Panasonic F5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 121g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Released January 2013
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  • Size Comparison
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Panasonic F5 overview

Panasonic F5 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on January of 2013. It comes with a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The F5 is rated #136 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #1032 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic F5 family

The Panasonic F5 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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F5 vs FH6
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F5 vs FH7
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F5 vs FX78
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F5 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
F5 vs FH25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
F5 vs FH5
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F5 vs FH27
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F5 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
F5 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
F5 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
F5 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
F5 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
F5 vs FS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
F5 vs FX580
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F5 vs FZ28

Panasonic F5 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Panasonic F5 based on factors that are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
good MP (14MP)
includes tracking focus
lighter than competitors in class (121 grams)
relatively wide (28mm)
very good min ISO (100)
cannot use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have HDMI port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have microphone port
doesn't have Timelapse function
fixed screen
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW support
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
no aperture priority
no image stabilization
no manual control
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Panasonic F5 Sensor specs

The size of the sensor on the Panasonic F5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels .

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the F5's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The F5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic F5 dimensions

Panasonic F5 is 0.27 lb (121 gr or 4.27 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Panasonic F5 is lighter as compared with other competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Panasonic F5 beside a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the F5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 topview buttons dials

Panasonic F5 Lens details

The F5 features a built-in lens having a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be very good but it is going to be very helpful in a few cases.

At it's widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f3.2 which is kind of sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you will probably find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will also have to raise your ISO setting giving you noisy files. For the long end, 140mm comes to f6.5 which is quite slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic F5 Connectivity

The F5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and at times change camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Panasonic F5 Video details

The maximum video resolution on the Panasonic F5 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really try to get at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket which means that you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to have a look at an alternative camera in case you want good sound for your video clips.

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Panasonic F5 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Panasonic F5 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Panasonic F5 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic F5 comes with a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for Panasonic F5 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Panasonic F5 Shutter details

Panasonic F5 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Panasonic F5 Flash and Hot shoe details

Panasonic F5 has just in-built flash without external flash ability.

Panasonic F5 Autofocus details

Panasonic F5 has only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise as compared with Contrast Based focusing.

It also includes Tracking AF for moving objects. Panasonic F5 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good for low light or you require more precise control on depth of field.

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Panasonic F5 Battery life

The battery in the Panasonic F5 is built to last for 250 images with respect to the CIPA specifications which is about average when compared to it's competitors. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest possible (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Panasonic F5 for specific styles of photography

The following diagram provides a overview of the Panasonic F5 for specific styles of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section below.

Panasonic F5 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic F5 receives a rating of 29 which is low, and means the camera is just not good to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files and option to use external lighting.

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decent megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Street photography with Panasonic F5

Getting a decent rating of 56, the Panasonic F5 is fairly suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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lighter than average (121 grams)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sports photography with Panasonic F5

A low sports photography points tally of 33 means the Panasonic F5 is just not good for photographing sports. A camera really should have good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
features tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Panasonic F5

Size is extremely important when buying a travel camera. In general, the Panasonic F5 gets a very good 68 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to buy for your trips.

Photography Glossary
lighter than competition in class (121g)
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)

Panasonic F5 Landscape photography details

If you find yourself planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic F5 and it's low rating of 33 as a landscape camera is just not good in the current market.

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decently wide (28mm)
MP count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode

Panasonic F5 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic F5 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a low score of 28.

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decently wide (28mm)
lighter than competitors in class (121 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic support

Panasonic F5 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the F5, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph down below provides you an overview of the F5 vs it's highest scored competitors suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you might regard as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.70 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
121 grams (0.27 lb)
Physical dimensions
97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Battery life
250 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at launch