The Panasonic Lumix S5 has simply been launched in New Zealand, and I acquired mine a number of days in the past. Final night time, with clear skies, I took it to the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, to see what the brand new advances in Excessive Decision mode included within the S5 may convey.
This mode takes Eight pictures, shifting the sensor between every picture a tiny quantity, to create a last picture with 4 instances the pixels of a single picture (96 megapixels in contrast with the sensor’s native 24 megapixels) and with decrease noise than a single body.
Prior to now Excessive Decision mode (on the S1 or S1R for instance) has allowed for ISO as much as 3200 and publicity length as much as 1 second – not likely conducive to Milky Approach imaging. Nevertheless the Lumix S5 extends that restrict considerably…
The S5 permits for Excessive Decision mode with ISO as much as 3200 and length as much as Eight seconds per picture, so I began imaging the Milky Approach at Eight seconds (with a Sigma 14-24mm f/2.Eight DG DN lens at f/2.8). That led to some star trails within the last picture additional away from the celestial south pole, so I backed the publicity time right down to 2.5 seconds and tried once more.
After processing the ensuing picture with Affinity Picture (which might learn the RAW information; Adobe Digital camera Uncooked can’t but, although I’m certain an replace is shut), I used to be very proud of the end result.
I did should push the publicity a bit greater than three stops given the brief publicity time per picture, however as a result of the ultimate picture is mechanically generated from a mix of Eight particular person pictures the ultimate end result nonetheless had cheap noise traits — definitely very useable.
100-megapixel (effectively, almost) astro imaging is a actuality with the Lumix S5.
Aside from Excessive Decision mode, for single-shot imaging the sensor may be very good and clear at excessive ISOs. I’m a really completely happy S5 proprietor at present.
Concerning the creator: Jonathan Usher is a panorama photographer based mostly in Wellington, New Zealand. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the creator. You’ll find extra of Usher’s work on his web site.