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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 464 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and performance. The usability and portability also get good comments. Opinions about the exposure and shutter are mixed, while there are some critical opinions about the manual image adjustments and memory.

value for money, portability, usability, performance, battery

viewfinder, low-light, features, memory, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2


The very affordable Panasonic 4-megapixel DMC-LZ1 and 5-megapixel DMC-LZ2 feature a DC VARIO lens with 6x optical zoom (equivalent to 37mm to 222mm on a 35mm camera), with capability of up to 24x magnification when combined with the 4x digital zoom, and M

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2S


Optical image stabilization; solid image quality; versatile burst modes; simple operation.

Few manual settings; low-res movie mode.

Image stabilization, a 6X zoom lens, and solid image quality make this a versatile snapshot camera.

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Panasonic DMC-LZ2


The Panasonic LZ2 promises a lot for under $300, and in the most part it doesn't disappoint.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 is part of a brand new series of cameras designed to bring the benefits of long zoom and image stabilization to the masses. The newly released LZ2 has a total of 5.36 megapixels on its 1/2.5-inch CCD that works with an...

-affordable price tag -effective image stabilization -6x optical zoom lens on compact frame -fast burst mode at 3 fps

-no speaker for audio playback (have to export) -direct printing requires multiple menu selections -slow startup time -shallow right-hand grip

Panasonic is targeting a previously untapped niche market of consumers seeking extended zoom, image stabilization, and a fast burst mode on a seemingly point-and-shoot styling. Users can enjoy the automatic features without weeding through manual...

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Digital Cameras - Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 is a pretty unique digital camera, there really isn't anything else like it on the market from any of the other manufacturers. It packs a 6x zoom lens into a surprisingly compact body, and throws in Panasonic's excellent...

Nice long (6x) zoom lens, Optical stabilization helps greatly for hand holding the camera in dim lighting, Despite oversaturation of bright colors, skin tones look good, Very good battery life, Accurate LCD viewfinder, Fairly fast startup/shutdown,...

High contrast, has trouble with harsh lighting, Bright colors are rather oversaturated, Images a little soft for a five-megapixel camera, High image noise at ISO 400, High barrel distortion at wide angle, soft corners in images at telephoto, Flash has...

Fairly quick on the draw thanks to a smoothly operating retractable lens design, the Panasonic DMC-LZ2 is a convenient point-and-shoot digital camera with a handful of extra exposure features for further flexibility, plus the added bonus of an...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ1/LZ2


With that in mind, this review will be a little different than most. I will be reviewing two cameras in one review, using the LZ2 as the "model" in the product photos. I will offer sample photos and some test shots from both cameras

Good quality, sharp photos (but see issues below) ; 6X optical zoom lens in a midsize body ; Optical image stabilization system ; Excellent performance ; Good continuous shooting mode ; Great battery life ; Histograms in record and playback mode

Images a little too sharp, leading to "jaggies"; some vignetting ; Redeye ; LCD doesn't "gain up" in low light ; No optical viewfinder ; Poor low light focusing; no AF-assist lamp ; Paltry 14MB of internal memory doesn't hold many photos at highest...

I like the concept of the DMC-LZ1 and DMC-LZ2 a lot. I just wish the execution was a little better (the LZ3 and LZ4, maybe?). The two cameras earn my recommendation, but mostly for outdoor shooting. Those taking indoor and low light shots will likely...

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 (BFM, 21 Dec 06)


This is quite a good camera, though lag times are on the high end. The Sony light sensor is its failing - The Sony light sensor has a VERY LIMITED life. For the Australian prospective purchaser - DONT!!! Panasonic are abysmal for user support. Only...

The use of the Sony light sensor makes this camera a dud

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Problem with the init of optical zoom


Excellent camera...For a camera of this size and zoom it is.

Got a problem with the init of the optical zoom. Not working

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"Good Camera especially for beginners and intermediates"


This is my second owned digital camera. My first one (a kodak with no optical zoom) was great to see how much I would actually take pictures. I wasnt big into picture taking with 35mm film cameras. Well when I upgraded to this camera, I was blown away....

Optical Zoom at 6x for a camera this small

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Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 (Sarik, 20 Apr 06)


I'm pretty disappointed with this camera...especially when it received such stellar reviews. PC Magazine FALSELY said that it has a Leica lens. When I inquired about that (it didn't mention it in the manual) Panasonic said it was "manufactured to...

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Product Specifications

Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. Panasonic doesn't 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-LZ2 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 are the outstanding results!

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.5
Max Focal Length:36.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:6
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/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 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 80 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm/Black & White / Cool / Warm/Cool / Warm / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None