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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Digital Camera

14.1MP 5x CCD 1/2.33" Jul 2013
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Compact Digital Camera F5 Featuring Easy Operation Running on a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, the slim, stylish DMC-F5 offers simple operation which is easy enough even for very beginners.... More
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18 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

On average, based on 78 user reviews the average user rating of this compact camera camera is 85%.

Panasonic Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic compact camera digital cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all digital cameras manufactured by Panasonic.

Good Size

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 owner who purchased the product reckoned that it was compact.

Good Quality Pictures

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 owner said in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor.

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features. Expert website Ephotozine.com said “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is an entry-level compact camera which features a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom” in their review of this digital camera.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including the Samsung ST90, the Olympus VR-350, or the GE G3WP which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41, or the Nikon Coolpix P520 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5 also have a built-in flash.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo which has better reviews.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-F5. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 18.4, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a very small maximum aperture compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The maximum apertures of similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-F5 range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3232 x 3232, 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880. Across all digital cameras of this age and type the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has One Playback Mode

The number of camera playback modes found on the Lumix DMC-F5 is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most commonly found playback mode is Movie, but this playback mode is not found on this digital camera. The playback modes Slide show are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Panasonic camera also supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5 ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Panasonic camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by this camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5. The auto focus "Multi Point Auto Focus" is also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-F5 the best display is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Light

Digital cameras of this age and type have weights of between 20g and 710g. With a weight of only 106 grams, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is quite light compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-F5.

We compared this camera to all the other 106g digital cameras and we think the GE J1458W, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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16 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This digital camera received a rating of 50% from expert review website Ephotozine. The expert review sites don't rate this camera very highly.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-F5 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-F5 which have an image stabiliser.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the GE J1250, or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR700.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of this type and age which support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support video recording including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS, or the Samsung MV900F ($165.99).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lumix DMC-F5 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to look at including the Coolpix S9500, or the Coolpix S9400 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-F5 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000, the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 ($29.99), or the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-F5 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-F5 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V ($448.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Lumix DMC-F5 is not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.3"". The best optical sensor size of all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-F5 is 2/3"" and the worst is 1/2.5"".

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The digital zooms of similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-F5 range from 1x to 810x.

Alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX220 HS, or the IXUS 130 both from Canon or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400.

If you want a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the WB350F ($295.51) (5x), the WB150F (5x), or the WB200F ($204.97) (5x) all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 10 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-F5 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-F5 the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-F5 range from 200 to 26,000. At only 1,600, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-F5.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of digital cameras of this age and type is 5mm, the longest is 120mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm. At 28 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-F5 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture

The average minimum aperture of digital cameras of this type and age is 3.2, and the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.6. When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the minimum aperture of the Lumix DMC-F5 of 6.5 is one of the largest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-F5 over three years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a pretty typical optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-F5.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Samsung ST66, the Sony DSC-W620, or the Fujifilm FinePix JX550 ($100.00) which has better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Coolpix S5200 ($129.00) (6x), or the Coolpix S2700 ($166.87) (6x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-W810 ($99.99) (6x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a relatively standard megapixel count (14.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 14.1MP cameras currently available including the A1455, or the E1450W both from GE or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Samsung WB200F ($204.97) (14.2MP), the Olympus Stylus SH-60 (16MP), or the Fujifilm FinePix JX650 (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a relatively average screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of other 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the easypix V1016, the GE E1450W, or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS.

If you would prefer a camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm X100 ($940.83) (2.8"), the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400 (3"), or the Samsung WB50F ($183.99) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port

Expert Reviews

(1)
27 January 2014

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 lacks in features and doesn't score highly in any of the other categories either. It is cheap, which is a bonus, meaning its an ideal camera for a child, perhaps as a...

User Reviews

(77)
Reviewed 10 July 2013 by Monaco Blue

Great styling, super compact size, 14MP resolution, solid build quality, fast delete, video mode, ultra easy operation and shooting , fully automatic ! Very practical, light, and nice range of... Read more…

Reviewed 22 August 2013 by Slay48
(Verified Purchase)

Love this camera, I bought this as I needed a small compact camera, that was easy to use. You just point and shoot. Good quality pictures, panorama and video. Battery life long and most of all it... Read more…

Reviewed 25 August 2013 by Sue
(Verified Purchase)

Easy to use, tip - look for the green dot before pressing to catch the picture for a clear photo...

Reviewed 25 August 2013 by Phillip Loades
(Verified Purchase)

Read a review on this camera and thought, yes this is what I am looking for. It is for a friend of mine who is spending a month in Australia and New Zealand. She is not technically minded, and... Read more…

Reviewed 3 August 2013 by LindaA
(Verified Purchase)

Read one review and knew I just had to buy it at the fantastic price offered. Very easy to use camera, takes fantastic "point and shoot" shots. Love it...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcf5e, dmcf5ep, panasonic dmcf5, panasonic dmcf5k, panasonic dmcf5e, panasonic dmcf5eb, panasonic dmcf5ebs
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