Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review
Announced just before PMA in February 2005, the DMC-FZ5 is one of two direct sucessors to the popular (and dpreview Highly Recommended) DMC-FZ3. Like its predecessor the FZ5 sports a Leica-branded DC Vario-Elmarit zoom with a whopping 12x optical range (35-420mm equiv), though the larger sensor has resulted in a slightly slower F2.8-F3.3 aperture range. It also boasts the same newly-improved optical image stabilization system and the Venus II engine, which, according to Panasonic's documentation, is now equivalent to shooting at 3 or 4 shutter speed steps faster - (the figure for the FZ20 was quoted as 2 or 3 shutter speed steps).
Aside from the boost from 3 to 5 million pixels (bringing it in line with the high-end DMC-FZ20), the FZ5 has a range of relatively minor changes over the FZ3, including longer battery life, a repositioned shutter release and improved grip design, larger LCD screen, orientation sensor and a new fast focus mode, which Panasonic claims gives a 30% improvement on the previous model.
- 5.0 million effective pixels
- 36 - 432mm (equiv.) F2.8-3.3, 12x Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT Zoom Lens
- Mega O.I.S (optical image stabilisation)
- 1.8-inch colour screen
- New fast focus mode
- Improved battery life
- New orientation sensor
- Venus II image processing engine
- 9 scene modes and full photographic control
- TIFF mode
- Ultra-fast startup, focus, shutter lag and shot-to-shot time
- 'Simple' mode for novice photographers
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 vs FZ20 (differences)
|Lens Max Aperture||F2.8||F2.8-3.3|
|Flash hot shoe||Yes||No|
|Built-in flash range||7m (22.9 ft)||4.5m (14.7 ft)|
• 130,000 pixels
• 130,000 pixels
|Weight||556 g (19.6 oz)||326 g (11.5 oz)|
|Size (HxWxD)||87 x 128 x 106 mm (3.4 x 5 x 4.2 in)||68 x 102 x 85 mm (2.7 x 4 x 3.3 in)|
|Battery life (CIPA)||240||300|
|Converter lenses||Optional||Not available|
The FZ5 closes the gap between the high end and mid-range Panasonic 'super zoom' to such a degree that the arguments for the DMC-FZ20 come down to size (some people prefer the bigger camera), flash (the FZ20 has a hot-shoe for external units and a more powerful built-in flash) and manual focus. Although Panasonic doesn't sell add-on lenses for the FZ5, third-party solutions are available.
Like the FZ20, the FZ5 will be available in two colors; black and silver. The camera used for this review is a silver model, though we much prefer the 'mini FZ20' look of the black version.
Panasonic DMC-FZ5 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $499 (tbc)
UK: £360 (tbc)
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD, 5.36 million total pixels
4.9 million effective pixels
2560 x 1920
|Movie clips|| 320 x 240 pixels @ 30fps
320 x 240 pixels @ 10fps
Duration only limited by card capacity (streaming)
Motion JPEG (.mov)
36 - 432mm equiv. (12x optical zoom)
|Focus|| 1-point, 3-point, 9-point Autofocus
Single shot or Continuous AF
Switcheable focus trigger
5cm macro mode (Wide), 100cm (Tele)
|Shutter speeds|| 8-1/2000 sec
Shutter speeds of over 1/1300 sec only available at apertures over F4.0
|Apertures|| Wide: F2.8 / F3.6 / F4.0 / F4.5 / F5.0 / F5.6 / F6.3 / F7.1 / F8.0
Tele: F3.2 / F3.6 / F4.0 / F4.5 / F5.0 / F5.6 / F6.3 / F7.1 / F8.0
|White Balance|| Auto
Custom WB (manual)
|Image parameters|| Color Effect (Cool, Warm, B/W, Sepia)
Picture Adjust (Natural, Standard, Vivid)
|Continuous|| 3 fps, up to 4 frames (fine), 7 frames (standard)
2 fps (limited only by capacity of card)
|Flash|| Built-in pop-up flash
Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off, Slow sync: on/off
Range (ISO auto): W 0.3m - 4.5m (0.98 - 14.8 ft)
Compensation (-2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps)
16 MB SD supplied*
|Viewfinder|| EVF (114,000 pixels)
Field of view approx 100%
-4 to +4 dioptre adjustment
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT, 130,000 pixels|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Full Speed
|Power|| Panasonic CGA-S002A Lithium Ion pack
7.2V, 680 mAh
(Optional AC adapter)
|In the box*||
Panasonic DMC-FZ5 camera
Spot, Center-weighted & Multi-pattern metering
|Weight (inc batt)||326 g (11.5 oz) inc memory card and battery|
|Dimensions||108 x 68.4 x 84.8mm (4.25 x 2.7 x 3.3in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
|Smile by Olymguy|
from Ultra Asian Indian Female Faces
|Space Shuttle Cockpit- by vbuhay|
from Aircraft Control Stick
The updated EyeEm app scans your camera roll and picks images that are composed particularly well, have the best quality, or highest chance of selling on EyeEm Market.
It's three years old but still a solid option for a Micro Four Thirds shooter looking for a high-quality, fast, wide-angle prime. Take a look at how we got along with it.
Tamron has announced the longest all-in-one zoom lens currently available, the 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD. Designed for Canon and Nikon crop-sensor cameras, the lens will be available in July.
When you're ready to step-up to full-frame from an entry-level or midrange camera, the choices can be overwhelming. Find out which models came out on top in our $1200-2000 enthusiast ILC roundup.
Just a guy wearing a VR headset, smashing invisible Goombas in Central Park.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this gorgeous aerial photo of the Martian landscape. And if you look really close, you can actually see the Mars Curiosity rover in the very middle.
The city of Laguna Beach, California has provided some clarification around the kinds of photography permits it offers.
Later this year, a VR180 camera will be Joining Yi's Halo and 360 VR cameras, which will offer stereo 3D capture, yet be as easy to use and compact as a 2D camera.
Caltech researchers have developed an 'optical phased array' chip that uses time delays instead of a lens to focus the incoming light.
Pricing and shipping have finally been revealed for two highly anticipated lenses from Sigma, announced in February.
These macro photos of clouds of paint billowing through clear water might look like high-quality CGI, but they're real photographs. And photographer Alberto Seveso told us how they were made.
Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.
We've reshot the Sony a9 in our studio. The short story: it's sharper! The long story... well you can read it all here.
The collection will be officially launched during the Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017 crowdsourcing event which will be held on 22 and 23 June at the Berlin State Library.
Light gives us some insight into the preparations for the launch of the pre-order shipments of its much anticipated L16 multi-lens camera.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed in a tweet that the second lens on the back of the OnePlus 5 uses a 1.6x optical zoom and that digital zoom is used to reach the claimed 2x zoom factor.
Fujifilm recently unveiled the second in its series of affordable cine lenses, the MK50-135mm T2.9. We got our hands on it for a couple days and took it for a spin.
Leica's first attempt at an M-series digital rangefinder was rough around the edges, but set a pattern for all of the cameras that came after it. In this week's Throwback Thursday article, Barney remembers the M8.
No stranger to extreme situations, legendary climber and filmmaker Jimmy Chin talks to Outside Magazine about his career, and the challenge of filming Alex Honnold's rope-free solo climb of El Capitain.
A company backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is attempting to make video conferencing less terrible.
Rangefinder magazine asked five professional portrait and wedding photographers about posting on Instagram; no surprise, they got five different answers.
This captivating stop motion film was created by stripping away one layer of wood at a time. It's hard to look away.
It will enable users to simulate the presence of the sun, moon and Milky Way and see how they interact with an area's topography.
Since its introduction in November last year Instagram's live streaming feature has been used by millions, but videos could not be archived for watching at a later stage. A new update has now added the capability.
CopyTrack's study also found that the second most-stolen image is a woman wearing painted jeans. That's apparently a thing.
Forget expensive lenses with fancy coatings and special lens elements – photographer Robin de Puy took these portraits using just a water drop for a lens.
Adobe reports a record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion for the second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.
Zeiss says its new lens is particularly suited for portrait photography but also a good all-rounder and can be used in video applications.
We present to you the top photos from the Kennel Club's 2017 Dog Photographer of the Year photo contest – take a look at 10 of the award-winning puppers.
In case you were looking for any more inspiration to go fly one.