Expert Review of Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point & Shoot
Panasonic Lumix DMC S5 Point and Shoot holds a 4x optical zoom lens with a 16.1MP CCD sensor and its focal length covers 28-112mm, in 34mm terms. To keep the images as sharp as possible, the camera makes use of the mega optical image stabilization feature along with the sonic speed autofocus. The intelligent auto mode makes taking pictures easier all the way, for here, the camera adjusts the best settings all by itself for the given scene. There are features such as intelligent ISO control, face detection, auto exposure, autofocus, intelligent exposure and intelligent scene selector. There are a number of scene modes that include auto retouch and panorama shot. Videos can be recorded in high definition. The color modes can be used in shooting videos and pictures. The images come out well exposed and the color reproduction is also good. Also, the portraits come out with a great skin tone and are free of any red effects. The landscape mode covers scenes with brilliant greens and blues.
The panorama shots are taken with good detail and are stitched well together with slight ghosting that is seen at times. While shooting, you can choose from among the 4 color modes that make your pictures unique. Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 comes as a budget camera that offers optical image stabilizer and auto panoramic stitching - the two features that are not seen on cameras under this price range. The quality of images is good and the camera is easy to use. The pictures can be shared easily over the social networking sites like facebook. The camera must be attached to a tripod in order to stabilize the shots. S5 is a digicam that will make a perfect gift for someone dear to you. Overall, the camera is a nice and cute digital imager for all the beginners.
Design and Build Quality
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot is a very light and small camera that can be carried inside the pocket, quite comfortably. A number of buttons sit at the rear that include a d-pad having a menu at the centre, delete, playback, zoom rocker and other modes. The d-pad allows you to achieve access to the timer, display, flash, exposure compensation and also lets you cycle through the menus. At the top, there are power and shutter release buttons. The menu system can be navigated easily and carries a text at the lower part of the screen that tells the user what each setting is meant for. There is a small and low resolution screen that is good enough for a budget digital camera. The screen is bright and can be viewed easily. As per CIPA testing standards, the battery life comes rated to take 260 shots.
Focus and Face Detection
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot comes with a minimum focusing distance of 5cm. The focusing modes are autofocus and face detection.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot comes with a 4x optical zoom lens that holds a maximum aperture of f/3.1 - f/6.5 and covers a focal length of 28mm – 112mm, in 35mm terms. The lens delivers decent detailing to the images at both the ends of the lens and exercises good control over purple fringing in images. The detail within the images taken by using intelligent zoom isn’t very appreciable, so it is recommended that you crop the images by yourself. For macro shots, the minimum focusing distance is of 5cm, which allows you to get a closer enough for a good macro shot. There is a mega optical image stabilization feature too.
Screen and Menus
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot comes with a menu system that is easier to navigate, for at the bottom appears a line of text that explains the function of the menu. The screen is 2.7 inches wide and holds a resolution of 230k dots. The resolution is indeed slow but is good enough for a budget camera having a clear and brighter view.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot comes rated with 260 shots as per CIPA testing standards. The battery type used here is Li-ion pack that holds power of 680mAh capacity. And inside the bundle comes an AC cable, a battery and a charger.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot records videos in HD resolution. The quality of the video is good enough but you cannot make use of the optical zoom while recording videos. Other resolutions in which a video can be recorded are 1280x720p (HD), 640x480p (VGA) and 320x240p (QVGA). The frame rate at which the video gets recorded is 24fps. However, there is no stereo format to record sound.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot catches images at 16.1MP resolution with a CCD sensor sized at 1/2.33-inch. The width and height of the pixels are 4608 and 3456 respectively. And the aspect ratios involved are 16:9, 4:3, 3:2 and 1:1. The ISO sensitivity range covers ISO marks from 100 to 6400. Noise disturbance is quite low at ISO100, 200 and 400, but the images begin to become softer at ISO800. At ISO1600, the noise is high and the images look grainy. If you want to shoot in dark conditions, then you’d have to switch to higher sensitivity marks. The high sensitivity mark can be found in the scene modes that lets you shoot at ISO6400 with the image size restricted to 3 megapixels only.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot is easy to use and delivers decent quality images
The camera also makes use of optical image stabilization
It is a value for money
The camera can catch good panoramas
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 Point and Shoot comes with a restricted zoom range
Socket for tripod hasn’t been placed too well
Intelligent zoom does not seem to be intelligent