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Panasonic TZ5 Review

Review Date: Apr 21, 2008

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Compact UltraZoom
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Compact UltraZoom 


This Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is an ultra zoom digital camera housed in a well-designed body and is compact enough to carry in a trousers or coat pocket. It is equipped with a very versatile 10x 28-280mm wide-angle optical zoom that allows you to take wide landscapes and large group shots, portraits, macro as well as bring far away action close.

An extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor with a high 460,000 dots resolution makes composition and viewing very comfortable. You can display a live histogram and a framing guide of horizontal and vertical lines. Construction and build is very good.

Image quality is very good at ISO 100, with low noise and good image detail. Image quality is good at ISO 200 but, as is common with all consumer digicams, tend to suffer from noise and loss of detail at higher ISOs.

What I like about the Panasonic TZ5:

  • Wide-angle 28mm is great for wide landscapes and group shots.
  • Very good image quality at ISO 100.
  • Effective Image Stabilization, plus Intelligent ISO to tackle both camera shake and subject movement.
  • Intelligent Auto mode really works very well!
  • Good performance, no practical shutter lag, fast and precise AF.
  • Availability of Manual WB and WB Adjust.
  • CA negligible.
  • Availability of Live Histogram.
  • Availability of Guide Lines (2 patterns).
  • Stylish, compact enough to be pocketable.
  • Extra large 3.0-in. LCD with very high resolution; option to automatically brighten depending on ambient light.
  • Very good build and construction.
  • 30 Zoom steps for precise focal length positioning.
  • Accepts large capacity SDHC card.
  • Very good Menu Structure and intuitive Controls.
  • Availability of 15, 30 and 60 sec. in Starry Sky scene mode.
  • Hinged door for easy access to terminals.

Improvements wishlist:

  • High ISOs pictures limited to small prints and for Web display (due to high noise and loss of image detail).
  • LCD gains up only slightly in low-light.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is the one camera you won't want to leave home without. Relatively light and compact for a 10x ultra zoom, you'll never need to miss a picture opportunity again with this easy-to-use point-and-shoot digital camera. Set to Intelligent Auto (iA) shooting mode, it is perfect as a hassle-free travel camera (and perfect if you are headed to the Summer Olympics).

See if you fit the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 User Profile below:

Panasonic TZ5
User Profile
Desire a quality 9.1MP resolution digital camera.
Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom. Want a long zoom. -- With wide-angle and Image Stabilization.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.
Want an easy-to-use "Auto Everything" point-and-shoot.
Want a perfect travel digital camera.

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