Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2

Announced Feb 8, 2005 •
5 megapixels | 2 screen | 37 – 222 mm (6×)
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This is quite a good camera, though lag times are on the high end. The Sony light sensor is its failing - The Sony light sensor has a VERY LIMITED life. For the Australian prospective purchaser - DONT!!! Panasonic are abysmal for user support. Only buy if you are comfortable with about 12 - 24 months out of the camera then OK to then throw away. Problems: The use of the Sony light sensor makes this camera a dud!!!!

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Sarik
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I'm pretty disappointed with this camera...especially when it received such stellar reviews. PC Magazine FALSELY said that it has a Leica lens. When I inquired about that (it didn't mention it in the manual) Panasonic said it was "manufactured to Leica specifications." It's still not a Leica lens. (and even the lower end Sonys have Carl Zeiss lenses.) One has to pay at least $500-600 to step up to a Leica lens. Yesterday I took a picture with it (2 of the same scene) of an outdoor terrace ...

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Excellent camera...For a camera of this size and zoom it is amazing!! Have been testing alot lately and I haven't found anything bad about it..Takes amazing pictures!! Problems: None

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I purchased the LZ2 as a second camera. It comes with a 6x optical and 4x digital zoom. It also comes with very effective image stabilization - a must, in my opinion, for eliminating the jitters and blurs of long zoom shots. My primary camera is the LZs' big brother, the Lumix FZ30, a "near DSLR" with 12x optical zoom which I am very happy with. But I found myself wanting the larger camera's key features (long zoom and image stabilization) in a pocket size package. At first I assumed there was ...

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I so looked forward to getting this camera because of the 6x optical zoom. However, there was one significant drawback to it that I could not tolerate. When the flash is recharging, the LCD display is forced off, I assume to prevent taking another picture before it was fully charged. Unfortunately it also prevents you from framing the next shot, changing any settings, or getting into the Menu. This was so annoying that I had to return the camera for a refund. I was also disappointed that it ...

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I bought the LZ2 as a pocket size point and shoot complement to my FZ20 camera. I am very impressed with the LZ2. You can go full zoom, including digital, (24x) and get a perfect picture with the Mega OIS on, and the autofocus works just fine in low light situations. The LZ2 has many of the same features of the FZ20, including the same style menu, so learning to use the camera was easy. The LZ2 turns on and is ready to use very fast and the autofocus is fast and accurate. It fits in a coat ...

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The strong point is 6x stabilized optical zoom lens, that there's no other cameras to compare with. I love the performance, battery life, and control layout. The Lumix DC-Vario lens is quite good, sharp and not suffered too much from distortion at wideangle to telephoto. Mega OIS works well, now other brands start to put an anti shake feature on their new line up. Lot of features with a good price. The only problem is noisy picture at high ISO caused by small sensor (1/2,5") that can be ...

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This is my third digital camera. The Lumix was chosen as it suited my needs better than other camera's I looked at. I have owned it since the end of July and have taken a lot of pictures with it. My previous camera a Nikon Coolpix 885, is really slow compared to the Lumix. I looked at Ricoh Caplio R1V/R2, Canon Powershot A520 and Minolta DiMAGE Z3 but they don't have the features the Lumix has that I would use or need. I paid just under £190 pounds from a local dealer. When deciding on this ...

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