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Panasonic Lumix S5II and S5IIX full-frame mirrorless with Phase Detect AF launched!

Panasonic unveils the next generation of its S5 full-frame mirrorless series with up to 10-bit 6K video recording with a price starting at USD 1999.99!
Panasonic Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX full-frame mirrorless with Phase Detect AF launched!
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5II

Value for money full-frame mirrorless?

Panasonic has brought the most requested feature to their next-generation S5 series full-frame cameras. The new cameras come with a new 24.2MP 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with Phase Detect Autofocus (PDAF). It is paired with a new imaging engine that was co-developed under the L2 Technology alliance that Panasonic and Leica entered last year.

The Japanese manufacturer has decided to release the camera in two versions: the S5II and the S5IIX. The reason for this is that there are some highly specialized video features on the S5IIX that are not necessarily needed by a majority of users. 

Both cameras come with dual native ISO and offer Five-axis sensor stabilization. Together with the IBIS, the Two-Axis Lens OIS can achieve 6.5 stops of stabilization.

At the back of the camera is the 3.680K-dot OLED live viewfinder. Below that is the 1.830K-dot 3-inch "free-angle" touch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Beside it is the new eight-direction joystick.

On the side of the camera is an HDMI Type-A port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, a 3.5mm stereo microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It can connect wirelessly thru WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0.

Photos and Video footage is sent to the dual UHS-II card slots.

Both cameras are capable of recording up to 4:2:0 10-bit 6K (3:2), 5.9K (16:9), and 4:2:2 10-bit C4K/4K recording. This is thanks to the new heat-dispersion system that uses a small fan and a high-efficiency heat sink that allows the camera to record with no limit in 4K. Both cameras are also capable of recording 14+ stop V-Log/V-Gamut to enable high dynamic range and broad colors.

Only the S5IIX is capable of RAW video out and All-Intra, ProRes recording onto the attached to a USB-C SSD. It also comes with wired and wireless IP streaming function and USB-tethering.

US price with direct to PHP conversion (no taxes and duties yet):

Panasonic S5IIX
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5IIX

Panasonic Lumix S5II body only - USD 1,999.99 (around PHP 111K)
Panasonic Lumix S5IIX body only - USD 2,199.99 (around PHP 123K)

The S5II will be available this January 2023 while the S5IIX will start shipping this May 2023. There is no word yet on International or Philippine pricing and availability.

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