Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5 review

In the ever increasingly crammed compacted camera market, all the companies are frequently coming up with latest models with higher technological applications and Panasonic's Lumix range is obviously worth consideration in the race! Being a 10-megapixel compact point-and-shoot camera, it has really lived up to the expectations of the market.

Design Features 

This is a light weight pocket sized Compact Digital camera with 2.5” LCD screen. It is available in red, silver and black colors. The matte silver metal frame with chrome accents renders it a slick look. This new model comes with4x optical zoom and 30mm wide angle LeicaDC lens. FS5 has 230,000-dot high resolution along with Intelligent LCD function, which identifies the lighting condition and controls the level of brightness for the LCD in as good as 11 fine steps, thereby offering a display with the most apposite lucidity in almost any situation. 

Special Features of Lumix DMC-FS5

The DMC-FS5 features an Intelligent Auto-mode that provides 5 different shooting-assist functions, namely, Intelligent ISO Control, Mega O.I.S., Intelligent Scene Selector, Quick AF functions and Face Detection.

  • Intelligent ISO Control abstains motion blur.
  • Mega O.I.S. restrains hand-shake
  • It also has various scene modes namely; Scenery, Portrait, Night Portrait and Night Scenery. Out of these modes the most frequently used mode is automatically selected by the Intelligent Scene Selector
  • The Quick AF system feature in this version enables the camera to initiate focusing on the subject even when the shutter button is just pressed halfway, in order to achieve the best results. This also helps to reduce the AF time.
  • The Face Detection system identifies a human face to adjust the focus and suitable exposure for it involuntarily.

As you enter Intelligent Auto-mode, these multi-skilled functions take place automatically this allows you to shoot without being bothered about the adjustment settings each time there is change in conditions. This therefore renders trouble-free shooting service at you disposal in almost any situation. The consumer gets the satisfaction that comes with beautiful images with crystal clarity.


Hardware Features of Lumix DMC-FS5

Apart from these there are several other features that one would be interested in.

Some of the attractive hardware features are as enlisted below:

  • A pleasing and handy rounded collar rocker switch for the zoom feature.
  • An easy zoom button that makes zoom to reach its max of 4x with one simple touch.
  • The 64 mm wide LCD screen appears to be small, probably due to being surrounded by black bezel.
  • The High Angle mode of the LCD makes the screen tremendously simple to view when the camera is held high in hand, especially when shooting over a crowd. 

High-Quality, High- Speed Image-Processing LSI

Remarkably, one may mention the dual noise reduction for chromatic signal processing and luminance signal processing system with an advanced technology time-honored by the earlier Venus Engine III. This renders it a more urbane process. Initially, there is two-dimensional separation of the luminance and then the isolated low-frequency noise is eliminated without disturbing the high-frequency noise that significantly influences resolution.

Later on, the vital information of point of change is accurately stored for strict purpose of edges, thereby suppressing the color bleeding, dramatically. This gives a clearer image in high ISO sensitivity documenting, and also reproduces minute details in low-lit areas of pictures which are even taken at low ISO sensitivity.

Thrilling Options to Experience the Fun while Photographing

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5 camera further offers an extensive assortment of options to Experience the Fun while Photographing. DMC-FS20 provides slideshows with musical options. All you need to do is just select the pictures you want to include in show and choose the musical mood that best matches your selection from swing, natural, slow or even urban. This adds an emotional touch to your memories.

Lumix camera can take 1920x1080 pixels, high-definition quality photos that are even perfect for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen HDTV. The company, Panasonic is clearly focused on making the art of photography more enjoyable and accessible. It lets people to view their images easily on a Panasonic Viera TV with the help of internal SD card slot.

In case of the motion pictures, DMC-FS5 can record WVGA (848 x 480) images at 30 frames per sec in addition to standard VGA format (640 x 480).

Another valuable feature is the Title Editing option, which enables text to be input as add on information for the picture, for instance, names of children or friends. An important feature for travel places. As well as dates, which can be accommodating when organizing a photo album, can be imprinted on photos with the special Text Stamp function. About 50 MB of internal memory is allotted to back up the SDHC/SD Memory Card.
these features can be quickly understood with the help of Demo mode.
The DMC-FS5 is attuned with an optional marine case which enables users to shoot underwater while scuba diving, etc, making it more fun.

Some important Specifications of Lumix DMC-FS5


The sensor offers following details:

  • 1/2.33" Type CCD
  • Primary color filter (RGB)
  • 10.7 million total pixels of which effective are 10.1 million

Image sizes

It has a 4:3 Aspect Ratio for images.

  • 3648 x 2736 pixels
  • 3072 x 2304 pixels
  • 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 1600 x 1200 pixels
  • 640 x 480 pixels 

File formats supported

  • JPEG
  • QuickTime Motion JPEG 


  • 4x Optical zoom
  • 30 - 120mm
  • 5.2 - 20.8mm
  • 3 Aspherical Lenses and 4 Aspherical surfaces 

Image stabilization Feature

MEGA O.I.S. Lens-shift stabilization

Digital zoom

Upto 4x of digital zoom 

Focus Abilities

  • Face
  • 1-point1-point high speed
  • 9-point Normal
  • Macro
  • Quick Auto Focus On/Off option 

White balance options 

  • White balance fine tune
  • White Set Adjustment which is available only in underwater mode