More information on the forthcoming lighter-weight Panasonic S5 has come to light, including this photograph leaked by Nokishita in Japan. It looks remarkably like the S1 although, as we already know, it is slightly smaller than the G9 and weighs only 714g.
Our contributor Jason Hannigan in Melbourne has pointed out that the new camera steals a feature from the high-end S1H that isn’t available on other models in the range. This is Dual Native ISO which will provide advantages for videographers in low-light conditions.
Jason also suggests that the S5 could replace the S1 as the entry-level full-frame model in Panasonic’s lineup. I tend to agree on this. If the leaked specification turns out to be accurate, the S1 appears to offer nothing much more, other than a larger viewfinder and a bigger battery. And it weighs over 1Kg. It would make sense to let the S5 cater for newcomers to L-Mount photography while reserving the S1R and S1H for the pro user.
UPDATE: Panasonic has announced it will hold an online launch event for its new full-frame mirrorless camera, the Lumix S5, on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 3 pm British Summer Time.
Rumour sites are now predicting that the Panasonic Lumix S5 will be launched in the first week of September. It will be very interesting to see the recommended price in view of recent reductions in the street price of the S1. I predicted that the S5 will be sold in a kit form together with the Lumix 20-60 S zoom. It’s a rather odd (but, I suspect, surpassingly useful) range in comparison with the 24-70 S Pro lens which fits the usual profile.