Let's Dive Into the Leaked Panasonic LUMIX S5 Specs

Will Panasonic's LUMIX S5 be the full-frame camera you're hoping for? 

The pattern for camera announcements the last half-decade or so has generally been the same. The manufacturer goes into the lab to develop and then teases it online. Shortly after, the full specs are leaked prior to the official launch, which leaves few surprises on release day. 

The LUMIX DC-S5, Panasonic's next full-frame mirrorless camera has fallen to the same fate as its specs have found their way online. While they're not officially confirmed by Panasonic, there's no question that Twitter user @nokishita_c tweets facts. So, let's take a look at the rumored video features. 

LUMIX S5 Leaked Specs 

Image Sensor Type

  • 35mm full-frame (35.6mm x 23.8mm) CMOS sensor
  • Camera effective pixels / Total pixels 24.20 megapixels / 25.28 megapixels

Aspect ratio / Color filter

  • 3:2 / Primary color filter

Latitude

  • 14+ stops (V-Log)

Movie Formats

  • MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC (Audio format: LPCM (2ch 48kHz/16-bit))
  • MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC (Audio format: AAC (2ch))

Switch NTSC / PAL

  • Yes (NTSC (59.94Hz) / PAL(50.00Hz))

NTSC (59.94Hz) Full-frame .MOV

  • 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 29.97p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 23.98p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 59.94p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 29.97p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP)/ 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 23.98p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • APS-C / Pixel by Pixel 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 59.94p, 200Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, LPCM)
    • 59.94p, 150Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 29.97p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 23.98p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • Anamorphic 4K 3328×2496 (4:3)
    • 29.97p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 23.98p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 59.94p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 29.97p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 23.98p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)

PAL (50Hz) Full-frame

  • 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 25.00p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 50.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 25.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • APS-C / Pixel by Pixel 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 50.00p, 200Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, LPCM)
    • 50.00p, 150Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 25.00p, 150Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
  • Full 1920×1080
    • 50.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)
    • 25.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit LongGOP) / 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, LPCM)

NTSC (59.94Hz) Full-frame .MP4

  • 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 29.97p, 72Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 72Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 29.97p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 59.94p, 28Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 29.97p, 20Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 24Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
  • APS-C / Pixel by Pixel 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 59.94p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 29.97p, 72Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 72Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 29.97p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC) 
  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 59.94p, 28Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 29.97p, 20Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)

PAL (50.00Hz) Full-frame .MP4

  • 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 25.00p, 72Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 25.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
  • APS-C / Pixel by Pixel 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 50.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 25.00p, 72Mbps (4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP) (H.265/HEVC, AAC)
    • 25.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 50.00p, 28Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 25.00p, 20Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)

Slow & Quick
NTSC (59.94Hz) Full-frame .MP4

  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 59.94p, 28Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 29.97p, 20Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 24Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60, 100, 120, 150, 180 fps

Note: Angle of view narrows if you select a frame rate with a number of frames 180. The AF mode switches to MF when the frame rate is set to of 150 fps or more. 

  • APS-C / Pixel by Pixel 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 29.97p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 23.98p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 fps

PAL (50.00Hz) Full-frame .MP4

  • Full HD 1920×1080
    • 50.00p, 28Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 25.00p 20Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60, 100, 120, 150, 180 fps

Note: Angle of view narrows if you select a frame rate with a number of frames 180. The AF mode switches to MF when the frame rate is set to of 150 fps or more. 

PAL (50.00Hz) APS-C / Pixel by Pixel .MP4

  • 4K UHD 3840×2160
    • 25.00p, 100Mbps (4:2:0 8-bit LongGOP) (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, AAC)
    • 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 fps Viewfinder Type

OLED Live View Finder Pixels

  • Approx. 2.36 million dots Field of view / Magnification
  • Approx. 100% / Approx. 0.74x with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1, when the aspect ratio is set to 3:2

Eye point / Diopter adjustment

  • Approx. 20 mm at infinity; -1.0 m-1 / -4.0 – +4.0 (dpt)

Eye sensor

  • Yes Display speed
  • 120fps / 60fps Display time lag
  • Approx. 0.005sec Rear Monitor Type

TFT LCD monitor with static touch control Monitor size

  • Free-angle, 3.0-inch (7.5cm), 3:2 aspect Pixels
  • Approx. 1.84 million dots Field of view
  • Approx. 100% Focus Type

Contrast AF system DFD technology

  • Yes

Focus mode

  • AFS (Single) / AFC (Continuous) / MF

AF mode

  • Auto Detection (Face, Eye, Body, Animal) / Tracking / 225-Area / Zone (Face, Eye, Body, Animal) / Tracking / 225-Area / Zone (Vertical/Horizontal) / Zone (Square) / Zone (Oval) / 1-Area+ / 1-Area / Pinpoint / Custom 1, 2, 3

AF detective range

  • EV -6 – 20 (F1.4, ISO100 equivalent, AFS)

AF custom setting

  • AF Sensitivity, AF Area Switching Sensitivity, Moving Object Prediction

AF assist lamp

  • Yes

AF lock

  • Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock

Post Focus / Focus Stacking

  • Yes / Yes

ISO sensitivity

  • Auto / 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 / 51200 / 102400 / 204800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) (Standard output sensitivity)

Dual Native ISO

  • [Normal] Native ISO: 100, 640
  • Auto: Auto / 50 / 100-51200 / 102400 / 204800 [V-Log] Native ISO: 640, 4000
  • Auto: Auto / 320 / 640-51200
  • [HLG] Native ISO: 400, 2500
  • Auto: Auto / 400-51200 / 102400 / 204800

Cinelike D2 / Cinelike V2 Native ISO: 200, 1250

  • Auto: Auto / 100 / 200-51200 / 102400 / 204800 Exposure compensation
  • 1/3 EV step +/-5EV ( +/-3EV for motion picture) AE lock

Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock Image Stabilization

Image sensor shift type (5-axis / 5.0-stop)

Dual I.S. (6.5-stop Dual I.S. 2 compatible) White balance

AWB / AWBc / AWBw / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting 1, 2, 3, 4 White balance adjustment

Blue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias Color temperature setting

2500-10000K in 100K Shutter Type

Focal-plane shutter Shutter speed

Silent mode / Shutter type

  • Yes / Yes (Auto / Mechanical / Electronic front curtain / Electronic / Electronic+NR)

AE bracket

  • 3, 5, 7 images in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. +/-3 EV, single/burst

Aperture bracket

  • 3, 5 or all positions in 1 EV step

Focus bracket

  • 1 to 999 images, focus steps can be set in 10 levels

White balance bracket

  • 3 images in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis, color temperature setting

Waveform monitor

  • Yes

LUT display

  • LUT View Assist (Monitor) / LUT View Assist (HDMI)

Time code

  • Count Up: Rec Run/Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode: Drop frame/Non-drop frame selectable (When NTSC (59.94Hz) is selected.)

USB

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C

HDMI

  • Monitor-through:
    • When a mode other than [4K/60p]/[4K/50p] is selected for [Picture Quality]: 4:2:2 10bit, 4:2:2 8bit, 4:2:0 8bit
    • When [4K/60p]/[4K/50p] mode is selected in [Rec Quality]: 4:2:2 10bit, 4:2:0 8bit

External Mic & Audio Device Input

  • 3.5mm for external microphone / external audio device
  • MIC (Plug-in Power) / MIC / LINE is selectable.
  • Stereo/Lens Auto/Shotgun/Super Shotgun/Manual is selectable when attaching DMW-MS2 (sold separately)
  • Headphone Output  3.5mm

Microphone

  • Stereo, Wind Noise Canceller: OFF / Low/ Standard / High (sold separately)

XLR Microphone

  • Yes with DMW-XLR1 (sold separately)

SD Card Slot

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

  • Slot 1: UHS-I/UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 SDHC/SDXC Cards and UHS-II Video Speed Class 90 standard SDXC cards
  • Slot 2: Compatible with UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC/SDXC cards

Wi-Fi

  • 2.4GHz (STA/AP) (IEEE802.11b/g/n)
  • 5GHz (STA) (IEEE 802.11a/n/ac)
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))

Dust And Splash Resistant

  • Yes

Battery

  • Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 2200mAh, 16Wh) (bundled) USB power supply, USB power charging

Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

  • Approx. 440 images (rear monitor), 470 images (LVF), 1,500 images (Power Save LVF mode) with S-R2060

Continuous Recordable Time

  • MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 110 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (LVF), 110 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (rear monitor)
  • MOV [4K/60p/4:2:0 10-bit/LongGOP]: Approx. 100 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (LVF), 110 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (rear monitor)

Actual Recordable Time

  • MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 55 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (LVF), 55 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (rear monitor)
  • MOV [4K/60p/4:2:0 10-bit/LongGOP]: Approx. 50 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (LVF), 55 min (APS-C, Pixel by Pixel) (rear monitor)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • Approx. 132.6 x 97.1 x 81.9mm (excluding protrusions)

Lens mount

  • L-Mount

Weight

  • Approx.: 714g (SD Memory Card x 1, Battery, Body) Approx.: 630g (Body only)

Initial Thoughts

Unlike Nikon's Z5, the S5 doesn't look to be an entry-level mirrorless hybrid camera. If these specs are correct, the S5 is as good as the S1 in most places and better in others. It records 10-bit 4:2:2 internally, has dual native ISO, dual SD card slots, it supports anamorphic modes, V-log shooting, and shrinks in size and weight. It also offers 4K 60p at 4:2:2 10-bit and 4K 50p at 4:2:0 8-bit.

The one sore spot for shooters may be the contrast AF system. The demand for quality autofocus is becoming increasingly popular as it's one less thing for one-man-bands to worry about. Canon uses Dual Pixel Autofocus, Sony has its hybrid system, Nikon uses a hybrid AF, but Panasonic continues to use a contrast autofocus system. Is it better than nothing? Sometimes. Is it more reliable than manually focusing? Depends on the hand. 

We could see Panasonic jump to a phase-detection autofocus system in the future, but it doesn't look like it's happening with the S5. What are your thoughts on the camera? Share them below.      

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12 Comments

The camera we are looking for is the GH6, Panny

August 20, 2020 at 7:37PM

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Aaron Harper
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So true. But I can see why they don't want to steal the S series thunder at the moment. But for people invested in MFT lens and bodies, it's getting stressful to not have ANY news, but some exec lipservice

August 27, 2020 at 1:48PM

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phật pháp nhiệm màu

August 21, 2020 at 3:28AM

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Phú Yên 365
Phú Yên 365 | Thông tin sản phẩm & dịch vụ tại Phú Yên
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Looks like an entry level full frame as far as video specs.

August 21, 2020 at 4:53AM

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Paolo Mugnaini
Director/DP/Editor
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Full frame no crop at £1500 offering 4K 10 bit 422 internal and dual iso? and ibis? and full v-log? Peoples will never be satisfied. The only thing that really bite the bullet on the spec is the bitrate/framerate. Should I remind everyone the price point?

August 27, 2020 at 1:46PM

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Doesn't even come close to a7sIII specs...

August 27, 2020 at 11:43AM

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Well, it's also less than half the price sooooo...

August 27, 2020 at 1:41PM

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Right?!

August 27, 2020 at 3:40PM

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Well that was an unproductive comment?

August 27, 2020 at 3:39PM

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Given these specs, the saving factor will be price.

August 27, 2020 at 12:09PM

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Brandon Moye
Filmmaker
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Still the "crappy" autofocus contrast detection. Why dont they listen and learn from the rest of the "world" and the deamnds from customers. No I would never put a euro on this eaven if I would like to have a "Sony" by Phanasonic and nothing else.

August 27, 2020 at 2:31PM

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...and I was so hyped on this at first too?

August 27, 2020 at 3:41PM

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