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Should You Buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?

Matthew
Updated 05 June 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 $109 for the DMC-GH2 which has a weight of 609g, an optical zoom of §x and is a compact digital camera and go up to $2,092 for the Lumix DMC-GH5S which has a weight of 660g, an optical zoom of §x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Panasonic digital camera is $521.

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%
32,047 reviews
#2
Japan
91%
91%
25,146 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
12,337 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
4,486 reviews
#5
Japan
85%
85%
6,672 reviews
#6
83%
83%
829 reviews
#7
South Korea
83%
83%
4,344 reviews
#8
Polaroid
83%
83%
2,227 reviews
#9
Japan
82%
82%
3,015 reviews
#10
82%
82%
1,701 reviews
#11
79%
79%
1,096 reviews
#12
Sigma
75%
75%
396 reviews
#13
Ricoh
74%
74%
122 reviews
#14
SeaLife
71%
71%
4 reviews
#15
GE
United States
71%
71%
207 reviews
#16
Mamiya
67%
67%
2 reviews
#17
Fuji
67%
67%
322 reviews
#18
Vivitar
67%
67%
244 reviews
#19
easypix
65%
65%
102 reviews
#20
Praktica
65%
65%
94 reviews
#21
Lytro
64%
64%
207 reviews
#22
Hasselblad
64%
64%
98 reviews
#23
Bell+Howell
62%
62%
19 reviews
#24
HP
United States
61%
61%
14 reviews
#25
60%
60%
58 reviews
#26
Coleman
58%
58%
1 review
#27
Philips
Netherlands
58%
58%
4 reviews
#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 and selfie mode 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 43 Panasonic digital cameras currently on the market in the US. Panasonic digital cameras also tend to be cheaper than most other digital camera brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$543
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $12,799
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
$521
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $5,399
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
1,044
4 stars
305
3 stars
75
2 stars
53
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 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.

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%
422 reviews
73%
336 reviews
75%
209 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
80%
121 reviews
83%
137 reviews
82%
97 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
126 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
60 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
126 reviews
74%
135 reviews
80%
61 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
107 reviews
77%
132 reviews
85%
52 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
112 reviews
75%
90 reviews
83%
69 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
105 reviews
71%
79 reviews
79%
57 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
82 reviews
74%
75 reviews
76%
42 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
80%
74 reviews
81%
73 reviews
81%
38 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
76 reviews
70%
64 reviews
82%
46 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
94 reviews
74%
63 reviews
77%
46 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
76 reviews
82%
62 reviews
82%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
79 reviews
87%
67 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
63 reviews
88%
51 reviews
88%
41 reviews
85%
31 reviews
88%
26 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
59 reviews
76%
44 reviews
73%
28 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
56 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
36 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
Camera Labs logo
84%
81 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
27 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
62 reviews
74%
50 reviews
76%
24 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
37 reviews
80%
35 reviews
86%
35 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
75%
58 reviews
77%
39 reviews
80%
34 reviews
78%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
Other Expert Sites
75%
2,418 reviews
75%
1,998 reviews
73%
1,425 reviews
70%
901 reviews
76%
768 reviews
Average
79%
4,434 reviews
78%
3,742 reviews
81%
2,508 reviews
76%
1,561 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
105
111
53
40
38
Ephotozine logo
70
75
41
25
40
Lydogbilde.no logo
33
58
33
13
56
Camera Labs logo
91
43
31
26
Trusted Reviews logo
28
28
18
13
16
CNET.com logo
31
32
15
9
11
DP Review logo
29
28
22
5
13
photoreview.com.au logo
26
18
24
4
23
Pocket Lint logo
22
21
17
7
23
01net.com logo
15
20
23
8
20
What Digital Camera logo
26
17
18
9
15
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
19
25
7
5
Expert Reviews logo
20
19
10
5
16
reviewed.com logo
14
14
17
5
9
buy-n-shoot.com logo
20
9
13
8
3
Digital Versus logo
9
9
14
3
12
PC Mag logo
14
15
13
2
2
M3.idg.se logo
12
15
6
6
6
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
6
3
2
dkamera.de logo
22
11
5
5
Other Expert Sites
327
288
237
116
162
Total
958
864
641
288
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

is otherwise a solid entry in the tough camera category
PC Mag
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
In this review Rugged construction Under the hood Networking features Stills performance Video performance Conclusion Building something that’s both attractive
CNET.co.uk
Reassuringly rugged
Expert Reviews
built in Wi-Fi
Ephotozine
Panasonic’s DMC-FT5GN-D is a ruggedised camera that’s made for outdoor use
macworld.com.au
The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is a solid all-rounder in the tough camera market segment
Pocket Lint
a durable body to withstand daily use
toptenreviews.com
my answer basically comes down to whether they need a camera with a superzoom lens or need one that is rugged
CNET.com
trustworthy camera has been redefined to reach perfection
akihabaranews.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
The other slightly doubtful bit of construction is the rear dial wheel
Amazon
its certainly not waterproof
Bhphotovideo.com
Have not fully tried the waterproof mode yet
amazon.co.uk

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 and selfie mode.

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 ($466), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 ($498) and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 ($598).

Panasonic Selfie Mode

Panasonic digital cameras that feature selfie mode include the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 ($301).

What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

$997.99
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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 79, but is a bit more expensive at $997.99.

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. Owners 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
82
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 has very good expert reviews and fantastic 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

The cheapest price that we could find for the Lumix DC-G9 in the US is $997.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90

$300.99
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Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90
Buy Now
Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90
20.3MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3.3
MINIMUM
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
280g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

At only $300.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 81 the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Selfie mode
High megapixels (20.3MP)
Huge optical zoom (30x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
Image stabiliser

Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera has superb features, a very good zoom and it's very easy to use. It's an optical zoom and award winning 280g digital camera, with a low price and a very good spec. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen and supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video.

94
Reviews
41 Reviews + 3 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 87%, based on 41 reviews.

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
Ephotozine Recommended
Pocket Lint Recommended

The Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 is 112mm wide, 67.3mm tall, 41.2mm deep and weighs 280g.

Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the Lumix DC-TZ90 in the US is $300.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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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
Panasonic Selfie Mode
What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Digital Camera?

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