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Panasonic TZ5 Review

Review Date: Apr 21, 2008

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

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 features a 10x wide-angle optical zoom Leica DC lens (equivalent to a 28mm-280mm zoom on a 35mm film camera) in one of the smallest body for an ultra zoom. And you do not even need a lens cap: the lens retracts into the stylish body with an integrated lens barrier protecting it. The long zoom reach allows you to bring distant subjects close while the wide-angle lens allows you to include all your friends in the picture or capture an architectural or expansive landscape in a single shot.

Shake Detection in the TZ5 features the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against hand-shake, the major cause of blurry images.

In addition, Motion Detection compensates for the other major cause of blurry images --subject movement -- with the Intelligent ISO Control function which detects subject movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions automatically. Together, they form Intelligent Image Stabilizer.

Scene Detection allows the camera to automatically determine the scene mode to use: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Scenery or Night Portrait.

Face Detection detects and tracks up to 15 faces, and provides optimum AF/AE/flash control.

Light Detection automatically brightens images in the shadows.

Venus Engine IV in the TZ5 allows high-sensitivity recording up to ISO 6400 with an improved noise reduction system.

Intelligent Auto Technology (iA) combines the 5 detection functions (Shake Detection, Motion Detection, Scene Detection, Face Detection and Light Detection) to let the camera select the best mode and exposure.

A high resolution (460K dots) extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor makes composition easy. Battery life is approximately 300 pictures on a single charge (CIPA standard).

The TZ5 is compatible with the optional marine case DMW-MCTZ5 which is safe to a depth of 40 meters.

If you like the idea of an image stablized long zoom with a wide-angle coverage in a relatively compact body, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 may just be what you need -- available in black, silver or blue (and brown in some countries).

For about $50 less, you can also purchase the DMC-TZ4 which has 8.1MP resolution and a 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD.

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Panasonic TZ5
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5US | CAN | UK | Lumix Site  
  Camera Effective Pixels 9.1 Megapixels  
  Image Sensor 1/2.33", 10.7 Mega Total Pixels CCD
Primary Color Filter
11 elements in 9 groups
(3 Aspherical lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces, 1 ED lens)
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)  
  Focal Length f = 4.7 - 47 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28-280 mm)  
  Optical Zoom 10x  
  Extra Optical Zoom

4:3 Aspect Ratio:
11.3x for 7 Mega, 13.5x for 5 Mega, 16.9x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 0.3 Mega

3:2 Aspect Ratio:
11.6x for 6 Mega, 13.9x for 4.5 Mega, 16.9x for 2.5 Mega

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
12.1x for 5.5 Mega, 14.5x for 3.5 Mega, 16.9x for 2 Mega

  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 40.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 67.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Aperture Wide: F3.3 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F4.9 / F11 (2 steps)
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) / Tele 200 cm (6.56 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Max. 200cm (6.56 feet) / Tele (excepted tele end) 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
  AF Metering Face / 1-area / 1-area high speed / 3-area high speed / 9-area / Spot  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  Focus Normal / Macro , Continuous AF (in Intelligent Auto, On / Off)  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto(1600-6400))
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
White Balance Adjustment (±10 steps, except for Auto Set)
  Exposure Program AE  
  Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Motion Picture, Clipboard, Scene Mode 1,Scene Mode 2  
  Scene Modes Dial:
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-speed Burst, Underwater, Multi Aspect
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at Intelligent AUTO Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / zoom / Hold  
  Color Mode Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Natural, Standard, Vivid  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality Fine / Standard  
  Recording Image Size

Still Image
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3,456 x 2,592 pixels,
3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels

3:2 Aspect Ratio:
3,552 x 2,368 pixels,
3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
3,712 x 2,088 pixels,
3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
2,560 x 1,440 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels


Motion Picture*
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
HD (16:9 Aspect Ratio):
1,280 x 720 pixels 30 fps, 15 fps.
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
  Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec
Full-Resolution: Max. 5 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 3 images (Fine Mode) (recorded in 2 M for 4:3, 2.5 M for 3:2, 2 M for 16:9)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6  frames/sec

Approx. 25 shots when using the built-in memory.
Approx. 25-100 shots when using an SD/SDHC Memory Card.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The recording resolution is selected from 2 megapixels (4:3), 2.5 megapixels (3:2), or 2 megapixels (16:9).
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions,
card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Intelligent Exposure Yes  
  Digital Red Eye Correction Yes  
  Easy Zoom/
Zoom Resume / Zoom in Motion Picture
Yes / Yes / Yes  
  Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec  
  Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec  
  Real-time Histogram Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory approx. 50 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Title Edit Yes  
  Text Stamp Yes  
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 3.0" Polycrystalline TFT LCD (460,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
  Playback Mode [REC] / [Play] Selector switch
30 - thumbnail display, 12 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Playback of favorite pictures, Image rotation, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting
Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Dual image playback
  Slideshow Mode Yes (duration & effect with music adjustable)  
  Category Playback Yes (in Slideshow Mode and normal playback)  
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
  Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMedia Card (Still image only)  
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB2.0 High speed  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,000 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
  Battery Life (Approx.) 300 pictures
(CIPA standard**)
  Included Accessories

- Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Carrying Case, AC Cable
- AV Cable, USB Connection Cable
_ Strap
- CD-ROM: PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer-, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / PanoramaMaker), USB Driver

*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.

U.S.A. Direct
UK eshop
Other Countries

  Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) 103.3 x 59.3 x 36.5 mm /
4.07 x 2.33 x 1.44 in
  Weight (Approx.) 214 g (0.47 lb)
240 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.53 lb)
  MSRP US $349.95 / CDN $399.99  

* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend using a high speed SD Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50% humidity; LCD on***; using Panasonic SD/SDHC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

•This unit is compatible with both SD Memory cards and SDHC Memory cards. You can only use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory cards. (When using a SDHC Memory card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
•The battery life differs depending on the condition stored or used or environment. •The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases. ***The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode or Power LCD Mode. •CIPA is an abbreviation of “Camera & Imaging Products Association”. •Operating Temperature: 32°F–104°F(0°C–40°C) •Operating Humidity: 10%–80%

•Weight and dimensions shown are approximate. •Design, functions, and specifications are subject to change without notice. •Some sample images are simulated. •Some accessories are not available in some countries.

- Main Parts and Controls

- Advantages of a 28mm wide-angle lens

- Sample Images

- 360° View

- Optional Accessories

- Underwater photography with LUMIX

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.

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