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Should You Buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?

Updated 29 December 2019 by Matthew
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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 bread makers, TVs and microwaves.

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 $100 for the Lumix DC-FZ80K which has a weight of 616g, an optical zoom of 60x and is a slr digital camera and go up to $1,398 for the Lumix DMC-GH5 which has a weight of 645g, an optical zoom of §x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Panasonic digital camera is $483.

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. 5 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 5th best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
32,141 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
25,247 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
11,958 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
6,613 reviews
#5
Japan
85%
85%
4,492 reviews
#6
Polaroid
85%
85%
2,183 reviews
#7
South Korea
84%
84%
4,343 reviews
#8
Japan
82%
82%
3,019 reviews
#9
82%
82%
825 reviews
#10
82%
82%
1,658 reviews
#11
81%
81%
1,084 reviews
#12
Ricoh
75%
75%
122 reviews
#13
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#14
SeaLife
72%
72%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
69%
69%
207 reviews
#16
Praktica
69%
69%
94 reviews
#17
Hasselblad
65%
65%
90 reviews
#18
Mamiya
64%
64%
2 reviews
#19
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#20
Fuji
61%
61%
399 reviews
#21
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#22
Lytro
61%
61%
207 reviews
#23
60%
60%
58 reviews
#24
Vivitar
60%
60%
244 reviews
#25
easypix
59%
59%
102 reviews
#26
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#27
Coleman
57%
57%
1 review
#28
SVP
56%
56%
0 reviews
#29
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
$445
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $12,699
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$483
$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
1,053
4 stars
306
3 stars
75
2 stars
54
1 star
80
Panasonic has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its digital cameras than most other digital camera brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 95% of expert reviews and 87% 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 has useful technical features. Their digital cameras have also won 500+ awards.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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%
417 reviews
73%
336 reviews
75%
211 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
79%
124 reviews
83%
134 reviews
81%
96 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
125 reviews
81%
136 reviews
87%
58 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
126 reviews
74%
136 reviews
80%
60 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
108 reviews
77%
134 reviews
85%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
113 reviews
75%
92 reviews
83%
68 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
105 reviews
70%
79 reviews
77%
54 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
78 reviews
74%
74 reviews
75%
40 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
90 reviews
74%
64 reviews
78%
47 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
74 reviews
70%
65 reviews
81%
43 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
81%
73 reviews
81%
71 reviews
81%
35 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
73 reviews
81%
62 reviews
82%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
81 reviews
87%
68 reviews
88%
40 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
64 reviews
88%
51 reviews
88%
40 reviews
85%
32 reviews
88%
26 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
59 reviews
76%
42 reviews
74%
30 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
57 reviews
87%
34 reviews
87%
35 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
Camera Labs logo
83%
82 reviews
84%
36 reviews
85%
27 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
61 reviews
74%
50 reviews
77%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
35 reviews
87%
32 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
stuff.tv logo
88%
46 reviews
92%
37 reviews
93%
32 reviews
76%
9 reviews
91%
22 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,446 reviews
75%
1,986 reviews
74%
1,421 reviews
70%
907 reviews
76%
752 reviews
Average
79%
4,439 reviews
79%
3,722 reviews
82%
2,484 reviews
76%
1,565 reviews
85%
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 given to 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
105
108
51
40
38
Ephotozine logo
70
76
40
25
40
Camera Labs logo
92
43
31
26
Lydogbilde.no logo
31
56
32
13
56
Trusted Reviews logo
29
27
20
13
16
CNET.com logo
31
34
17
9
11
DP Review logo
29
28
21
5
13
photoreview.com.au logo
27
18
23
4
23
Pocket Lint logo
22
22
15
7
23
What Digital Camera logo
27
17
17
9
15
01net.com logo
15
20
21
8
20
Digitaltrends.com logo
24
19
22
7
5
Expert Reviews logo
19
19
8
5
16
reviewed.com logo
15
14
17
5
9
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
13
8
3
PC Mag logo
14
16
16
2
2
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
7
6
6
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
6
3
2
dkamera.de logo
23
10
5
5
Digital Versus logo
8
9
11
3
12
Other Expert Sites
340
284
232
117
162
Total
973
859
625
289
503

How Reliable Are Panasonic Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Panasonic digital cameras. 230+ of these reviews that 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

PDN is a member of the Technical Image Press Association which has contracted with Image Engineering to perform detailed lab tests of digital cameras
pdnonline.com
a robust cam
digitalcamerainfo.com
features an improved waterproof rating of 8 metres
Ephotozine
Some have WiFi built in so you can send images to social networking sites
telegraph.co.uk
sturdy build
Digitaltrends.com
It's well built
Good Gear Guide.com.au
rugged build quality that's a step up from anything we've seen from the Lumix G range before
Expert Reviews
solidly built “superzoom” camera if you're after a simple compact camera with a bit more power than the average smartphone
fatducktech.com
HD video capture—and this rugged shooter was waterproof up to 33 feet
PC Mag
my answer basically comes down to whether they need a camera with a superzoom lens or need one that is rugged
CNET.com
well built
photoreview.com.au
Rugged cameras have been around for years
stuffmideast.com
54AM No camera looks more rugged than the FT5
stuff.tv
the robust metal construction of the Lumix LX5 is pitched at photo enthusiasts
techworld.com

NOT RELIABLE

There's no shortage of rugged
Expert Reviews
ruins the classic good looks of the E-P5—and you can't misplace what's built into the camera
reviewed.com
its certainly not waterproof
Bhphotovideo.com
Have not fully tried the waterproof mode yet
amazon.co.uk
The other slightly doubtful bit of construction is the rear dial wheel
Amazon

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 ($319), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 ($598) and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 ($579).

What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DCG95

$1,049.00
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Panasonic Lumix DCG95
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Panasonic Lumix DCG95
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 DCG95 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 77, but is a bit more expensive at $1,049.

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 fully featured and multi award winning 5x optical zoom camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, features bluetooth and supports Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned 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
66
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic Lumix DCG95 has very good expert reviews and outstanding 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 High End Panasonic Digital Camera?

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