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Should You Buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?

Updated 20 October 2019 by Matthew
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Panasonic is one of the most popular digital camera brands as well as being well known for its bread makers, TVs and microwaves.

We've collated all the key information on Panasonic digital cameras in this handy guide. We've analysed over 130,000 user and expert reviews and over 4,300 awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 1,900 digital cameras to impartially compare each digital camera brand.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras. Their digital cameras start at £72 for the DMC-FS28 which has a weight of 96g, an optical zoom of 4x and is a compact digital camera and go up to £1,300 for the Lumix DMC-GH5 which has a weight of 645g, an optical zoom of §x and is a mirrorless digital camera. The average price of a new Panasonic digital camera is £443.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning digital cameras.

Is Panasonic the Best Digital Camera Brand?

So are Panasonic digital cameras any good? We give every digital camera a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all digital cameras we are able to impartially rank all the digital camera brands.

Panasonic is ranked the No. 2 best digital camera brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 2nd best digital camera brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
31,663 reviews
#2
Japan
92%
92%
4,500 reviews
#3
Japan
92%
92%
25,186 reviews
#4
Japan
91%
91%
12,542 reviews
#5
Japan
87%
87%
6,722 reviews
#6
86%
86%
1,111 reviews
#7
Japan
82%
82%
3,098 reviews
#8
Polaroid
82%
82%
2,202 reviews
#9
South Korea
81%
81%
4,351 reviews
#10
81%
81%
825 reviews
#11
Sigma
79%
79%
396 reviews
#12
79%
79%
1,703 reviews
#13
Praktica
76%
76%
94 reviews
#14
Ricoh
75%
75%
122 reviews
#15
Fuji
74%
74%
362 reviews
#16
SeaLife
73%
73%
4 reviews
#17
easypix
70%
70%
102 reviews
#18
69%
69%
58 reviews
#19
Hasselblad
67%
67%
90 reviews
#20
GE
United States
65%
65%
206 reviews
#21
65%
65%
82 reviews
#22
Lytro
63%
63%
207 reviews
#23
Konica Minolta
60%
60%
8 reviews
#24
Vivitar
60%
60%
244 reviews
#25
Mamiya
59%
59%
2 reviews
#26
AgfaPhoto
58%
58%
2 reviews
#27
LG
South Korea
57%
57%
2 reviews
#28
HP
United States
57%
57%
14 reviews
#29
VTech
53%
53%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Panasonic digital cameras compare to the other digital camera brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
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Panasonic Digital Cameras

There's a wide selection of Panasonic digital cameras available compared to other digital camera brands, with over 50 Panasonic digital cameras currently on the market in the UK. At an average purchase price of £443, Panasonic digital cameras also tend to be cheaper than most other digital camera brands which makes them a popular choice with consumers.

The average review score for a Panasonic digital camera is 80%.

Panasonic have better reviews than the typical digital camera brand, with the average rating of a Panasonic digital camera being 80%. Panasonic have a number of great features including rechargeable battery and selfie mode which sets them apart from the competition.

No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£591
£0 £5,000 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000 £25,000 £30,000 £35,000 £40,000 £45,000 £479,999
Price Distribution of All Digital Cameras
No. Of Digital Cameras
Average Price
£443
£0 £5,000 £10,000 £15,000 £20,000 £25,000 £30,000 £35,000 £40,000 £45,000 £479,999
Price Distribution of Panasonic Digital Cameras

What Do the Panasonic Digital Camera Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Panasonic digital camera to work out the average distribution of reviews for Panasonic and then compared this to the other digital camera brands.

Panasonic logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
765
4 stars
621
3 stars
65
2 stars
9
1 star
0
Panasonic logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,055
4 stars
306
3 stars
74
2 stars
53
1 star
80
Panasonic has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its digital cameras than most other digital camera brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 95% of expert reviews and 87% of user reviews for Panasonic digital cameras are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 88% respectively across all Digital Camera brands.

Purchasers of Panasonic digital cameras frequently mentioned that the product has useful technical features and takes good landscape photos. Their digital cameras have also won 500+ awards.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Panasonic digital cameras by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other digital camera brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic
CNET.com logo
75%
423 reviews
73%
335 reviews
75%
212 reviews
74%
125 reviews
80%
83 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
80%
121 reviews
83%
140 reviews
81%
91 reviews
77%
41 reviews
84%
91 reviews
PhotographyBlog.com logo
82%
123 reviews
82%
139 reviews
87%
60 reviews
82%
49 reviews
87%
43 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
124 reviews
74%
136 reviews
81%
61 reviews
70%
42 reviews
82%
44 reviews
Ephotozine logo
79%
107 reviews
77%
133 reviews
85%
51 reviews
79%
44 reviews
88%
43 reviews
Chip.de logo
75%
112 reviews
76%
89 reviews
83%
70 reviews
71%
42 reviews
84%
32 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
102 reviews
70%
81 reviews
78%
55 reviews
67%
30 reviews
87%
39 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
77%
80 reviews
74%
75 reviews
75%
39 reviews
72%
30 reviews
84%
33 reviews
Digital Versus logo
77%
78 reviews
70%
64 reviews
81%
46 reviews
70%
31 reviews
87%
29 reviews
PC Mag logo
72%
94 reviews
74%
62 reviews
77%
44 reviews
69%
23 reviews
75%
19 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
80%
73 reviews
81%
69 reviews
80%
35 reviews
77%
29 reviews
86%
34 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
80%
70 reviews
81%
62 reviews
81%
40 reviews
79%
31 reviews
83%
26 reviews
dkamera.de logo
84%
79 reviews
87%
66 reviews
88%
37 reviews
85%
19 reviews
90%
22 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
88%
61 reviews
88%
52 reviews
88%
42 reviews
85%
32 reviews
88%
26 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
58 reviews
76%
44 reviews
74%
30 reviews
73%
23 reviews
79%
18 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
87%
56 reviews
87%
36 reviews
87%
36 reviews
86%
8 reviews
88%
29 reviews
Camera Labs logo
84%
81 reviews
84%
37 reviews
85%
28 reviews
83%
2 reviews
86%
16 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
73%
61 reviews
74%
50 reviews
76%
23 reviews
76%
22 reviews
78%
5 reviews
01net.com logo
76%
38 reviews
80%
35 reviews
87%
32 reviews
70%
26 reviews
91%
27 reviews
stuff.tv logo
88%
47 reviews
92%
38 reviews
93%
32 reviews
76%
9 reviews
91%
22 reviews
Other Expert Sites
76%
2,468 reviews
75%
1,988 reviews
73%
1,428 reviews
70%
905 reviews
76%
752 reviews
Average
79%
4,456 reviews
79%
3,731 reviews
82%
2,492 reviews
76%
1,563 reviews
85%
1,433 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Digital Cameras Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 503 industry awards for Panasonic digital cameras. The table below compares the number of awards given to Panasonic to other popular digital camera brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Panasonic has won 503 awards for its digital cameras.

Compare all award winning digital cameras

Number of Awards Canon Nikon Sony Samsung Panasonic
PhotographyBlog.com logo
103
111
53
40
38
Ephotozine logo
69
75
40
25
40
Lydogbilde.no logo
32
59
32
13
56
Camera Labs logo
91
43
32
26
CNET.com logo
33
33
17
9
11
Trusted Reviews logo
27
27
18
13
16
photoreview.com.au logo
27
20
24
4
23
DP Review logo
29
28
21
5
13
Pocket Lint logo
21
21
15
7
23
01net.com logo
16
20
21
8
20
What Digital Camera logo
25
18
18
9
15
Digitaltrends.com logo
25
20
22
7
5
Expert Reviews logo
19
19
8
5
16
reviewed.com logo
16
14
18
5
9
buy-n-shoot.com logo
21
9
14
8
3
M3.idg.se logo
12
16
8
6
6
Digital Versus logo
9
9
13
3
12
letsgodigital.org/nl/ logo
19
14
7
3
2
PC Mag logo
13
15
12
2
2
Akam.no logo
17
9
7
1
8
Other Expert Sites
341
287
232
115
159
Total
965
867
632
288
503

How Reliable Are Panasonic Digital Cameras?

We checked over 130,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Panasonic digital cameras. 230+ of these reviews that mention reliability of which 86% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Panasonic digital camera owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

86% of reviewers think Panasonic digital cameras are reliable.

So, most people think that Panasonic digital cameras are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Panasonic digital cameras that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

The GM5 features a built in electronic viewfinder
Ephotozine
PDN is a member of the Technical Image Press Association which has contracted with Image Engineering to perform detailed lab tests of digital cameras
pdnonline.com
rugged design slightly
wovow.org
sturdy build
Digitaltrends.com
It's well built
Good Gear Guide.com.au
reliable as one might hope
macworld.co.uk
HD video capture—and this rugged shooter was waterproof up to 33 feet
PC Mag
solid weather-proofed build quality
PhotographyBlog.com
NFC are built in
brisbanetimes.com.au
well built
photoreview.com.au
since then it has built up an impressive range of Micro Four Thirds cameras
amateurphotographer.co.uk
Rugged cameras have been around for years
stuffmideast.com
my answer basically comes down to whether they need a camera with a superzoom lens or need one that is rugged
CNET.co.uk
54AM No camera looks more rugged than the FT5
stuff.tv
the robust metal construction of the Lumix LX5 is pitched at photo enthusiasts
techworld.com

NOT RELIABLE

There's no shortage of rugged
Expert Reviews
ruins the classic good looks of the E-P5—and you can't misplace what's built into the camera
reviewed.com
not a rugged device
Bhphotovideo.com
if you read the instructions it cannot stay in water for longer than 1 hour so i guess it leaks after that so the rubber seal is proberably not up to the job it certainly looks that way
amazon.co.uk
The other slightly doubtful bit of construction is the rear dial wheel
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Digital Cameras

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Panasonic digital cameras that set them apart from the competition. These include rechargeable battery and selfie mode.

Panasonic Rechargeable Battery

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A rechargable battery means tht the battery pack in the camera can be recharged, meaning no need to constantly replace them with other batteries.

Panasonic digital cameras that have a rechargeable battery include the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 (£230), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 (£410) and the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 (£810).

Panasonic Selfie Mode

Panasonic digital cameras that feature selfie mode include the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 (£230).

What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

£409.99
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20.1MP
5472 X 3648
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4K
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25,600
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1s
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2.8
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780g
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3"
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A great mid range choice, priced at £409.99 is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.1MP)
ok optical zoom (16x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Image stabiliser

Customers report that this digital camera has a good zoom, it's really able to produce good images and very good for video recording. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 16x optical zoom digital camera, good for landscape photography. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, has an image stabiliser and features smile detection.

97
Reviews
112 Reviews + 20 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Popularity
Widely Available
74
Value for Money
Good
69
Age
5 Years Old
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 has very good expert reviews and exceptional user reviews with an average overall rating of 93%, based on 112 reviews. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 has received 20 awards including a "Recommended" award from M3.idg.se plus four other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from Optyczne.pl plus three other sites.

DP Review Gold
What Digital Camera Gold
PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews Best Buy
Techradar Recommended
Digital Versus 5 Star
Pocket Lint Recommended
Camera Labs Highly Recommended
M3.idg.se Recommended
tek.no Recommended
onfoto.ru Silver
muycomputer.com 4.5 Star
CNET.com.au Editor's Choice
optyczne.pl Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com 5 Star
01net.com 5 Star
reviewed.com Editor's Choice
Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice
Akam.no Recommended

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is 136.8mm wide, 98.5mm tall, 130.7mm deep and weighs 780g.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front view

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What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

£809.99
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20.3MP
5184 X 3888
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
22
MINIMUM
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
658g
3"
SCREEN
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic digital camera then the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 86, but is a bit more expensive at £809.99.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (20.3MP)
ok optical zoom (5x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Image stabiliser

A very popular and multi award winning 5x optical zoom digital camera, good for wildlife photography. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, features bluetooth and supports Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good picture resolution, it's able to produce good images and good for video recording.

96
Reviews
122 Reviews + 13 Awards
90
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
66
Value for Money
Good
87
Age
19 Months Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 has very good expert reviews and superb user reviews with an average overall rating of 94%, based on 122 reviews. Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 has received 13 awards including a "Recommended" award from Altomdata.dk plus four other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com plus two other sites.

Ephotozine Editor's Choice
Techradar Recommended
Pocket Lint Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice
photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
focus-numerique.fr Recommended
altomdata.dk Recommended
lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star
komputerswiat.pl Best Product
fotomaniak.pl 5 Star
ljudochbild.se Recommended
tek.no Recommended
Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended 6 star

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Digital Camera?

Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90

£229.99
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20.3MP
5184 X 3888
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OPTICAL ZOOM
4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3.3
MINIMUM
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
280g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

At only £229.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 85 the Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Selfie mode
High megapixels (20.3MP)
ok optical zoom (30x)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
Image stabiliser

Purchasers report that this camera has superb features, a very good zoom and it's very easy to use. It's an award winning and optical zoom 280g camera, great for everyday photography. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen and supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video.

95
Reviews
41 Reviews + 3 Awards
93
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Widely Available
66
Value for Money
Good
84
Age
2 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 87%, based on 41 reviews. Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 has received three awards including a "Recommended" award from Pocket Lint plus two other sites.

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
Ephotozine Recommended
Pocket Lint Recommended

The Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 is 112mm wide, 67.3mm tall, 41.2mm deep and weighs 280g.

Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ90 front view

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Panasonic Digital Camera?
Is Panasonic the Best Digital Camera Brand?
What Do the Panasonic Digital Camera Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Digital Cameras Received?
How Reliable Are Panasonic Digital Cameras?
Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Digital Cameras
Panasonic Rechargeable Battery
Panasonic Selfie Mode
What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Digital Camera?
What is the Best High End Panasonic Digital Camera?
What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Digital Camera?

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