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Friday, Oct 14, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review - Photoxels

Oct 14, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5While the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 is currently generating the most excitement among enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 remains the ultra zoom digital camera with the best bang for the money. It has pretty much everything a beginner to serious amateur photographer could wish for: very good image quality, superb 12x optical zoom with an effective optical image stabilization, fexible exposure control, and very fast operations.

The Panasonic FZ5 has a quality Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8 at wide-angle and F3.3 at telephoto. Usually you need to use a tripod with such a long telephoto, but thanks to the optical image stabilization, camera shake is reduced enough for hand holding shots at the long focal lengths and slower shutter speeds.

The Panasonic FZ5 takes about 3 sec. to startup, which is not pretty fast, but not bad for a long zoom lens. But it has one of the quickest AF we’ve seen in a consumer digital camera and no practical shutter lag — which makes taking candid pictures possible. The AF positively snaps the image into focus, even in low-light situations.

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review - DigitalCameraInfo

May 15, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 makes some marked improvements over the earlier Lumix FZ3. The most notable is the larger 1/2.5-inch CCD with 5 effective megapixels and a Venus Engine imaging processor. The FZ5 still keeps the best features from its little sibling: the Leica 12x optical zoom lens, two modes of image stabilization, a full range of automatic and manual modes, and the same body size and shape. The FZ5 includes a lithium ion battery with a charger, a lens hood, a full suite of software, and other accessories. There are a few drawbacks, such as the small 1.8-inch LCD and loud zooming function, but Panasonic keeps this digital camera in the running with a $499 retail price tag and flashy features like flip animation and sleep mode.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review - Imaging Resource

May 10, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5The five-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is a very strong follow-on to last year’s highly popular FZ3 model. Like the FZ3 before it, the new Lumix DMC-FZ5 offers excellent value in a long-zoom camera with optical image stabilization such an impressive feature set. Aside from the boosted resolution in this year’s model, the new Panasonic FZ5 offers significant improvements in shutter lag, minor boosts in cycle time, and a larger rear-panel LCD, a welcome addition. To my mind, the dramatic improvements in shutter lag in its “high speed autofocus” modes is the biggest news, as it makes the FZ5 a truly excellent camera for shooting sports and other fast-breaking action (like active toddlers or older kids at play). Bottom line, the Panasonic Lumix FZ5 is a very capable camera that offers a lot of capability in an affordable consumer digicam, with an excellent 12x zoom lens, and optical image stabilization to boot. With a full range of exposure control modes, including a full manual setting and no less than nine preset “Scene” modes, the Panasonic FZ5 is an approachable camera for both novices and more experienced users alike. Its rich feature set, good image quality, and overall responsiveness made it a shoo-in for a “Dave’s Pick” award in the long-zoom category.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review - Steve’s Digicams

May 04, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5Panasonic’s mid-range “Super Zoom” model for 2005, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 features a 5.0-megapixel imager combined with a powerful Leica 12x optical zoom lens. This point-n-shoot camera offers an exposure mode for users of all experience levels. Its Simple mode automates all exposure controls, allowing beginners to obtain good results without any fuss; its useful set of Scene modes also help beginners cope with unusual subjects and conditions. Program mode exposes the novice user to the FZ5’s ample controls, including white balance, ISO, metering, and focus mode. Enthusiasts will enjoy both Aperture and Shutter speed priority modes, as well as a full Manual mode which allows you to have complete control over the exposure settings.

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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review - DCRP

May 01, 2005 | Category: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is a very good ultra zoom camera, just like its predecessor. Some of the changes were welcome: a higher resolution CCD, larger LCD, and much faster focusing. Some things got a bit worse: the lens is now slower. And some things didn’t change: composing photos in low light is frustrating. But if you don’t want to carry around the monster that is the DMC-FZ20, this is a great choice. The FZ5 takes very sharp (maybe too much so) 5 Megapixel photos with nice color and no purple fringing. The lens on this camera, while not as nice as the one on the FZ20, is still way better than average: F2.8-3.3, 12X zoom.

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