Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II

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    Highlights

    • 24.2 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 100 - 51,200 Native ISO
    • 779 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,840k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 3,680k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 9.0 fps Mechanical and 30.0 fps Electronic Continuous Shooting
    • 5952 x 3968 Video Shooting
    • Panasonic V-Gamut, V-Log
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II was announced in 2023 and is a Full Frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) Mirrorless camera with 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 51,200 and expands to 50 - 204,800 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 1,840k dot resolution and built-in Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 3,680k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II can capture video up to 5952 x 3968 resolution with no recording time limit.


    Here is the Panasonic -Sx series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Panasonic -Sx series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S5 II X January
    2023
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.0"
    1,840k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S5 II January
    2023
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.0"
    1,840k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S5 August
    2020
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.0"
    1,840k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S1H August
    2019
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.2"
    2,330k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S1 February
    2019
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S1R February
    2019
    47.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 25,600 Tilting 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S2 January
    2012
    14.1 MP
    1/2.33-inch
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 2.70"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S1 January
    2011
    12.1 MP
    1/2.33-inch
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 2.70"
    230k dot
    Image cannot be found Panasonic S3 January
    2011
    14.1 MP
    1/2.33-inch
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 2.70"
    230k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II X vs Lumix DC-S5 II vs Lumix DC-S5 vs Lumix DC-S1H vs Lumix DC-S1 vs Lumix DC-S1R.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   51,200 Highest Native ISO
    •   779 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Digital Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Live Composition
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   High Video Resolution - 5952 x 3968
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 24.2 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   -6 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Weight - 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II to its predecessor Lumix DC-S5 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II vs Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
    More Focus Points 779 vs 225
    Animal Eye Detection vs
    Phase Detection for Autofocus vs
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.78x vs 0.74x
    Higher Resolution Viewfinder 3,680k dot vs 2,360k dot
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 30.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Higher Video Resolution 5952 x 3968 vs 3840 x 2160
    Higher USB Speed USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10 GBit/sec) vs USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec)
    DOWNGRADES Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II vs Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
    More Expensive $1999.99 vs $1999 (body only), $2299 (w/20-60mm lens)
    Lower Max AF Detection +18 EV vs +20 EV
    Lower Image Stabilization Compensation 5.5 stops vs 6.5 stops
    Heavier 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz) vs 714 g (1.57 lb / 25.19 oz)
    Shorter Battery Life 370 shots vs 440 shots

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II vs Lumix DC-S5.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 1,840k dot resolution. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II with Fully Articulated screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 3,680k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.78x magnification.

    Sensor

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II features a 24.2 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.6 x 23.8 mm and a total area of 847.3 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 51,200 and expands to 50 - 204,800 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.6 x 23.8 mm847.3 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Venus Engine processor and can take pictures up to 6000 x 4000 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has Leica L lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 5.5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has a USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Full Size HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II comes with DMW-BLJ31 battery pack with battery life of 370 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) card slots.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has Electronic shutter and Mechanical Focal Plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 30.0 fps with electronic shutter and up to 9.0 fps with mechanical shutter.


    Focusing

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has 779 focusing points and from -6 to +18 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from 0 to +18 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II has dimensions of 134 x 102 x 90 mm (5.29 x 4.03 x 3.55"). It weighs 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    134 mm (5.29")

    102 mm (4.03")

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    90 mm (3.55")

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    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II dimensions

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   51,200 Highest Native ISO
    •   779 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    81

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II gets a score of 81 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   51,200 Highest Native ISO
    •   779 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II gets a score of 89 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   779 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II gets a score of 89 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   779 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 5952 x 3968
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots

    Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II Evaluation

    We evaluate Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II and give score of 84 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    84

    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    68

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 68 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 24.2 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   51,200 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    GOOD
    81

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 81 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 30.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    EXCELLENT
    95

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 95 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 5952 x 3968
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    93

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 93 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -6 EV Min AF Detection
    •   779 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 87 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    97

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 97 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    71

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 II a score of 71 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 740 g (1.63 lb / 26.10 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 370 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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