Panasonic Reveals the LUMIX S5, Its New Full-Frame Mirrorless Shooter

Panasonic Lumix S5
Panasonic has given us all a little sneak peek at its latest full-frame mirrorless camera, the LUMIX S5.

I hate to break it to you, but if you came here hoping to learn about this new shooter from Panasonic, you're out of luck, Jack.

The company has released very few details about the LUMIX S5—I mean, we don't even get to see the bottom 3/4 of the thing—but there are some details that we can jabber on about until the official launch date in a couple of weeks.

Okay, so here's what we know so far:

  • It's full-frame.
  • It's mirrorless.
  • It's called the LUMIX S5.
  • That's it.
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The LUMIX new full-frame mirrorless camera. Stay tuned for the online launch event for the new LUMIX S5. . Panasonic is pleased to announce the holding of an online launch event for the new full-frame mirrorless camera LUMIX S5. . It will be unveiled at the LUMIX S5 website on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 14:00 GMT. . Panasonic is committed to meeting the passionate demands of all creators through its LUMIX brand, and the new LUMIX S5 is one of the embodiments of the commitment. . More information will be added and updated at . #MovingImagesForward . #LUMIXS5 #S5 #LUMIX #LUMIXSseries #LUMIXS #Panasonic #FullFrameWithoutCompromise #videography #cinematography #photography #fullframe #mirrorlesscamera #camera #mirrorless #new #announcement #contentcreators #creators

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Don't be upset with Panasonic. This was just a teaser after all—the official online launch event will kick off on September 2nd at 14:00 UTC (7 am PST).

Panasonic will be posting new information and updates to its website and on Instagram, so keep refreshing your feeds and mark your calendars!     

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For a lot of casual shooters, the lack of proper AF is what's killing Panasonic right now. This one will also have contrast-based DFD AF tech instead of PDAF (according to the leaked spec sheet found elsewhere). While "real" filmmakers don't mind manual focusing, the vast majority of people who buy these cameras and make up their profit, do care about good AF.

The Sony sensors that Panasonic is using do have PDAF support, but to use that, you need to license the patent about it, which is owned by... Nikon (not Sony!). Sony (after buying Minolta), Fuji, and Nikon have patent agreements, since both have a large patent portfolio (in these cases, there's usually exchange of patent allowance rather than direct licensing). But Panasonic, not having bought any old photography company, and not having a lot of tradition in photography sector by itself, it doesn't have a big enough patent portfolio to get the interest of Nikon, and as such, they're stuck with DFD.

If they don't find a way out for this, this might end up being their end in the continuously shrinking market of photo cameras. I hope they resolve the issue and continue making cameras, as they do have the best video-related software features among hybrid cameras.

August 19, 2020 at 2:36PM, Edited August 19, 2:58PM

Eugenia Loli
Filmmaker, illustrator, collage artist

So maybe the people should learning how to be "real" instead of "vast majority".
There is no shame if you stick with photography.

in that speaking those "majority" people was engaged with sony for the perfect focus but don't matter of the sponge image of 50 mb .mp4 ? Really? AF is everything and killing companies =D

August 20, 2020 at 10:53PM


I'm not sure that is the case, Panasonic certainly have a PDAF patent (I think it's this one):
I suspect one reason for contrast detect was the low pixel counts in m43 cameras meaning it was a sensor pixel per video pixel and hiding the missing PDAF pixels in the image was hard for them. Then when they could do it they weren't buying enough sensors to afford to switch to a different version (as you need to use a lot to get the price low).

August 21, 2020 at 2:16AM


mft lenses on this ?

August 19, 2020 at 3:26PM

stephen knifton
owner / creative director

I don’t think MFT lenses can cover a full frame sensor without a significant light loss and a crazy flange distance. Also given Panasonic has put out a bunch of new L-mount lenses, they’re going to want more cameras to work with those lenses.

August 20, 2020 at 1:57AM


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