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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and battery. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the responsiveness and flash.

usability, image quality, value for money, battery, performance

build quality, flash, responsiveness

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85


A $120 point-and-shoot camera, the 8-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 has a surprisingly rich feature set and good image quality. Its Leica lens offers a 4X optical zoom, from 33mm to 132mm.

Good stabilization and image quality ; Convenient Intelligent Auto mode button

Hard to operate with one hand ; Plasticky build and flimsy doors

For a bargain-bin camera, the Lumix DMC-LS85 offers nice stabilization, good images, a Leica lens, and great scene modes.

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Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 digital camera


For a bargain-bin camera, the Lumix DMC-LS85 offers nice stabilization, good images, a Leica lens, and great scene modes

You can also select your scene mode manually, and there are 21 settings to choose from in the LS85’s menu. Old standards such as Portrait, Landscape, Sports, and Candlelight are in the mix, but there are also some unique modes, such as Aerial Photo...

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Panasonic DMC-LS85


The LS85 has 21 scene modes and 4 flash modes. It is powered by AA batteries (2).


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85


Been using this cam for a few months. Bought it on impulse and I never regret it. Under good lighting, images are not far off those that have been produced by my other Lumix, LX1. The 8MP sensor is even good enough for some serious work provided...

The continuous focusing drains the batt quite fast but ; that is easily covered by always carrying a set of spare

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85


Bought for $80 incl shipping. Excellent image quality for the price. Excellent battery life. Highly recommended for back-up camera, if you don't want to travel with bulky / heavy camera...

None, for this price. Plasticky ? Not an issue for me

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85


waste of time and money.

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85


alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, performance, battery, image quality, color

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 8.1MP Digital Camera with 4x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Black)Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 8.1MP Digital Camera with 4x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Black)Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85P 8.1MP Digital Camera with 4x MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5 inch LCD (Pink)

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poor product description leads to return


Wasted my time ordering and recieveing this only to have to return it. Luckily newegg was ok about it, but I'm still dsappointed not to have the product when I wanted it.

Pink which my wife wanted

spec page listed Li-Ion rechargeable battery. A pre-requesite for us as my wife is horrible about remembering spare batteries and Li-Ion batteries in previous cameras tended to last a LONG time

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Awesome Camera


I won this camera and felt I would wright a review sense there was only one review.

Very Nice high resolution pictures at 16:9 Ratio and at 6Mpixels. surprisingly light weight, I carried this around a zoo and could not tell I was carrying a camera around. Takes pictures zoomed in surprisingly well also

it could use some more features, but you get what you pay for

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Wonderful camera for price


Uses two AA batteries, and takes pictures forever with the 4G memory card I have.

Bought this for my young son to use. I was very pleasantly surprised about the quality of the photos. The photos are very clear, with very little noise when you zoom in on the image. If you want inexpensive point and shoot, this would be the one. The...

The flash could be better


Product Specifications

Just press the iA button, aim and shoot. The camera does all the rest, automatically adjusting to the shooting conditions and helping to correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems. iA mode includes MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to compensate for hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control to detect subject movement, Face Detection AF/AE to focus on faces in the frame, and Intelligent Scene Selector to select the optimal scene mode automatically for you. The 8.1-megapixel resolution DMC-LS85 packages a superb f/2.8 Lumix DC Vario lens with 4x optical zoom into a compact body. The bright f/2.8 lens allows you to capture beautiful pictures in low conditions, and helps to prevent image blurring due to hand shakes. The 4x optical zoom lets you capture distant subjects without degrading image quality. The DMC-LS85 is powered by two AA size batteries, so you don't have to worry about suddenly running out of battery power when you are traveling. The DMC-LS85 has a high resolution 230,000 dots 2.5-inch LCD. It features the intelligent LCD function, which increases the backlight brightness in 11 steps according to the ambient light intensity. At the highest of these 11 steps, the LCD backlight becomes approx. 1.4 times brighter than normal. This makes both shooting and viewing photos easier and more convenient.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.9
Max Focal Length:22mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None