Panasonic TS5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Announced July 2013
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Succeeded the Panasonic TS4
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS6
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic TS5 overview

Panasonic TS5 is Panasonic's Waterproof camera first launched on July of 2013. The camera has a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FT5" in other countries.

Panasonic released this camera in order to improve the older Panasonic TS4 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards released the more recent Panasonic TS6 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The TS5 places at #22 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all round #658 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic TS5 family

The Panasonic TS5 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS30 front thumbnailPanasonic TS30
TS5 vs TS30
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS6 front thumbnailPanasonic TS6
TS5 vs TS6
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS5 front thumbnailPanasonic TS528-128mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS25 front thumbnailPanasonic TS25
TS5 vs TS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS4 front thumbnailPanasonic TS4
TS5 vs TS4
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS20 front thumbnailPanasonic TS20
TS5 vs TS20
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS3 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3
TS5 vs TS3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS2 front thumbnailPanasonic TS2
TS5 vs TS2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS10 front thumbnailPanasonic TS10
TS5 vs TS10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS1 front thumbnailPanasonic TS1
TS5 vs TS1

Panasonic TS5 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Panasonic TS5 based on factors that are usually viewed as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
does have HDMI socket
environment sealing
fairly wide (28mm)
good battery (370 CIPA)
good resolution (16MP)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has built in flash
has tracking autofocus
in built zoom lens (28-128mm 4.6 x zoom)
NFC support
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW support
external flash not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 thousand dots)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Panasonic TS5 Sensor info

The spec of the sensor in the Panasonic TS5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.

The picture below shows the TS5's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The TS5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic TS5 dimensions

Panasonic TS5 weighs around 0.47 pounds (214g / 7.55 oz) & has exterior dimensions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 195g so the Panasonic TS5 is on par compared to its competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Panasonic TS5 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the TS5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 topview buttons dials

Panasonic TS5 Lens info

The TS5 provides a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm making it a 4.6 x zoom which is not at all outstanding nevertheless it would certainly be valuable in a few situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.3 and that's kind of slow and not ideal for low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to increase the ISO setting producing noisy photographs. At the tele end, 128mm comes at f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you would need to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic TS5 Connectivity

The TS5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy photos and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Panasonic TS5 Video info

The maximum video quality in the Panasonic TS5 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket so you get little control over the sound. It is probably best to shop for an alternative camera in case you require good sound for your video clips.

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Panasonic TS5 Weather Sealing

Panasonic TS5 has got environment sealing which makes it a excellent choice for use in tough locations. This is especially helpful whenever you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Panasonic TS5 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic TS5 has a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic TS5 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be quite valuable.

Panasonic TS5 Shutter info

Panasonic TS5 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1300 seconds.

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Panasonic TS5 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic TS5 comes with only built in flash with no external flash ability.

Panasonic TS5 Autofocusing info

Panasonic TS5 comes with just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor has 23 focus points to select from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Panasonic TS5 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing is useful in low light or you want more exact focus control.

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Panasonic TS5 Battery life

The battery (DMW-BCM13) in the Panasonic TS5 is designed to last for 370 shots with respect to the CIPA standards making it above the usual when compared to its category. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 features the highest possible (380) battery life in this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Panasonic TS5 for varying categories of photography

The following illustration shows a summation of the Panasonic TS5 for varying categories of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic TS5 has a rating of 32 which is really bad, and means the camera is simply not acceptable for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files and potential to work with external lighting.

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decent sensor resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Panasonic TS5 Street photography factors

Having a nice rating of 61, the Panasonic TS5 is a respectable pick for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Panasonic TS5 as a Sports photography camera

A decent sports photography points tally of 47 means the Panasonic TS5 is fairly acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather sealing
better than average battery life (370 CIPA)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus

Panasonic TS5 Travel photography advice

Weight is really critical in buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Panasonic TS5 gets a nice 72 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to buy for your journeys.

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better than average battery power (370 CIPA)
environment proofing
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography info

For anyone who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic TS5 at it's average rating of 52 as a landscape camera is fairly suited among its competition.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
good battery life (370 shots)
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Panasonic TS5 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera should really come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic TS5 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a really bad rating of 32.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone jack

Panasonic TS5 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the TS5, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the class of Waterproof.

The line graph here provides you a summary of the TS5 versus it's highest ranking competitors suggested previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may regard as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
Alternative name
Lumix DMC-FT5
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-128mm (4.6x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of display
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology
Viewfinder Information
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
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1300 secs
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.60 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
214g (0.47 lb)
Physical dimensions
110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Battery life
370 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Price at launch