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Panasonic releases DMC-LS5 budget compact

By dpreview staff on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has released the DMC-LS5 budget compact camera. The LS5 takes AA batteries and features a 26-130mm equivalent F2.8-6.5 lens with optical image stabilization. The camera is built around a 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor and can shoot 720p30 HD video in the Motion Jpeg format. We don't, as yet, have details of pricing or availability.

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PANASONIC ANNOUNCES EASY-TO-USE DIGITAL CAMERA WITH 26MM WIDE-ANGLE F2.8 LENS, IDEAL FOR LOW-LIGHT SHOOTING

The LUMIX LS5 Shoots 720 HD Video and Runs on AA Batteries

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 21, 2011) – Panasonic today announces a new 14.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-LS5 digital camera that features a high-quality 26mm wide-angle, 5x optical zoom lens. With an incredible F2.8 lens and Optical Image Stabilization, the LUMIX LS5 excels in taking clear photos, even in dimly-lit situations. The LUMIX LS5 also features 720p High Definition video capabilities and runs on AA batteries, perfect for the user who is looking for added convenience.

“The LUMIX LS5 is the ideal digital camera for an entry-level user who wants an extremely easy to use digital camera that does not sacrifice image quality,” said David Fisher, Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With top-quality features like HD video and an F2.8 26mm wide-angle lens, the LS5 is giving consumers exceptional performance and value, while being easy-to-use and convenient. By adding a LUMIX model that runs on AA batteries, we are mindful that consumers have different needs and preferences.”

To further its ease-of-use, the LUMIX LS5 features Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto mode), which automatically engages the following features, without the user making any setting adjustments:

  • O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) – Helps reduce blur caused by a shaky hand
  • Face Detection – Finds human faces to give appropriate focus and exposure
  • Intelligent Scene Selector – Detects the environment and sets the best shooting parameters based on Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Macro

The new LUMIX LS5 records HD video in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps – which is ideal for viewing on a High Definition Television. Users with a VIERA® HDTV, can simply remove the SD Memory Card from the LUMIX and insert it into the built-in SD Memory Card Slot on the VIERA HDTV to enjoy HD videos and photo slideshows.  The LUMIX LS5 can also record video in standard VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240).

The Panasonic LUMIX LS5 will be available in black in November 2011. Pricing will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping. For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit: www.panasonic.com/lumix.

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Total comments: 12
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learnerguy
By learnerguy (Aug 25, 2011)

Panasonic just missed the P,A,S,M modes on this. Too bad. Also, a slight more wide angle to the tune of 24mm should have helped it. Maybe it has other plans to launch another LZ model in fall-2011 with P,A,S,M modes but that wont have the AA which is a must.

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Neloy Sinha
By Neloy Sinha (Jul 22, 2011)

A photographer's life is made simple after a long hiatus.A new model but without new gimmick. Keeping the CCD,wide option (26mm), I.S , 2.8 opening & AA revival made some path breaking changes. Panasonic did it again,thinking of people new/fresh in the field of digital photography. It is particularly good for those who want to go beyond their cell phone cameras.Then the bumper bonus is HD photography.No doubt the features are decent unless one grumble for P/A/S/M options.There is no visible additional bulge in the belly. The accommodated AA battries are additional boost for many people who believe in simple solution, single source of power for most domestic gadgets. I.S incorporated for steady shots are good for many elderly with shaky hands if not always for extra long zoom.We are happy and will wait for prototype review in coming future in DPREVIEW blog.

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Rob Gordon
By Rob Gordon (Jul 21, 2011)

This looks similar to a camera I picked up at Costco last week, the Lumix DMC-S3, for $99, including a case and 2GB SD card. I bought it to use on my bike figuring it wouldn't be a shame if it got smashed or soaked.

It has Optical Image Stabilization, Face Detection, 720p and IA, 4X zoom, 28 instead of 26mm, a proprietary battery instead of AA's, 14.1 megapixels. It's very small and shiny, which I like.

Somewhat to my surprise, it takes very decent pictures. See these:

http://robgordon.smugmug.com/Other/SummerDay/i-L9cLqhx/0/L/P1000109-L.jpg

http://robgordon.smugmug.com/Other/SummerDay/i-RfCsPtz/0/L/P1000154-L.jpg

http://robgordon.smugmug.com/Other/SummerDay/i-wZ8mhxn/0/L/P1000097-L.jpg

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Jul 21, 2011)

You don't get optical stabilization on budget cameras that often. Creating a wide angle lens at 26mm with 5x zoom isn't particularly cheap either. Running AA batteries is a cost saving measure, some people like it, some dont. Look at the old Canon a590IS, a widely popular small camera that also runs on AA. The difference though, is that that camera features PASM modes for the budget enthusiast. This one is more for the budget traveler.

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mattmtl
By mattmtl (Jul 21, 2011)

Panasonic used to have a couple of budget models with PASM (LZ series, if memory serves). I'm guessing those days are long gone...

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mattmtl
By mattmtl (Jul 21, 2011)

Panasonic used to have a couple of budget models with PASM (LZ series, if memory serves). I'm guessing those days are long gone...

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WarrenKK
By WarrenKK (Jul 21, 2011)

These were the LZ8 and LZ10. I still have the LZ8 and use it a lot. It beats my cell phone camera and I use the manual exposure all the time for panoramas and stitching and HDR effects. I was thinking of it as the ideal 2 week hiking camera because I could get a solar AA charger and a large SDHC card or cards.I would appreciate the wide angle though.

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GarageBoy
By GarageBoy (Jul 21, 2011)

Seems like a nice $120 camera

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Neoasphalt
By Neoasphalt (Jul 21, 2011)

It would be ideal with 6 or even better 4 MP - many people dont need more and there would be MUCH better low light ability, but this is just the next crap (of course, this relates to any manufacturer).
Probably no company will do that in near future, cause nobody then will buy more expensive crap with pixel density more than 30MP/cm3.
4 MP on 1/2.3 sensor, easy pocketable, 4-5x zoom, internal flash, AA or AAA batteries with aperture priority mode and manual exposure compensation (even without video) - I would by next day!

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schaki
By schaki (Jul 21, 2011)

"Ideal for low-light shooting" What kind of joke is that statement? Especially with Panny's wormlike NR. Add to that 14mp (!) and a zoom which begin at f2.8... I laughs...

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386
By 386 (Jul 21, 2011)

14 MP, 26-130mm, F2.8, 5cm macro, O.I.S., iA, 720p

Wow!

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Total comments: 12