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. I really enjoyed this camera and took some incredible photos with it.
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..the lens was stuck in the inside position and i was unable to fix it. I ended up opening it up to check out the mechanics and now it is truly finished :).
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. I was able to fix it by gently pulling the lens housing and rocking it from side to side until it snapped into place. The camera worked fine after that for a few months, then got stuck again, this time in the "in" position.
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. Out of twelve shots I was able to keep four. Took it outside to the bird feeder, out of ten shots, able to keep five. Tried close ups of dog, nick naks, always the same results.
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. I was expecting to see solid, strong performer.
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. You can increase the shutter speed which will reduce the blurriness but will add white noise. So an editing software is a must. The camera is also slow to take pictures.
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. A blue-grey sea was rederrred grey-green . Mode control is flimsy, and moves on its own sometimes . Simple mode too simple. There is no auto flash. .
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. What I learned when I used the camera is that the 12X zoom and the stabilization system work very well in bright light. Those pictures turn out beautifully.
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! Secondly, even though everyone raves about the image stabilizer, I have to say that my old Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 had/has a far superior stabilizer.