Conclusion: The DMC-FZ5 solves the only two reservations most people had about its predecessor (the DMC-FZ3); fairly low pixel count and slightly sluggish focus (especially at the long end of the zoom). It also adds a bigger, better screen, slightly better ergonomics and seems to have almost entirely removed the vignetting problem that plagued FZ3 shots.
Pros: Excellent resolution and detail capture - a real improvement on its predecessor, Very sharp results (though see below), Good, natural color, Superb 12x optical zoom, Effective image stabilization, Small and light, but well built, Comprehensive range of controls, Very fast operation, New high speed focus mode feels almost instantaneous - best in class, Well designed menu system, Nice handling and control layout (and improved shutter release position), Easy to use, Brig...
Cons: Some vignetting and corner softness in macro mode, Images slightly over-sharpened, Manual exposure setting still a bit awkward, No options for converter lenses, No manual focus, Focus at extreme telephoto sometimes hunts, sometimes misses, More noise at ISO 80 than we'd like to see - not a serious issue, Noise reduction at ISO 400 in low light obliterates too much fine detail ('watercolor' look), Low resolution movie mode
Summary: While the new Panasonic FZ30 is currently generating
the most excitement among enthusiasts, the Panasonic
Lumix DMC-FZ5 remains the ultra zoom digital
camera with the best bang for the money. It has
pretty much everything a beginner to serious amateur
photographer could wish for: very good image quality,
superb 12x optical zoom with an effective optical
image stabilization, flexible exposure control,
and very fast operations.
Excerpt: Some of the best cameras in 2004 were
Panasonic's ultra zoom cameras. Now, for 2005 they
are two new models -- the Lumix DMC-FZ4 and DMC-FZ5
-- which replace the DMC-FZ3 as the entry-level model
in the group.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), 12X optical zoom lens (though a little slower than on the FZ3), Optical image stabilization system, Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card; new focus modes are awesome, Nearly zero purple fringing, Full manual controls (minus focus) plus the ability to fine-tune white balance, AF-assist lamp, Supports filters and third-party conversion lenses, Lens hood/filter adapter included, Good continuous shooti...
Cons: Images a little too sharp, leading to "jaggies", Above average redeye, LCD and EVF don't "gain up" in low light, Can't remove memory card while camera is on tripod, A VGA movie mode and manual focus would've been nice, Slowest shutter speed in program and simple modes is 1/4 sec
Conclusion: There is a lot to like about the Panasonic DMC FZ5. Picture quality is outstanding for this type of digital camera and it is also smaller and more lightweight than other extended zoom cameras. In terms of value for money I think it is up there with the best of them. It may not offer quite the range of features the Canon Powershot S2 IS does, but it is definitely one for your shortlist. This camera is highly recommended.
Pros: Excellent value for money, Picture quality, More compact than similar models
Cons: Small memory card supplied with the camera, Small LCD screen
Summary: Available in black or silver, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ5 sports the same Leica 12x optical zoom lens as its successful predecessor, the DMC-FZ20 but, unlike the FZ20, it cannot maintain the f2.8 maximum aperture throughout its full zoom range. With a plastic body that is almost identical to that of the 3-megapixel FZ3, the FZ5 is smaller and roughly 40% lighter and 20% cheaper than the FZ20. The FZ5's body is well made and feels comfortable in the hands. . .
Žhavá stabilizovaná novinka Panasonic Lumix FZ5 v praxi
3 February 2013
Excerpt: EVF zrcadlovka Panasonic Lumix FZ5 láká zákazníky na kombinaci nízké ceny a parametrů vyšší třídy. Má 12x optický zoom se stabilizací a velmi dobrou světelností, rozlišení 5 MPix a mnoho dalších drobností. Soupeří přímo s Konicou Minoltou Z5 a tak jsme si v naší recenzi neodpustili krátké srovnání těchto dvou přístrojů.
Nemilosrdný duel - Konica Minolta Z5 vs Panasonic FZ5
3 February 2013
Excerpt: Nejen podobný název mají digitální fotoaparáty Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5 a Panasonic Lumix FZ5. U obou čísla značí jejich rozlišení 5 MPix. Oba také mají 12x optický zoom se stabilizací obrazu a velmi příznivou cenu. Jak dopadlo jejich přímé srovnání?
Excerpt: La generazione dei 5 megapixel dimostrò che la risoluzione già non poteva vendersi come diversivo di una fotocamera. Inserire più pixel non implicava più qualità, e le compagnie decisero di guardare ad altro. La Panasonic lo fece molto prima con la Lumix DMC-FZ1, una fotocamera dotata di superzoom stabilizzato e soltanto di 2 megapixel di risoluzione, e la cui versione più recente è la Lumix DMC-FZ5.
Pros: zoom da 432 millimetri equivalenti, massime aperture da f2.8-3.3, stabilizzatore ottico, stupenda qualità di immagine...
Cons: manca di bilanciamento del bianco prefissato per luce di tungsteno, la messa fuoco tende a perdersi oltre ai 400 mm...