There's a great camera deal around for the next week that we think needs close attention (and means there is no need to wait for Black Friday camera deals or for Amazon Prime Day 2020). The Panasonic S5 is the latest in the full-frame Lumix line-up – and as you will see if you read our review, we think it is kind of special. It is not available to buy until the end of the month... BUT if you put in your order before 30 September, then Panasonic will throw in a great gift. As an early adopter they will give a free Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN prime standard lens – which is a perfect little lens for this camera, and which is worth a cool $549.
Panasonic launched its first full-frame mirrorless cameras back in 2018, but the latest in the range is designed to be much smaller, and to appeal to those that regularly have to shoot stills and video. It has the same 24-megapixel sensor as the original Lumix S1, and features in-body stabilization that offers up to 6.5 stops of shake compensation. Ingeniously this shift stabilization can be used to create 96 megapixel images if needed by combining eight different frames in camera.
The camera offers a full-swivel LCD screen for easy framing and monitoring whilst shooting.
In terms of video performance it offers 4K shooting at 60P with 4:2:0 10-bit video output is you record to one of the two memory card slots. But if you shoot to an external drive you can step up to shooting at 4K 30/25p 4:2:2 10-bit – with the distinct advantage of having no timing restrictions on how long you record for.
The free Sigma lens offer is available if you buy the Panasonic S5 body alone – or if you pick it up with its neat new Lumix S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom lens. But hurry as this pre-order offer ends on 30 September, when orders will start being fulfilled in the order that they were received. The Sigma lens need to be claimed directly from Panasonic - and by doing so you will also get a free three-year extended warranty.