An alleged leaked spec sheet for the next-generation Panasonic Lumix S5II Mirrorless Camera provides more detail on what we can expect from the rumored new camera. The spec sheet confirms much of the speculation from a few days ago and adds a few extra details.
Details show that the S5II can shoot 6K at 30 frames per second, with 10-bit color, with LGOP recording at up to 200 Mbps. Furthermore, the camera can boost the color gamut to 4:2:2 10-bit color for 4K at up to 60 frames per second.
With a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor, the camera can capture 14+ stops of dynamic range in Panasonic’s V-Log lossless codec and relies on dual native ISO at 640/4000 for V-Log and 400/2500 for Hybrid Log Gamma.
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The S5 II also has five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) which can dampen up to 5 stops of camera shake.
The camera also uses a new depth from defocus technology, called DFD, for autofocus, and this could be the much-rumored LIDAR-based focusing scheme that we discussed a few days ago, but there’s also an image plane phase detection autofocus mode for standard shooting.
Other specs on the leaked sheet include:
- -6EV – 18EV AF sensitivity
- ISO 100-51,200, extended to 50-204,800
- 1/8000 – 60 sec shutter (mechanical and electronic)
- Continuous shooting: 9fps (mechanical) 30fps (electronic)
- L-Mount lens mount (naturally, it’s in the alliance)
- USB 3.2 Gen 2
- Card slots: Dual SD (no mention of speed)
- Dust and splashproof
- Dimensions: 134 x 102 x 90mm
- Weight: 740g
Notice in the specs that Panasonic is still holding fast to relying on SD cards, but gives users a dual card slot option for being able to record longer-form video, though there isn’t a mention of how fast an SD card camera can take when recording, but if 6K 30 fps, the faster the better.
The only question is, whether they’ll go all in with dual UHS-II slots, or split the difference with one UHS-II slot for video and one UHS-I slot for stills, like the first-generation S5.
Overall, users have been waiting for another camera to capture 6K natively, since the Panasonic S1H and the GH6 oversamples from 6K to grab a 4K/60 image. It looks like now that Panasonic is all in on a larger resolution image sensor and not looking back.
But the bigger deal is the phase detection autofocus with the DFD defocusing technology through LIDAR. If that bears out to be accurate, it’ll definitely be a game changer for photographers and content creators to have far more options in post-processing.
There is also mention of a Panasonic Lumix S5 II X, which appears to be the same model, but has support for ProRes Raw video recording. This seems to be a bit odd, considering users would certainly be willing to pay a premium to unlock ProRes support, but it may also have additional circuitry to support camera-to-cloud functions or at least tethering via ethernet, which is also mentioned.
The talk remains that Panasonic will announce the S5 II in February of 2023, and the X model by next summer. No word on pricing, yet, but February isn’t that far away. In the meantime, the entire 33-page spec sheet can be found here.
Panasonic has already confirmed that the company will hold a press event on January 4th, 2022 at 3:00 pm UTC, so stay tuned for more details.
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