The 9 Best Panasonic Cameras of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Most Popular: Panasonic DC-FZ80K at Amazon

"Capture video and photos in stunning 4K resolution."

Best Overall: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10K at Amazon

"Harness the full power of light, even in low light conditions."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Panasonic LUMIX GX85 at Amazon

"Amazing handheld pictures in low-light conditions and can record stable video."

Best Value: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KK at Amazon

"Ultra-compact design and high-quality image captures."

Best Splurge: Panasonic LUMIX S1 at Amazon

"The design is rugged, built with a magnesium alloy full die-cast armor frame."

Best for Video: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 at Amazon

"Host of professional quality shooting modes, including Cinema 4K."

Best for Travel: Panasonic Lumix LX100 mk II at Amazon

"Gives you DSLR-like shots in a small footprint without the need to bring additional lenses."

Best for Durability: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS230A at Amazon

"Can handle a drop from five feet without an issue."

Best Interchangeable Lens Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4K at Amazon

"High-performance professional shutter."

Our Top Picks

Most Popular: Panasonic DC-FZ80K

Panasonic DC-FZ80K
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4.3

Capture the perfect picture from hundreds of yards away with the Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix Camera. Scenes on the distant horizon are in your range, thanks to an optically stabilized 20-1200mm 60X LUMIX DC Vario optical zoom lens.

This 18.1-megapixel point-and-shoot camera can capture video and photos in stunning 4K resolution, making it a great all-around camera whether you’re trying to capture footage up close or from afar. The Post Focus feature allows you to select your desired focal points after a shot is taken, meaning you don’t have to fuss with the camera to get the perfect shot. And you can record photos at 30 fps, meaning you are guaranteed to get the frame-worthy capture. This 2017 model is equipped with a comfortable viewfinder and has impressive low-light performance, so it's really a great option for a Panasonic camera.

Best Overall: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10K

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10K
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Harness the power of light in your pictures with the stunning LUMIX DMC-LX10K. This high-end camera is one of Panasonic’s most recent releases and they went all out to create a point-and-shoot camera that can bring DSLR-like exposure and color to your shots. It all starts with the one-inch 20-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor, which when combined with the Venus Engine, results in ISO12800 / Extended ISO25600 4K super sharp photos and recording.

The sensor is complemented with a LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (f/1.4-2.8) to harness the full power of light, even in low light conditions, to take the best possible photo. You get even more control with depth from Defocus, a tool that calculates distance of fast moving objects to establish a lock and clear shot. Or you can capture ultra close-up macro shots, thanks to a focusing distance of 3cm in wide and 30cm tele.

Other amazing features include bracketing focus and aperture, light composition function and tilting selfie display. They all result in the sumptuous 4K photos and videos you’d expect from a DSLR camera, but in a compact and portable body of a point-and-click.

If you are new to this model, you may want to familiarize yourself with some tips for troubleshooting Panasonic Lumix cameras and Panasonic point-and-shoot cameras.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Panasonic LUMIX GX85

Panasonic LUMIX GX85
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Equipped with a new five-axis in-body sensor stabilizer, this mirrorless ILC camera can take amazing handheld pictures in low-light conditions and can record stable video without any jarring cuts. This camera has super accurate autofocus that always keeps the subject locked in when shooting three-frames-per-second 4K video. The intuitive DSLR-like controls, electronic eye viewfinder and touch-enabled LCD tilt display will give you greater control while shooting video. The 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine will shoot true-to-life color with minimum noise. Gear collectors will love that the camera works with 27 lens options, allowing for total customization depending on the situation.

Best Value: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KK

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KK
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This lightweight DSLM camera gets amateur photographers a seat at the table without the price-tag or bulk of a more expensive DSLR camera. The DMC-G7KK is Panasonic’s entry-level interchangeable lens camera, and its ultra-compact design and high-quality image captures have been a hit with photography enthusiasts. The 16-megapixel sensor operates like larger DSLR sensors, but is free from artifacts that degrade image quality. It also captures low-light images in amazing quality of ISO 25,600.

As with most Panasonic cameras, the 4K Ultra HD video technology provides gorgeous and detailed video footage, this time at 30 fps. 4K Photo function lets you extract a 4K photo from video footage, meaning you can leave the camera running instead of worrying about composing the perfect image. A high-visibility viewfinder, fast and precise autofocus tracking and a variety of 4K photo modes are just a few of the other high-level functions available at this very affordable price.

Check out our other reviews of the best cameras you can buy for less than $400 now.

Best Splurge: Panasonic LUMIX S1

If you’re in the market for a pro-level camera, you really should be considering Panasonic. The brand has come leaps and bounds ahead in recent years, particularly with their offering for pro photographers. Their newest model, the S1, brings a premium price tag, that’s to be fair. But it also brings a host of amazing features. At its core, there’s a 24.2MP full-frame sensor, which means you’ll get the full 35mm field that you’d get from a film camera. Pair this with a 51200 max sensitivity, and you’ll have amazing low-light performance.

This mirrorless system uses Panasonic’s and Lecia’s L-mount protocol for interchangeable lenses, which gives you full access to Panasonic’s line of lenses. It’s great for versatility, but you won’t get quite as many options as something like a micro 4/3rds system. Another standout feature here is the 5-axis, in-body optical stabilization, meaning that you’ll get great steady shooting, no matter what lens you’re using. This is particularly useful when shooting 4K HDR video at 60p, or when going for long-exposure shots. You can also opt for an ultra high-res shooting mode by activating the 96MP sensor shift tech. It all comes in an impeccably rugged casing that is dust, splash, and freeze-resistant for shooting in any condition.

Best for Video: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500
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Panasonic bills this high-end model as a hybrid camera that is designed with equal attention to video recording and photography. It takes both beautiful pictures and stunning high-definition video, thanks to a large one-inch 21.1-megapixel sensor and LEICA VARIO-ELMAR f/2.8-4.5 lens that has up to 20X optical zoom. As a result, you have 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photos, with the option to touch up with post focus and internal Focus Stacking modes.

But in the age of video, Panasonic has taken extra steps to satiate vloggers, journalists and just anyone who wants to capture their memories in high definition to add to social media. First, the lens has an internal guide-pole mechanism and a galvanometer-drive iris, two features used in professional video cameras, to assure smooth and seamless control when filming. The camera has headphone and microphone terminals for sound, as well as real-time HDMI output, a feature that professional video producers demand in their equipment. Finally, you have a host of professional quality shooting modes, including Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160 at 24 fps) and QFHD 4K (3840 x 2160 at 30 fps).

Best for Travel: Panasonic Lumix LX100 mk II

The latest release in Panasonic’s “point and shoot” line is the Lumix LX100 mk II. The second installment brings a lot of the mark I’s features to more modern numbers and capabilities. And, like the other point-and-shoot options from Panasonic, the DC-LX100 is perfect for travelers because it will give you DSLR-like shots in a small footprint without the need to bring additional lenses.

The camera is built around a 17MP cropped, four-thirds sensor. Harnessing that sensor is a built-in Leica DC zoom lense offering focal lengths ranging 24–75mm, spanning f/1.7–2.8. Make sure you note that, because it’s a four-thirds sensor, that focal length range denotes only the full-frame equivalent, not the actual focal length numbers. What’s extra-cool about the system is that the sensor is actually around 21MP, but because it’s a high-sensitivity multi-aspect system, you can take pictures at 17MP no matter what aspect ratio you’ve chosen. This is a feature that Panasonic has become known for, and it’s really handy when you’re traveling and looking for the versatility of landscape shots, portraits, and more. You can shoot in 4K video, employ focus-stacking for amazing composite images, try out some interesting monochrome modes, and more. It’s all powered by Panasonic's Venus Engine chipset and includes a vibrant touchscreen and a sizeable viewfinder.

Best for Durability: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS230A

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS230A
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Take your camera with you on all your adventures with this durable Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30A. This is Panasonic’s all-purpose solution for athletes, construction workers and everyone who finds themselves in precarious environments from time to time. It is freeze-proof up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, can handle a drop from five feet without an issue and can capture photos while submerged in up to 26 feet of water. Talk about tough.

The camera has creative control and re-touch in playback mode to help you create the ultimate picture. These creative effects and filters include Advanced Underwater Mode, which helps you create reds and other bright tones typically dulled on a scuba adventure. With 220MB built-in memory, you’ll probably want to spring for an SD card. But this 16-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera is perfect to slip in your jacket pocket before heading to the beach, mountain or anywhere your heart takes you.

Want to check out other options? Read our list of the best waterproof cameras on the market now.

Best Interchangeable Lens Camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4K

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4K
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Professionals and DSLR-style shooters will love this high performance DSLM mirrorless camera from Panasonic. The camera is built to be rugged with a magnesium alloy body that is splash and dustproof. It sports a high performance professional shutter that also keeps out dust and pollutants, while boasting a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second.

Images are captured on a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a 4-CPU Venus Engine, preserving images and video at cinematic DCI 4K 24p. The electronic viewfinder captures both your video and images with a high-speed 49-point autofocus. The camera also has dual OLED displays in the monitor and Live View Finder, and you can print high resolution still frames from your video captures. Other nice features include built in Wi-Fi and NFC, real-time HDMI output, as well as a variety of connection terminals for AV attachments.

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How We Tested

We bought one of our readers’ favorite Panasonic cameras and our reviewer tested it for 25 hours. We asked our tester to consider the most important features when using this camera, from its photo quality to its zoom. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Panasonic Camera

DSLR vs. point-and-shoot - First and foremost, you should decide between a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) or a point-and-shoot camera. With a DSLR, there’s a mirror behind the lens that reflects the image through a prism for you to see through an optical viewfinder. With a point-and-shoot, there’s no optical viewfinder and the sensor is always on. In general, DSLRs tend to have more advanced features than point-and-shoot cameras, but they can also be more expensive.

Photo quality - When it comes to photo quality, consider the camera’s sensor, measured in megapixels. The sensor is often the most expensive part of the camera, so the bigger the sensor, the more expensive the camera. There are two different types of sensors: CCD and CMOS. The latter is less expensive to produce—and therefore commonly found in cheaper cameras—but also is more susceptible to image noise and has lower light sensitivity. In general, 16 to 20 megapixels should produce deliver impressive photo quality.

Zoom - Sometimes you can’t get close enough to the action, and that’s where zoom comes in handy. Zoom is measured in two ways: optical zoom or digital zoom. Optical zoom measures the actual increase in the lens’s focal length (the distance between the center of the lens and the image sensor). Digital zoom, on the other hand, simply adjusts the image in the camera itself, essentially cropping the image. Look for a camera that has an optical zoom of anywhere from 5x to 42x, depending on how much you plan to use it.

Test Results: Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix 4K (Most Popular)

4.3

What We Like

  • Great image quality

  • Excellent video quality

  • Impressive touchscreen

  • Great value

What We Don't Like

  • Cheap exterior

  • Fixed screen

  • No microphone port

  • Poor viewfinder

Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix 4K
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 
Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix 4K
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 
Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix 4K
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 
Panasonic DC-FZ80K Lumix 4K
Lifewire / Andy Zahn 

“Still image and video quality are excellent,” our tester said of this camera. “Photos are sharp and detailed, with good colors, as is video footage.” Another plus? “The touchscreen is highly responsive and very useful for menu navigation and setting focus,” our reviewer revealed. In terms of downsides, “its exterior feels very cheap, and it has poor ergonomics,” according to our tester. He also didn’t like the viewfinder. Overall, though, our tester said, “The FZ80K may be cheap, but it performs like a much more expensive camera.”