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Panasonic Lumix S5 II

The Panasonic Lumix S5 Mark II could breathe new life into not only the in-house S series, but the entire L-mount alliance. If until now it was always said: "Great video mode, but...", the last big restriction has now finally being removed! A phase hybrid autofocus now works reliably and without hunting even, in video mode.

Inside, the L2 Engine image processor – the name originates from the new, closer cooperation between Panasonic Lumix and Leica – provides almost twice as much processing power as in the first generation. In addition to slightly higher video quality, including 4:2:2 10 bit in almost all resolutions and frame rates, continuous shooting at up to 30 fps in full resolution and RAW quality is now possible.

Storage is, as usual, on widely used SD memory cards. Like its predecessor, the Lumix S5 II also offers two memory card slots, now both with UHS II support. However, it does not have to be the fastest SD cards: With just 110 MB/s at best, Panasonic does not even begin to exhaust modern UHS-II SD cards, models with UHS-I interface barely get over the 40 MB/s.

Which SD cards for continuous shooting and 4K/6K video?

Advantage: Even cheaper SD memory cards with UHS-II interface, currently mostly with the V60 video speed class, achieve a similar or partly even better performance than the absolute upper class. Thus, you do not have to spend much money even for continuous shooting.

The same applies to video recordings: With a maximum of 200 Mbit/s, even 6K video recordings or 4K video with up to 60 frames/s in 10 bit depth and 4:2:2 subsampling are no problem. Consequently, SD memory cards with U3 or V30 speed class are already sufficient to make use of the Lumix S5 II's great video capabilities. Corresponding cards are marked with a logo.


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