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Panasonic FZ5 Review

Review Date: Sep 27, 2005

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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 replaces the popular FZ3, and improves with 5MP resolution and a slightly larger 1.8 in. LCD monitor.

However, depending on how you want to look at it, it may be better to view the FZ5 as essentially the FZ20 in a smaller compact body.

Major differences between the FZ20 and the FZ5:

  • The FZ20 has a F2.8 aperture from wide to telephoto; the FZ5 has F2.8 at wide, and F3.3 at tele.
  • The FZ20 has a manual focus ring; the FZ5 does not.
  • The FZ20 has a 2 in. LCD monitor (130K pixels); the FZ5 has a 1.8 in. LCD monitor (130K pixels).
  • The FZ20 is relatively large and heavy; the FZ5 retains the incredibly compact FZ3 body!

Just like the FZ3 and the FZ20, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 offers a great package and should appeal to those desiring a long image stabilized zoom in a compact body. And, it's compact and light enough to take anywhere, especially to outdoors sports events.

If you like sharp images with saturated colours right out of the camera, check out the Panasonic FZ5. The FZ4 has 4MP resolution and a 1.5 in. LCD monitor and retails at about US $50 less than the FZ5. Note that the FZ4 comes in silver body only.

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Panasonic FZ4 / FZ5
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5FZ4
  Image Sensor FZ4: 4.0 effective megapixels (2304 x 1728)
FZ5: 5.0 effective megapixels (2560 x 1920)
1/2.5 in. CCD
  Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit
11 Elements in 8 Groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/4 Aspherical Surfaces)
  Focal Length FZ4: 6-72mm (35-420mm, 35 mm equivalent)
FZ5: 6-72mm (36-432mm, 35 mm equivalent)
  Aperture F2.8-F8(W), F3.3-F8(T)  
  Optical Zoom 12x (MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer)  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus Auto Focus System
Normal/Macro (Dial)
Continuous AF On/Off
AF Trigger (Shutter/Focus Button)
AF Assist Lamp
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Dial: P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, Macro Simple;
SCN Mode: Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow
Moving Image, Playback;
Movie: 320x240 at 30fps;
Mega Burst: Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 7 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 4 images;
Self-timer (10 and 2 sec.)
  Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
AEB: +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Halogen, Flash, White Set; White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto Mode)  
  Viewfinder 0.33" diagonal Color EVF (114k pixels), Field of view: approx. 100%  
  LCD FZ4: 1.5" diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (114k pixels);
FZ5: 1.8" diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (130k pixels);
Field of view: approx. 100%
  ISO Sensitivity

FZ4: Auto; 64, 100, 200, 400
FZ5: Auto; 80, 100, 200, 400

  Storage Media SD Memory Card; Multimedia Card  
  Battery Li-Ion Battery  
  Included Accessories
16MB SD Memory Card
Battery Charger, Battery Pack
Lens Cap, Lens Hood & Adaptor
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap, Lens Cap, Lens Hood & Adapter
Software CD-ROMs (ArcSoft, SD Viewer for DSC, USB Driver)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 108 x 68.4 x 84.8 mm /
4.25 x 2.69 x 3.34 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 326 g / 0.72 lbs  
  MSRP FZ4: US $399.95 / CDN $599.99
FZ5: US $449.95 / CDN $699.99

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.


Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

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