- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 6400
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
- 214g - 103 x 60 x 32mm
- Introduced June 2010
- Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ8
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- Size Comparison
Panasonic ZS5 summary
Panasonic ZS5 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally revealed on June of 2010. The camera houses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is known as "Lumix DMC-TZ8" in certain markets.
The ZS5 ranks at #228 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #1014 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please test our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your personalized factors.
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Panasonic ZS5 family
The Panasonic ZS5 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can identify all older and the latest models along with main features.
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ZS5 vs ZS3024-480mm
ZS5 vs ZS2524-480mm
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Panasonic ZS5 Gallery
You can look at the ZS5 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic ZS5 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic ZS5 based on factors that are normally regarded as important in a camera.
Panasonic ZS5 Sensor information
The Panasonic ZS5 is run by the Venus Engine HD II processor chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Panasonic ZS5 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor has 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The image below shows the ZS5's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The ZS5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic ZS5 dimensions
Panasonic ZS5 is 0.47 lbs (214 gr or 7.55 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 103mm x 60mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Panasonic ZS5 is less heavy as compared to its competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a photo of the Panasonic ZS5 beside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will show the button layout on the ZS5.
Panasonic ZS5 Lens information
The ZS5 features a built in lens offering a focal range of 25-300mm making it a 12.0 x zoom which is not exceptional however it could be handy in certain circumstances.
At it's widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f3.3 which is pretty sluggish and not very good for low light events and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will also need to up your ISO which causes noisy pictures. With the long end, 300mm is exceptional zoom and comes at f4.9 making it very sluggish and you would have to set slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic ZS5 Connectivity
The ZS5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send pictures and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
Certain apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Panasonic ZS5 Video information
The highest possible video quality on the Panasonic ZS5 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should really strive for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone socket which means you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to find another camera should you require better sound for your video clips.
Panasonic ZS5 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing on the Panasonic ZS5 so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.
Panasonic ZS5 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic ZS5 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder details for Panasonic ZS5 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are very useful.
Panasonic ZS5 Shutter information
Panasonic ZS5 continuous shooting speed is 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1300s.
Panasonic ZS5 Flash and Hot shoe information
Panasonic ZS5 has just in-built flash with missing external flash support.
Panasonic ZS5 Autofocusing information
Panasonic ZS5 has only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be valuable for portrait photography.
It supports 11 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking AF for moving objects. Panasonic ZS5 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good for low light conditions or you need more accurate control on depth of field.
Panasonic ZS5 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
ZS5 vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
ZS5 vs B500600 nonoyes
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Panasonic ZS5 for various categories of photography
The following illustration shows a summary of the Panasonic ZS5 for various categories of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS5
The Panasonic ZS5 has a score of 28 which is dreadful, and means the camera is simply not acceptable for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos & option to utilize off-camera flash.
Street photography with Panasonic ZS5
Having a very good rating of 61, the Panasonic ZS5 is a fine pick for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic ZS5 Sports photography factors
A dreadful sports photography score of 32 indicates the Panasonic ZS5 is simply not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic ZS5 Travel photography info
Portability is pretty important when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic ZS5 gets a above average 64 as a travel camera which is a good option to take on your journeys.
Panasonic ZS5 Landscape photography advice
For those who are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Panasonic ZS5 with it's dreadful grade of 33 for a landscape camera is simply not acceptable in the current marketplace.
Panasonic ZS5 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera should really have a moving display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic ZS5 is simply not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a dreadful rating of 32.
Panasonic ZS5 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the ZS5, here is a range of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph just below provides you a summary of the ZS5 compared to it's top scored competitors suggested earlier.
There are more cameras you may see as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.