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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 422 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and screen. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the shutter and build quality. The manual image adjustments and exposure get mixed views.

value for money, usability, portability, screen, image quality

viewfinder, features, low-light, build quality, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5


Panasonic introduces two new models to its compact, affordable and consumer-friendly LZ series of Lumix digital still cameras for 2006. The six megapixel DMC-LZ5 and five megapixel DMC-LZ3 incorporate Panasonic's top-rated MEGA Optical Image Stabilization

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5


Megapixels: 6, Included Memory Amount: 14 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Reso...

6X optical zoom, higher than most compacts. Image stabilization. Excellent resolution.

Substandard performance and noticeable shutter lag. Images a bit noisy.

Although the image stabilization is a needed asset with a 6X optical zoom lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 doesn't perform well enough to make it an EC.

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Lumix DMC-LZ5


Panasonic expanded its line of inexpensive compacts with long zooms this winter at the Consumer Electronics Show with the Lumix DMC-LZ3 and Lumix DMC-LZ5. We gave the two cameras a close look at CES, and we're glad to give you an even closer look at...

Optical Image Stabilization works well ; Multiple color modes enable users to select either accurate or heavily saturated colors ; Simple, clean design ; Easy to use in automatic modes ; Low price for resolution and zoom range

Poor LCD display ; Noisy images at most settings ; Zoom toggle seems flimsy ; Lack of manual control options ; Instruction manual is poorly organized


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5K


Optical image stabilization; long-range, relatively fast lens; lots of handy features.

Mediocre performance; cheap build quality; some problems with image quality.

Poor low-light performance hinders the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5's useful features.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is a brand new compact digital camera with a 6 megapixel sensor and 6x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 37-222mm on a 35mm camera. The Panasonic LZ5, as with all...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!


Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LZ5 falls near the bottom of the Lumix line, providing an affordable option to snapshot photographers who want a useful selection of automatic settings in a compact camera. Its 6-megapixel resolution and optically stabilized 6x...

Optical stabilization helps greatly for hand-holding the camera in dim lighting, 6x zoom lens gives plenty of range for typical shooting situations, Bright color will be appealing to most users, Auto white balance does better than average under...

Available in both black and silver finishes, this Lumix has an understated look. Its lightweight plastic body is peppered with a moderate number of physical controls and a single silver and gray accent that extends from one side of the lens and curls...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5


Other features on the LZ5 include a 6 Megapixel CCD, 2.5" LCD display, VGA movie mode, and a "high sensitivity mode" that seems to be all the rage these days

Good photo quality (though see issues below) ; 6X zoom lens in a relatively small package ; Optical image stabilization ; Large 2.5" LCD display is visible in low light (though see issues below) ; AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing ; Very good...

Above average noise; some vignetting and corner blurriness ; Redeye ; Poor LCD resolution ; No optical viewfinder ; High sensitivity scene mode is practically useless ; More manual controls would've been nice ; Miniscule amount of built-in memory ; No...

Although it has some annoying flaws, the 6X zoom lens and image stabilization make the DMC-LZ5 a camera that I can recommend. Those of you who want manual controls, or who make larger-sized prints may want to take a look at some other cameras, but for...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5


The LZ5 has a nicely sized LCD screen, but the resolution isn't very good at all. Some digital cameras like the Kodak Z612 have 230,000 pixels on this size screen, and almost all models have at least 115,000 pixels. The Panasonic LZ5 reaches a new low...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Digital Camera Review


The LZ5 has a nicely sized LCD screen, but the resolution isn't very good at all. Some digital cameras like the Kodak Z612 have 230,000 pixels on this size screen, and almost all models have at least 115,000 pixels. The Panasonic LZ5 reaches a new low...

This digital camera has 15 Scene modes, complete with a help screen to explain each one. The Scene mode list includes the basics like Portrait and Night Scenery as well as two Baby modes that save the age of the subject along with the rest of the file...

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"Best camera if you compare others in the same class"


Since you got an advance taste of a pro camera now you want to take pics

This camera has many many MUST read the owners manual

Must Switch to the proper settings manualy

Product Specifications

Panasonic is introducing the incoming LUMIX model 6.0-megapixel DMC-LZ5, incorporating MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and 6x optical zoom lens that run on two AA batteries. MEGA O.I.S. is the image stabilization system against handshake that bears no picture deterioration. Panasonic is the first company in the industry to have succeeded in incorporating MEGA O.I.S. into a compact digital camera and now its benefit is strongly approved by the users of the world, considered to be the standard of photography. Compared to the previous models, the DMC-LZ2/LZ1, the LZ5 adopts large and bright 2.5-inch LCD and speeds up its AF time by adopting 1-point high-speed AF option while AF assist lamp is newly incorporated. Another feature is in the enhanced scene mode options including the high sensitivity mode that allows shooting at maximum ISO 1600. This is realized by the new pixel-mixed readout method of CCD even realizing the recording of bright motion image in VGA size. In addition, the newly incorporated Extra Optical Zoom function allows more powerful zooming maximum 8.3x in 3-Megapixel image recording. For the brain of the camera, the LZ5 incorporates continued Venus Engine Plus, which saves energy consumption to achieve long battery life while maintaining quick response and high picture quality. As you recall, the blurred image caused by hand shake is the biggest problem of digital camera photography. Normally, the compactness of the camera results in the good portability and shooting using LCD helps fine view, however, these advantages may stand in the way because they reduce stability on the other hand. However, MEGA O.I.S. solves those problems. The spur-of-the-moment for which you're not ready enough to keep your posture and the low-lit indoor or night time, when the shutter speed tends to slow, and macro shooting in which even a slight move will spoil the picture, all those are common situations accompany blurry pictures. However, MEGA O.I.S. enables you to easily take clear, beautiful pictures in even in such situations. This capital feature is subsumed under no other cameras but LUMIX among the entry class models that run on AA batteries. In addition, the LZ5 allows shooting with maximum ISO 1600 setting in the newly incorporated High Sensitivity mode. This takes advantage of shooting moving subject such as baby and pets especially indoors, which were often spoiled by the movement of subject itself. Thus, the handshake and the movement of the subject, both the major causes of the blurred picture, are compensated with MEGA O.I.S. and High Sensitivity Mode to help you to take clear and beautiful picture in various situations. The DMC-LZ5 is equipped with outstanding optical 6x zoom that captures and magnifies subjects located at a distance that cannot be captured enough by the 3x zoom of ordinary compact cameras. Even this outstanding zooming capability is supported by MEGA O.I.S. allowing every user to take clear, sharp images, coupled with the new high sensitivity mode that works against the movement of subject.

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Macro / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky


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"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

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):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None