Panasonic Releases Lumix S5 IIX with Extensive Video Features


To those who have been waiting for the release of the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX, your patience has paid off—it's finally here. Panasonic made waves earlier this year with the announcement of its second-generation, full-frame cameras: the Lumix S5 II and S5 IIX. Nearly identical, both cameras contain newly designed 24.2MP sensors and processors, dual native ISO and 5-axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization.

Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX Mirrorless Camera

The S5 IIX, however, has some bonus video recording options, such as RAW video output and All-Intra and internal ProRes recording to an external SSD via USB. It also features a completely monochromatic design, with the only color found on the red recording button.

Flexible media. Versatile codecs.
LUMIX Design philosophy: shaping emotions

The S5 II was released early this year, but customers have had to wait until this month to purchase the S5 IIX. Sales from the S5 II have looked extremely promising for Panasonic. The hype hasn't been without good reason. Panasonic fans have been waiting years for the company to fix its problematic contrast-based autofocus. With this second generation of S5 cameras, Panasonic included a new state-of-the-art phase hybrid auto detection system, putting the brand in direct competition with companies like Sony.

The new autofocus system relies on 779-point detection, compared to the 225-point contrast autofocus system found in the first-generation S5. The improved autofocus will be especially noticeable in low-light scenarios and situations involving multiple subjects.

779-point AF and Phase Hybrid AutoFocus
779-point AF and Phase Hybrid AutoFocus

As far as video goes, both the S5 II and S5 IIX can record 4K 30 fps and 6K 30 fps in full frame and will crop to APS-C size when shooting 4K at 30 fps. Both also feature a 3.3K anamorphic mode and can shoot 120 fps at 1080p.

Designed for durability. A highly versatile and durable HDMI Type A terminal is provided.
Designed for durability. A highly versatile and durable HDMI Type A terminal is provided.

A clever, built-in heat dispersion fan allows for unlimited recording in 4K but caps recording at thirty minutes for anything above 4K. Internal audio can be recorded at 48kHz/24bit by using the built-in microphone. There are also two 3.5mm jacks to connect headphones and an external mic. Finally, both cameras also include live cropping, adjustable waveforms, and vectorscopes.

Heat management for unlimited recording time
Smooth Stabilisation with Active IS Technology

As we mentioned earlier, only the S5 IIX is able to capture 5.8K ProRes to a SSD with All-Intra compression and ProRes RAW to an Atoms recorder. The S5 II can capture ProRes, but only after a $200 firmware update. Considering that the S5 IIX is only $200 more than the S5 II, you might want to save yourself the hassle and just get the S5 IIX right off the bat.

Video connoisseurs will surely appreciate the S5 IIX's higher maximum bitrate, USB tethering, and wired and wireless IP streaming. The two cameras are identical in terms of photo functionality but if additional video recording modes are important to you, then the S5 IIX was well worth the wait.

For more information on the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX, click through to the product page. Questions? Leave them in the Comments section, below.



Pre-Ordered the B&H S5IIX kit with Ninja 5" monitor about a month ago.  I've been rocking the GH5 for years, and can't wait to get started with this new baby.

Most excellent. Will be on my to-buy list. And hoping the sensor pairs well with the EVA-1, which I consider to be an outrageously good camera in its own right, but this form factor is much better for some shooting situations.

Hey, Kelly! We're so glad to hear you're looking forward to the S5 IIX.

Unfortunately, I have not yet seen any direct comparisons between the sensor performance inside the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX Mirrorless Camera to that of the sensor inside of the Panasonic AU-EVA1 Compact 5.7K Super 35mm Cinema Camera. That being said, I do believe that the two camera's sensors should pair well together. Time and testing will tell once the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX Mirrorless Camera is officially available for shipping and testing by users.

I have the regular S5II and have access to some footage from an EVA-1. While I haven't edited them side-by-side in the same project (they're from different shoots), I was very pleased with how well the LOG footage from the S5II "replicates" the EVA footage in terms of color, dynamic range, etc. It should be very easy to match them up if needed!

This sounds like a great addition to my S1H but I can't find any info on whether or not it can synch time code.

There are timecode settings within the S5II menus, but I haven't played with them yet.