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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Review

Daniel Bell reviews the entry-level Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 compact camera.

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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.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Features

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. When shooting there is an Auto Scene Selector which automatically adjusts the camera settings for the detected scene, such as macro, portrait, landscape, night portrait, night landscape and sunset. The F5 also includes a panorama shot mode, which creates panoramas by overlaying images.

Videos are recorded in 720p HD at 30 fps.

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Key Features

  • 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
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Handling

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 has a pocketable and lightweight metal body. There are a number of buttons on the rear such as mode, movie record, playback and delete. There is also two buttons to adjust the zoom and a d-pad which used to access and navigate the menus. The d-pad also gives access to exposure compensation, self-timer and flash.

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 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Sample Photos

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

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

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

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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Review: Panorama | 1/500 sec | f/9.1 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
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

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

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 is available for £59.94. Other budget cameras with 5x optical zoom to consider are the Fujifilm FinePix AX650 at £44.99, Nikon Coolpix L28 at £61.99, Olympus VH-410 at £64.58, Samsung ST72 at £54.00 and Sony Cybershot W710 at £71.99.

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 Verdict

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 gift. Image quality may suit those who share on Facebook, but when you view images larger, there are clearly issue with quality. With this camera from Panasonic, you get what you pay for!


Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Pros

Small, lightweight body
Produces decent panoramas
Decent battery life
Very cheap

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Cons

Doesn't have many features
Sluggish focusing speeds
Image quality is poor


Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/6.5
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
Pixels14.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4320
Pixels (H)3240
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.33
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus10cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest8sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting0.5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)250shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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mikesavage Avatar
mikesavage 21 299 2 England
29 Jan 2014 1:58AM
Just about the worst test score I've seen here on EPZ. Unusual for Panasonic to produce such a clunker. Sad
OKLANDER2000 Avatar
14 Dec 2014 9:26AM
I wonder if you could give me an advice as to what I should do with my latest minor problem with my LUMIX digital camera model DMC-F5. My latest photos which I took this week wouldn't appear on my computer when I am trying to import them and this is the very first time that has happened. I had no problems with my previous photo importing done before.
I hope that you could give me an insight as to what has happened here.
Yours truly,

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