As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is also often compared to mirrorless, pro DSLRs, pro digicams and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GF1 and the Lumix DMC-FZ10) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix S8000fd)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, compared to other super zoom competitors the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 27 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.4"), is older (february 2005 vs january 2006), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't support an external flash.

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd
2 years newer
$600

Significant advantages of the S8000fd (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much better wide angle: 27 mm vs 36 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.4" vs 1.8"
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the S8000fd (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the S8000fd and DMC-FZ5

  • Very small: Prosumer size (111×78×79 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 510 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ10 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ10 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ10 and DMC-FZ5

  • Fairly small: Professional size (87×139×106 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 3.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ4

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similar age
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ4 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ4 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ4 and DMC-FZ5

  • Very small: Standard size (102×68×85 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Very light: 326 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
4 years newer
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much better wide angle: 27 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.8"
  • Higher true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 4.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ5

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Very light: 367 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 3.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
1 year newer
$556

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.8"
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 8 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ7 and DMC-FZ5

  • Very small: Standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Very light: 340 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 3.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ2 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ2 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ2 and DMC-FZ5

  • Very small: Prosumer size (114×70×83 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Very light: 350 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3.3"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and has image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (320 x 240 @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (130k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 12 MP) and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs four thirds 18x13.5mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
4 years newer
$900 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 130k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-GF1 and DMC-FZ5

  • Light weight: 330 g vs 326 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (320 x 240 @ 30fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (standard size (108×68×85 mm) vs professional size (146×108×74 mm)) and is much lighter (326 g vs 822 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), takes significantly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 10.1 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 6.5 fps), has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
2 years newer
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Much heavier: 822 g vs 326 g

common strengths of the 40D and DMC-FZ5

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, compared to pro digicam competitors the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 has a much narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (130k dots vs 922k dots) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 12 MP).

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
8 years newer
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • None found

common strengths of the G16 and DMC-FZ5

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 compared to compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.5"), is much larger (standard size (108×68×85 mm) vs super compact (95×52×22 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 7.1 MP) and is older (february 2005 vs march 2007).

Leica C-LUX 2

Leica C-LUX 2
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the C-LUX 2 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×52×22 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the C-LUX 2 (vs the DMC-FZ5)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the C-LUX 2 and DMC-FZ5

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens