Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 (Lumix DMC-TZ8)

Announced Jan 26, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 25 – 300 mm (12×)
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Announced Jan 26, 2010

The ZS5, like its predecessors, is a solid and pleasantly weighty metal-bodied camera with a good selection of exterior control points, complemented by a reasonably clear menu system.The 12MP ZS5 packs a useful 25-300mm (equivalent) lens which is amongst the most versatile currently on the market. As far as image quality is concerned, the ZS5 turns in excellent results overall, and output is towards the top end of the models in its segment of the market in terms of detail reproduction and optical sharpness. Despite the impressive breadth of its feature set, one of the most appealing things about the ZS5 is that it is very reliable. If you're not feeling too adventurous, just switch the dial to 'iAuto'.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 25–300 mm
Optical zoom 12×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/1300 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 214 g (0.47 lb / 7.55 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 60 x 32 mm (4.06 x 2.36 x 1.26)

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Our review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 is an excellent camera with a very versatile lens that combines the best aspects of previous ZS-series compacts with some very useful newer features like intelligent auto and iExposure modes. Effective image stabilization and great sharpness make the ZS5, like it's big brother the ZS7, an excellent travel companion.

Good for: Go-everywhere, do-everything shooting

Not so good for: Sun-worshippers. The ZS5's uncoated LCD screen isn't great in bright sunlight.

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