Panasonic’s powerful full-frame mirrorless camera, the S5 II, is on sale at Amazon and B&H Photo Video at the lowest price we’ve ever seen. You can pick one up with an 85mm f/1.8 prime lens for just $1,796, a savings of $800 compared to buying the two separately — effectively giving you a discount on the camera and a free lens to boot.


Panasonic’s S5 II mirrorless camera is at its lowest price ever with an 85mm lens.

$1,798 at Amazon

As I wrote in my review, the 24MP S5 II was already a great value at $2000 thanks mainly to its strength as a vlog camera. It’s the company’s first model with a phase-detection autofocus system that eliminates jitter and other problems of past models.

Panasonic also brought its new, more powerful stabilization system from the GH6. And it has the video features you’d expect from a Panasonic camera, such as 10-bit log recording up to 6K, monitoring tools and advanced audio features. With rich manual controls and excellent ergonomics, this is an easy-to-use camera. It also comes with a nice 3.68 million-dot EVF and a sharp rear display that’s fully articulated for vlogging.

For stills, it’s relatively fast and great in low light, thanks to its dual native ISO system. Other features include dual high-speed SD card slots and solid battery life, especially for video. The main drawback is the noticeable roller shutter, but this shouldn’t be a problem for most users – especially at this price.

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