Summary: I purchased this camera in March 2005 and within a month had to return it for repair. Panasonic told me at that time that they would not replace the camera if it could be repaired even though I had only had it for a month...so they repaired it and sent it back to me.
Summary: Bought this camera 2+ years ago. Everything worked really well for the most part and took some amazing pictures. This was really my ideal digital camera and I would've given it more stars if it wasn't for the fact that it quit on me after the warranty ran out. It just stopped working.
Summary: I bought the DMC-LZ5 for my teen daughter a year ago. Right after the 1-year warranty expired (naturally), the lens got stuck in the "out" position and would not retract. The camera wouldn't focus, so was unusable.
Summary: I read all the reviews and fell in love with this camera before seeing it. The specs on this camera in this price range sounded great. I got it Christmas morning and decided to put it to the test. Close up shots of the ornaments on the tree using existing light.
Summary: Knowing Panasonic product as one of the top of the line and having Panasonic's made TV, camcorder, stereo system, DVD changer with movie theater, and even microwave, I was expecting that FZ5 will replace a gap in my portable digital camera lineup that was left after recently departured Canon S2 IS.
Summary: Very nice camera for a digital. But it isn't a 35mm! I own a 35mm Minolta SLR about 6 years old. I also have many lenses for that camera. This will never replace the 35mm camera for taking pictures of my family. Save your money for a few more years. The pictures will always be a little blurry.
Summary: I have owned this camera for one month now, and may return it. Negatives: . Too flimsy . Too much image noise, even in bright light . Difficulty seeing and focussing image in zoom mode . Cannot use LED in the daylight. . Color sometimes off-base eg. a blue-turquoise sea was renderred too green.
Half a camera: good outdoors - poor in low light conditions
CenVillager "cenvillager", Amazon
14 June 2005
Summary: I bought this camera to use to shoot candids and portraits indoors in available light. I knew I would get more natural shots because I could hold the camera far away from the subjects while getting a sharp image from the stabilization.
Summary: I just bought one and am very disappointed to find that a user can not change the degree of zooming when in movie mode; in other words, once you select a focus that includes a certain amount of telephoto zoom, you are stuck at that zoom level till you stop the movie and start a new movie. BUMMER!