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The 6 Best Panasonic Cameras of 2024 Reviews

Best Panasonic Cameras

Panasonic produces a range of cameras under its LUMIX brand, from point-and-shoots to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The company is known for standardizing and developing the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera and lens system in collaboration with Olympus. In 2018, Panasonic also entered into the L-Mount Alliance with Sigma and Leica to begin producing cameras using the latter's L-mount standard. Under this alliance, Panasonic has begun to produce full-frame cameras, though it continues to offer many MFT, bridge, and compact cameras to suit a variety of budgets and experience levels.

We've bought and tested over 100 cameras in our lab. Below, you can find our picks for the best LUMIX cameras and see how the brand stacks up in today's camera market.


Best Panasonic Cameras

  1. Best Full-Frame Panasonic Camera

    The Panasonic LUMIX S5 II is the best Panasonic LUMIX camera we've tested with a full-frame sensor. It's a knockout of a hybrid camera with standout video specs. Features like open gate 6k recording, vectorscope functionality, and built-in heat vents to reduce overheating make it a videography powerhouse, and that's not even mentioning its excellent in-body image stabilization (IBIS) system and amazing ergonomics.

    It even improves on some of the biggest photography drawbacks of its predecessor, the Panasonic LUMIX S5, with faster burst shooting and a new phase-detection autofocus system. The phase-detection AF still falls behind the competition for keeping pace with fast-moving subjects. If that isn't a dealbreaker, though, you'll find a lot to love about the S5 Mark II.

    See our review

  2. Best Micro Four Thirds Panasonic Camera

    If you've invested in the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system, the Panasonic LUMIX G9 II is the brand's flagship Four Thirds camera. It looks and feels similar to the Panasonic LUMIX S5 II, with excellent ergonomics and a sturdy, weather-sealed build. However, its smaller sensor leaves more room in the body for Panasonic to implement their most effective IBIS to date. You also get a wide range of compact and relatively affordable lens options to choose from within the MFT lens ecosystem.

    Beyond that, the G9 II uses Panasonic's new phase-detection AF, which offers various subject detection modes and does a decent job tracking moving subjects. The camera also features very quick burst shooting and has surprisingly advanced video specs for a photography-first camera, on par in many ways with the S5 II above. All in all, this is one of the most capable Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market.

    See our review

  3. Best Panasonic Camera For Video

    Panasonic's GH series has long been a favorite among videographers and YouTubers, and the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 is one of the best cameras in the company's lineup for video work. It uses the same 25-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor as the Panasonic LUMIX G9 II, so you can use the camera with any of the wide array of MFT lenses. That aside, the camera is really designed with videography in mind, with built-in heat vents to prevent overheating, a fully-articulated display that also tilts out, and smaller touches like two video record buttons and a dedicated audio settings button.

    Performance-wise, the GH6 is a powerhouse, offering a dizzying array of recording formats and codec options, including internal ProRes codecs, Panasonic's full V-Log gamma curve, and 4:2:2 10-bit color in most resolutions, not to mention 4k shooting at up to 120 fps without a crop. That said, it uses Panasonic's older contrast-based autofocus, which isn't as quick as phase-detection AF and can sometimes cause pulsing artifacts. That won't be a dealbreaker if you primarily shoot with vintage lenses or prefer manual focus, but those who rely on AF may want to consider one of the hybrid options above, both of which use PDAF.

    See our review

  4. Best Panasonic Vlogging Camera

    If all the talk of codecs and gamma curves went over your head, but you're still interested in shooting videos or vlogs, fear not! The Panasonic LUMIX G100 is a great little vlogging camera that's more accessible to newcomers. It's much more portable and affordable than the Panasonic LUMIX GH6, which is most definitely overkill for many content creators who just need a simple setup to get started.

    To that end, the G100 is very easy to use, with simple and intuitive controls. For instance, when you flip its screen around to face you, the camera automatically goes into 'Self Shot' mode, enabling face/eye detection, audio tracking, and a three-second recording start timer to make vlogging easier. The unique directional mic is better than most internal camera mics, but you also get a microphone input to attach a dedicated mic if you want better audio. Just be aware that the 2x crop factor plus an additional crop in 4k can bring the frame pretty tight on your face unless you use an extension pole. Still, this is a very solid vlogging camera if you want something lightweight and portable that won't break the bank.

    See our review

  5. Best Panasonic Bridge Camera

    A bridge camera can be a solid option if you like the convenience of a built-in lens but still want the shooting experience and ergonomics of a DSLR. Thankfully, Panasonic has you covered with the LUMIX FZ1000 II. It's a solid all-in-one camera for casual or family photographers, with a versatile zoom lens and a wide full-frame equivalent focal range of 25–400mm. That gives you a lot of room to shoot everything from far-off birds and wildlife to your daughter's soccer game.

    Naturally, you won't get the same image quality out of this camera as you would with one of the larger-sensor options mentioned above. Still, it uses a 1-inch sensor, bigger than most superzoom cameras. It also feels good in the hand, has a helpful vari-angle screen, and has a great viewfinder. It's packed with extra features, including a '4k PHOTO' mode that lets you pull stills out of 30 fps video clips and a focus bracketing feature that gives you some flexibility to adjust the focus point after taking a photo. If you're on a tight budget, the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 is a budget bridge camera with a lot of value and a longer zoom range. However, it has a much cheaper build and uses a smaller sensor, resulting in worse overall image quality.

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  6. Best Panasonic Point-And-Shoot Camera

    While a bridge camera like the Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II gives you the convenience of a built-in lens, it isn't especially portable. If you want something you can easily carry around for street photography or travel, the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II is an excellent choice. This premium option is aimed more at enthusiasts, with dedicated exposure dials that give you more hands-on control over settings. Though it's been discontinued, it's still one of the best Panasonic point-and-shoots, especially if you can find one on the used market for a lower price.

    The camera also stands out among point-and-shoots for its multi-aspect sensor. It uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor that's larger than the lens's imaging circle, which lets you adjust the aspect ratio of your photos without affecting the camera's diagonal field of view. That basically means it's making more effective use of the sensor's resolution when using different aspect ratios. And it still captures high-quality photos, especially for a compact camera. The built-in lens also has a fairly wide max aperture, so it performs well in low light, and you get a bit of zoom range for flexible framing.

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Compared To Other Brands

  • Advanced video features.
    Panasonic cameras typically have sophisticated video features like support for Log picture profiles and excellent internal recording capability.
  • Micro Four Thirds system.
    Along with Olympus, Panasonic standardized the Micro Four Thirds system, featuring 4/3 sensors and MFT-mount lenses. MFT cameras have some advantages, like more portable camera bodies and lenses, as well as more effective IBIS implementation.
  • Portable designs.
    Many Panasonic cameras have smaller bodies for greater portability and simple, uncluttered designs.
  • Autofocus lags behind some of its competitors.
    While Panasonic has continued to improve autofocus performance on its cameras, it isn't quite as effective or reliable as some competitors like Sony.
  • Fewer full-frame options.
    Panasonic is a relative newcomer to the full-frame camera market, so the company has fewer full-frame models to choose from.
  • Cameras tend to have slower continuous shooting speeds.
    Some of Panasonic's higher-end cameras have slower continuous shooting speeds than cameras from competing brands.

Panasonic vs Olympus

Panasonic and Olympus are both leading producers of Micro Four Thirds cameras. Panasonic has a wider range of camera offerings and more video-centric options. Olympus cameras are more rugged and portable, making them great travel cameras.

While Panasonic has a shorter history of making cameras than some of its competitors, it's still managed to produce a variety of innovative cameras that are sometimes ahead of the curve, particularly regarding video specs. Panasonic cameras have less reliable autofocus and slower continuous shooting speeds than Sony or Canon. However, the company is a mainstay in the realm of Micro Four Thirds cameras and a good fit for those who want a more portable camera system or a camera with powerhouse video features.


Panasonic offers a range of mirrorless, MFT, bridge, and compact cameras, with most models beginning with the prefix 'DMC' and its newer line of full-frame mirrorless cameras beginning with the prefix 'DC'. The following are some but not all of the most popular series in Panasonic's full lineup.

Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras

  • S series = Full-frame mirrorless cameras with L-mount lenses. Smaller numbers (S1) indicate higher-end cameras, while larger numbers (Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5) sit lower in the lineup.

Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Cameras

  • G series = Mid-range SLR-style mirrorless cameras, with some models, like the G9, falling towards high-end. Higher single-digit model numbers typically indicate higher-end cameras, while the newer triple-digit G(xxx) model is the brand's entry-level vlogging camera.
  • GH series = High-end SLR-style mirrorless cameras with advanced video features. Higher model numbers indicate the latest models in the series.
  • GX series = A newer lineup of rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras that sit between entry-level and mid-level. These generally have smaller bodies but offer higher-end features that you might find on G or GH series cameras.
  • GF series = Entry-level rangefinder-style mirrorless cameras.

Bridge/Compact/Point-and-Shoot Cameras

  • FZ series = DSLR-style bridge cameras with small sensors and fixed long-zoom lenses. Smaller model numbers, like the FZ80, are more budget-friendly, while larger model numbers, like the FZ1000 II, are higher-end models with larger 1-inch sensors.
  • LX series = Premium compact cameras with manual controls. The latest triple-digit models in the series utilize Micro Four Thirds sensors but use a smaller lens opening, allowing the camera to shoot at various aspect ratios natively without reducing the field of view.
  • TZ/ZS series = 'Travel Zoom' compact point-and-shoot cameras.

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 14, 2024: Added the Panasonic LUMIX G9 II as the 'Best Micro Four Thirds Panasonic Camera' and renamed the Panasonic LUMIX S5 II to 'Best Full-Frame Panasonic Camera.' Replaced the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II with the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 as the 'Best Panasonic Camera For Video.'

  2. Oct 17, 2023: Replaced the Panasonic LUMIX S5 with the Panasonic LUMIX S5 II as the 'Best Panasonic Camera'.

  3. Jun 15, 2023: Added mention of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 as a cheaper alternative to the Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 II.

  4. Feb 16, 2023: Added brand comparison to Olympus and renamed the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II from 'Best Panasonic Compact Camera' to 'Best Panasonic Point-And-Shoot Camera'.

  5. Oct 19, 2022: Restructured article for readability and to better cover user needs.


Panasonic cameras are some of the best consumer options for advanced video and filmmaking features. While the brand is relatively new to the full-frame camera market, it's already become a viable competitor to brands like Sony and Fujifilm in the mirrorless market. If you're looking to invest in the Micro Four Thirds system, Panasonic is still one of the few brands to look at. Its collaboration with Olympus in the MFT arena and its entry into the L-Mount Alliance also means that investing in one of these systems opens up your lens options, making Panasonic a cost-effective camera brand to invest in.

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