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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x CCD May 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Compact Digital Camera S5 - Simple, Stylish Smart Camera Featuring MEGA O.I.S. And 16.1-megapixel CCD The MEGA O.I.S. compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake. Apart from the digital image... More
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23 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 77% based on two expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine and Cameras.co.uk.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Panasonic compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 reviewers who purchased the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 said that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine four years ago “With pictures having good colour” and gave it a rating of 70 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality.

Good Size

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned four years ago “Is a budget compact camera for those with limited experience of digital photography or are looking to purchase their first digital camera” in their review.

Good Quality Lens

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 owner who bought the product said that it had a good image stabiliser.

Easy to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was easy to use. Four years ago expert website Ephotozine.com rated it 70 out of 100 and said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 “It is easy to use and image quality is good”.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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.

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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 around for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The Lumix DMC-S5 has a quite high megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-S5. The megapixel counts of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-S5 range from 0.3MP to 46MP.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-S5 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-S5 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Very High Maximum Playback Zoom

With a maximum playback zoom of 16 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-S5's maximum playback zoom is one of the highest amongst compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The average maximum playback zoom of digital cameras of this age and spec is 8.8x, and the maximum playback zooms range from 1x to 16x.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 has a higher still image resolution than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Panasonic digital camera also have still image resolutions of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072. Across all cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-S5 the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Lumix DMC-S5 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-S5. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has One Playback Mode

The number of camera playback modes found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most commonly found playback mode is Movie, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes Slide show are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 70 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-S5 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-S5. The internal memory of comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-S5 range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Panasonic camera 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). Across all cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-S5 the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Lumix DMC-S5 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-S5. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Lumix DMC-S5 has a TFT display which is better than most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it have an LCD display. 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. The best display of all cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-S5 is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Very Thin

At only 20.6 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-S5 is fairly thin compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-S5. Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-S5 the depths range from 4mm to 2,200mm.

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Light

The weights of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g. The weight of the Lumix DMC-S5 of only 95 grams is one of the lightest amongst cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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14 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 did not have good features. Four years ago expert review site Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 “As you might expect the Lumix DMC S5 does not have all the latest, advanced features”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-S5.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-S5 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-S5. The optical zooms of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-S5 range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-S5, the Lumix DMC-S5 does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Lumix DMC-S5 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-S5, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-S5 do not have a GPS. The Lumix DMC-S5 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-S5 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-S5 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 23,000 pixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 has one of the lowest display resolutions amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Cameras of this spec and age have display resolutions of between 230 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 170mAh, the biggest is 2,000mAh, and the average battery capacity is 850mAh. With a battery capacity of only 680 milliamperes * hour, the Lumix DMC-S5 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 4,500. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed (only 1,600) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 112 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-S5 is 250mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Lumix DMC-S5 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-S5.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 has a relatively standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-S5.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-S5.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
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
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
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
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
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
USB 3.0 Port
Lens System

Expert Reviews

(2)
5 December 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is a budget camera that has Optical Image Stabilisation and auto panorama stitching, two features you don't often see on cameras in this price range. It is easy to use...

Picturequality, smallsize, valueformoney
Blue tint to indoor shots under artificial lighting
1 July 2012

The Panasonic Lumix DMC S5 is small enough to fit into a tight pocket. In addition it is one of the cheapest pocket sized cameras available from a known brand. As you might expect the Lumix DMC S5... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcs5egrred, dmcs5egkblack, dmcs5egssilver
Barcodes 05025232659463, 05025232659470, 05025232659487, 05025232659555
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