LUMIX S5II wins the Japanese Grand Prix award

The S5II won the Japanese reader award. TherReasons for the choice:

The followings are some reasons of choice from the readers excerpted and edited by the Camera Grand Prix 2023 Executive Committee.

-LUMIX finally has a phase-detection AF, and it is amazing.
-I felt like everything was in place.
-The advanced video capabilities are unmatched.
-The addition of phase-detection AF, which was a popular request, and the inclusion of a subtle cooling fan, make it a high-quality but it is a little understated camera.
-The lowest price point in the middle-class, which is disruptive.
-It has gained a lot of attention as a high-spec, cost-effective, and easy-to-buy full-frame mirrorless camera.
-I think it is currently the best camera with a balance in size, performance, and price.
-Improvement in AF from the previous model.
-A good balance of lightweight, highimage quality, and no overheating.
-It has real-time LUT support.
-The performance exceeded expectations!
-I was surprised by the improvement in focus speed. The price was also affordable, so I immediately pre-ordered it!
-Because it is a challenge and a commemorative camera with the first phase-detection AF that is easily accessible to consumers. I already used it, and I feel like the soul of the engineers and salespeople is really poured into it, beyond its price tag.
-The evolution of AF and image stabilization. I am also looking forward to the movie recording formats available in the LUMIX S5IIX.
-With real-time LUT, the range of expression has further expanded.
-We are pursuing the enjoyment of shooting with features such as real-time LUT(lookup table) and excellent image quality.
-With particularly high cost performance and necessary and sufficient functions including image quality, it has provided the joy of a full-frame 35mm digital camera to many people.
-Amid the growing demand for video needs, the innovative idea of storing the heat radiation mechanism in the camera top has achieved both compactness and heat resistance, which is remarkable. I think the camera has had an impact on camera design beyond overall specs.
-A variety of functions are packed into a compact body with excellent image quality. It is the most well-balanced masterpiece.
-I felt a new challenge from LUMIX, such as phase-detection autofocus on the image plane.

Panasonic LUMIX S5IIX: Practical Review by Geeky Nerdy Tech

Geeky Nerdy Tech writes:

This is my full pros and cons review of the Panasonic LUMIX S5IIX. I will cover 10 key features that make the LUMIX S5IIX awesome and some minor annoyances you must know. The Panasonic LUMIX S5IIX is a great camera, and I’ll let you know if its worth it by comparing it against the LUMIX S5II.

LEAKED specs of the world’s fastest 14mm f/1.4 lens made by Sigma!

Sigma will soon announce this exciting new lens for Sony E and Leica L mount:

  • 14mm F1.4 DG DN | Art
  • Lens construction: 19 elements in 15 groups (3 FLD glass elements, 1 SLD glass element, 4 aspherical lenses)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 30cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1:11.9
  • Number of aperture blades: 11 (circular aperture)
  • Size: 101.4 x 149.9mm (151.9mm for E-mount version)
  • Weight: 1170g (1160g for E-mount version)
  • Cover-type lens cap: LC1014-01
  • Tripod socket: TS-141
  • Guide plate: GP-11

There is no info about pricing and announcement date. But I bet this will be a very expensive lens even for Sigma “terms”. And announcement usually happens within 4-6 weeks after the first leak. So hopefully we will get some first leaked images soon too!

via Asobinet