- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 26-130mm (F2.8-6.5) lens
- 126g - 97 x 62 x 27mm
- Launched July 2011
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Panasonic LS5 overview
Panasonic LS5 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on July of 2011. It includes a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The LS5 ranks at #142 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #1036 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your customized factors.
Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic LS5 Gallery
You can look at the LS5 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic LS5 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic LS5 based on aspects that are often viewed as crucial in a digital camera.
Panasonic LS5 Sensor features
The size of the sensor on the Panasonic LS5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CCD sensor has 14MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image below displays the LS5's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The LS5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic LS5 dimensions
Panasonic LS5 weighs 0.28 lbs (126 grams / 4.44 ounces) & has external size of 97mm x 62mm x 27mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Panasonic LS5 is lighter as compared with other competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Below is a photo of the Panasonic LS5 beside a soda to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will show you the button design on the LS5.
Panasonic LS5 Lens features
The LS5 features a fixed lens having a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really very good but it will surely be very helpful in some cases.
At it's widest 26mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.8 and that is rather sluggish and not very good for low light circumstances and you might struggle to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to up your ISO setting which results in noisy photos. For the long end, 130mm comes to f6.5 making it quite sluggish and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.
Panasonic LS5 Connectivity
The LS5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send images and in some cases change settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Panasonic LS5 Video features
The maximum video resolution on the Panasonic LS5 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should target a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone port which means that you have absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to purchase an alternative camera if you want decent sound for your videos.
Panasonic LS5 Weather Sealing
Panasonic LS5 doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.
Panasonic LS5 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic LS5 includes a 2.7 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder details for Panasonic LS5 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really beneficial in bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Panasonic LS5 Shutter features
Panasonic LS5 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Panasonic LS5 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic LS5 comes with just built-in flash with missing external flash ability.
Panasonic LS5 Autofocusing features
Panasonic LS5 comes with only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be valuable for portrait photography.
The AF system includes 9 focus points to pick from. Panasonic LS5 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good in low light occasions or you require more accurate control on depth of field.
Panasonic LS5 Battery life
The battery (2 x AA) for the Panasonic LS5 is fashioned to last for 160 shots with respect to the CIPA measurements making it lower when compared with it's rivals. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest possible (470) battery life in this group of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:
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Panasonic LS5 for various kinds of photography
The following diagram provides a analysis of the Panasonic LS5 for various kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic LS5 Portrait photography details
The Panasonic LS5 receives a rating of 34 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not very good to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and option to use off-camera lighting.
Panasonic LS5 Street photography advice
Getting a nice score of 62, the Panasonic LS5 is a respectable choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic LS5 Sports photography highlights
A really bad sports photography score of 33 means the Panasonic LS5 is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic LS5 Travel photography highlights
Weight is super important when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Panasonic LS5 gets a very good 65 as a travelling camera which is a good choice to purchase for your holidays.
Panasonic LS5 Landscape photography factors
When you are planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic LS5 at it's really bad score of 37 for a landscape camera is just not very good among its competition.
Panasonic LS5 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic LS5 is just not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad rating of 32.
Panasonic LS5 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the LS5, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart followed below will give you a summary of the LS5 compared to it's top ranking rivals suggested above.
These are various other cameras you might check out as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.