Intuitive Lumix S5 appeals on size & features

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I like what I see when I unpack my test camera. It is indeed more compact and sleeker than the chunky and heavy S1 cameras I’ve tested previously. It’s even slightly smaller than their popular Lumix GH5 micro four-thirds sensor camera...

Panasonic went all-in when it launched its first full-frame mirrorless cameras a few years ago.

The Lumix S1, S1R and the S1H are high-end, durable and expensive cameras jam-packed with class-leading features aimed at professional photographers and videographers.

The latest addition to the full-frame range is the Lumix S5.

It shares many of the features of the S1 models but is smaller, lighter and less expensive compared with its heavyweight siblings.

I like what I see when I unpack my test camera. It is indeed more compact and sleeker than the chunky and heavy S1 cameras I’ve tested previously. It’s even slightly smaller than their popular Lumix GH5 micro four-thirds sensor camera.

The S5 has the same 24MP sensor as the S1, the same 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system. The autofocus system is very similar but has improved algorithms and more deep learning technology to detect eyes and faces better. It can shoot 4K video and has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body.

The S5 is fitted with a Lumix F/3.5-5.6 20-60mm zoom lens which complements it nicely both in size and weight.

The 2.36M dot electronic viewfinder is nice and bright and doesn’t appear to have any lag. The 1.84M dot LCD touchscreen is fully articulating. There are dual card slots and HDMI, and microphone and headphone ports, hidden on either side of the camera.

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