Panasonic’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.