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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS5

By Jamie Harrison

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The camera also features the motion detection function from the last line-up, which automatically recognises if the subject Is moving and sets the appropriate the ISO speed and shutter. Similarly the shake detection counteracts the camera shake caused by slow shutter speeds or low light photography.

In terms of low light the camera offers a user selectable range covering ISO 100-1600, while in high sensitivity mode the range covers an impressive ISO 400-6400, set automatically by the camera.

The latest addition to the Intelligent auto technologies is Quick AF, which kick starts the auto focus as soon as the camera is pointed at the subject, instead of pressing the shutter halfway. This reduces shutter delay and enables faster shooting reaction times.

This speed is further enhanced thanks to the fast processing of the new Venus Engine which offers 2.5 frames per second shooting at maximum image size, over 3 frames, or 5 frames in basic JPEG mode. Reducing the image size speeds up this process even more, at 2MP for example the camera offers 6fps for the capacity of the card, depending on the speed of your memory card.

The FS5 has several playback functions, either via the 2.5inch LCD screen or via an HD TV, including widescreen viewing (when images are shot in 16:9 widescreen mode) along with a new slideshow function in which music can be added.

The intelligent LCD function automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to match that of the ambient light, making, according to Panasonic easier viewing of images whether in bright light or darkened rooms.

Panasonic is one of the major battery manufacturers in Japan and the Lithium Ion battery included with the FS5 is said to offer an average of up to 280 pictures before needing recharging, though this is variable depending on flash and LCD usage. The company is also one of the founders of th Secure Digital media format, so the camera accepts both SD and SDHC media, as well as the older MMC cards. There's also 50MB of internal memory should you fill your memory card.

Simon Hall

November 9, 2008, 9:44 pm

I recently bought this camera due to many positive reviews on other sites and on this one, and I have to say that I am very dissapointed with the camera. My previous Camera was an Advent MP8 (PC world/Currys own Brand) and the Advent camera produces images of far superior quality to this Panasonic. There are also other flaws with the Panasonic that I was not expecting, movies are created in quicktime (Why not Divx or other windows media viewer formats?)


The camera often fails to focus correctly on faces, especially indoors, whilst outdoor images lack detail, even with the lowest ISO100 setting. (a lower setting would be better for bright days)





The camera also requires the battery to be removed from the cemera to be charged, which is a pain.


In the end I returned the camera and got a refund. I am looking to replace with a different make of camera.

Martin 9

June 23, 2009, 8:41 pm

On the contrary, I'm very satisfied with my new Lumix FS5.


The battery charger is small, and it's really not that much job removing the battery from its slot. The battery also lasts quite a while, longer than I'd expected. The pictures are of (what I would call) high quality. As it is a 10 mpx camera, you can't expect more than the FS5 delivers.


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To not miss any details when fx. outdoors, using the different scenery modes in different circumstances works out just about flawlessly. The camera is also stuffed with other modes, such as the High-speed burst mode (which I, as a 16-year-old find amusing when taking pictures in ie. a volleyball match).





The movies should indeed not be saved in QuickTime-format, but converting the movies isn't that hard, really. Also, if you're going to record film, using a digital still-image camera isn't the best choice in the first place.

Struth

July 4, 2009, 10:08 am

After much online searching, was leaning towards the FS5 - only to find out they're discontinuing it here (NZ) and replacing with the FS12. Struggling to find any reviews on the FS12. Anyone aware of it? Should go for it without the insight of other buyers' opinions? (alternative on the shortlist is the Canon A2000IS)? {Do the reviewers have any upcoming reviews maybe or is this not going to be on offer to the UK market?}. Many thanks.

T.Miller

July 27, 2009, 12:05 am

I've used the DMC-FS5 for a 'sketchbook'; excellent for slipping into the handbag or pocket. While it may not produce exhibition quality work, it has been a great workhorse all around. Sadly, a black sooty spot has developed on the LCD, after 8 months of use and not sure how to get rid of it. Anyone who knows please send advice...thanks.

Hellfire

September 2, 2009, 2:00 pm

I just got this cam (2 months) from my dad who's buying a new and more expensive cam. I like it very much this far, and I love the colours it captures on a pic. It's small, but not TO small,, I look forward to the winter and snow, to try it then.


Also today I'mgoing to visit a place where they got HUGE star telescope, and I'll try to take some pics into that :-)


And as Martin sayin his comment, it's just not right to complain about the video format, because it's made to take pics, not make movies. And in any case, if you just know a little bit about what you're doing, converting them to DivX or Xvid is very easy.





As for T.MILLER and the black spot on the LCD, you don't say how big it is, but it's my guess that it's just a dead pixel or two. You cannot do anything about that, but the warranty say something about how many dead pixels there can be before they change the screen for free. But if it'sreally in the way for your photographing, take it back to the shop, and baybe they'll do it for you for free.

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