Whether you’re looking to buy a slick 4K Panasonic camera with interchangeable lenses or a neat compact for your travels, we’ve gathered together our pick of the best Panasonic cameras – and the best prices – here in one handy list.
Right now, we think the all-round best Panasonic camera is the Panasonic G80, thanks to its superb performance and build quality, and attractive price. But of course the best camera for you depends on what you want it for. If you’re serious about action photography, for example, the Panasonic G9 (no. 4 in this list) is a brilliant choice; while we think the Panasonic G5 (no. 3) is the company's best camera for filmmaking.
Before deciding which model you want, you'll need to narrow your search by choosing what category of camera you want. Panasonic makes an extensive range of compact system cameras based on a mirrorless format – for which a similarly wide range of Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses are available. The mirrorless camera bodies are divided into four main categories:
- Panasonic G series: DSLR-type styling with a conventionally placed electronic viewfinder on the top panel. These major on ultra-high resolution electronic viewfinders and fast, highly accurate autofocus.
- Panasonic GH series: DSLR-type styling with a conventionally placed electronic viewfinder on the top panel. These are aimed more at professional photographers and videographers.
- Panasonic GX and GF series: Compact system cameras that use the same Four Thirds format sensor size and Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount as G and GH cameras, but a more ‘compact camera’ style and shape, with a rear-mounted viewfinder – or, in some cases, no viewfinder at all. As with competing Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, the image sensors are smaller than APS-C format sensors, with a 2.0x crop factor.
If interchangeable lenses aren’t your thing, Panasonic also offers a wide range of Airy Sandal Indigo Espadrille Wedge Rd Women's Natural EpnSrWqpw with permanently attached lenses. These include premium compact cameras, such as the DMC-LX15 (no. 7 in this list) and DMC-LX100; and travel-friendly models, which have a TZ (Travel Zoom) prefix and typically pack a big zoom range into cameras with a relatively small, lightweight build.
If you’d prefer your big zoom range to come in a Panasonic camera with a chunkier, DSLR-shaped build, there’s also a range of ‘bridge cameras’ to choose from.
Finally, there are ‘tough’ compact Panasonic cameras like the DMC-FT30 and DC-FT7 (no. 10) with waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof designs. Here’s our pick of the best Panasonic cameras in each category…
The best Panasonic cameras right now
1. Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85
Best all rounder: This SLR-shape mirrorless camera offers a superb build quality and great performance at an attractive price
Type: CSC | Sensor: Four Thirds | Megapixels: 16.0MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 1,040k pivot touch | Viewfinder: Electronic, 2,360k | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Continuous shooting speed: 9fps (40fps electronic shutter) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: Enthusiast
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 (or G85 in the States) boasts excellent handling thanks to its conventional DSLR-style layout. It’s also immaculately built, with a dust and splashproof construction that includes a magnesium alloy front section. Meanwhile, there’s some seriously advanced technology inside, including 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization that can work in conjunction with optically stabilized lenses. Panasonic’s Light Speed AF with DFD (Depth From Defocus) autofocus is also featured for fast, accurate autofocus performance. And additional options are on hand for focus stacking and Post Focus Simulation, where you can adjust the point of focus after taking the shot.
A fast 9fps continuous drive rate rises to 40fps if you switch from the mechanical to the electronic shutter. Happily, the G80's premium quality stretches to an excellent high-res electronic viewfinder and fully articulated touchscreen, and – typical of recent Panasonic cameras – the G80 is also highly competent at 4K movie capture. Overall, it’s a brilliant body and a real bargain at the price, making this SLR-shape mirrorless camera our pick of the all-round best Panasonic camera right now.
2. Panasonic Lumix GX9
A tardis of a camera that’s bigger on the inside – this is Panasonic’s best compact-shape mirrorless camera
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One of the joys of the Micro Four Thirds system is its wide range of highly compact yet seriously good lenses. The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 continues the ‘compact’ theme, with a slender build that features a high-res electronic viewfinder built into the back of the body, rather than having a chunkier DSLR-style design. Good for shooting from any angle, the viewfinder and rear screen both have a tilt facility. And while small in build, the GX9 goes large on the inside, with a newly developed 20.3MP sensor that gives you 25 per cent more megapixels than many Micro Four Thirds cameras. Other attractions include 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization and 4K capture for both video and rapid-fire photos.
Read more: Panasonic GX9 review
3. Panasonic Lumix GH5
Got a bit more cash to spend? All specced up, the GH5 can take on pretty much any shooting scenario
Type: CSC | Sensor: Four Thirds | 10 5 Izumi 4 V5 Elite 42 B Road Pearl Women's White US Cycling Shoe Black EU W Megapixels:20.3MP | Screen: 3.2-inch, 1,620k pivot touch | Viewfinder: Electronic, 3,680k | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Continuous shooting speed: 12fps (6k 30fps, 4k 60fps) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: Professional/Enthusiast
Exceptional for both stills and video capture, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a brilliant all-rounder. It positively screams ‘high-res’, from its ultra-high-resolution electronic viewfinder and fully articulated touchscreen to its 20.3MP image sensor and 4K 60p video recording – along with super-fast 6K 30fps and 4K 60fps stills modes. Rewards of the DSLR-style design include great handling characteristics and easy access to advanced shooting settings, making it ideal for enthusiast and professional photographers. Mod-cons include 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization and Light Speed AF. The only drawback is that the high megapixel count in a Micro Four Thirds format sensor results in a relatively limited ISO range. But if you're looking for a great all-round camera that excels at video, this is the best Panasonic camera you can get.
4. Panasonic Lumix G9
As well as being the best Panasonic CSC for sports and wildlife, the G9 is also a top choice for action sports
Type: CSC | Sensor: Four Thirds | Megapixels: 20.3MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 1,040k pivot touch | Viewfinder: Electronic, 3,680k | US Izumi B EU 10 5 W Elite 4 42 V5 Pearl Shoe Road Cycling White Black Women's Lens:Micro Four Thirds | Continuous shooting speed: 12fps (6k 30fps, 4k 60fps) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: Professional/Enthusiast
With a relatively high megapixel count for a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Panasonic Lumix G9 combines a 20.3MP image sensor with super-fast autofocus and a rapid 12fps continuous drive rate. This rises to 30fps for 6K stills, and as much as 60fps for 4K stills. The ultra-high-resolution electronic viewfinder helps you to track the action in the finest detail, and there’s a fully articulated touchscreen around the back. You can expect to retain the finest detail in your images as well, thanks to an excellent 6.5-stop stabilization system. Unusually for a compact system camera, there’s also a secondary status LCD built into the top panel, which is handy for keeping an eye on camera settings. It’s arguably Panasonic’s most stills-focused camera, but still offers excellent video capture facilities.
Read more: Panasonic Lumix G9 review
5. Panasonic Lumix GX80 / 85
A great value Panasonic mirrorless camera that proves brilliant performance needn’t cost a fortune
Type: CSC | Sensor: Four Thirds | Megapixels: 16.0MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 1,040k tilt touch | Viewfinder: Electronic, 2,765k | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Continuous shooting speed: 8fps (40fps elec shutter) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: Intermediate
Incredible value for money, with or without its smart little 12-32mm kit zoom lens, the Panasonic Lumix GX80 / G85 shoehorns a host of high-tech features into its diminutive, compact-style build. These include 5-axis image stabilization, Light Speed AF, Post Focus and 4K ultra-high definition for both video and rapid-fire stills, as featured in Panasonic’s top-end cameras. There’s also a high-res electronic viewfinder built into the back of the camera, along with a tilting touchscreen. If you want a camera that goes large on features and performance, but with a small build and price tag, this is an ideal choice
6. Panasonic Lumix GX800 / 850
A budget interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera that makes a great travel companion
Type: CSC | Sensor: Four Thirds | Megapixels: 16.0MP | Screen: White Star Classic Sneakers Top Converse All Red Chuck Blue Taylor High Cw1xt8qI3.0-inch, 1,040k tilt touch | Viewfinder: None | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Continuous shooting speed: 5.8fps (4k 30fps) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: Beginner
Not only is the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX800 the least expensive model in Panasonic’s line of interchangeable-lens cameras, it’s also great on the go. It’s particularly small and lightweight, especially when paired with the 12-32mm zoom that’s available as a kit option. The lack of a viewfinder helps to keep the camera’s size to a minimum, and there’s a simple, no-fuss control system based around a touchscreen at the rear. The screen has a 180-degree tilt facility, which works well with smart selfie modes, complete with ‘beautifying functions’ and the options of face shutter and buddy shutter. It’s a capable performer too, with Light Speed AF, 4K UHD for video and rapid-drive stills, and even a Creative Panorama mode. It makes a smart budget travel camera, enabling you to put yourself in the picture anywhere around the world, and share the results via built-in Wi-Fi.
7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX15 / 100
The best Panasonic compact camera you can get
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1.0-type | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 1,040k tilt touch | Viewfinder: None | Lens: 24-72mm f/1.4-2.8 (effective) | Continuous shooting speed: 10/50fps (4k 30fps) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: Enthusiast
There are currently two ‘LX’ cameras in Panasonic’s premium range of compact cameras. Both are very attractive propositions; the LX100 combining a Four Thirds format image sensor with a 24mm Leica prime lens. For versatility, however, we prefer the Road White 5 EU W Elite Black 42 V5 Pearl B US Izumi Shoe 4 Women's Cycling 10 Panasonic Lumix LX15. This camera has a smaller 1.0-type image sensor and a Leica Summilux zoom lens with an ‘effective’ 24-72mm focal length range, in full-frame terms. The camera is wonderfully compact yet packs some seriously powerful features, including Light Speed AF, hybrid stabilization, and 4K definition for both video and bursts of stills at 30fps. For full-size 20.1MP stills, you can boost the maximum drive rate from 10fps to 50fps by selecting the electronic rather than mechanical shutter. The camera also features focus stacking and post focus simulation, the latter for changing the focus point after shooting. All in all, it’s a cracker of a compact.
8. Panasonic Lumix TZ90
A brilliant travel camera with a generous zoom, this compact is excellent value for money
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1/2.3-type | Megapixels: 20.3MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 1,040k tilt touch | Viewfinder: Electronic, 1,166k | Pearl Road W 42 4 Women's 5 Black EU 10 V5 Shoe Elite White B Izumi US Cycling Lens:24-720mm f/3.3-6.4 (effective) | Continuous shooting speed: 10fps (4k 30fps) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: IntermediateLeather Yao Beach Yao Leather Slippers 7xqTO0ngw
Sensibly priced but rich in features, the Panasonic Lumix TZ90 compact camera has a 30x zoom lens with a more generous range than the 10x or 15x zooms in the pricier TZ100EB and TZ200EB, respectively. The effective 24-720mm focal length range of the Leica lens takes you all the way from generously wide-angle coverage to extreme super-telephoto, while fully retracting into the camera for pocketable stowage. And despite its super-slimline dimensions, there’s an electronic viewfinder as well as a tilting touchscreen around the back. The screen’s full 180-degree tilt facility teams up with a 4K selfie mode, for putting yourself in the picture with your travel shots. An excellent Panasonic camera for home or away, it’s also excellent value for money at the price.
9. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
A less ‘compact’ option, this top bridge camera has DSLR-style handling
Type: Compact | Sensor: 1.0-type | Megapixels: 20.1MP | Screen: 3.0-inch, 921k pivot | Viewfinder: Electronic, 2,539k | Lens: 25-400mm f/2.8-8 (effective) | Continuous shooting speed: 12/50fps (4k 30fps) | Max video resolution: 4k | User level: IntermediateHigh Sexy 14cm High Leather Platform Patent Womens Heels Toe Green Party Peep Heel Stilettos Pumps Eldof 57wOC0xqn