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Panasonic S5ii Compared – A New Era for Panasonic Cameras.

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Panasonic S5II

The Panasonic S5ii is a powerful well-priced full-frame stills/video hybrid camera for the Leica L-Mount, and a significant update on its predecessor, the Panasonic S5.

First and foremost, the Panasonic S5ii’s DFD autofocus system has finally been augmented with phase-detect autofocus for wobble-free focus in video. Plus, you get a 6K30p video, an improved EVF, and a fan-based active cooling system for extended recording time. So, is the Panasonic S5ii the mid-range full-frame camera to beat? Let’s find out. Jump to Conclusion


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What is the Panasonic S5ii

The Panasonic S5 Mark 2 is a 24.2-megapixel full-frame camera for Leica’s L-mount. And like the original Panasonic S5, the Panasonic S5ii hybrid functionality intends to fulfill the needs of photographers and videographers alike.

The Panasonic S11 with the new Lumix 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens

5 Key Features of the Panasonic S5II

Phase Detect Autofocus System

For around a decade, Panasonic has relied on its Depth from Defocus contrast-detect autofocus system, which worked well enough. But for the DfD system to work, the camera had to continually focus – even on static subjects – resulting in a pulsing wobble effect that was particularly distracting in video.

Thus, Panasonic, which has earned a reputation for making some of the finest video cameras, has also earned a reputation for the worst video autofocus.

But not anymore, as the Panasonic S5ii has proudly jumped onto the phase-detect autofocus bandwagon, we can finally enjoy wobble-free video.

New EVF

The Panasonic S5ii is equipped with a 3.68 million dot Electronic Viewfinder. In contrast, the Panasonic S5’s EVF lags behind with 2.36 Million dots.

Faster Continuous Shooting

The Panasonic S5ii can shoot up to 7 photos each second with auto exposure and focus. In comparison, the Panasonic S5 strolled along at five photos per second.

6K Video

Headlining the Panasonic S5ii’s impressive video specifications is its 10-Bit 6K30p mode. Furthermore, the Panasonic S5ii will record 4K60p, so long as you can tolerate an APS-C-sized sensor crop.

Active Cooling

To manage overheating, the Panasonic S5ii is equipped with a fan. As a result, the Panasonic S5ii will record video for as long as it has power and storage. Despite including vents, the Panasonic S5ii has an unspecified degree of weather-proofing backed up by a no-guarantee disclaimer. Best keep it dry, then.

Panasonic S5ii Specifications

Panasonic S5ii Compared

Judging by the specifications and price, the Panasonic S5ii competes with cameras such as the Nikon Z6ii, Canon R5ii, and Sony A7iv.

The Panasonic S11. Source: Photo Rumors.

However, the Panasonic S5ii is very much its own camera offering a balance of photography and videography features not found elsewhere.

When measured as a photography device, the Panasonic S5ii’s image quality is likely to be at least as good as its rivals, which is to say, very good. However, its slow, continuous shooting modes put it well behind the Canon R6i and R6ii and even the older Nikon Z6ii.

But when it comes to video, the Panasonic S5ii looks very impressive with 10-Bit 6K30p and many of the video-centric features and conveniences we’ve come to expect from Panasonic. Thus, viewed exclusively as a video camera, the Panasonic S5ii exceeds its rivals by a fair margin.

Therefore, whether the Panasonic S5ii is worth it depends on your use case. If you are orientated toward photography, I would pick up an on-sale Canon R6i. But if you’re primarily looking for a video camera that can take excellent photos, the Panasonic S5ii is tough to beat.

Panasonic S5ii vs S5

The Panasonic S5ii is a significant update to the Panasonic S5. As you might expect, you get the usual incremental quality-of-life updates, such as a slightly faster shooting rate, better EVF, and updated connectivity.

But critically, the Panasonic S5ii gives you phase-detect autofocus and 10-Bit 6K30p, while the Panasonic S5 maxes out at wobbly Cinema 4K.

The Panasonic S11. Source: Photo Rumors.

Panasonic S5 vs S5II Specifications

Panasonic S5iiPanasonic S5
Release Date4th January 2023Sep-20
Release Price (US$)US$1999US$1999
Sensor  
Sensor SizeFull FrameFull Frame
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Megapixels24.2 Megapixel24.2 Megapixel
Native ISO Range100-51200100-51200
In-body Image StabilizationYesYes
Rating5 Stops – 6.5 Stops with Dual IS5 Stops – 6.5 Stops with Dual IS
Autofocus  
AF TypeHybrid Phase/Contrast DetectContrast Detect
AF Focus Points225
AF Sensitivity-6 – +18 EV-6 – +20 EV
AF Coverage
Shutter  
Max Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Max Shutter FPS (AF+AE)Seven fps5 fps
Electronic ShutterYesYes
Max E-Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Max E-Shutter FPS (Full Resolution)8 fps5fps
Max E-Shutter (Low Res)
Silent ShootingYesYes
Metering  
Range0 EV – 18EV0 EV – 18EV
Video Quality  
8KN/AN/A
6K30p, 25p, 24pN/A
C4K30p, 25p, 24p (60p, 48p, 30p, 24p – Cropped)30p, 24p (60p Cropped)
4K30p, 24p (48p, 30p, 24p – Cropped)30p, 24p (60p Cropped)
HD 1080p120, 60, 48, 30, 2460p, 30p, 24p
Max. Recording TimeTBA
FormatMOV, MP4MOV, MP4
Output over HDMIYesYes
Video CompressionH.264/MPEG4, H.265/HEVCH.264/MPEG4, H.265/HEVC
File Format  
Raw
Storage  
Card Slot 1SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I & 2)SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I & II)
Card Slot 2SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I & 2)SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
Viewfinder  
TypeEVF (OLED)EVF (OLED)
Resolution3680K Dots2360K Dots
Refresh Rate60-120fps60-120fps
Magnification.78x.74x
DioptreYesYes
Display  
Size3.0 inch3.0 inch
Resolution1.84M Dots1.84M Dots
Touch SensitiveYesYes
ArticulationFullFull
Connectivity  
Video-OutHDMI Type AMicro HDMI Type D
Audio In (mic)3.5mm3.5mm
Audio Out (Headphones)3.5mm3.5mm
DataUSB Type C (USB 3.2)USB Type C (USB 3.1)
Power PortUSB Type CUSB Type C
Ethernet PortNoNo
WiFiYesYes
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 4.1
Internal GPSNoNo
Power  
BatteryS-R2060/S-S50S-R2060
Battery LifeApprox: 370Approx: 440
Video Record Time90 Mins
Weight & Dimensions  
Width134.3mm132.6mm
Height102.3mm97.1mm
Depth90.1mm81.9mm
Weight740g – Loaded714g – Loaded
Source: Panasonic


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Conclusion

The Panasonic S5ii is one of the best hybrid cameras in its class – more so if you’re more orientated toward videography. And the inclusion of phase-detect should prove transformative in getting the best out of Panasonic’s well-regarded video technology.

The Panasonic S11. Source: Photo Rumors.

As a stills camera, the Panasonic S5ii is less exciting. While S5ii’s 24-megapixel sensor is par-for-the-course, its 7fps continuous shooting feels a little 2014.

Yet this is not to say that the Panasonic S5ii is a bad camera for photography. But it’s not meaningfully better than the original Panasonic S5 and is well beaten by cameras such as the Sony A7IV and Canon R6 series.

But viewed as a video camera that also shoots stills, the Panasonic S5ii is a compelling camera unmatched at its price point.

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