Panasonic Lumix S5 is the best all-around camera right now

Here at Videomaker, we take into account a number of factors when choosing our best overall DSLR/Mirrorless camera. We consider things such as image quality, affordability and video capabilities. At the top of the new year, we determined that the best all around camera available is the Panasonic Lumix S5.

Why the Panasonic Lumix S5?

Previously, the Nikon Z6 sat in the winner’s seat for the best all-around camera. While the Z6 is still a great camera, the Panasonic Lumix S5 takes it a step further. Here’s what factored into our decision to crown the Lumix S5 the best overall DSLR/Mirrorless camera category.

The versatility

Overall, the Panasonic Lumix S5 is a well-rounded camera. It combines some of the best features you would expect to find in a photo-centered camera and a video-centered camera. Internally, the camera is powered by a 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. Additionally, it supports V-Log, HDR and Dual Native ISO. Whether the camera is shooting video or photos, it offers, a fully articulating screen, subject tracking and 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, minimizing camera shake.

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Panasonic Lumix S5
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It’s capable of shooting full-frame UHD 4K30p internal video with 4:2:2 10-bit color. The camera shoots UHD 4K 60p video using an APS-C sensor area and 4:2:0 10-bit color. Also, the Lumix enables full-res shooting at up to 7 fps with AF-S or 6 fps with AF-C, or up to 60 fps continuous shooting when using 6K or 4K PHOTO modes. As for IOS, the Lumix S5 supports Dual Native ISO, allowing the system to extend its dynamic range and reduce noise in low light settings. It has an ISO 100-51200 native range—that range is expandable to ISO 50-204800. Additionally, it has dual SD memory card slots—one UHS-II-compatible slot, one UHS-I-compatible slot.

Still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 3:2 or 4:3 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate.


The Panasonic Lumix S5 is lightweight and durable. Its weather-sealed design can withstand splashes of water and surrounding dust. Its portability is a huge advantage because you can bring the camera along with you and shoot on set relatively easily.


In total, the Panasonic Lumix S5 costs under $2,000. For all the features this camera has to offer, that is a very reasonable price.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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