LUMIX S5II and S5IIX: First Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras with Phase Detection Auto-Focus

Panasonic unveils the newest additions to their LUMIX line, the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX. These are the company’s first hybrid mirrorless cameras to feature PDAF or phase detection autofocus imaging engine, Developed last year under the L2 Technology alliance between LEICA and LUMIX.

Its technology provides high resolution, natural description, and a published 2x higher-speed high bit-rate video recording signal procession.  An auto-focus system has been hybridized into Phase Hybrid Auto-Focus by increasing the AF points to 779, with continuous AF during zooming*1, AF micro adjustments, and AF area size decrease are also available.

On both cameras, the new L2 image engine enables 10-bit 4:2:0 6K30 recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 4K60 recording, and a lower rolling shutter distortion. The cameras also feature up to 4K120 and 1080p180 high-frame-rate recording for effects and slow-motion, support for unlimited video recording, and a built-in 24-bit / 48 kHz audio, external 24-bit / 96 kHz mic support, and DMW-XLR1 4-channel capture.

Optional features include an upgrade license to allow RAW video to output via its full-size HDMI port. The S5IIx has additional pre-installed features that allow recordings onto an external USB SSD drive and high-bitrate video capture in the ALL-Intra and ProRes formats. The 5IIx also allows for live streaming from the camera using wireless connectivity, wired Ethernet options, or smartphone tethering.

The Panasonic LUMIX S5II will carry a $2000 price tag and will be available later this month, while the Panasonic LUMIX S5IIX will come in at $2200 and will be available in stores by May 2023.


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