Excerpt: I bought this camera because, I have the DMC LZ2 and I wanted another camera and this is actually the upgrade from it . The mega-pixels are alot higher on this model and you pay a little more for this model but, for me I cannot see any difference . I hope this model lasts as long as the LZ2 which I have used a lot maybe 2000 pictures .
Summary: This camera is great! I love that it's compact but still has a big lens camera feel. It fits nicely in my purse, and the picture quality is really good. I don't really know much about photography or cameras so this is an easy to use camera for me.
Over 3 years now, and still works like it did out of the box.
Canis Majoris, Amazon
18 December 2008
Summary: I have owned this camera for 3 years now. I have used it wherever I have went to capture pictures. Although it is not as sharp and clear as an SLR, it does everything I've wanted it to with exceptional quality. When taking pictures, I notice that it gives lifelike pictures, with quality to spare upon zooming. The only downside thus far is it's ability to shoot in lowlight situations, namely twilight hours.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FZ5K (K for black, S for silver) is came out on February 2005. In tech terms, it's a little old but still a great camera and an even a better value. It has dummy-proof modes that allow newcomers to digita photography to focus on the composition and is advanced enough for all but the pickiest dSLR users. The package includes everything you need to get started, including the battery charger.
Summary: So far this camera is great, everything it said it would be. I am still learning all it can do. I would recommend it to anyone! I am only holding the fifth star to see how it lasts in the long run.
Summary: Great camera, zoom and OIS. Manual not great at all. With good lighting indoors using the party mode able to take relatively low noise pictures without flash. Printed out a 48X(optical + digital) zoom picture and was quite clear. Can't find option to activate date stamp and was only able to date when printing.
Summary: Nice image quality, great zoom, lots of features. But some nits to pick: - The "simple" mode produces pretty poor pictures, with no flash and no image stabilization (that I can see) - User manual is barely comprehensible -- poor content, poorly edited English - Support (updated drivers, software, etc.) on the Panasonic web site is nonexistent.
Summary: I purchased this camera and took some amazing still photos with it. Images were crisp and clean with very vivid colours, and the interface was easy to use. This camera has a powerful flash and the 12x optical zoom plus image stabilization are both very effective. As mentioned on another review, I found IS mode 2 to be the best. I ultimately chose to return this camera because of its poor video mode.
Summary: I've had this camera for about 3 mos. now. Several of the good things you've probably already heard about it are absolutely true; it is light for an ultra-zoom, the image stabilization makes hand-held low-light or long zoom shots possible, the optics are excellent, it's got a full range of options, and the price/performance ratio is excellent.