LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic LS5 has a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7", the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
LS5 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic LS5 can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec
Unfortunately LS5 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic LS5 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from. Panasonic LS5 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Panasonic LS5, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution
LS5 has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Panasonic LS5 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7000 or Olympus Stylus SH-1 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Panasonic LS5 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Panasonic LS5 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 160 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Panasonic LS5 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend LS5 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic LS5 vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Panasonic LS5 Features Compared to Main Competitors