Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Panasonic Lumix S: camera models and video mode comparison

The same questions come up far too often online, so I decided to convert more of my own tech notes into public articles here on my blog. Comments and corrections are always welcome. 

Since 2019 Panasonic have released six models in their Lumix S camera line. Read on for a handy comparison of features and video modes. This can help you make a purchase decision.

All six models have a full-frame sensor, are weather-sealed, use the Leica L mount, have excellent IBIS (stabilisation), and store to dual memory cards. The S1 cameras are larger and were initially more oriented towards professional use, with a better viewfinder and higher video modes (to 6K). The S5 line is smaller but has recently leap-frogged the S1 feature set in several ways.

You can find exhaustive feature lists on many other sites, including Panasonic's own pages. Here I provide a compact overview of key differences between the models (PDF file). I priced the cameras today at a German web store, since it's useful to have some sort of a baseline. 

The second resource I have for you compares the best video modes across the models (PDF file). This took me quite a while to collate!

All of the models can now (or will soon, as firmware is rolled out) be upgraded to write RAW files out through the HDMI. You can target the ATOMOS Ninja V/V+ recorder for ProRes or the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G for BRAW. This makes the Lumix S product line viable as cinema cameras. I consider it noteworthy that Panasonic has not ignored older models with this feature. 

The brand new Lumix S5M2X (AKA the S5 Mark II X) can also write to an SSD drive using the USB port. This is a unique feature of that model. 

If you want extremes of resolution or frame rate, this line of cameras may not suit you. But if you think that 4K is already a lot of pixels, then Panasonic provide excellent value for money. 

I am going to spend a bit more time on the stills side of the S5 before I venture out to shoot video. But you will see footage from me eventually!


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