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

14.1MP 5x CCD 4x Oct 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
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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19 Reasons For

Good User Reviews

People who bought this compact camera digital camera rated this digital camera 85 out of 100 on average.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Panasonic is one of the superior camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Panasonic also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

Good Size

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact.

Good Quality Pictures

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

Good Technical Features

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 owner said in their reviews that the product had good features. Three years ago Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is an entry-level compact camera which features a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec. 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Samsung 90, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the GE G5WP which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Fujifilm X10, and the Canon N100 ($305.88) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-WX220 ($159.99) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-F5.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Nikon D300s, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video, and the Panasonic DMC-LF1 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has Five White Balances

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of this type and age. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

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

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Panasonic digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920, 3232 x 3232, 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880. Across all cameras of this age and spec the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Has One Camera Playback

The number of camera playback modes found on the Lumix DMC-F5 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly found camera playback is Movie, but this camera playback is not found on this Panasonic digital camera. The camera playbacks Slide show are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-F5 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Panasonic camera supports a video resolutions 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 of this type and age the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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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 digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The camera file system "DCF" is also supported by 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 cameras of a comparable type and age to it. 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 cameras of this age and spec the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

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

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Light

Cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-F5 have weights of between 20g and 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is fairly light (only 106 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5.

There are a number of other 106g digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic DMC-FS45, BNDL which has better reviews.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

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

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-F5 have an image stabilizer, however the Lumix DMC-F5 does not have an image stabilizer.

Alternative cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm X10, the GE G3WP ($99.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P330 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-F5 do not support video capability. The Lumix DMC-F5 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video capability which you might want to look at including the D300s, or the COOLPIX L23 + 4GB both from Nikon or the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F ($165.99) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lumix DMC-F5 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X10, the Nikon 9500, or the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-F5 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200 ($68.99), the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the SAMSUNG WB150F all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Lumix DMC-F5 is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus VR-360, the Vivitar T135 ($61.82), or the Nikon 9500.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-F5 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Lumix DMC-F5 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix P330, the Sony DSC-HX10V/R, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The smallest digital zoom of cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-F5 is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Exilim EX-ZR400, or the Exilim EX-ZR1000 both from Casio or the Nikon S800c which has better reviews.

If this Panasonic digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the 150F (5x), the 200F (5x), or the WB350F ($285.00) (5x) all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Lumix DMC-F5 is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5 have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a quite small internal memory (only 10 megabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

At only 1,600, the Lumix DMC-F5 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-F5. The ISO sensitivity (max)s of cameras of this spec and age range from 3 to 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,800.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Lumix DMC-F5 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 28 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-F5.

Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-F5 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 5x optical zoom cameras and we think the DMC-XS1EP, and the DMC-FS45, BNDL both from Panasonic or the Samsung ST72 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Coolpix S2700 (6x), or the Coolpix S5200 (6x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-W810 (6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14.1 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a pretty typical megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 14.1MP cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S1200, the GE E1450W, or the Fujifilm Z110 which has better reviews.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Samsung 200F (14.2MP), the Panasonic DMC-TZ55 (16MP), or the Rollei Powerflex 850 (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a pretty standard display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-F5.

Other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-XS1EP, the Canon A2400 IS ($229.00), or the Sony DSC-WX200.

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot N2 ($258.89) (2.8" and higher rated), the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400 (3" and higher rated), or the Olympus Stylus SH-60 (3" and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Batteries Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

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 dmcf5e, panasonic dmcf5eb, panasonic dmcf5ebs
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