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The best Panasonic cameras

Panasonic has a rich history as a producer of video cameras and recorders and moved into the enthusiast market for still photography with the release of the Lumix DMC-L1 in February 2006. Since then, the company has developed a comprehensive range of models, both interchangeable lens cameras and compact digicams that come with a built-in lens. It also uses a variety of imaging sensors in its models, ranging from full-frame, over Four Thirds, to small 1/2.3-inch sensors.

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Panasonic GH5 with Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm

The choice of a particular type of camera depends very much on the intended use. A professional wedding photographer has different requirements than a casual family holiday shooter, and a sports reporter has different needs than a landscape artist. The importance of individual preferences and selection criteria means that the question which camera is best is not easy to answer. That said, general camera rankings can give a useful overview of the overall capabilities of various camera models and thereby provide the basis for more use-specific model comparisons and assessments.

The highest rated Panasonic cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Panasonic S1H

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Panasonic S1H is currently the top-ranked Panasonic camera with a Camera Elo of 3102, followed in second place by the Panasonic S1R with a rating of 3047. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked Panasonic cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score, which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

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The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
Type
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Camera
Type
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic S1HL Mount 310294 Mirrorless 24.06K/30p May 2019 3,999 amazon.com
2.
 
Panasonic S1RL Mount 3047100 Mirrorless 46.74K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 amazon.com
3.
 
Panasonic S5L Mount 302294 Mirrorless 24.04K/60p Sep 2020 1,999 amazon.com
4.
 
Panasonic S1L Mount 301295 Mirrorless 24.04K/60p Feb 2019 2,499 amazon.com
5.
 
Panasonic GH6Micro FT 297977 Mirrorless 25.05.7K/60p Feb 2022 2,199 amazon.com
6.
 
Panasonic G9Micro FT 294174 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p Nov 2017 1,699 amazon.com
7.
 
Panasonic GH5 IIMicro FT 291279 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p May 2021 1,699 amazon.com
8.
 
Panasonic GH5sMicro FT 274074 Mirrorless 9.94K/60p Jan 2018 2,499 amazon.com
9.
 
Panasonic GH5Micro FT 272577 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p Jan 2017 1,999ebay.com
10.
 
Panasonic G90Micro FT 271275 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Apr 2019 999 amazon.com
11.
 
Panasonic G110Micro FT 271076 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 649 amazon.com
12.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II 25-400 mm f/2.8-4.0 262065 Compact 20.04K/30p Feb 2019 899 amazon.com
13.
 
Panasonic LX100 II 24-75 mm f/1.7-2.8 256372 Compact 16.84K/30p Aug 2018 999 amazon.com
14.
 
Panasonic GX9Micro FT 254174 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Feb 2018 849 amazon.com
15.
 
Panasonic G80Micro FT 244671 Mirrorless 15.84K/30p Sep 2016 899ebay.com
16.
 
Panasonic TZ200 24-360 mm f/3.3-6.4 241764 Compact 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 799 amazon.com
17.
 
Panasonic TZ95 24-720 mm f/3.3-6.4 239252 Compact 20.24K/30p Feb 2019 449 amazon.com
18.
 
Panasonic FZ2000 24-480 mm f/2.8-4.5 238662 Compact 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 1,199 amazon.com
19.
 
Panasonic LX15 24-72 mm f/1.4-2.8 237262 Compact 20.04K/30p Sep 2016 699 amazon.com
20.
 
Panasonic GX8Micro FT 235675 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Jul 2015 1,199ebay.com
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two Panasonic cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

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    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

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