Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5

July 21, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 17 Comments |
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 is a new entry-level 14 megapixel compact camera. The LS5 features a 5x optical zoom with a 26mm wide-angle setting, fast F2.8 brightness and Optical Image Stabilizer. The Panasonic LS5 runs on AA batteries and can record HD movies in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps. Pricing and availability of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 are still to be announced.

Panasonic UK Press Release

Introducing the Smart and Easy 14.1-Megapixel Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LS5

Featuring O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode

Taking pictures has never been so simple as Panasonic introduces the new 14.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-LS5 featuring a high quality 26mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom (35mm camera equiv. 26-130mm) plus Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S) and Intelligent Auto mode.

Offering superb image quality the 14.1-megapixel LS5 benefits from a high quality 26mm wide angle LUMIX DC VARIO lens with F2.8 brightness, helping to capture clear images even in dimly lit situations.

The most frequent cause of mis-shot is handshake, and that is why O.I.S. is central to all LUMIX cameras. The O.I.S. is renowned for its high correction performance against blur caused by a hand-shake and compensates effectively without deterioration of image quality.

In addition to O.I.S, the popular and powerful shooting assist mode iA (Intelligent Auto) also helps users to utilise other convenient features – Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 5 Scene Modes—Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery—that best suits the shooting situation. Human faces are captured in focus with appropriate exposure and with Face Detection the camera can also correct unwanted red-eye digitally . 

The new LS5 can also record stunning HD movie in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps and thanks to bundled software, PHOTOfunSTUDIO, video and photo memories can easily be shared via Facebook or YouTube.

Running on AA batteries, the DMC-LS5 offers any entry-level user comfort and satisfaction a step above. Pursuing ultimate ease of operation, functions are simplified but the LS5 still performs to the high standards expected from a LUMIX compact camera.

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•This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
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•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

DMC-LS5 Specifications
Metrics Dimensions (W x H x D) ? 96.5 x 62.0 x 27.2 mm
(3.8 x 2.45 x 1.07 inch)
Weight ? Approx. 126 g without AA Battery and SD Memory Card
(0.28 lb)
Approx. 173 g with AA Battery and SD Memory Card
(0.38 lb)
Optics Pixels Camera Effective Pixels ? 14.1 Megapixels
? Sensor Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter ? Please refer to the spec sheet for your region.
? Lens Aperture ? F2.8 -6.5 / 2-step
(F2.8 -7.9 (W) / F6.5-18.4 (T))
? ? Optical Zoom ? 5x
? ? Focal Length ? f=4.7 - 23.5 mm (26 - 130 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
? ? Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) ? 6x (4:3 / 10M), 8.5x (4:3 / 5M), 10.5x (4:3 / under 3M)
? ? Lens ? 7 elements in 5 groups
(5 Aspherical Lenses /  8 Aspherical Surfaces)
? ? Optical Image Stabilizer ? O.I.S. (On / Off)
? ? Digital Zoom ? 4x
? Focus Focusing Area ? Normal: Wide 15 cm -  infinity / Tele 60 cm -  infinity
? ? Focus ? Normal
? ? AF Metering ? Face / 9 pt / 1 pt
? Shutter Shutter Speed ? Still: 8 -  1/2000 sec
Recording File File Format ? Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3)
Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
? Recording Modes Mode Dial / Mode Button ? Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, SCN, Motion Picture
? ? Still Image Scene Mode ? Portrait, Self- Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Baby, Sunset, High sensitivity, Fireworks, Beach, Snow
? ? Continuous Shooting Mode ? Full- Resolution Image, 0.8 frames/sec
? ? Motion Picture Recording (*2) HD Video 1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
? ? ? STD
Video VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) 
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
? Exposure Parameters Exposure ? Program AE
? ? Exposure Compensation ? 1/3 EV step, +/- 2 EV
? ? Light Metering ? Multiple
? ? ISO Sensitivity ? Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
? ? Still Picture Recording 4:3 4320 x 3240 (14M) / 3648 x 2736 (10M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ)
? ? ? 3:2 4320 x 2880 (12.5M)
? ? ? 16:9 4320 x 2432 (10.5M)
? ? White Balance ? Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red- Eye Removal) ? Yes
? ? Self Timer ? 2 sec / 10 sec
Playback Display Playback Mode? ? Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Selection
? ? Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback? ? 12,30- thumbnails / Yes
? ? Set Protection ? Yes
? Edit Resize ? Yes
? ? Copy ? Yes
? ? PictBridge Support ? Single / Multi / All
Setup ? OSD language ? Please refer to “OSD” Sheet
Others Monitor LCD Monitor ? 2.7”(6.7cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
? Flash Built- in- Flash ? Auto, Auto/Red- eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction,  Forced Off , Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction,
0.6 - 4.6m (Wide/ISO Auto),  0.6 - 2.0m (Tele/ISO Auto)
? Media Recording Media ? Built- in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
? ? Built- in- Memory ? Approx. 10MB
? Audio Microphone / Speaker ? Mono / Yes
? Interface Interface ? USB2.0 High speed
? Power Power ? Alkaline AA Battery x2
? ? Battery life (approx.) ? 160 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
320 pictures (CIPA Standard*1/ with Optional Ni- MH AA Battery (1,950mAh)
? Standard Package Included Software ? PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0
QuickTime
Adobe Reader
? ? Standard Accessories ? Please refer to “Accessories” Sheet
*1
Recording conditions by CIPA standard
- CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association].
- Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF)/Humidity: 50% RH when LCD monitor is on.
- Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB).
- Using the supplied battery.
- Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [ON].)
- Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording.
- Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording.
- Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases.

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#1 VIVEK

I just purchased it a day ago..looking good..

11:22 am - Wednesday, October 5, 2011

#2 Martin Stockdale

Hope Photography Blog will be reviewing this one

9:25 pm - Saturday, October 29, 2011

#3 Darla

Cost? Where did you purchase it?

1:49 am - Monday, November 7, 2011

#4 hafiz Abdul Rauf

its looking good the price is 249 AED i purchased from dubai Mall of the Emirates.

6:49 am - Monday, December 5, 2011

#5 giney

nice camera shame about batteries.only lasted 2o mins.only took 15 pics.changed batteries same again.

8:54 pm - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

#6 Dobie

This Lumix DMC-LS5 has serious problems that need to be corrected. The camera I am reviewing has v 1.0 firmware.

Focusing is unreliable, including very out of focus pictures of the side of a building taken with the camera resting on a rail, using focus lock and the spot focus setting.

The left 20 percent of the image in horizontal is out of focus because the lens is out of alignment at wide to mid focal lengths at about 10 to 20 feet.

The 5x zoom is less sharp than the 4x zoom, so you are better off cropping. This makes the digital zoom worthless, since it is enlarging the 5x zoom image.

When all goes well, the 14 mp images are sharp. But the lower mp images are not so sharp, and the 0.3 mp images are horribly over compressed.

There are no menu settings to adjust sharpness level, noise reduction, compression or saturation. Also missing is a fluorescent WB setting.

The zoom seems designed with 10 positions, but it is so fast it tends to skip between 5 positions. You have to tap very fast and lightly to use it.

Macro seems to only be available in IA mode.

Movies look good in HD mode, but on my camera the sound doesn't work.

There is no menu setting for battery type, but battery life with nimh batteries appears normal. Alkaline may not work well without a setting.

There is no apparent over-sharpening in 14 mp. Noise reduction gets aggressive at 400 iso, but high iso images look surprisingly good.

Otherwise, it looks like it could be a good camera, if Panasonic fixes these problems. This camera should not have been released to market.

6:55 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#7 Dobie

Spam?

Please do not post my earlier comments.

7:01 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#8 Dobie

Hey, want comments from a professional journalist? Next time, try paying one. Or better yet, go out an buy the camera and write your own reviews. But do not go around insulting people without cause.

DO NOT USE MY EARLIER COMMENTS. I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SITE.

Thank you. Have a nice day.

7:25 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#9 Dobie

Amazing! This is what your computer lets through, but the real camera comments you think are spam?

7:30 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#10 Dobie

This is a wonderful, amazing camera. All photos are sharp and perfectly focused, from 26 mm to 5x. Digital zoom works great. What a deal.

7:33 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#11 Dobie

nice camera. takes good pix. just what i was looking 4.

7:36 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#12 Egyptian Pharaoh

I haven't it yet but #### you all , everyone comment according to his benefit some hate that company and others work for it . Please , tell people the true . Nothing but facts don't call yourself sissy again

3:19 pm - Friday, March 9, 2012

#13 Akash

can anyone please tell me which camera to take, the Panasonic DMC LS5, or the Canon A1200??
please help!
thanks..!! :)

5:17 pm - Monday, April 16, 2012

#14 smzim

dobar fotic. svi?a mi se.

12:57 pm - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

#15 KG

Nice camera. worth for the price. all seems perfect exept a small area. The speed of the camera is sligtly slow compared to others. But not a big problem compared to the advantages.

6:34 am - Thursday, August 9, 2012

#16 samy

This camera is a piece of junk. Cheap material, poor picture quality and colors. Focus problems, works on AA batteries. Don't buy it..

9:12 pm - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

#17 Indra

I am not too happy with this camera. I use it for 2 years and now it is broken. Bring it to service shop they said this camera maybe has an internal problem. There are another 3 camera (same type) in the shop.

Not to good in managing contrast. Some leak (purple color) sometimes occured in picture. I expect more than this. My old pocket camera (at same price) is better. Night photograph is just enough only (no special thing).

1:54 pm - Wednesday, October 8, 2014