We Have Fallen in Love with the Lumix S5 IIX!

We Have Fallen in Love with the Lumix S5 IIX!

The Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX is a welcome package amongst the growing videography and cinematography community. Evolving from a well-respected line of S Series mirrorless bodies, this incredible hybrid packs in the best of both worlds. Photographers gain access to 42 megapixels worth of sensor technology for pristine clarity, colour and sharpness. At the same time, videographers and cinematographers unlock the freedom to shoot 4K in various codecs.



As shown in the video, based on insights from Max, a professional cinematographer, and complemented by our experience, we delve into what makes the Lumix S5 IIX a groundbreaking innovation in the realm of hybrid cameras. Whether you are a seasoned professional or an enthusiastic videographer, this comprehensive review will help you grasp the Lumix S5 IIX's capabilities and potential, illuminating why it might just be the next big thing to redefine your creative journey.

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Why We Like The Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX Camera

The Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX embodies a major leap forward in hybrid shooting technology. The impressive blend of a top-tier autofocus system, superior in-built stabilisation, 6K ProRes video recording capabilities, and a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for high-resolution stills creates a versatile and powerful tool. For professionals like Max and others seeking the ideal balance between high-quality still photography and advanced videography features, the Lumix S5 IIX indeed fulfils the hybrid shooter's dream. Whatever the subject, know this Lumix camera will keep up. 

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Key Features

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor: Gain exceptional high-res imagery from the full-frame sensor that showcases more detail and better low-light performance.
  • 6K30p 4:2:0 10-Bit Video Recording: The S5 IIX can film in 6K at 30 fps in 10-bit colour depth.
  • C4K/4K60p 4:2:2 10-Bit Unlimited: This feature allows recording of 4K video at 60 fps with high colour accuracy. This makes it ideal for high motion and high-detail scenes, providing superior detail and colour rendition.
  • 3.68m-Dot 0.78x-Magnification OLED Live View Finder: This high-resolution electronic viewfinder provides a clear, bright image for composing shots, even in bright outdoor conditions.
  • 3.0" 1.84m-Dot Tilt/Free-Angle Touch-LCD: A high-resolution tilting and free-angle touchscreen LCD provides flexibility for shooting at various angles and offers a user-friendly interface for settings adjustments and instant playback.
  • 779-Point Phase-Detection AF System: The camera's advanced autofocus system ensures fast and accurate focusing on subjects, improving the quality of both still photos and video footage.
  • 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilisation: This feature helps minimise the camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
  • Dual UHS-II SD Slots: The dual memory card slots increase storage capacity and offer file management flexibility for stills and videos.
  • Weather-Sealed Construction: The camera is resistant to weather conditions like rain, dust, and snow, allowing shooting in various outdoor conditions.

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The Aesthetic Appeal and Initial Impressions

From the moment the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX is unveiled, it commands attention. This begins with its visually stunning, all-black exterior that is subtly accented by a stylish hint of red. The sleek design not only exudes modern appeal but also offers practical benefits, boosting user confidence with a firm, non-slip grip and intuitively-positioned dials and function buttons for swift adjustments. It sets a new benchmark for user-friendly camera design, effectively balancing aesthetic appeal with functionality.

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Exceptional Display and Cooling System

The Lumix S5 IIX outperforms in terms of display quality. Its vibrant screen provides a clear visual experience in varied lighting conditions. The addition of the LVF button, conveniently located next to the viewfinder, facilitates a seamless switching process between the viewfinder and the LCD screen. This thoughtful touch ensures an uninterrupted shooting experience, as pointed out by Max.


Moreover, Panasonic addresses a key challenge that often impacts professional shooting sessions: overheating. The inclusion of air vents around the viewfinder effectively dissipates heat, ensuring consistent performance even during prolonged shooting periods. This design innovation effectively mitigates potential operational issues, reinforcing the S5 IIX's position as a reliable workhorse in diverse shooting scenarios.

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Cutting-Edge Lumix S5 IIX Mirrorless Features and Precision 

A feature many photographers will love is the S5 IIX's incredible autofocus system. Featuring 779 phase detection points, this lightning fast autofocus combines with the tried and tested S Series stabilisation system to deliver world-class results. 


For wildlife and sport photographers you can rely on the mechanical shutter which will allows the S5 IIX to capture full-res images at a speed up to 9 fps or you can opt for a faster 30 frames per second when using an electronic shutter. 

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Elevating Videography: V-Log L and Advanced Video Capabilities

As a videographer, Max underscored the Lumix S5 IIX's V-Log L mode as a game-changer. Designed to enhance low-light shooting and manage scenes with a limited dynamic range, it empowers videographers with a powerful tool to navigate various lighting scenarios. But the camera's raw video recording capabilities extend far beyond this.


The Lumix S5 IIX's ability to shoot cinema 4K internally sets it apart in the hybrid camera market. With the addition of a RAW key, users can unlock various codecs to record in ProRes 422, ProRes, or Blackmagic RAW formats. Even though there is a cost to the RAW key, it’s worth doing as it accelerates your workflow and post-processing colour rendering and output.

Connectivity That's Made For Cinematographers

The Lumix S5 IIX mirrorless camera comes equipped with a highly durable and versatile HDMI Type A terminal. This robust connection provides a reliable interface for transferring uncompressed video, ensuring the highest level of quality for both recording and playback. Panasonic has also gone a step further by offering enhanced HDMI RAW video data output with the Lumix S5 IIX. This feature is a godsend for videographers seeking to unlock the highest quality video output, offering them an unprocessed and uncompressed feed that retains all the original detail and dynamic range captured by the sensor.

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For videographers dealing with large amounts of data, the Lumix S5 IIX brings a significant efficiency boost. The camera supports recording and playback using an external SSD via USB. This feature allows access to stored files and bypasses the need for time-consuming data transfers after shooting. Instead, videographers can now back up data almost in real-time and streamline post-processing workflows. In addition, the camera supports ALL-Intra recording and ProRes recording, further diversifying the options available to content creators.

Mastering Stills Photography

While its videography prowess is impressive, the Lumix S5 IIX doesn't compromise on its still photography performance. It is equipped with a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that captures high-resolution stills with extraordinary contrast and sharpness. The S5 IIX's dynamic range effortlessly adapts to diverse environments, offering excellent results in serene beach scenes and lively urban landscapes.

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Maintaining Mobility and Streamlining Workflow

Despite its rich feature set, the Panasonic S5 IIX remains user-friendly and easy to operate. The camera maintains its easy mobility and clean setting even when equipped with additional gear such as a tilted cage, top handle, or SSD holder. This not only streamlines post-production workflows but also extends recording times, allowing photographers and videographers to focus more on their creative process and less on recording video managing technicalities.

Final Thoughts on the Panasonic S5 IIX Mirrorless Camera

In closing, the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX has left an indelible mark in the realms of photography and videography. This hybrid marvel packs a punch, combining an exceptional autofocus system, superior built-in stabilisation, remarkable 6K ProRes video capabilities, and a highly-detailed 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor into a compact and sturdy body. It's clear that Panasonic has put considerable thought into not only meeting but surpassing the expectations of professionals and enthusiasts alike.


As Max aptly mentioned, the Lumix S5 IIX, with its versatility and high performance, embodies a hybrid shooter's dream. It delivers stunning stills in high-resolution mode and superior video quality and allows seamless navigation between the two, making it an invaluable companion in any shooting scenario.

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Whether you're capturing the beauty of untouched landscapes, the hustle and bustle of city life or the workings of a film set, the Lumix S5 IIX is prepared to take on the challenge and deliver breathtaking results. It invites you to transcend creative boundaries and redefine what's possible in photography and videography.


If you're interested in experiencing the power of the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX body or want to explore other kit options, George's has you covered. Visit us in-store or online to continue your creative journey and take your work to a new level.