Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 digital compact camera With the Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5, Panasonic offer a very attractive camera indeed. It offers the consumer true value for money, a fact that is only emphasised by the combination of the 6x optical zoom and the optical image stabiliser, which proves an undeniable asset of the camera.
Excerpt: Panasonic is now a serious player in the prosumer arena, with some classic super-zoom cameras such as the DMC-LZ30. It has also recently announced plans to enter the digital SLR market with the DMC-L1.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 ($279) is a midsize point-and-shoot camera with two standout features. The first is its lens; where most cameras in this class have 3X or 4X lenses, the LZ5's is 6X. The second feature is one found on all of Panasonic's cameras, and that's image stabilization. This very handy feature lets you take sharp photos at shutter speeds that would be blurry on other cameras.
Pros: Good photo quality (though see issues below), 6X zoom lens in a relatively small package, Optical image stabilization, Large 2.5" LCD display is visible in low light (though see issues below), AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Very good performance, especially with a high speed SD card, Nice movie and burst modes, Handy "high angle" feature on LCD
Cons: Above average noise; some vignetting and corner blurriness, Redeye, Poor LCD resolution, No optical viewfinder, High sensitivity scene mode is practically useless, More manual controls would've been nice, Miniscule amount of built-in memory, No USB 2.0 High Speed support
Excerpt: Physical Views The DMC-LZ5 compared in size to a standard CD disc. The 6-megapixel DMC-LZ5 and the 5-megapixel DMC-LZ3 Besides higher resolution, the LZ5 has a 2.5" LCD and records audio. Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-LZ5 Specifications Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD, Primary Color Filter 6.37 Total Megapixels 6.0 Effective Megapixels Lens Lumix DC Vario 6x Optical Zoom f=6.1-36.6mm (35mm equivalent: 37-222mm) F2.8 - F4.5 max.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is a versatile, fairly compact
camera that is positioned between the ultra-compact, 3x zoom
cameras and the bigger, SLR-like ultra-zoom models. The DMC-LZ5
is designed to be a take-everywhere, do almost everything
well kind of camera, and for the most part it succeeds in
this aim. The 6x optical zoom lens covers a wide range of
different shooting situations, although at 37mm it isn't particularly
Summary: This well-priced Panasonic is lots of fun to be around, and produces bright and detailed shots that would be the pride of most people’s holiday photo albums. However, with all the added features that it offers, it’s a shame that it doesn’t quite make it to the levels expected from the more discerning enthusiast.