Panasonic has announced new features for its full frame mirrorless cameras, the Lumix S1 and S5. In addition, the manufacturer also presented a new 85mm lens opening at f / 1.8.
Two months after the presentation of its full-frame hybrid box in compact format, the Lumix S5, Panasonic presented this Wednesday new features that would be integrated into the hybrid device through a software update. Enough to allow him to benefit from better capacities, especially in video.
Until now, the Lumix S5 only allowed filming with a 4K definition in Ultra HD, that is to say with a definition of 3840 x 2160 pixels. With the software update to version 2.0, the Lumix S5 will now be able to enjoy 4K cinema recording with a definition of 4096 x 2160. It is in MOV format that the sequences will be recorded, with several frame rates available, in 60p or 50p in 4.2.0 8 bits, 30 p, 25 p or 24 p in 4.2.2 10 bits or 30 p, 25 p or 24 p in 4.2.0 8 bits. In addition, Panasonic also provides 12-bit RAW recording in 5.9K thanks to the HDMI output. Still concerning the Lumix S5, Panasonic has added two new photo styles, L.ClassicNeo and L.Monochrome S.
Other features have also appeared across the entire Lumix S range from Panasonic, be it the Lumix S1, S1R and S1H. The Japanese manufacturer has thus improved autofocus tracking and added face recognition on these three cameras. Focus performance has also been improved on the Lumix S1, S1H and S5 when recording in V-Log. Note also that the S1 and S1R recover a function already used on the Lumix S5: the red frame around the monitor during video recording. The transfer of videos in 4K is also made possible on the Lumix S1, S1H and S1R.
A new Lumix 85mm large aperture lens
Along with these software updates, Panasonic has also announced a new lens for its full frame cameras, the Lumix S 85mm / f / 1.8. It is the first in a series of four lenses with focal aperture of f / 1.8 to be launched by the Japanese manufacturer. These three lenses, all fixed focal length, should have the same size. The other three lenses planned are 24mm (f / 1.8), 35mm (f / 1.8) and 50mm (f / 1.8).
The Lumix S 85mm / f / 1.8 lens will be available in early December for 649 euros.