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I received this camera as a Christmas present after returning from a city break to find all the sightseeing photos (taken with my old camera) were a really bad quality, especially any pictures that had been taken using zoom.
My partner searched through lots of reviews and Which? magazines until he came up with this one - it had received lots of good reviews so he was sure it would be the best choice....and I can't tell you how pleased I am with it.
It takes the greatest quality photos in all settings and light. I've taken it to concerts, nightclubs, holidays, and it has never disappointed me.
The 10x optical zoom is amazing quality and I've got some really clear photos of my favourite band at their latest concert no matter how far away they were. It's even got an extra zoom which is of great quality too.
I am not much of an expert when it comes to cameras but I am confident that if you know what you're doing you could get some astounding photos....it's got a great selection of settings which seem to cover everything that you could possibly need (im my amateur opinion).
This is my third Panasonic Lumix. I think they are brilliant. The market offers thousands of cameras offering thousands of billion megapixels but when it comes down to capturing an image, the lens is what is important. An the Lumix are terrific lenses.
The 10x zoom is very handy and was fairly unique of similarly priced camera. In fact I've used it countless times to see into the distance when I've left my glasses at home.
I've always loved that this range of camera has so many adjustable settings, if this not your sort of things the presets are excellent too, but if you do enjoy fiddling then I thoroughly recommend this or one higher in the range. Colour settings are very good. Light sensitivity is also quite accurate, little post-shot adjustment is ever needed.
It is possibly a bit bulky for evening use, where you haven't a coat pocket or bag to keep it in, but I've taken mine to numerous clubs and bars and it hasn't really bothered me- it still can fit in your pocket.
Battery life it terrific, I can usually get 800 shots without recharging (granted that not all are using the flash). I can really say anything but good things about this camera.
I had been searching for a while for a compact camera that had a decent sized optical zoom, then I found this one at quite a reasonable price when you have a look at others available at the moment. I wasn't disappointed at all, the picture quality is fantastic. I found it to be great for concerts etc especially with the anti shake option. A number of great features, including options for different circumastances e.g, pets, sunset, sports, twilight, baby. etc. The leica lense is great, if a little noisy when you start to zoom. Includes a rechargeable battery which has a good life span, however it can be a little pricey if you need to replace it or if you want to have a spare one. The video recording option is really good and even the sound quality is better than expected from an integral microphone. There are just 2 negatives in my opinion: Firstly, I think the macro option needs to be improved, it can be blurry at times. Also, the catch that stops the battery falling out feels a little flimsy and as if it would break easily.
I bought this camera as I love travelling but I never seem to be able to catch all the details in my holiday snaps. I thought the 10x optical zoom would be just the thing, and I was right. I did a lot of searching weighing up all the pros and the cons of different products and this TZ5 won every time. The zoom is excellent and it has so many options to take different types of shots whether in motion or at night etc... So you can take the perfect picture where ever you are.
I got mine in the lovely deep blue colour which is mat and so has worn well as it does not scratch easily. Its great to hold in the hand although its a bit bulky to just put in your pocket which is my main gripe but the zoom is 10x optical so I think that's why.
The other problem I have is there is no lens cover with it just a shutter that opens easily so I'm worried the lens may scratch.
Overall its a great camera for the money.
You will struggle to find a bad review of the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 on the internet. There is a good reason for that - its a truly great digital camera. The tech specs are widely available so no point in repeating them here, so this is more of a lowdown on what it is like to use and how good the pictures are. In use the camera is extremely comfortable to hold, with intuitively placed controls. The Leica lens oozes quality, as does the excellent 3" lcd screen which makes composing shots and reviewing them afterwards very easy. The dowside of the screen is that in very bright conditions it is sometimes harder to see the display, but this is not an uncommon problem in alot of digital cameras. The screen menus offer a multitude of different options for taking photos and taking short films should you want to. The quality of the pictures the TZ5 produces are superb. I have now taken this camera on numerous hiking trips and the results have always left me very happy indeed - a very noticeable improvement from the older digital camera this replaced. There are, of course, alot of great compact digital cameras out there.... but this should definitely be on your shortlist. Great camera.
This is a good value for money camera. Panasonic made genious decision by making Leica lenses available on most of its cheap cameras. The wideangle lenses are the best possible solution on TZ5. The camera is not too light and not too small, but remember, you get Leica wide eye for the price! It is small enough to be carried in the pocket, but once in a case, it becomes less suitable for the pocket use. The quality of video and sound is amazing, just really impressive. I have decided not to buy any of the cheap video cameras even when my son was born, the quality in Lumix TZ5 is suitable to have home videos shared with all realtives. The camera is fast and reliable, the screen is big and clear, the colours are natural. Everything is well designed, easy to uderstand, easy to use. Highly recommend TZ5 to everyone.
Having always been a bit of a cheap and cheerful camera buyer, I was a bit nervous spending nearly double what I'd usually spend on a camera. This camera has proved to be beyond value for money though!
The Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a 9.1 megapixel, with a wide angle lens and boasts an awesome 10X optical zoom. It's also a remarkable easy camera to use, a lot of time has gone into setting up the intelligent auto function (which is the main setting you'll use), that means the camera works out what type of photo your taking, adjust for light and does pretty much everything a photographer does (all be it not to the same level of expertise) as you take the photo, meaning amazing shots ever time. That said don't be afraid try to experiment with the manual settings (of which there are many!!) as will a little bit of practice you can get some really brilliant photos.
Size wise although the TZ5 is larger than a normal compact, it is still far smaller than an SLR (which I feel the quality of the camera is far closer to) and you'll have no problem slipping it into you pocket / handbag for a night.
Although there are many cameras out there at lower prices with more megapixels I'd still advice anyone to get this camera as, you can have as many pixels as you like, without a good camera its pointless!! The TZ5 can make a good photographer out of the most average and is guaranteed to last you a long time before you want to upgrade to a different camera. The 10 zoom has been invaluable on so many occasions, getting me photos of so many things I'd have otherwise missed. I would recommend it to anyone who would listen.
WOW!! I have never spent a lot of money on a digital camera as photography has never really interested me that much and i'm a yorkshire man so spending money isin't my thing! After having our first baby a short time ago, me and the wife decided to splash out on an expensive camera. After much carefull research and reading reviews we decided on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. If i was being a little modest i would say that it was a very inspired choice on my part, but the wife wouldn't have none of it! The picture quality is amazing, the features on it are amazing and it takes a picture really quickly, none of this delay rubbish! If i was to recommend a digital camera this one would be it for the beginners out there like me and the wife! Another great feature of this camera is the size, it easily fits into a pocket!
This camera is amazing! I never used to spend a lot on a camera, I could never understand the point of it. But, one day I decided that I should invest in a decent digital camera that would last me for years. After a lot of research, mostly on the internet but also talking to friends, I decided on the Lumix DMC-TZ5.
This was such a good decision, I'm so pleased with my choice. I wanted a camera with a large zoom, but that was small enough so that I could carry around with me at all times. I got everything I wanted and more out of this camera. Not only is the zoom amazing, but there are lots of settings (that I don't always use I admit) to allow me to create the photos that I'm looking for. And, for those times when I don't want to fuss around and fiddle with the settings there is an intelligent setting, where the camera automatically works out the settings for the current situation. So you can point & click.
I've got some great photographs from this camera and am really pleased with my purchase.
I purchased this camera prior to a going on safari. The large lens capability, ranging from 28mm (great for scenic shots) up to an incredible 280mm is fantastic. The image stability at high zoom is very good and matches that of DSLR's. There are numerous shooting options, such as scenic, portait and night - even one for fireworks.
Most importantly the image quality was impressive. I took numerous shots of animals in motion using the zoom on maximum and the pictures were in focus and the colour, contrast and brightness did not need tweaking! The various shooting options are easily accesible by a rotating wheel on the top of the camera and the remaining options, including the camera set up are via the large viewing window. There is also a slide show option to view your photos to music.
Tha battery life is adequate and lasts a day of constant shooting and viewing of the pictures. I usually shoot using a DSLR and purchased this to compliment the lens I was currently using. Although it shoots in JPEG as oposed to RAW the pictures need very little if any modifications.
All in all, I am very pleased with this camera and would recomend it.
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Normally I use large DSLR or bridge camera, but I wanted a small camera that would fit into my pocket when I don't want to carry a large camera with me, this camera is just about small enough to fit into a large pocket.
What attracted me to this particular model was its 10x zoom range from 28mm to 280mm (35mm equivalent) and its reasonable 9.1mp resolution.
I went out and took some pictures with this camera, and some more almost identical pictures with a Canon EOS DSLR, Whilst a compact camera can never match a DSLR in image quality, the pictures from the Panasonic fared resonably well in comparison.
I was expecting the picture quality from a 10x zoom on such a small camera to suffer, but I was pleasantly surprised, the pictures were sharp throughout the focal range, even at its longest focal length, and there was no apparent chromatic aberrations, (colour fringing around high contrast subjects) plus the image stablizer worked well in all but very dim light conditions.
It does have a 4x digital zoom as well, but this is better left switched off as the picture quality suffers quite a lot when it is used, I did try the digital zoom out, just as a matter of interest, but the pictures were very poor and unusable.
As in all compact cameras the image censor is very small, and cramming 9 or 10 megapixels onto such a small censor often causes problems with digital noise, especially at higher ISO settings, This camera also fared very well here with digital noise not apparent at all at ISO 100 and very little at ISO 200. but It gradually worsens at higher ISO settings, (I keep mine set on ISO 100 for daytime shots) but it is still well within acceptable levels for a compact camera, the cameras built in noise reduction causes some fine detail to be lost (blurring) at medium and higher ISO settings, but this is more apparent at higher magnifications of the image.
This blurring might be an issue if you want to make big enlargements or crop down to small areas of your pictures.
At very low light levels this camera performs reasonably well compared to some of the other compacts, and flash exposures are excellent, full of detail and well exposed, I took a picture of my parrot using the flash, and the feather detail was rendered quite well.
The autofocus is reasonably fast and accurate in most cases, only struggling in very low contrast or difficult to focus subjects, and the face detection works well.
Macro, whilst not true macro, will focus as close as 5cm at the 28mm setting and aprox 1 metre at the 280mm setting, giving you a reasonable close up, but focusing on small subjects such as a flower is a little hit and miss however, and you may need to try focusing more than once before taking the shot, but its large screen makes this easier to check beforehand.
The camera itself feels solidly built, and it has a reassuring bit of weight to it, the menu's are logically laid out and fairly easy to navigate, and you will soon get to grips with it, and it has an excellent printed manual.
There are more than enough modes on it to keep the budding photographer happy, with 2 auto settings and 22 auto scene modes to cover most conditions that you are likely to encounter, and an exposure compensation setting of (+/- 2 at 1/3 stop increments) for those awkward situations when one of the auto modes will not give a correct exposure, it is a pity there are no manual settings however, which would have made this camera much more flexible in use.
The LCD monitor is a large 3" monitor, and is very clear and bright, making it easy to compose your pictures, check the focus and to view pictures afterwards, although such a large screen could be vulnerable to damage so a good quality padded camera case is recommended.
A seperate optical viewfinder would have been a welcome addition, making the taking of moving subjects easier, especially at longer focal lengths, but many compact cameras do not include them anymore.
It does have a video and sound recording function, with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with mono sound, but I have not tried that out yet, (I will update this review when I have) so I cannot comment on that, except to say that the microphone is positioned on the top left plate of the camera where it is very likely to be covered by a finger, causing sound problems.
It comes supplied with a battery and charger, the battery has lasted reasonably well up to now, it also comes supplied with a USB lead to download pictures directly from the camera to the PC without having to remove the SD card.
Well built and easy to use.
Better picture quality than many compacts.
10x zoom covers the most usefull range from wide angle to a decent telephoto.
9.1mp resolution is more than enough for all but the biggest enlargements.
It is compatible with SDHC cards.
Large clear screen.
Video and sound recording function.
A printed manual, not one of those pdf files on a disc.
User settable ISO.
Enough exposure modes to cope with most situations.
Good as a second camera when it would not be practical to take a larger camera.
Good price for what you get.
No SD card supplied, so you will need to buy one seperately.
No viewfinder other than the LCD screen.
Some fine picture detail lost (blurring) especially at higher ISO settings.
Microphone could have been sited better.
No manual exposure setting, but the exposure compensation does help.
Can be a little complicated at first for novice users, but the manual is good.
A little too big for small pockets.
This is a good camera for anyone who wants to replace a cheaper outdated compact camera with something that will take decent pictures, and has a good zoom range, and for anyone who wants a small camera as a backup to a larger camera, but due to the limitations of compact cameras, it would not make a good replacement a larger camera.
It is availlable for as little as £194.99, and is very good value at that price.
All in all this is a very good little camera for the price, with very little to be said against it at this level, and it comes highly recommended.
This review is also on Ciao! and Amazon under the same name.
I bought this camera as a replacement for my Olympus Mju which although took great pictures and video, had no internal microphone so the video footage had no sound! Anyway I was specifically looking for a camera with a high pixel quality, that shot pretty much unlimited video footage WITH sound and that also had a high spec optical zoom for when you can't get as close to a subject as you would like - anyone who has been to a Disney parade will know what I mean! It also needed to be fairly compact in size or like the video camera it would rarely come out of the box let alone get all the way to holiday!
The Panasonic Lumix DCM-TZ5 seemed to tick all these boxes so we ordered it from Amazon with a spare battery, a leather case, a sandisk high capacity memory card and a mini tripod. All came swiftly which was great and we set it up to recharge. First impressions were GREAT it looked great, felt heavy enough to be built decently but not so heavy it would be a burdon to carry around. We had read various reviews before buying to say that the video capture was grainy and the sound quality not so good, but for our needs it was perfect I think if you really want brilliant video quality you would have to go for a stand alone video camera, but then they don't always take great still images so in the end it comes down to personnal preference ours was photographs so we chose this.
The video capture is great in good light and the sound quality is good enough but do be careful not to put your finger over the microphone , which is easily done due to the position of it. The selection dial has an auto image setting which you would probably use for pretty much every shot as it will pre-select the type of shot you are taking (very clever) even someone with NO camera knowledge would literally be able to point-and-click in this mode and get a great picture. It also has the afore mentioned video shot which will allow you to video capture in segments of 15 minutes . Then there are 2 shot modes which will remember a favourite mode that you like, for example when I took my son to the zoo I had it set up for inside shots (when you were inside taking pictures behind glass etc) and outside shots eg the monkey enclosure , this means you can just click between the 2 settings each time you need them and it automatically remembers the shot you wanted VERY clever!
It has a great panoramic feature which allowed me to capture the entire benidorm skyline in 2 photos which is amazing and the zoom is just out of this world after having a camera with only 3 x optical zoom and then go to 10 x optical zoom the difference is unberlievable I could see the ferry, I could see the name of the ferry, I could see the man on the ferry, I could see what make his sunglasses were!!! The battery life is sufficiant for a days use however we did purchase an extra battery for holidays such as Florida where you are going to use it heavily and don't want to run out. The camera has lots of features which allow you to edit images whilst they are still on the camera and it does come with a fairly basic editing program which i'm not as keen on as Microsoft Picture It so I don't really use it.
All in all this camera comes highly recommended and out of the 3 digital camera's I have had this is by far the best and well worth the money.
Are you in the market for a compact camera with excellent picture quality and possessing a better than average zoom lens range? Then the DMC-TZ5 could be just what you are looking for.
For me, there has always been two troubling element to taking pictures - finding a camera that has a decent zoom lens range and having a decent stabiliser to eliminate shake when taking pictures. I love to go to concerts and my original camera just didn't cut it. After a fair bit of research in the web, I tested three cameras - the Canon SX10 IS, Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic DMC-T5. Both the SX10 and FZ28 both had fantastic zoom ranges but they were just too bulky. Seriously, going to a gig with one of these would present portability problems. So, I looked at the DMC-TZ5. After having a play with the camera for almost an hour, I became the proud owner of a black DMC-TZ5. The zoom, view screen and build quality won me over. So, how does it translate into everyday situations and the odd gig or two?
Firstly, the camera is built to a high standard. It is mostly metal and feels reassuringly solid. The menus are relatively straight forward but reading the instruction manual is advised. The camera comes with one battery, charger, various leads but no SD card. Considering how cheap SD cards are, surely a nice 2GB card wouldn't have gone amiss?
Anyway, start up is pretty quick for a zoom camera. The camera has a range of settings - the iA mode does all the work for you. There are dedicated scene shots (beach, snow, night time etc). You do get a manual setting where you can fiddle around with the various settings to your heart's content. So what happens when you've taken a picture - it appears on the fabulous view screen which is sharp, clear and bright. There is a nifty little function that allows you to virtually tilt the screen so you can hold the camera up above your head to take pics and see the live preview.
The zoom function is fantastic. It is quick and responsiveness. Here's a little known fact about the zoom mode. The camera does have a 10x optical zoom but if you press the eZoom button after reaching the 10x range, you can get another 6.9x optical zoom on top but you can only take 3 megapixel pictures instead of 9 megapixel shots. Of course, there is a digital zoom but I would leave that alone as the results are pretty dreadful. Outdoor shots are brilliant for a compact camera and the wide angle lens is a bonus in capturing a wider view of your subjects. Indoors the camera doesn't do that well in poor lighting so make sure someone turns the light on.
The video mode on the camera is a HD mode recording at 720p. Now don't get fooled - it is not a camcorder but the quality is useable for everyday viewing. The zoom also works in movie mode and testing it at a gig I could zoom in close to the band. The fans in the audience just looked at me amazed when they saw how close I could get in. I made a few friends that night wanting those shots and videos I took. But here's the bad news - the sound quality is bloody awful. It's mono and it really is quite bad. Why couldn't Panasonic stick on a decent microphone I will never know.
Battery life is pretty good. I managed to get 300 shots but using the zoom and video mode depleted battery life at an alarming rate so make sure you have a spare. Another thing worth bearing in mind is getting a SDHC card - why? Well, this camera takes big pictures and the movie mode is a space eater. Ideally you need a 6 speed class card otherwise you may have trouble recording video.
All in one, the DMC-TZ5 is a good all rounder. It's not perfect but when the conditions are right, it delivers some cracking results especially when used with that great zoom lens.
Enjoying photography as a hobby, the panasonic lumix tz5 instantly appealed to me due to its compact nature, and fantastic specifications. Previously I owned an olympus C760UZ, which had a fantastic build, but didn't really do justice to the idea of a compact camera due to its huge lens.
Despite having a 10x optical zoom lens, the Lumix still manages to occupy the niche of pocket camera ... just! The 9mp resolution, whilst arguably not as high as other cameras on the market at the moment, is on a fantastic CCD sensor, nd hence gives great pictures, unless taken at high ISO ratings, where there is a small amount of noise.
The option of HD videoing is a nice addition, but with a limited time span, and no option of zooming, it should not be seen as a major selling factor of the camera.
The lens itself has been fantastic, with the Leica branding being what made my favour it over the olympus mju1010.
I was able to pick it up at Jessops for a competitive £176, though I believe that a newer model will be released in the not so distant future - I would also highly advise that one invests in a high speed class6 + SDHC card to get the full value out of the camera, as well as a spare set of batteries - one of my few qualms with the camera would arguably be its relatively short battery life.
Overall a simply fantastic camera, which one should really consider when buying a compact digital.
I first bought this camera in November 2006 for a skiing holiday that we were going on in the following january. Whilst on holdiay the camera was dropped on frozen ice and broke! We ended up buyign the camera again whilst on holiday as it was so good to use. I think that says alot aobut this product!
What made me buy this camera was the fact that it has 10x Optical Zoom facility. This really does make a difference to you photographs. Anything that is in the distance can be seen very close up. The only disadvantage is that when at full zoom, you ahve to make sure your hand is steady or the picture can blur. A tripod could be a better option to use with it.
The camera also features digital zoom, but I have never had the need to use this on the pictures.
There are also scene settings that can be changed to things like night/portrait/landscape/beach/fireworks/sports etc. There are lots to choose from and can enhance your picture taking.
There is also a film recording facility which is great. It will take your films upto your memory cards limit. But you have to rember to zoom in first as once you start recording the zoom function is disabled.
The lcd screen is ample size and very clear. This camera great amautre photography camera.