs, so it may not come for this camera, although at this point it wouldn’t surprise me if Atomos made an announcement the same day Panasonic unveils the S5 (even if we have to wait a couple of months for firmware updates).
If the Panasonic S5 can come out with a price that competes with the Canon EOS RP and Nikon Z5 then this puts Panasonic in a fantastic position to attract newer photographers just making the switch to full-frame mirrorless into their ecosystem. And while many Panasonic shooters are waiting for news of a GH6, this might tide some of them over who’ve been considering the move from Micro Four Thirds to the full-frame L mount system. I still hope we get a GH6 soon, though.
Check out the complete specs list here.