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Should You Buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 09 March 2020
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should you buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its TVs, microwaves and bread makers.

We've collated all the key information on Panasonic digital cameras in this handy guide. We've analysed over 130,000 user and expert reviews and over 4,300 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras to impartially compare each digital camera brand.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at $125 for the Lumix DMC-SZ10 which has a weight of 163g, an optical zoom of 12x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $1,298 for the Lumix DC-GH5 which has a weight of 645g, an optical zoom of 5x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Panasonic digital camera is $505.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras.

Is Panasonic the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Panasonic digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Panasonic is ranked the No. 4 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 4th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
31,707 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
25,421 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
11,992 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
4,501 reviews
#5
Japan
85%
85%
6,640 reviews
#6
South Korea
84%
84%
4,353 reviews
#7
Polaroid
83%
83%
2,209 reviews
#8
82%
82%
1,657 reviews
#9
82%
82%
823 reviews
#10
Japan
82%
82%
3,006 reviews
#11
80%
80%
1,085 reviews
#12
Ricoh
75%
75%
122 reviews
#13
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#14
SeaLife
71%
71%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
71%
71%
206 reviews
#16
Lytro
67%
67%
207 reviews
#17
Praktica
66%
66%
94 reviews
#18
Fuji
66%
66%
362 reviews
#19
Mamiya
65%
65%
2 reviews
#20
Phase One
62%
62%
4 reviews
#21
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#22
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#23
Hasselblad
61%
61%
90 reviews
#24
60%
60%
58 reviews
#25
Vivitar
60%
60%
244 reviews
#26
easypix
59%
59%
102 reviews
#27
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#28
Coleman
57%
57%
1 review
#29
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#30
VTech
51%
51%
1 review

Let's look at how Panasonic digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All digital camera Brands
Panasonic Digital Cameras

Panasonic have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Panasonic digital camera being 80%. Panasonic also have a number of great features including rechargeable battery which sets them apart from the competition.

The average review score for a Panasonic digital camera is 80%.

There's a smaller selection of Panasonic digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with only 44 Panasonic digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Panasonic digital cameras also tend to be more expensive than most other digital camera brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$431
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $12,899
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$505
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,599
Price Distribution of Panasonic Digital Cameras

What Do the Panasonic Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Panasonic digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Panasonic and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Panasonic logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
765
4 stars
621
3 stars
65
2 stars
9
1 star
0
Panasonic logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,052
4 stars
306
3 stars
77
2 stars
55
1 star
80
Panasonic has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its digital cameras than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 95% of expert reviews and 86% of user reviews for Panasonic digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 88% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

Purchasers of Panasonic digital cameras frequently mentioned that the product takes good landscape photos and had well designed technical features. Their digital cameras have also won 500+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Panasonic digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic
CNET.com logo
75%
419 reviews
73%
337 reviews
75%
210 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
129 reviews
83%
138 reviews
81%
101 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
129 reviews
82%
140 reviews
87%
62 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
130 reviews
74%
135 reviews
81%
62 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
108 reviews
77%
133 reviews
85%
52 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
111 reviews
75%
92 reviews
83%
69 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
105 reviews
70%
79 reviews
79%
57 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
80 reviews
74%
73 reviews
76%
40 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
76 reviews
81%
70 reviews
81%
36 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
96 reviews
74%
60 reviews
78%
47 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
73 reviews
70%
61 reviews
81%
45 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
73 reviews
81%
63 reviews
82%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
dkamera.de logo
83%
80 reviews
87%
66 reviews
89%
40 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
61 reviews
88%
52 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
31 reviews
88%
26 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
79%
59 reviews
76%
41 reviews
75%
31 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
59 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
34 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
Camera Labs logo
84%
83 reviews
84%
37 reviews
84%
27 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
77%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
38 reviews
80%
34 reviews
88%
33 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
38 reviews
70%
40 reviews
72%
30 reviews
65%
30 reviews
70%
7 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
2,465 reviews
75%
1,994 reviews
73%
1,418 reviews
70%
885 reviews
76%
767 reviews
Average
78%
4,474 reviews
78%
3,731 reviews
81%
2,499 reviews
75%
1,563 reviews
84%
1,433 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 503 industry awards for Panasonic digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards received by Panasonic to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Panasonic has won 503 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic
PhotographyBlog.com logo
108
112
55
40
38
Ephotozine logo
70
75
41
25
40
Lydogbilde.no logo
34
57
35
13
56
Camera Labs logo
94
44
31
26
Trusted Reviews logo
28
28
19
13
16
DP Review logo
33
30
22
5
13
CNET.com logo
33
32
16
9
11
photoreview.com.au logo
29
18
22
4
23
Pocket Lint logo
23
22
17
7
23
What Digital Camera logo
25
18
18
9
15
01net.com logo
15
19
22
8
20
Digitaltrends.com logo
23
18
23
7
5
Expert Reviews logo
20
18
9
5
16
reviewed.com logo
14
14
16
5
9
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
13
8
3
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
6
6
6
PC Mag logo
14
14
14
2
2
Techradar logo
9
15
6
4
11
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
7
3
2
Akam.no logo
17
10
7
1
8
Other Expert Sites
350
281
240
115
160
Total
991
864
639
289
503

How Reliable Are Panasonic Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Panasonic digital cameras. over 230 of these reviews mention reliability of which 85% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Panasonic digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

85% of reviewers think Panasonic digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Panasonic digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Panasonic digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

rugged build quality that's a step up from anything we've seen from the Lumix G range before
Expert Reviews
my answer basically comes down to whether they need a camera with a superzoom lens or need one that is rugged
CNET.com
the Panasonic Lumix G9 was my trusty companion for action
camerastuffreviewcom
Rugged cameras have been around for years
stuffmideast.com
is otherwise a solid entry in the tough camera category
IT Reviews.com
the robust metal construction of the Lumix LX5 is pitched at photo enthusiasts
techworld.com
54AM No camera looks more rugged than the FT5
stuff.tv
In this review Rugged construction Under the hood Networking features Stills performance Video performance Conclusion Building something that’s both attractive
CNET.co.uk
built in Wi-Fi
Ephotozine
plenty of rugged protection
macworld.com.au
With a price premium paid for its rugged qualities
Pocket Lint
trustworthy camera has been redefined to reach perfection
akihabaranews.com
a durable body to withstand daily use
toptenreviews.com

NOT RELIABLE

ruins the classic good looks of the E-P5—and you can't misplace what's built into the camera
reviewed.com
There's no shortage of rugged
Expert Reviews
don't get me wrong this is not as rugged as a go pro
Amazon
My reliable TZ18 got damaged in a salt marsh rescuing one of our dogs So I had a few days to replace before heading off on hols on Tuesday John Lewis's version of price-match was pay our higher price then claim back the diff
amazon.co.uk
not a rugged device
Bhphotovideo.com

Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Digital Cameras

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Panasonic digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery.

Panasonic Rechargeable Battery

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A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.

Panasonic digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 ($329), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 ($560) and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 ($598).

What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

$559.99
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
20.1MP
5472 X 3648
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
16x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
2.8
MINIMUM
780g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

A great mid range choice, priced at $559.99 is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which has a Kagoo Score of 81.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.1MP)
Big optical zoom (16x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Image stabiliser

A fully featured and multi award winning 16x optical zoom digital camera, with a reasonable price. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, has an image stabiliser and features smile detection. Our review analysis indicates that this digital camera has a good zoom, it's really able to produce good images and very good for video recording.

96
Reviews
112 Reviews + 20 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Popularity
Quite Popular
72
Value for Money
Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 has very good expert reviews and marvellous user reviews with an average overall rating of 93%, based on 112 reviews.

DP Review Gold
What Digital Camera Gold
PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews Best Buy
Techradar Recommended
Digital Versus 5 Star
Pocket Lint Recommended
Camera Labs Highly Recommended
M3.idg.se Recommended
Akam.no Recommended
onfoto.ru Silver
muycomputer.com 4.5 Star
CNET.com.au Editor's Choice
optyczne.pl Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com 5 Star
01net.com 5 Star
reviewed.com Editor's Choice
Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice
tek.no Recommended

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is 136.8mm wide, 98.5mm tall, 130.7mm deep and weighs 780g.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Lumix DMC-FZ1000 in the US is $559.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

$849.00
Adorama
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
Buy Now
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
20.3MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
22
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
658g
3"
SCREEN
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic digital camera then the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 77, but is a bit more expensive at $849.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.3MP)
ok optical zoom (5x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Image stabiliser

A multi award winning and fully featured 5x optical zoom camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, features bluetooth and supports Wi-Fi. Customers report that this camera has a good picture resolution, it's able to produce good images and good for video recording.

96
Reviews
122 Reviews + 13 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 has great expert reviews and brilliant user reviews with an average overall rating of 94%, based on 122 reviews.

Ephotozine Editor's Choice
Techradar Recommended
Pocket Lint Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
focus-numerique.fr Recommended
altomdata.dk Recommended
lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star
komputerswiat.pl Best Product
fotomaniak.pl 5 Star
ljudochbild.se Recommended
tek.no Recommended
Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended 6 star

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?
Is Panasonic the Best Digital Camera Brand?
What Do the Panasonic Digital Camera Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Digital Cameras Received?
How Reliable Are Panasonic Digital Cameras?
Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Digital Cameras
Panasonic Rechargeable Battery
What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Digital Camera?
What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?

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