Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 (Lumix DMC-TZ8)

Announced Jan 26, 2010 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 25 – 300 mm (12×)
Jimmy Lai
 
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Just bought a ZS5 (previously want to buy a ZS3, but drop the idea due to its size and weight and the newer models; like the ZS10 seems to be overloaded with too many functions that I don’t need.) This super zoom and super wide compact camera is all I needed for a walk. Excellent IQ; sharp and good color tone with the Leica Lens. Problems: not yet.

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This camera - ZS5 - was picked out as a replacement to FZ5 that worked very well thru 115 deg dry heet of Palm Springs to 90deg Houston sauna to -30 Siberian winter. Been to Vietnam and all over Europe too. Sold it to another happy photo bug :) My girl and parents got TZ4s from me awhile back and are very happy with them. I must add I'm not affiliated with Panasonic and was very picky buying cameras, believe it or not. I bought camera in Alaska while on business trip, it was on sale and no ...

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Great zoom range. Beautifully crisp, sharp images. Good colour and exposure. Very easy to use if you just leave it on the iA (auto) setting, but there are a lot of features and variables to keep track of if you use any of the other settings. Overall, I'm very happy with this camera. Problems: I would echo Smada's comment about the lens's limited depth of field — I've tried opening up the lens all the way, but haven't yet been able to really isolate a subject with selective focus. Another ...

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A very nice camera to handle, with an impressive zoomrange. Faster and better focusing than my older cameras! Even usable for video recording. Problems: I have just owned it for a couple of weeks, but up to now I have not found any weaknesses.

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I've used and carried the camera almost daily for 6 weeks. For a point and shoot it is nearly excellent. I like the heft and solid feel. I used it almost exclusively in Program AE as the limited DOF and slow but excellent lens make A and S priority almost moot. For recording stuff going on around you and spur of the moment it is great and a good value for the $$$. It is clear of GPS and HD gimmicks. If you want video buy a camcorder. Problems: WB and ISO buttons would be nice. No mechanical ...

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The camera arrived yesteday and I have spent a lot of time putting the camera through its paces. I've taken around 100 images under controlled circumstances to flex its various capabiities and I have to say I am VERY impressed indeed with it. My other camera is a Sony DSC R1 which as is generally know is a Very Good Camera. I bought the Panasonic as a travel camera and much to my surprise, the TZ8 turns out images that are better than the Sony. I don't know if there has been some firmware ...

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Good list of features. Lacking manual focus which this camera should have. Great Zoom. I took several good pictures before the camera broke. The video quality is good as well. When the camera worked, I was happy with it and could stand to deal with the other issues, but now I wish I never had strayed from Canon. Problems: The lens broke 3 weeks into owning the product. one week at the customer support/services department and they still do not know where my camera is, let alone know when I ...

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