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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is an entry-level compact camera which features a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom and 720p HD video recording. The F5 was released in February 2013 and costs around £70.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD at 30 fps.
- 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- 2.7 inch, 230k dot LCD screen
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100 - 1600 (High Sensitivity mode ISO 1600-6400)
- 10cm minimum focusing distance
- Panorama shot
- 0.5 fps continuous shooting
The 2.7 inch screen has a 230k dot resolution, which is typical of a budget compact camera. The menu system is easy to navigate, although it's not a quick task to change settings such as ISO and white balance as you need to press the menu button and opt for the rec option.
Battery life is rated at 250 shots according to CIPA test results, which is plenty for a day or night out. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.35 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.9 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.9 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||3.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.4 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.0 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.6 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash 3m||0.6 fps|
The F5 tends to be slugglish whether starting up or focusing. The continuous shooting with flash mode limits image size to just 3 megapixels.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 12.3 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Night Scenery | 8 sec | f/3.1 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Sample Photos - Images have decent colour and are well exposed. Skin tones are OK and we did manage some good shots with the flash, although results certainly varied.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/200 sec | f/6.5 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/200 sec | f/6.5 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is OK when shooting wide, particularly in the centre of the images, but worsens as you zoom in, with purple fringing proving to be an issue throughout. The lens is stated as having a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, we found you could get a little closer, which certainly resulted in a better than expected macro shot.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ISO test images
0.3 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 100
1/8 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 200
1/15 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 400
1/30 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 800
1/60 sec | f/5.2 | 18.3 mm | ISO 1600
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, with a little appearing at ISO 200 and images becoming soft at ISO 400. Lots of detail is lost at ISO 800 with dreadful image quality at ISO 1600.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 8.5 mm | ISO 100
WB Tungsten | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 8.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/4.2 | 8.5 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the Auto White Balance (AWB) and incandescent preset both perform well, each producing a similar result. The AWB also performs well under the fluorescent lights, there isn't a fluorescent preset available.
Panorama | 1/500 sec | f/9.1 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
Panorama mode - Details is OK and panoramas are generally well stitched together, although there is a little ghosting if you look closely enough.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Digital filters
Colour Mode - Standard | 1 sec | f/4.2 | 8.5 mm | ISO 100
Colour Mode - Black And White | 1 sec | f/4.2 | 8.5 mm | ISO 100
Colour Mode - Sepia | 1 sec | f/4.2 | 8.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - There aren't many digital filters to choose from. There are colour modes which includes standard, sepia and black & white, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is OK, there's no optical zoom available during recording and due to the lack of image stabilisation, videos tend to be shaky when shot handheld.
Value For Money
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ProsSmall, lightweight body
Produces decent panoramas
Decent battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ConsDoesn't have many features
Sluggish focusing speeds
Image quality is poor
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||14.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.6mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Box Contents||No Data|