Panasonic FP5 overview
Panasonic FP5 is Panasonic's Ultracompact camera first launched on January of 2011. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The FP5 comes in at #40 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all-around #875 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic FP5 family
The Panasonic FP5 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed list underneath.
Panasonic FP5 Gallery
You can look at the FP5 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic FP5 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Panasonic FP5 based on features which are often viewed as crucial in a camera.
Panasonic FP5 Sensor features
The Panasonic FP5 features the Venus Engine IV chip. The sensor measurement in the Panasonic FP5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath illustrates the FP5's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The FP5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FP5 dimensions
Panasonic FP5 weighs around 0.31 lb (141g or 4.97 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 101mm x 59mm x 18mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Panasonic FP5 is heavier as compared with various rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a shot of the Panasonic FP5 beside a soda so you can get a sense of its size.
The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the FP5.
Panasonic FP5 Lens features
The FP5 provides a built-in lens having a focal range of 35-140mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be ideal however it can be handy in some situations.
At it's widest 35mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.5 and that's somewhat sluggish and not the best for low light circumstances and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to raise your ISO setting leading to noisy files. Towards the long end, 140mm comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you would have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FP5 Connectivity
The FP5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and sometimes change camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic FP5 Video features
The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic FP5 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should really try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to have a look at a different model should you want good audio for your video clips.
Panasonic FP5 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Panasonic FP5 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.
Panasonic FP5 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FP5 is equipped with a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly so you are able to change focus points plus adjust settings with your fingertips.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specifications for Panasonic FP5 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are really useful for sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Panasonic FP5 Shutter features
Panasonic FP5 continuous shooting rate is 6.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.
Panasonic FP5 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic FP5 has just built-in flash without external flash ability.
Panasonic FP5 Autofocusing features
Panasonic FP5 has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it helpful for portrait photography.
The AF system supports 11 focus points to select from. Panasonic FP5 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Panasonic FP5 has no manual focus. Manual focus mode is good for low light occasions or you need to have more precise focusing control.
Panasonic FP5 Battery life
The battery for the Panasonic FP5 is built to last for 260 photos as per the CIPA measurements making it higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life for this category of cameras.
Underneath is a list of Ultracompact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Panasonic FP5 for various forms of photography
The following graph gives a analysis of the Panasonic FP5 for various forms of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic FP5 Portrait photography features
The Panasonic FP5 has a score of 34 which is lousy, and means the camera is simply not suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & flexibility to work with external flash.
Panasonic FP5 Street photography features
Coming in at a above average points tally of 63, the Panasonic FP5 is a good fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Panasonic FP5 as a Sports photography camera
A lousy sports photography rating of 44 means the Panasonic FP5 is simply not suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic FP5 Travel photography details
Weight is really critical when picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic FP5 gets a above average 65 as a travel camera which is a good fit to take on your holidays.
Panasonic FP5 Landscape photography information
When you are planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FP5 at it's lousy rating of 41 for a landscape camera is simply not suitable amongst it's rivals.
Panasonic FP5 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging should really have a moving display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Panasonic FP5 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it receives a lousy rating of 30.
Panasonic FP5 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the FP5, here is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall into the family of Ultracompact.
The diagram just below gives you a summary of the FP5 vs it's top rated rivals listed previously.
There are more cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.