Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 / DMC-ZS5
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So far so good.
A. Birkmeyer "Free Range Retiree" On CGOB..., Amazon
27 June 2014
Summary: Used this camera now for 3 weeks in fairly rough conditions (900 mile, 15 days circle bike ride through Idaho). The camera performed very well. I have found that you really need to learn the camera and all the setting option and the effects they can have on your photos. Just picking it up and using it without learning will not give you expected results. You need to learn the camera and it's personality.
Summary: I got this point and shoot as a smaller and quicker alternative for when I don't want to lug around my SLR or spend time adjusting aperture/shutter settings. I've generally been very happy with its features and photo quality for the price. All the outdoor photos have come out really clear and I love its zoom. My only criticism is for its indoor, low-light photos as the color on those have looked off or the photo is pixelated.
Summary: I purchased this camera in July of 2010. After 11 months of totally satisfied use the dreaded "Dark Spots" began to appear in the view finder and in photos. The dark spots are the result of dust getting into the camera and clinging to the CCD sensor. I had the same problem with another Lumix camera which resulted in me purchasing this one.
Summary: This was my second Lumix point and shoot and It's an excellent little camera that I use whenever it isn't practical to take my my larger DSLR. My first Lumix somehow got dirt between the lens elements and it left spots on all the final shots. I found out I could get it cleaned but, at the same cost of the camera, So, I mothballed the first Lumix and bought the DMC-ZS5.
Summary: A little background about me: I'm a casual photographer, upgrading from a Canon P&S that was small, had a 3x zoom and took very good quality photos considering it was eminently pocketable. The Panasonic ZX5 is larger, but still pocketable (I don't wear tight pants - if you do you may not find it so pocketable). Considering the effective magnification of the telephoto, this is impressively small. I bought it because I finally broke the Canon after 4+ years of abuse.
Summary: Have used the camera a few times. Tried the auto setting and the shutter took a long time to actually shoot the picture so people would move. Switched over to the sports to get a quicker shutter speed at an indoor kids birthday party. Thank goodness there is editing with digital. Some of the colors with the action were really off. Outdoor pictures and self portrait were both generally good. Very satisfied with those modes.
Summary: I still have an older model of this camera and have been very happy with it. The reason I am getting a new one is for my wife. She is asking for a new one, because there the usb latch broke. Now I have taken this camera on a 5 day 50 mile backpacking trip across the Northern Cascades in WA, so I don't think it was a quality issue. The camera still works fine after being rained on for 2 days and traveling in pocket while I hiked up 4000ft of mountain.
Summary: I recently got the ZS5 to shoot pictures of my kids and to have something small and portable to capture those quick moments when I would miss the shot trying to get out a DSLR and mount a lens and.... I chose to go with the ZS5 instead of the ZS7 for a few reasons. First of all I never shoot video with my stills cameras. I just feel that they are better off shot with a proper video camera.
Summary: Very pleased with the functionality and the design. For our consumer needs we are happy with it. The optics are great, and with the SDHC cards we use -- we don't have to worry about exceeding the kind of small on board memory - I think 40Mb - with full capability photos. I like this camera for our needs - more than the CoolPix we were using prior.
Summary: The image quality of this small 12.1 camera ia amazing !! Battery life is super. fits in a shirt pocket. I have a Panasonic/ Lumix slr and the pictures are as good or better. One better aspect is the 24mm wide angle. It will photograph 3 walls of a room. If you wish to be creative it responses to all adjustments of any manual camera. Candle light photos, fireworks, lightning, panaramas, stage shows!!! I feel it is equal to any $1000 SLR you can buy today!!!