Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX review

The Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX promises to be the ideal full-frame hybrid camera for the video-focused creator, but does it deliver?

5 Star Rating
Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX
(Image: © Panasonic)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With its most direct competition coming from its stablemate, the more specialized S5II X faces some fundamental challenges from a consumer perspective. Does it offer enough in terms of value for money to entice creators to spend a little extra? The extra features, such as SSD recording, HDMI RAW output, ALL-I compression, Apple ProRes, and Streaming functionality, make it an enticing proposition. This is especially true if the all-black design appeals to you. Of course, you can shoot RAW with the S5II via a paid-for software unlock, but for pretty much the same money, once you’ve paid for the update, the S5II X still offers more.


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    Cinematic video features and performance

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    Best-in class stabilization

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    SSD recording

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    Phase Hybrid AF

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    Unique and award-winning design


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    Grey buttons markings affect visibility for some

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    No tally lights

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    Articulated screen twists into HDMI cable path

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You saw the announcement and release of the Panasonic Lumix S5II and you’ve waited to pull the trigger because the Lumix S5II X caught your eye. So you want to know if the wait was worth it? Well, in this review, I’ll be aiming to answer your questions thoroughly, having tested both cameras for the past few months now.

It’s unusual for a camera company to announce a variant model that will come to market some months later with external and performance differences. But keen to avoid a repeat of its misstep; revealing the Lumix GH5 II alongside a development announcement of the Lumix GH6, its successor, Lumix appears to have learned its lesson. The S5II X and S5II were announced in tandem, with only the inclusion of the S5II X’s compatibility with the popular recording format Blackmagic B-RAW kept secret until it was available to order in early May.

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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.