- 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
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #139 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #1031 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized requirements.
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.
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Panasonic F5 Gallery
You can look at the F5 from several angles in the gallery here.
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.
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 .Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The following is a pic of the Panasonic F5 beside a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the F5.
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.
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.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.