Panasonic has been a recognized player in the camera sector. With a series of cameras launched every year, the company has increased its competency. Following the launch of its DMC series comes the S5 camera. Here is a review on the same:
The compact DMC-S5's new sensor boasts an effective resolution of 16.1 megapixels from a 1/2.33" RGB CCD image sensor, a very slight increase from the 14.1 megapixels of last year's model. Panasonic has coupled this new imager with the same Lumix DC Vario branded 4x optical zoom lens that featured in the DMC-S3. The DMC-S5's lens offers a 35mm-equivalent range from a useful 28mm wide angle to a 112mm telephoto and features a true optical image stabilization system with which to fight blur caused by camera shake. The camera has also managed to squeeze in a feature named extra zoom. This feature gives the user an option to reduce the number of megapixels, thereby increasing the zoom distance.
This works on a sliding scale with an increasing amount of zoom becoming available the megapixels are decreased. The maximum zoom available is 9x zoom at 3 megapixels. 3 megapixels should still be enough for a user to make a small, 6 x 4 inch print. The camera’s lens offers aperture ranging from f/3.1 to f/9.0 at wide angle, and from a rather dim f/6.5 to f/20.0 at telephoto. Thanks to the Venus Engine image processor, this camera can shoot full-resolution images at 1.4 frames per second, down from the two frames per second of its predecessor. In addition to the above, this camera has plenty of scene modes that are available to enhance the creativity in every shot clicked by the photographer. The scene modes available with the Lumix DMC S5 are: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, / Baby1 (birthday only), Baby2 (birthday only), Pet (birthday only), / Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through and Photo Frame.
Additionally, this camera features an active macro mode that helps the user get close to the subject. The camera can focus 5 cms away from the subject for the most interesting pictures. The DMC S5 comes equipped with Image Stabilization. This helps to compensate for any slight movement of the camera while taking a picture. It leads to sharper looking shots. Lastly, this camera carries a Special Image Up loader software. This makes uploading of still photos and movie clips to websites such as Facebook and Youtube simple and hassle free.
Design and Display:
The Panasonic DMC S5 camera carries a dimension of 98 x 57 x 21 mm and a combined weight of 112 grams including card and batteries. In addition to this, the camera carries a 2.7-inch LCD display that comes with 230-k dot resolution. Sadly, there is an exclusion of an optical viewfinder on the camera. The camera has a 23-point multi-area autofocus system, which also includes a single-point focusing mode, rather than the 11-point system of its predecessor. The power on this camera comes from a 680mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack, and is rated as good for 260 shots on a charge to CIPA testing standards.
With the Panasonic DMC S5, things are pretty handy and simple. Considering the price factor and the feature proportion, this camera makes a handy companion.