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
Summary: Panasonic introduces two new models to its compact, affordable and consumer-friendly LZ series of Lumix digital still cameras for 2006. The six megapixel DMC-LZ5 and five megapixel incorporate Panasonic's top-rated MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, large and bright LCD displays, 6x optical zoom, and a 1-point high-speed autofocus feature that is new to the LZ product line.
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.