As well as being compared against other compacts, the Panasonic Lumix F5 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Panasonic Lumix F5's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D7200) and Olympus (such as the Stylus Tough TG-3 and the PEN E-PL8)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic F5 compared to other compact competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (97×58×22 mm) vs compact (112×66×31 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is newer (january 2013 vs january 2012), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.2") and is slightly lighter (121 g vs 247 g).

However, on average it slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 280 shots) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
1 year newer
$1,206

Significant advantages of the TG-3 (vs the F5)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.2
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the TG-3 (vs the F5)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (112×66×31 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much heavier: 247 g vs 121 g

common strengths of the TG-3 and F5

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 0.8"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
1 year older
$128

Significant advantages of the DMC-S2 (vs the F5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-S2 (vs the F5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-S2 and F5

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Fujifilm FinePix Z115

Fujifilm Z115
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Z115 (vs the F5)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Z115 (vs the F5)

  • None found

common strengths of the Z115 and F5

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (97×58×20 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic F5 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs april 2005), is much smaller (super compact (97×58×22 mm) vs professional size (133×102×76 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 3") and is much lighter (121 g vs 620 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.5 fps vs 5 fps).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the F5)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the F5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D3300 and F5

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 121 g

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
2 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the F5)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the F5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the D7200 and F5

  • None found

Nikon D50

Nikon D50
7 years older
$1,342 (body only)
$2,058 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D50 (vs the F5)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Shoots significantly faster: 2.5 fps vs 0.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D50 (vs the F5)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the D50 and F5

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic F5 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), is slightly smaller (super compact (97×58×22 mm) vs mid size (117×67×42 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.7"), is slightly lighter (121 g vs 357 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Olympus PEN E-PL8

Olympus PEN E-PL8
3 years newer
$599 - $650 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PL8 (vs the F5)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PL8 (vs the F5)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly heavier: 357 g vs 121 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the PEN E-PL8 and F5

  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 357 g vs 121 g

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
8 months older
$449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the F5)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the F5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Thicker: 1.7" vs 0.8"
  • Heavier: 314 g vs 121 g

common strengths of the F3 and F5

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs Super compact (97×58×22 mm)
  • Light weight: 314 g vs 121 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 0.8"