Panasonic FH5 summary
Panasonic FH5 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera originally launched on January of 2011. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is referred to as "Lumix DMC-FS18" in other regions.
The FH5 ranks at #93 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #874 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
The following is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic FH5 family
The Panasonic FH5 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can view all older and the latest models as well as important specifications.
Panasonic FH5 Gallery
You can view the FH5 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic FH5 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of good and bad points of the Panasonic FH5 based on criterias that are often considered essential in a camera.
Panasonic FH5 Sensor specs
The Panasonic FH5 features the Venus Engine IV chip. The specification of the sensor in the Panasonic FH5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the FH5's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The FH5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FH5 dimensions
Panasonic FH5 is 0.27 lb (121 gr or 4.27 oz) and features outer size of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Panasonic FH5 is less heavy compared to various competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The following is a photo of the Panasonic FH5 next to a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the FH5.
Panasonic FH5 Lens details
The FH5 has a fixed lens giving a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not perfect but it may be handy in a few conditions.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.1 and that's pretty sluggish and not great in low light events and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to raise your ISO producing noisy pictures. On the long end, 112mm comes to f6.5 which is fairly slow and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FH5 Connectivity
The FH5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Panasonic FH5 Video details
The max video resolution in the Panasonic FH5 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone socket so you get zero control over your sound. It is perhaps best to look into another camera if you need better sound in your video clips.
Panasonic FH5 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing on the Panasonic FH5 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Panasonic FH5 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FH5 includes a 2.7" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The View Finder specifications regarding Panasonic FH5 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather handy during bright outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.
Panasonic FH5 Shutter details
Panasonic FH5 has the ability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Panasonic FH5 Flash and Hot shoe details
Panasonic FH5 boasts just integrated flash with no external flash support.
Panasonic FH5 Autofocusing details
Panasonic FH5 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it valuable for taking photos of people.
It includes 11 focus points to select from. Panasonic FH5 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Panasonic FH5 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing is good during low light conditions or you need more exact control on depth of field.
Panasonic FH5 Battery life
The battery pack on the Panasonic FH5 is built to last for 260 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks making it about the same as its competitors. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the maximum (470) battery life within this range of cameras.
Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:
Panasonic FH5 for varying categories of photography
The following illustration shows a outline of the Panasonic FH5 for varying categories of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic FH5 Portrait photography factors
The Panasonic FH5 has a points total of 35 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really good to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the flexibility to use off-camera lighting.
Panasonic FH5 Street photography info
Having a nice rating of 67, the Panasonic FH5 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic FH5 Sports photography information
A really bad sports photography rating of 41 means the Panasonic FH5 is not really good for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Panasonic FH5
Portability is really critical in buying a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic FH5 gets a very good 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a good option to buy for your holidays.
Panasonic FH5 Landscape photography details
For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Panasonic FH5 with it's really bad score of 39 for a landscape camera is not really good in the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Panasonic FH5
A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic FH5 is not really good as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 33.
Panasonic FH5 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the FH5, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The graph here gives you an overview of the FH5 versus it's highest ranked rivals mentioned above.
Following are several cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.