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A New Panasonic Camera Could Be Coming Tomorrow – What We Know

Following the release of a teaser for an event on January 4, 2023 at 3 PM UTC, Panasonic has ushered in the New Year with purpose and has moved quickly.

A short trailer was released on the Lumix Instagram feed (below), and currently, we know nothing more than the phrase “New Year, New Phase”. You can watch the live announcement tomorrow on a holding page on the Lumix YouTube channel, and we’ll be blogging about it as it happens.

The Panasonic S5 Mark II camera, which arrives more than two years after the original Panasonic Lumix S5, is likely to be launched tomorrow, even though Panasonic hasn’t provided any specific information about it.

The Lumix S5, which is significantly more affordable than the Panasonic S1 and S1H and has video capabilities comparable to those of the Sony A7S III and Sony FX3, is a smaller full-frame camera than those models. However, what might the S5 Mark II bring?

Naturally, if Panasonic does introduce a Lumix S5 Mark II, it will be very similar to the original Lumix S5, one of the best hybrid cameras(opens in new tab) under $2,000/£2,000.

Panasonic’s YouTube holding page is currently vague, but the title “New year, new phase” feels like a clear hint that we could see new phase-detection autofocus, probably on the S5 Mark II.

Given that phase detection AF is regarded as the fastest and best by many photographers, we already suspected that Panasonic might switch to it. If our suspicions are correct, it could make the rumored Panasonic Lumix S5 Mark II an advanced camera for a competitive price, not to mention one of the best Panasonic cameras overall.

The current “contrast detect” autofocus used by Panasonic cameras locates the point of focus by performing back-and-forth focus checks. The correct point of focus can be reached instantly with more recent phase detect AF systems.

Check back just before 3 PM UTC tomorrow to stay up to date with everything we learn because we’ll be covering the launch live!

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