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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Review

April 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Panasonic DMC-LZ2

Announced just in time for PMA (February 2005), the Lumix DMC-LZ2 (and the 4 megapixel LZ1 launched simultaneously) is a major upgrade to the DMC-LC80 that doubles the lens reach (now a 6x optical) and throws in Panasonic's proven Mega Optical Image stabilization to boot. Other significant changes include a larger 2.0-inch (though lower resolution) screen, 14MB of internal memory and boosted burst mode and battery life. All this, and the price - at around $277 on the street - is well below its predecessor, and firmly at the 'entry-level' end of the market. Here's a quick run-down of the headline specification:

  • 5 megapixel CCD
  • 37-222mm equiv. (6x) Lumix DC Vario Optical Zoom
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • Advanced Mega Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Mega Burst Mode
  • 2x AA batteries
  • 14MB of internal memory
  • 2.0-inch LCD
  • 8 scene modes
  • Orientation sensor
  • Venus Engine Plus
  • 5-area autofocus

Color options

As is increasingly the case with Panasonic Lumix cameras, the LZ2 will be available in both black and silver (though this may not be the case in all parts of the world). Again, we prefer the look of the black model (it looks a little smaller than the silver version we tested).

Panasonic DMC-LZ2 Key specifications

Street price • US: $280
• UK: £240
Body Material Plastic
Sensor • 1/2.5" CCD, 5.4 million total pixels
• 4.9 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
• 1920 x 1080 (HDTV 16:9)

Movie clips • 320 x 240 (10 / 30 fps)
• With audio
• Limited only by storage (streaming)
Lens

• 37 - 222 mm equiv. (6x zoom)
• F2.8 - F4.5
• MEGA OIS (Mode 1 / Mode 2)
• Lumix DC Vario

Focus

• Normal: 0.5 m - Infinity
• Macro: 5 cm
• 5-area focusing
• 3-area focusing
• 1-area focusing
• Spot

Shooting mode

• Portrait
• Sports
• Scenery
• Night scenery
• Night portrait
• Fireworks
• Party
• Snow
• Simple
• Macro
• Moving Image
• Playback
• Exposure bracketing +/-1EV in 1/3 EV steps
• AE Compensation +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps

Shutter speeds 8-1/2000 sec
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80,100,200,400
White Balance • Auto
• Cloudy, daylight, halogen, manual (custom)
Image parameters Colour (natural, standard, vivid)
Continuous

• 3 fps high speed, 2 fps low speed, 1.5 fps unlimited
• 5 frames (standard), 3 frames (fine)

Flash • Built-in flash
• Auto, on/off, auto red-eye reduction, on/off, slow sync with red eye reduction
• Range (ISO auto): W 0.3m - 4.2 m (0.98 - 13.7 ft)
•T 0.5m - 2.6 m (1.6 - 8.5 ft)
Storage SD/MMC
14MB internal memory
Viewfinder None
LCD monitor • 2.0" TFT LCD
• 85,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Full speed
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Power 2x AA battries (NiMH recommended)
In the box*

• DMC-LZ2 camera
Batteries
AV Cable
USB Connection Cable
Strap
CD-ROM

Other features

DPOF
Mega Optical Image Stabilisation
• Intelligent multi-segment metering
Record and playback histogram

Weight (inc batt) 224 g (7.9 oz)
Dimensions 101 x 64 x 33 mm (4 x 2.5 x 1.3 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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