Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 just £39 at Tesco - online and in-store (£64.99 at Amazon)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 just £39 at Tesco - online and in-store (£64.99 at Amazon)

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Found 31st Mar 2014
Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a respected manufacturer.

I spotted this in-store today (Solihull Extra) where they had 3 or 4 in stock and then noticed it is the same price from Tesco Direct. Black, silver or pink. 5x zoom, 14.1MP and a proper Li-ion rechargeable battery. Spec includes optical image stabilisation and video recording.

In store it had originally been marked up at £79.

Good customer reviews on the Tesco and Amazon sites.

46 Comments

Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, can't understand no one seems to want stand alone compact cameras anymore, smartphone cameras have improved so much and most importantly you carry it with you all the time, can't remember the last time I took my Camera with me other than on a special occasion like a wedding or daytrip/holiday.

very good camera!!

Nice slim compact for the price - just what I've been looking for as a cheap alternative when I don't want to lug my SLR around!

Thanks!

Good find thanks

Besford

Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a … Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a respected manufacturer.




Ralph888

Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, … Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, can't understand no one seems to want stand alone compact cameras anymore, smartphone cameras have improved so much and most importantly you carry it with you all the time, can't remember the last time I took my Camera with me other than on a special occasion like a wedding or daytrip/holiday.



Those dappy idiots standing at the top of mountains, or at other places they're clearly only going to be at once in a lifetime....and they stand there aiming their crappy ipads.....make me want to reach for an automatic firearm....:| Colleague at work actually used a phone camera for her Canadian holiday photos. oO Speechless.

Banned

anyhow ,a good deal ,and thank you for posting

I got one of theses from Tesco 4-5yrs ago. Then at about £80. The screen has just gone on it, so time for a new one I think! Hot

Very good price and image quality will still be better quality than a smartphone.

Would make a nice gift for someone starting out in photography.

Elevation

Colleague at work actually used a phone camera for her Canadian holiday … Colleague at work actually used a phone camera for her Canadian holiday photos. oO Speechless.



And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos suffering from camera shake.

Was going to buy for parents until I saw this?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Verdict
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 lacks in features and doesn't score highly in any of the other categories either. It is cheap, which is a bonus, meaning its an ideal camera for a child, perhaps as a gift. Image quality may suit those who share on Facebook, but when you view images larger, there are clearly issue with quality. With this camera from Panasonic, you get what you pay for!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Pros
Small, lightweight body
Produces decent panoramas
Decent battery life
Very cheap

Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 Cons
Doesn't have many features
Sluggish focusing speeds
Image quality is poor

FEATURES 1 /5
HANDLING 2.5
PERFORMANCE 2.5
VALUE FOR MONEY 3
VERDICT 2.5

ephotozine.com/art…848

LongPockets

And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos … And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos suffering from camera shake.



don't forget the digital zoom! Ugh.

dalmore12

Was going to buy for parents until I saw this?Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 … Was going to buy for parents until I saw this?Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 VerdictThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 lacks in features and doesn't score highly in any of the other categories either. It is cheap, which is a bonus, meaning its an ideal camera for a child, perhaps as a gift. Image quality may suit those who share on Facebook, but when you view images larger, there are clearly issue with quality. With this camera from Panasonic, you get what you pay for!Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ProsSmall, lightweight bodyProduces decent panoramasDecent battery lifeVery cheapPanasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ConsDoesn't have many featuresSluggish focusing speedsImage quality is poorFEATURES 1 /5HANDLING 2.5 PERFORMANCE 2.5 VALUE FOR MONEY 3 VERDICT 2.5http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-f5-review-23848



Of course it has it's limitations, but at £34 it's a steal.

Original Poster

dalmore12

Was going to buy for parents until I saw this?Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 … Was going to buy for parents until I saw this?Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 VerdictThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 lacks in features and doesn't score highly in any of the other categories either. It is cheap, which is a bonus, meaning its an ideal camera for a child, perhaps as a gift. Image quality may suit those who share on Facebook, but when you view images larger, there are clearly issue with quality. With this camera from Panasonic, you get what you pay for!Panasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ProsSmall, lightweight bodyProduces decent panoramasDecent battery lifeVery cheapPanasonic Lumix DMC-F5 ConsDoesn't have many featuresSluggish focusing speedsImage quality is poorFEATURES 1 /5HANDLING 2.5 PERFORMANCE 2.5 VALUE FOR MONEY 3 VERDICT 2.5http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-f5-review-23848



I'm sure if it's reviewed by a semi-pro site that's what the outcome will be (though this particular one seems rather harsh) but the real world customer reviews are nothing short of excellent. I'd challenge anyone to find a better camera for £39. Believe me, those who think cameraphone pics are OK will be blown away by this one.

Original Poster

It's been pointed out that my post is a duplicate (though the previous post appears to be online only). Sorry, I didn't find that one so I've expired mine now.

Anyway, I hope it helps a few people find a genuinely hot deal.


Edited by: "Besford" 1st Apr 2014

LongPockets

And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos … And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos suffering from camera shake.


I don't mobile cameras are quite as bad as you make out.

I've got some very decent shots from my GS4, and I ended up getting rid of my Lumix.

been tempted with this as my canon PowerShot a630 seems to be on the way out

Besford

Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a … Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a respected manufacturer.

Ralph888

Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, … Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, can't understand no one seems to want stand alone compact cameras anymore, smartphone cameras have improved so much and most importantly you carry it with you all the time, can't remember the last time I took my Camera with me other than on a special occasion like a wedding or daytrip/holiday.



I am using a Nokia Lumia 1020 for a round the world bike trip. I do not feel like I am making a compromise...
The best camera is the one that's with you.
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 1st Apr 2014

LongPockets

And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos … And then they email you 10MB attachments of grainy, blurry photos suffering from camera shake.



Funny you should say that. My brother bought an Ixus 255HS for a holiday to Gran Canaria. I took my Lumia 1020. His photos were in no way comparable to mine...yet the 255HS is considered to be the very best of its kind (better than this Panasonic by a good stretch!)
I know the price difference is huge...but then again, we all have smartphones. So why not buy ones that serve as v.v.good cameras as well?

This IS a good price for this camera though.

HOT........

Besford

I'm sure if it's reviewed by a semi-pro site that's what the outcome will … I'm sure if it's reviewed by a semi-pro site that's what the outcome will be (though this particular one seems rather harsh) but the real world customer reviews are nothing short of excellent. I'd challenge anyone to find a better camera for £39. Believe me, those who think cameraphone pics are OK will be blown away by this one.



Depends on the cameraphone

Lumia 1020 - fully auto using touch to focus;

[img]9zqwnw.bn1302.livefilestore.com/y2p…jpg?psid=1[/img]

wenttoabetterplace

I do not feel like I am making a compromise...


Just so you know for future reference : you are.

wenttoabetterplace

The best camera is the one that's with you.


So long as it doesn't have a lens about the size of a pinhead, yes. I'm no camera snob and anything from bridge camera even to the latest compacts (to a degree) is great. But phone pics for recording monumental events is just embarrassing - regardless of what the sales patter from the phone companies (or The Gadget Show) says.

Unless you've a Nokia 1020 or similar, an optical zoom which even the most basic of cameras have, is a major plus point.

Also I don't think many camera phones allow you access to shutter speed and aperture.

wenttoabetterplace

I do not feel like I am making a compromise...

wenttoabetterplace

The best camera is the one that's with you.



Sorry buddy, but you are wrong on this. For my intended use - outdoor photography and videography whilst cycle touring - the Lumia 1020 is a remarkably capable camera. It is also an excellent phone and email device (allowing me to instantly edit and upload pictures to my blog), as well as being a great offline navigation tool and music player...

You seem sceptical; why not listen to some experts;
imaging-resource.com/new…est

"So, how did it do on DxOMark's special set of sensor tests? We'll let the review speak for itself:

With a DxOMark sensor score of 41 points the Nokia 1020 has a global ranking of 222 in our database (of 242 cameras). With the exception of the low-light capabilities perhaps, each of the metric scores are impressive; color depth is 20.2 bits, while dynamic range is an expansive 10.4 Ev. Low-light ISO, however, is just 135 ISO. Given the physical size and pixel density of the sensor, this is an interesting debut to our database.

So, while still problematic in low light, it did very well for color depth and dynamic range. And while sitting at the 222/242 position might not sound that impressive, keep in mind that these are all dedicated, full time cameras it's going against. That's at least as good as a mid-range point-and-shoot, in fact DxOMark compares it favorably to the Panasonic FZ70, which has a list price of $400; and just a bit worse than high-end compacts like the Canon S130.

So no, the Nokia Lumia 1020 isn't going to beat out your Sony RX100—but camera makers have every reason to be worried about their point-and-shoots. Because this test shows that the sensors that Nokia is putting into its smartphones are easily on par with a mid-range digicam. Now, let's just hope all the other smartphone manufacturers follow suit."

disarm

Also I don't think many camera phones allow you access to shutter speed … Also I don't think many camera phones allow you access to shutter speed and aperture.



The 1020 allows you access to shutter speed, white balance, brightness & full manual focus (aperture is fixed)

Don't get me wrong - this is a great price for this Panasonic camera. But it just frustrates me when people claim a camera phone is a poor substitute for a conventional camera. It just is not the case anymore. More importantly though, a camera that is with you ALL the time is far better than a camera that is sitting at home because it is too big etc.

wenttoabetterplace

I do not feel like I am making a compromise...

wenttoabetterplace

The best camera is the one that's with you.



digitalcameraworld.com/201…ic/
Thoughts?

Of course, we're going off topic with this, a 1020 Lumia isn't a comparable product if you're thinking of purchasing one instead of this Panasonic.

wenttoabetterplace

Depends on the cameraphone :)Lumia 1020 - fully auto using touch to … Depends on the cameraphone :)Lumia 1020 - fully auto using touch to focus;[img]https://9zqwnw.bn1302.livefilestore.com/y2pMcnWlRCH4yagzN1z3X347jC77afLUjb8s-Z6nRU2uvQ8nvvn_3f4w1QfawFopgtnmZLdBF_s9lp5eI1IGGmfRBr5tLp6sOpXCw8LNeKqK1k/WP_20140315_16_47_27_Pro.jpg?psid=1[/img]



Dude, some dog has photobombed your out of focus landscape shot!!!!

Another review place said it was good. Just bought it. Thanks OP.

wenttoabetterplace

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/10/19/smartphone-photography-tips-how-a-nokia-lumia-1020-produced-a-spread-in-national-geographic/Thoughts?



I laughed.

Elevation

I laughed.


why did you laugh? its obviously a nokia promotion/sponsorship but that doesn't take away from the fact its taken really nice pics
the only point against nokia 1020 vs compact is the 350+ spend!

Besford

It's been pointed out that my post is a duplicate (though the previous … It's been pointed out that my post is a duplicate (though the previous post appears to be online only). Sorry, I didn't find that one so I've expired mine now.Anyway, I hope it helps a few people find a genuinely hot deal.


you found it when you posted in it

Besford

Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a … Astonishingly good price for a decent little compact camera from a respected manufacturer.

Ralph888

Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, … Agree with OP, great price and camera, was listed on here last week, can't understand no one seems to want stand alone compact cameras anymore, smartphone cameras have improved so much and most importantly you carry it with you all the time, can't remember the last time I took my Camera with me other than on a special occasion like a wedding or daytrip/holiday.



Nothing wrong with a phone camera, especially nowadays. You barely see anyone taking photos with their tablets (especially not in important places), that's just a few people that the internet likes to exaggerate.

brilly

why did you laugh? its obviously a nokia promotion/sponsorship but that … why did you laugh? its obviously a nokia promotion/sponsorship but that doesn't take away from the fact its taken really nice picsthe only point against nokia 1020 vs compact is the 350+ spend!



Commenter sounds like a big of a bigot to me

herrbz

Nothing wrong with a phone camera, especially nowadays. You barely see … Nothing wrong with a phone camera, especially nowadays. You barely see anyone taking photos with their tablets (especially not in important places), that's just a few people that the internet likes to exaggerate.



Chinese New Year, Hever Castle....and that's just 2 examples from this year - I've barely started visiting places for 2014. I mean unless you're going to attempt to suggest that I'm exaggerating as well.
Edited by: "Elevation" 1st Apr 2014

already posted

Super deal for an everyday camera
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