Panasonic Lumix S5 review

Could the Panasonic Lumix S5 be the best camera on the market under $2,000/£2,000 ? It makes a strong case

Panasonic Lumix S5
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Despite its compact size, the Lumix S5 shares the impressive 24MP CMOS sensor housed in the Lumix S1, but with improved AF. It also has a tough weather-resistant body and delivers up to 6.5-stops of image stabilisation with compatible lenses. Its standout features include class-leading dynamic range and 4K video recording, as well as 96MP high resolution RAW+JPEG capture. It’s tough to beat in this category.


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    Best in-class video performance

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    Compact full-frame quality

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    Magnesium frame and vari-angle screen

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    Dual SD card slots


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    HDMI port not full-size

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    Only Contrast AF

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The Panasonic Lumix S5 joins three existing Lumix S models, and the Panasonic Lumix move to full-frame has been largely positive. The Lumix S-line of cameras and lenses are capable of capturing sumptuously attractive photos and videos. But two criticisms in particular have been tough for Panasonic to shake – autofocus and size. 

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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.