We reckon Panasonic’s mirrorless system cameras are some of the best in the biz, and the Lumix S5 II sits near the very top of the pile. An all-new hybrid autofocus system, boosted in-body stabilisation and a 24.2MP full-frame sensor help it compete with big hitters from Sony, Canon, Nikon and the rest – and now it’s deeply discounted for Prime Day.
The Lumix S5 II usually retails for £2200 with a 50mm f/1.8 kit lens, but can be had for £1600 during Prime Day – a 16% discount, and effectively means you’re getting the lens for free compared to the usual body-only price.
That’s a very competitive price for a full-frame CSC, especially one that’s as adept at video recording as it is at stills shooting. It’ll do 10-bit video at 6K resolution with H.265 compression, V-Log and HLG picture profiles for later colour grading, and multiple aspect ratios for various social media platforms. You can expect lively colours and ample detail from straight-from-camera JPEG stills, too. In our five star review we called the Panasonic Lumix S5 II “A treat for videographers, photographers and everyone in between”.
Film-makers will also want to consider the Lumix GH6, Panasonic’s other killer Prime Day deal. This CSC uses a micro four thirds sensor, so zoom lenses will deliver more effective magnification compared to a full-frame snapper, and has access to the firm’s extensive lens line-up. It’ll shoot 4K footage at 120fps, in industry standard formats like Apple ProRes.
We’ve got our eyes on the version with a 12-60mm lens, which would usually set you back £2200 at full retail price. During Prime Day, you’ll only have to pay £1520 – a 31% saving.
Over at Amazon US the discount isn’t quite so steep, but you can still save a healthy 18% over the $2800 list price – it’s available for $2298 with the 12-60mm lens.
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