Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix S5, a lightly teased and heavily leaked full-frame mirrorless camera that brings many of the capabilities of the Lumix S1 and S1H to a smaller and friendlier form factor. At $2,000 (body only), it is the cheapest S-series camera yet, but carries over several professional features from its larger siblings. Weighing 25 ounces, not only is it more than half a pound lighter than the S1, but it’s a hair under the Lumix GH5, a camera that uses a much smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor. Fortunately, Panasonic did not sacrifice build quality to get there. The S5 is built on a full magnesium-alloy chassis with a weather-sealed body. It has a robust hand grip, dual SD card slots, and a fair amount of direct-access control, although the top LCD display has vanished. If we’re making a fuss about the physical design, that’s because it is, by and large, the most important feature of the S5. Prior S-series models were gargantuan, even larger than most DSLRs, and the S5’s slimmed-down body will go a long way to putting an L-mount camera in more hands. As for what’s inside, it’s mostly all tech we’ve seen before. The… Read full this story
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