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Panasonic Lumix S5 II Review


The Panasonic Lumix S5 II is a lightweight and compact camera with many improvements over its predecessor. It features improved autofocusing and is great for both photo and video work. The in-body image stabilization, fan for video mode, and 24-megapixel full-frame sensor make it a fantastic option for those looking for a versatile camera.

The Panasonic S5 II is versatile and reliable, making it a standout choice for photographers and videographers looking for a lightweight and compact camera that delivers impressive autofocusing and in-body image stabilization.

  • Improved autofocusing
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • Effective in-body image stabilization
  • Fantastic video capabilities
  • Autofocus struggles with moving subjects
  • Limited burst rate in mechanical shutter mode
  • Lack of improvements in overall image quality

The video capabilities of the S5 II are exceptional, providing features like waveforms, custom LUTs, and gate recording, making it an ideal choice for professionals.

The Panasonic Lumix S5 II is packed with improvements and features that make it a versatile and reliable camera choice. It has a lightweight and compact body, making it easy to handle. The improved autofocus system is a standout feature, and the 24-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers high-quality images. One of the unique features of this camera is the fan built into the pentaprism area, providing excellent heat dissipation during video recording. The in-body image stabilization is very effective and the sensor format makes it suitable for a wide range of photography and videography needs. The camera's performance in low light situations was impressive. It demonstrated good stability for handheld shots at slower shutter speeds, and the in-body image stabilization system significantly reduced shake in the images. The video capabilities of the S5 II are exceptional, with features such as waveforms, custom LUTs, and gate recording, making it a top choice for videographers. However, it is important to note the limitations of the camera, particularly in its autofocus performance for moving subjects. While it handles static portraits well, it can struggle with maintaining focus on moving subjects. Additionally, the burst rate in mechanical shutter mode with autofocusing could be improved for better performance in continuous shooting scenarios.

While the improved autofocusing is a standout feature, the limitations of the camera's performance in continuous shooting scenarios should be noted, particularly for capturing moving subjects.


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