- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #23 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all round #663 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.
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.
TS5 vs TS3025-100mm
TS5 vs TS628-128mm
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TS5 vs TS328-128mm
TS5 vs TS228-128mm
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TS5 vs TS128-128mm
Panasonic TS5 Gallery
You can check the TS5 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a visual of the Panasonic TS5 alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the TS5.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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:
TS5 vs TG-4380 yesnono
TS5 vs TS6370 noyesno
TS5 vs AW130370 nonono
TS5 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.