Summary: The only thing is when recording a video at a place that is exceptionally loud such as Electric Daisy Carnival, the audio quality of the camera lowers itself to a really muffled sound and it is quite annoying if you're an audiofile. Other than that, picture are good.
Summary: Purchased this camera 14 months ago to replace an Olympus. Noticed a couple months ago that there were squiggly lines in the picture when using the zoom. Researched the problem and found there is dust on the lenses. Notified Panasonic and was told it could be replaced with a refurbished camera for an additional fee of $192.00. Will be looking for another camera but not a Lumix.
Summary: My last point-and-shoot camera was a 12MP Sony DSC-W220. I decided to go for this camera (ZS-5) after my brother showed me pictures he took with the ZS-7, they were so good I could not believe my eyes. I did not want the GPS, and according to the specs the ZS-5 had the same lenses and would perform nicely.
"Great pictures but toss software and turn on the lights"
4 January 2011
Pros: Love the 12x zooming, the menus are easy to follow. The facial recognition work great and the quality of the videos are great.
Cons: You do have to over compensate if there is poor lighting. Used AI feature hoping it would adjust and it never did so I went manual - once I did the pics totally rocked. Poor placement of audio features. Plus, toss the software, its useless.
Pros: Honestly, I haven't found anything that overly impressed me.
Cons: I did alot of research for months before deciding which to purchase. Previously I have an older Sony Cybershot overall I feel still takes better consistant pics. Too many blurred pics and the quality is inferior unless you enhance each picture.
Summary: I purchased the Panasonic ZS5 camera in early August. I have taken a cpuple of hundred pictures and several videos with the camera. The camera is user friendly but I would like to be able to refer to the operation manual while learning the features of the camera. The Instruction manual comes on a CD in the form of an Adobe PFD file that is some 170 pages in length.
Summary: I purchased this camera to replace the Panasonic DMC-TZ5 camera I had owned for perhaps 2 years...my older camera had performed to my satisfaction the entire time I owned it up until October, when the zoom feature suddenly malfunctioned entirely. I urgently needed zoom for my usage, since I need to photograph signs from a great distance and I do need the zoom feature.
Great camera - UNRELIABLE Panasonic replacement battery quality; POOR Panasonic customer support
22 July 2010
Summary: First, the positive: Bought the camera (Panasonic Lumix DMZ-ZS5) in April 2010. After a year of using the camera, I still find it to be a great super-light "pocket" camera with an excellent feature-set (super-wide angle lens, optical image stabilization, intelligent resolution, large variety of auto-exposure settings, and manual exposure control). Several previous reviewers have done a great job explaining these features, so I won't repeat them here.