Panasonic Lumix S5 II review

They did it! Panasonic answers its critics by introducing a camera with a phase hybrid detection AF system. But is that enough to make the Lumix S5 II a creator’s dream?

5 Star Rating
Panasonic Lumix S5 II review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Building on the solid foundation of the original LUMIX S5’s tough compact frame, class-leading 5-axis in-body image stabilization, and excellent color science, the LUMIX S5 II didn’t need any significant overhauls. However, the addition of phase detection autofocus brings the S5 right in line with some of the best hybrid cameras money can buy. We could be looking at a camera of the year contender.


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    Value for money

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    Best-in-class stabilization

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    Professional video functionality

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    Unlimited recording

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    Filmic image quality


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    No tally lights

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    No CF Express slot

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    Flip-out screen blocked by cables

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As someone who’s used the LUMIX S1 since its launch in 2018 and the original LUMIX S5 since 2020, I’ve watched LUMIX full-frame steadily grow into a system that has every right to be revered among photographers and videographers. The one thing holding it back from capturing the attention of the masses was the contrast-based Depth-from-Defocus autofocusing system that Panasonic developed and championed for years, despite much of the competition adopting phase-detection-based AF setups.

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Jon Devo

Jon is a gadget reviewer, content creator and influencer. He spends his time reviewing products, covering technology news, giving talks on content strategy and creating content in partnership with a wide variety of forward-thinking brands. He also contributes to commercial radio, as well as in national print newspapers and magazines.