Features & Controls

Panasonic's 4x optical Leica DC Vario-Elmar zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent range of 28 - 112mm, with a maximum aperture of F3.1-F6.5. This lens is made up of 6 elements in 5 groups and also features Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. image stabilization system to help capture clear hand held shots at slower shutter speeds. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the camera body for protection.

Focus Range:
Normal: 50cm - Infinity (W), 100cm - Infinity (T)
Macro/Intelligent Auto/Motion Picture: 5cm - Infinity (W), 100cm - Infinity (T)

Assisting with your low-light shooting is the small built-in flash unit. Operating in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro modes, you should be able to find one for just about any shooting situation.

Flash Range (Intelligent ISO):
Wide: 1.31ft. (0.4m) - 10.82ft. (3.3m)
Tele: 3.28 (1.0m) - 5.25ft. (1.6m)

Framing and viewing your images is accomplished on the 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen on the back of the camera. With several power settings, this screen is easy to see in just about any lighting or shooting situation.


Controls on the back: At the top right is the Play / Record switch. To the left is the Mode button, which chooses the desired exposure mode. The MENU/Set button calls up and dismisses the menu system as well as accepts menu selections. The 4-way selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it adjusts exposure compensation, "Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to enable Marco focus mode. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and in both record and play is used to navigate the menu screens. The Q.MENU button gives you access to the shortcut menu in record mode, and acts as the image delete option in playback mode. Finally the DISP. button toggles the amount of overlay information shown on the LCD.


A combination I/O port handles both the standard-definition Audio/Video output as well us USB (2.0 high-speed) connectivity, using the supplied cables.

Panasonic's FH5 is capable of storing its 16-Megapixel images on the new SDXC memory cards as well as on SD/SDHC cards. Just in case you should happen to forget a memory card, the camera's 70MB of built-in memory can hold approx. 11 full-sized images.

Powering the FH5 is a small 3.6V, 660mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery. Although small, it provides enough power to capture up to 260 images (CIPA) on a single charge. Also shown here is the included portable charger, allowing you to charge on the go and keep a spare battery charged and on hand at all times.

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