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Panasonic DC-S5 - expensive APS-C camera in disguise
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  • @theusualeditor No punching in though I think when you use an external recorder you can do it if not recording in camera. Not what your looking for, but worth mentioning. As to the crop no you can't tried to set it to a special function but once your recording it ignores it. Again, the external recorder will let you do it as long as your not recording in camera just using the hdmi feed. So you can hack around it if that's helpful.

  • New firmware

    1. Improved AF performance
      • Recognition performance during video recording in V-Log has been improved.
      • Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+].
      • [AF+MF] can be used during video recording.
    2. Added video functions
      • The following C4K(4096×2160) video recording mode in MOV format has been supported.
        • C4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
        • C4K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
        • C4K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 100Mbps, LPCM
      • RAW video data output over HDMI has been supported.
        • [5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI.
    3. The Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos NINJA V.
      • All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
      • Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with NINJA V.
      • Apply the LUT(Look up table ) available on the following customer supports site to make the same color
    4. Grading as V-Log/V-Gamut
      • It is possible to display the Vector Scope.
      • [Master Pedestal Level] function has been added.
      • [SS/Gain Operation] function has been added.
    5. Other added functions
      • [L.ClassicNeo] and [L.Monochrome S] have been added in [Photo Style].
      • [Horizontal Image Flip(Monitor)] / [Vertical Image Flip(Monitor)] enables to reverse or not to reverse the monitor image when the free-angle monitor is rotated.
    6. Improved operational stability
      • There were cases low contrast images were not properly saved. This bug has been fixed.
      • There were cases the light trails were interrupted in Live View Composite shooting. This bug has been fixed.
      • There were cases line like noise arose at the bottom of the image when it was shot at high shutter speed. This bus has been fixed.

  • Port Angeles, Washington, USA. Lumix S5 20-60mm "Kit Lens"


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  • Thanks to everyone posting sample videos, and with no intention to offend those those who already have this camera, consider the following.

    As much as I've considered purchasing the S5 (I already have a full frame with the same sensor), don't you think we have long reached the point of diminishing returns?

    The digital looks of most cameras today and for the last 5-10 years has been the same, and unless you specifically say "shot with X or Y" it makes no difference what the camera is.

    These days we can use any low-mid-high tier camera and it can look like any other low-mid-high tier camera. Now, I understand there are ergonomic differences, menu options, codecs, etc. but considering that the end result with video is about we see on screen, then all the gimmicks seem a little pointless. 20 years ago great content was being produced (documentaries, etc.) in much lesser equipment.

    If it really is about convenience, will the next "big revolution" be alexa-enabled cameras? where the user no longer needs to access menus or even recite settings and will only need to say "Alexa, set camera to look like the Titanic movie", and the software would preload iso/aperture/shutter/fps and LUTS to instantly mimic that?

    But back to my main point. Take a look at the following grabs from a short documentary (if you know it, don't say).



    What do you think it was shot with? It could come from an S1H, or a Z6, or an R5, or a JVC, or Olympus, or an S5. I mean, It could be a Camcorder or a blackmagic for all we know. And what about the lens? Is it a kit lens, or a "Pro" 24-70mm 2.8 lens? Maybe a tele prime, or a camcorder zoomed-in all the way. Is it a Nikon lens? or Pentax, Sony, Tokina, Canon, Zeiss, Tamron, you name it.

    And what about the sensor? full size, aps-c, 1-inch, m43, 1/2.5"? Maybe this was a smartphone all along! I mean, take your pick of camera/lens combo, it could be any of them. And then there is the lightning and crew. Was there a lot, some, or none?

    So yeah, still on the fence about this camera.

    1920 x 1080 - 386K
    1920 x 1080 - 482K
  • @theusualeditor we've definitely reached the point where almost everything is good enough that the camera is not the limiting factor for quality when making videos. That said, there are reasons I prefer my S1 to my Gh5, 4, 3, 2, or 1, or even the Eva1. I'm currently interested in the raw firmware and a Ninja V, probably going to wait instead of an S1H, not too interested in much else at the moment, but its still good to follow tech if you're into it...otherwise, I agree, go shoot!

  • @theusualeditor There are many great choices all have pros and cons. What makes a camera for every individual comes down to personal choice. I like Panasonics handling of linear focusing with their native lenses is like no other. Raw is nice option but doubt I'll use it even though I have a Ninja V. Feel in the hand buttons and controls all great for me on the Panasonic S5. Stabilization is the best I've experienced. I'm also starting to believe there is a quality improvement from the lack of phase detect pixels particularly in low light in the shadows. Their IQ just seems to be a little better than the competition, but it's splitting hairs. I just hope they stick around and release the f/1.8 lenses sooner than later.

  • @theusualeditor to your point, the camera doesn't matter & the lines are now and moving forward, blurred by technology and post.

    A little story: In 2019 a friend asked me, last minute, to cover an event, a screening and Q&A at a museum with a small multipurpose theater. It was about gospel music in the USA.

    I was watching the film and was getting a few shots of the theater & crowd in the brighter scenes. I was not 100% focused on the film, nor did I know much about it.

    The film seemed to be from the 80's, from the handheld camera style I was sure it was 16mm Aaton or Arri SR cameras. Some darker scenes were grainy, others clear and crisp, with the camera operators pulling focus themselves. Most of the scenes looked clear and crisp like 35mm (an impossibility budget-wise and for the long takes they were doing). I worked in 16 & 35mm in the 90s and know how it looked.... not this good!

    At the end of the film as the Q&A got set up, I saw in the credits it was a 4k restoration. The museum did not have a 4k video projector. What I saw in the projection booth was a 1080 projector at best.

    The film was really, really good, content wise. The audio was fantastic, the images were beautiful as well. All the elements supporting the content.

    My point is that the 4k restoration blurred all the lines. Even knowing the era, It was confusing, what format/cameras/what date this was from? Audio remastering, video image enhancement, video noise reduction & sharpening had transformed the film into something new & wonderful.

    On PV we are very focused on cameras (I am too) but you brought up a good point that in the end, the camera really doesn't matter much, if the content is good.

    Film: "Say Amen, Somebody" -4k Restoration released in 2019

    This Q&A above has better content than the one I filmed in Philadelphia. I do hope Lincoln Center has a 4k video projector!

  • I think the camera matters and diminishing returns is somewhere between the 6K and 8K point. My 6K Zcam S6 is just better than than the GH5 at a lot of stuff. But the GH5 is a great camera, no question.
    The time to revisit this is when we have the GH6 to compare to the Alpha 1 and whatever else comes along.
    Also, my camera doesn't overheat which is a plus. No fan, either.

  • LUMIX S5 Firmware Version 2.2 coming

    6th April release

    • Users can choose to add or remove camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.
    • [Power Save Mode] can be selected while the camera is powered with an AC adaptor (DMW-AC10, sold separately).
  • The beach vlog video was terrible if you want good AFC results you need to understand the settings. Wish you didn't have to put in the extra effort but if you want what Panasonic does right it's what you got to do.