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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 811 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the value for money and lens. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the memory and viewfinder, and opinions are divided on the flash.

portability, performance, usability, lens, value for money

focus, low-light, screen, viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5


Megapixels: 5, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Re...

Long zoom lens. Good color fidelity. Versatile burst mode. Geared toward different skill levels. Decent battery life.

Image quality is just average. Image stabilization doesn't improve images or work well in low light. Electronic viewfinder is very grainy.

With average image quality and poor low-light performance, the FZ5 didn't really impress us, despite its fairly rich feature set.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5


Announced just before PMA in February 2005, the DMC-FZ5 is one of two direct sucessors to the popular (and dpreview Highly Recommended) DMC-FZ3. Like its predecessor the FZ5 sports a Leica-branded DC Vario-Elmarit zoom with a whopping 12x optical range...

Excellent resolution and detail capture - a real improvement on its predecessor ; Very sharp results (though see below) ; Good, natural color ; Superb 12x optical zoom ; Effective image stabilization ; Small and light, but well built ; Comprehensive...

Some vignetting and corner softness in macro mode ; Images slightly over-sharpened ; Manual exposure setting still a bit awkward ; No options for converter lenses ; No manual focus ; Focus at extreme telephoto sometimes hunts, sometimes misses ; More...

The DMC-FZ5 solves the only two reservations most people had about its predecessor (the DMC-FZ3); fairly low pixel count and slightly sluggish focus (especially at the long end of the zoom). It also adds a bigger, better screen, slightly better...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is a 5-megapixel digital camera with a high-quality Leica 12x optical zoom. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom is equivalent to a 36 - 432mm zoom on a 35mm camera with a F2.8 to F3.3 maximum aperture. Panasonic's advanced MEGA

Bottom line - The Lumix DMC-FZ5 will make an great choice for the family or tourist user, especially if you're shooting your children's sporting events. With its 12x optical zoom lens, you'll be able to fill the frame with distant subjects, and with its 3


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Digital Camera Review


Making its debut at the 2005 Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, the Panasonic FZ5 joined an expanding list of SLR-shaped digital cameras with long zoom lenses. The FZ5 distinguishes itself with one of the strongest fixed zooms out...

-effective image stabilization -strong color reproduction -energy saving sleep mode -versatile Leica 12x optical zoom lens -good audio dubbing and recording features

-loud, slow focus -lots of noise in images -relatively small LCD -vague menu icons -inadequate movie mode -limited burst modes

The Panasonic 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...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Panasonic is a company that started a little slow in the digital camera market, but have really come on strong in the last year or two. The five megapixel Panasonic FZ5 is largely based on the three megapixel FZ3 model we reviewed in 2004, which at the...

Long 12x optical zoom lens, Good corner sharpness at wide angle (but only average at telephoto), Optical image stabilization really helps make use of the long zoom, Fast shutter response, Excellent shot to shot speeds, Excellent macro capability...

At maximum telephoto, corner sharpness decreases from very good to average, LCD/EVF doesn't "gain up" under low light conditions, hard to aim the camera at the lowest light levels it can shoot at, Exposures longer than 1/4 second require use of more...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5


The nice features of the FZ3 remain, including full manual controls, a huge 12X stabilized lens, fast performance, and an AF-assist lamp

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; 12X optical zoom lens (though a little slower than on the FZ3) ; Optical image stabilization system ; Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card; new focus modes are awesome ; Nearly...

Images a little too sharp, leading to "jaggies ; Above average redeye ; LCD and EVF don't "gain up" in low light ; Can't remove memory card while camera is on tripod ; A VGA movie mode and manual focus would've been nice ; Slowest shutter speed in...

There are some downsides, though. Images are a little too sharp, leading to some "jaggies". Redeye is slightly above normal, as well. The FZ5's movie mode hasn't changed for the better since the FZ3, which is too bad. Same goes with the bottom-loading...

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Superzoom Digital Cameras With Image Stabilizer; Are These A Viable Alternative To A Digital SLR System


All electronic viewfinders blackout for a short time between frames when shooting a series of images, making it difficult to keep moving subjects properly framed.

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Even after a few lattes, your images will be focused

12x image stabilized optical zoom, flexible feature set for experienced users and snapshooters, good performance and image quality, bundled lens adapter and lens hood.

Small control buttons, built-in flash vignettes lens causes shadows when shooting at a downward angle, below average movie quality.

High capacity, high speed SD card

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5


this is camera was defeated in MPix it just 5mpix but the pic quality is so good it help from the wide lens i like this camera

too small pict quality

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5S (silver)


FZ5 has been a reliable and satisfying camera for travel and general enthusiast photography. A classic. I have returned to using it after buying another more up to date camera of similar design (Fuji S2000HD - a disaster!) - the Panasonic has never let...

Good to very good still images - even at just 5mp

low light noise

Product Specifications

The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens is a small, lightweight lens that packs the same zoom power as a big, clunky 400mm-class film camera lens. This 12x optical zoom lens is super-bright too, at F2.8 to 3.3 with a focal length of 6 to 72mm (equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film camera). You've got all the power and flexibility you need to take exquisitely beautiful shots all the way from telephoto to wide angle and macro. The DMC-FZ5K also has a 4x digital zoom. Use it together with the 12x optical zoom and you've got ultra-powerful 48x zooming - roughly equivalent to a huge 1680mm lens on a 35mm camera. Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. No one expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures - that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FZ5K has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working-all you'll see the outstanding results! You can take up to 7 images in Standard Mode and 4 images in Fine Mode with full resolution. In addition, the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function lets you continue shooting until the memory card or built-in memory is full. All this is made possible by the Venus Engine II LSI. The multi-task image processing in the Venus Engine II LSI has accelerated response speed, giving you more comfortable shooting with a release time lag of 0.008 second minimum and a shutter interval of around 0.4 second minimum. Select the AF setting from Spot, 1-point (normal or high-speed), 3-point high-speed, and 9-point. The 1-point normal setting solves the "image-freezing" that used to happen while focusing on fast-moving subjects, and makes them easier to track. Focusing time of the 1-point high-speed setting is reduced to about 1/3 of the previous level. This nearly eliminates the time lag that often occurs with high-magnification zoom shots, letting you capture those great moments that happen all of a sudden. Plus, an AF Assist Lamp is provided to make it easier to focus in low lighting. The positioning of the control buttons and shape of the grip have been improved to make operation even easier than in previous models. Functions like 12x optical zoom and MEGA Optical Image Stabilization are still neatly tucked inside the camera's extremely compact body.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode/Fireworks / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Sports mode / Surf & snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.3
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic