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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.

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The highest rated Panasonic cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Panasonic S5 II

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 S5 II is currently the top-ranked Panasonic camera with a Camera Elo of 3097, followed in second place by the Panasonic S9 with a rating of 3040. 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
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic S5 IIL Mount 309796 Mirrorless 24.06K/30p Jan 2023 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
2.
 
Panasonic S9L Mount 304096 Mirrorless 24.06K/30p May 2024 US$ 1 499 amazon.com
3.
 
Panasonic GH7Micro FT 301878 Mirrorless 25.05.7K/60p Jun 2024 US$ 2 199 amazon.com
4.
 
Panasonic G9 IIMicro FT 297778 Mirrorless 25.05.7K/60p Sep 2023 US$ 1 899 amazon.com
5.
 
Panasonic S1HL Mount 297694 Mirrorless 24.06K/30p May 2019 US$ 3 999 amazon.com
6.
 
Panasonic S1RL Mount 2935100 Mirrorless 46.74K/60p Feb 2019 US$ 3 699 amazon.com
7.
 
Panasonic S1L Mount 292095 Mirrorless 24.04K/60p Feb 2019 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
8.
 
Panasonic S5L Mount 291394 Mirrorless 24.04K/60p Sep 2020 US$ 1 999 amazon.com
9.
 
Panasonic GH6Micro FT 287177 Mirrorless 25.05.7K/60p Feb 2022 US$ 2 199 amazon.com
10.
 
Panasonic GH5 IIMicro FT 279479 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p May 2021 US$ 1 699 amazon.com
11.
 
Panasonic G9Micro FT 275474 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p Nov 2017 US$ 1 699ebay.com
12.
 
Panasonic G110Micro FT 264576 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 US$ 649 amazon.com
13.
 
Panasonic G90Micro FT 260875 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Apr 2019 US$ 999ebay.com
14.
 
Panasonic GH5sMicro FT 258674 Mirrorless 9.94K/60p Jan 2018 US$ 2 499 amazon.com
15.
 
Panasonic GH5Micro FT 256377 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p Jan 2017 US$ 1 999ebay.com
16.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II 25-400 mm f/2.8-4.0 253165 Compact 20.04K/30p Feb 2019 US$ 899 amazon.com
17.
 
Panasonic LX100 II 24-75 mm f/1.7-2.8 246772 Compact 16.84K/30p Aug 2018 US$ 999ebay.com
18.
 
Panasonic GX9Micro FT 243174 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Feb 2018 US$ 849ebay.com
19.
 
Panasonic G80Micro FT 234371 Mirrorless 15.84K/30p Sep 2016 US$ 899ebay.com
20.
 
Panasonic TZ200 24-360 mm f/3.3-6.4 233264 Compact 20.04K/30p Feb 2018 US$ 799 amazon.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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