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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 (Black)


Many might find the attractions of the 9-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 irresistible: it's compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket, yet packs a 10x zoom lens, complete with 28mm-equivalent wide-angle view and optical image stabilizer. It also has a...

Attractive, functional design; generally above-average photo quality for its class; nice, useful feature set; lens can zoom during movie capture.

Aggressive smoothing reduces detail in indoor shots, even at low ISO sensitivities; modest performance; poorly placed microphone.

Though it's not perfect, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5's compact midrange megazoom feature set puts it in a class with just its sibling, the TZ4, and should deliver a satisfying shooting experience.

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Panasonic Lumix TZ5


Now you can fit sweeping landscapes into a single frame with the 28mm wide-angle setting. Pull in subjects from far away to capture even subtle facial expressions with the dynamic 280mm telephoto setting. Ideal for traveling, the DMC-TZ5 Lumix...

umer (26) ; Wireless (6) ; Hybrid (3) ; Webcam (3) ; Show more ; Maximum Resolution ; 3264 x 2448 pixels (59) ; 3072 x 2304 pixels (57) ; 2592 x 1944 pixels (34) ; 3648 x 2736 pixels (33) ; 2560 x 1920 pixels (29) ; 2048 x 1536 pixels (28) ; 2816 x...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5


Panasonic launched the original 'Travel Zoom' TZ1 back in February 2006. In 2007 came the TZ3 and now, almost exactly one year later, Panasonic brings us the third generation of this popular series in the shape of the TZ5 (The TZ2 and TZ4 are the...

Very versatile 28-280mm equiv. zoom range; Excellent lens, good edge-to-edge sharpness and little distortion; High quality build, full metal body; Little (if any) color fringing; Good flash performance; White balance fine tune option; Feels fast and...

Heavy noise reduction at all ISO settings (although less than predecessor); Smearing of fine detail (caused by NR) even at base ISO; Macro mode less effective than competitors'; Unreliable Auto WB performance under artificial light; Inconvenient...

While the step from the TZ1 to the TZ3 was quite a big one the upgrade from TZ3 to TZ5 is more evolutionary.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5


While there are less expensive long-zoom consumer compacts on the market, they don't deliver the overall build quality and level of performance of the DMC-TZ5. The all-metal body, excellent Leica lens and host of features set this camera apart from...

9.1MP resolution10X zoom (28-280mm 35mm equivalent)High-res 3Optical image stabilizationAll-metal body - excellent build quality

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is Panasonic's 2008 entry into its TZ series of

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a new version of Panasonic's best-selling camera of 2007, the DMC-TZ3, an ultra-compact superzoom with a 10x, 28-200mm lens. Just one year later, the new DMC-TZ5 retains the same Leica-branded lens and optical image...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 represents an incremental evolution of an already winning blueprint, retaining the fundamental design of the hugely successful TZ3 model, whilst adding a smattering of new features. Current owners of the TZ3 won't be...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


Panasonic released the TZ5 in March of 2008, updating the TZ3 with a new sensor, slightly new styling and a few new features

10x optical zoom with true 28mm wide angle ; Almost distortion-free lens ; Excellent quick menu system ; Compact body for zoom range ; Optical image stabilization ; Sturdy build ; Big, 460,000-pixel, 3-inch LCD ; Easy to Use ; Simple mode for handing...

Anti-noise processing muddles detail at all ISO settings ; Moderate chromatic aberration at wide angle and telephoto ; High contrast in harsh outdoor images ; Somewhat subdued color compared to other cameras in this class ; Flash coverage is uneven at...

Panasonic has made some subtle alterations to the body and interface dials to make it simpler and easier to use. The Panasonic TZ3 crammed 10 settings onto the main mode selector dial; the TZ5 removes four of these settings to the operation menu, and...

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Lumix DMC-TZ5


($350) is the follow-up to the highly popular DMC-TZ3 compact ultra zoom, which was introduced to much praise last year. That camera offered a 10X, 28 - 280 mm lens with image stabilization in a midsize body, along with a host of point-and-shoot features

Very good photo quality, less noise reduction than previous models (though see issues below) ; 10X, 28 - 280 mm lens in a relatively small package ; Optical image stabilization ; Incredible 3-inch, super high resolution LCD display; great outdoor...

Images on the noisy side, especially in shadows; still some noise reduction artifacting ; Lens is "slow" at the wide end ; Sluggish low light focusing ; More manual controls would be nice ; No optical viewfinder ; Small buttons on back of camera; easy...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is quite an impressive package. It's not perfect, but it's arguably the best camera in the "compact" ultra zoom class. From its 28 - 280 mm lens to its 720p movie mode, the TZ5 can do just about everything. If you're after a...

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Hands On: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5


One of the most exciting announcements at PMA 2008 wasn't a DSLR, but the next generation of Panasonic's TZ series of pocket-sized high-zoom cameras, the Lumix DMC-TZ5 ($299, estimated street). Panasonic also announced the DMC-TZ4, but because the TZ5...

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Panasonic Lumix TZ5


The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 is their latest compact ultra-zoom camera, successor to last year's very hot Lumix TZ3, and carries forward the very versatile 28-280 mm 10X zoom lens in a compact form factor for a big zoom camera. What's new? The main...

Fairly compact with a 10X zoom lens; starts at a versatile 28 mm ; Optical image stabilization ; Camera performance is snappy ; Large and very nice (sharp and visible) 3 inch LCD ; Many scene modes, along with those Intelligent features (ie...

Not many manual controls (certainly no manual exposure here) ; Lacks post-shot red eye removal and movie editing features ; Low light autofocus could be faster ; Plastic tripod mount and plastic doors on the camera ; Some very fine details (ie fabric...

The Panasonic Lumix TZ5 is a relatively compact camera for a super-zoom. It has a useful 10X optical zoom lens which starts at 28 mm and it comes with optical image stabilization. While there's a nice lens in front, there's a fancy LCD on the back too....

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Panasonic Lumix TZ5 review


Compact cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 are very much appreciated, and that is for a reason. A camera of this format, equipped with a 10x optical zoom is liked by the majority of the consumers. Of course it is very convenient to have a camera...

Product Specifications

Now you can fit sweeping landscapes into a single frame with the 28mm wide-angle setting. Pull in subjects from far away to capture even subtle facial expressions with the dynamic 280mm telephoto setting. Ideal for traveling, the DMC-TZ5 Lumix 9.1-megapixel digital camera combines a wide-ranging LEICA DC Vario-Elmar lens with a handy, compact body. The Extra Optical Zoom function also extends the zoom to as much as 16.7x, giving you even greater telephoto power. Set the TZ5 to iA mode and let the five Intelligent Auto functions team up to help prevent shooting errors. Intelligent Exposure corrects lighting differences, so images come out just the way you see them; Intelligent Scene Selector chooses the mode that best fits the situation; MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) helps prevent blurring from hand-shake; Intelligent ISO Control helps prevent motion blur; and Face Detection helps produce clear portraits by optimizing the focus and exposure settings. With a total of 460,000 dots, the big, bright 3.0" diagonal LCD makes viewing and shooting easier and more comfortable. The Intelligent LCD adjusts brightness automatically in 10 steps as the ambient light level changes, so images are clear, bright and easy to see day or night, indoors or outdoors. The TZ5 can record motion images with sensational 1280 x 720 HD resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). You can use the zoom, too, and capture some truly dramatic shots. When you're done shooting for the day, just connect the camera to an HDTV and you're ready to view your still shots and motion images in high-definition beauty. The Clipboard allows you to take photos of maps, timetables and other travel info. They are saved in a separate folder of the built-in memory to distinguish them from normal photos. You can print titles and other characters on the photos you shoot with the Title Edit and Stamp. This is great for creating your own postcards from a vacation trip. Input your departure date and destination with the Travel Date Setting. Later, during photo viewing, the camera will indicate on which day of the trip each shot was taken and the location.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Clipboard / Fireworks / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset / Underwater


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4.9
Max Focal Length:47mm
Min Focal Length:4.7mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:9.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None