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4.7 out of 10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

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Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

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Overall 6
6.0

Great while it lasted!

D. Day, Amazon
28 September 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent Camera but beware of Lens jamming problem

Nwachetam Ugochukwu "lokekelo", Amazon
4 March 2007
  • 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 :).
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Overall 6
6.0

Great pics, jammed lens

C. C. Pearson, Amazon
13 January 2007
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Disappointed

Edward F. Powers, Amazon
24 January 2006
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not what I was expecting.

Leo, Amazon
10 January 2006
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Panasonic support blows

Vince "orbhot", Amazon
9 January 2006
  • Summary: This camera broke after having it less than 30 days. Panasonic was entirely unhelpful so I returned it. Prior to it breaking I found it to be a decent camera for the price.
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Overall 6
6.0

keep your 35mm for important occasions

psourasin "psourasin", Amazon
29 December 2005
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 - Problems

vrystaat, Amazon
1 December 2005
  • 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. .
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Overall 6
6.0

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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Panasonic DMC-FZ5

D. Rosenfeld, Amazon
15 May 2005
  • 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.
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