Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Review - B&C Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that packs a mighty punch! This camera will deliver outstanding features for amateurs and professionals alike. 

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Here is a rundown of the key benefits of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5:

  • 24MP full-frame sensor
  • 5-axis IBIS
  • DFD focus system
  • 4K60 video
  • 5.9K ProRes Raw with Ninja V
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Dual SDXC card slots

Camera Body

With its sleek black finish and magnesium frame, the Lumix S5 looks sharp. Not only is it sharp-looking, but it also has exceptional ergonomics that make it easy to hold with a deep handgrip. It is a thinner model and very lightweight, at nearly two pounds. Another benefit is its weather-protected body to help with dust and water splashes.


The Lumix S5 camera body is currently $1,899.99 (-$100 Savings) and, you can get a great kit with S 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $2,199.99 (-$100 Savings) that will give you a great starting range.

This camera is compatible with L-mount lenses. When looking for lenses for this camera, Panasonic Lumix, Sigma, and Leica all offer compatible lenses at price points for any budget.


The Lumix S5 camera does not have a built-in flash. Although, you do have a hot shoe to mount an external flash or video accessories when needed.

lumix dc-s5 mirrorless digital camera body back tilt screen 

Settings & Features

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 has rear and front dials on the top and a command center dial at the rear. These dials will give you the full access and control you need over the exposure, focus, toggle drive mode, and AutoFocus button. Not only is the Lumix DC-S5 equipped with dials, but it also has a touch-screen menu with loads of settings and options.


Within the flip-out LCD screen, you will also see the option for an eye-level viewfinder. This option will give you a different perspective of the subject or scene you are trying to capture.

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Connection Options & Power

You can quickly gain power for your Lumix S-5 through the rechargeable DMW-BLK22 battery. The camera also has power-saving features to help extend the life of your battery. It can also charge through a USB-C port.

You also have access to a micro HDMI that will give you a connection to a monitor, external recorder, and more. 

Speaking of connections, you also have access to WiFi, Bluetooth, and a Lumix application for Android and iOS.   

Another benefit is the dual memory card slots to give you even more photos while you are out and about shooting photographs. 


lumix dc-s5 mirrorless digital camera body top 


Panasonic is infamous for having an outstanding autofocus system but did need to work on its depth from defocus system. And guess what, it sure did! This camera does an excellent job of locking in on a subject and focusing.

The Lumix S-5 also has a fixed focus and a fast memory card that enables you to capture around 45 RAW shots before the system starts to lag.

lumix dc s5 mirrorless digital camera body front

24MP Sensor

The 5-axis stabilizer coupled with the 24MP BSI and the IBIS system will give you perfectly crisp images to limit motion blur. However, it is still recommended to use a tripod to prevent shake.

The Lumix S-5's sensor will also grab a wide ISO range up to 51,200. You can also go as low as 100. Although, there will be a bit of noise when shooting at extreme ISOs.



4k video 

If you are a videographer, the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 will be a double-edged sword for you! Not only will you capture clear photographs, but you will also get crisp videos. You will also access different video styles like low contrast, black and white, slow/fast motion, and more. 

You also can connect with external 4k recorders.


So, is this camera right for you?

I think we have exhausted all the reasons why you need this full-frame camera to step up your photography and videography game. With all the features above, you can't go wrong with making a move and making this purchase. If this hasn't convinced you enough, take a look at the full specs the Lumix S-5 has:


Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Specs:

  • Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 24.2-megapixels
  • Dual Native ISO
  • ISO 100-51200
  • 4K 60p/50p4:2:0 10-bit
  • 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording
  • 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output
  • 14+ stops of dynamic range
  • V-Log / V-Gamut compatibility
  • 4:3 Anamorphic mode
  • Slow & Quick Motion
  • 4K/60p interval shooting
  • 4K HDR
  • High-precision AF (Auto Focus)
  • 5-axis Body I.S. (Image Stabilization)
  • 96-megapixel High-Resolution Mode (JPEG/RAW)
  • Live View Composite
  • HLG Photo mode
  • USB-C port
  • Double SD Card slot (UHS-IIx1 and UHS-I x1)
  • 5GHz/2.4GHz Wi-F
  • Bluetooth 4.2 


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