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Point, Shoot and zoom


10x zoom, amazing lcd screen, HD movie

High ISO settings give blurring, No manual settings

Recommendable Yes:

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From what i have used of the camera so far this camera will eat up any picture you want to take with it, I makes everything look so good with the massive 10x optical zoom.

The specifications are as follows:
9.1 Mega pixels
10x optical zoom
Leica lens
1/2.33" sensor
Sd card with SdHc capability (upto 32gb)
3" lcd screen with 460k dots
lithium ion rechargeable battery
28mm wide angle lens
HD movie capability

So far there is only one problem that i have found with this camera. That is when the ISO gets above 200 the images start to blur slightly but i don't know of many, if any compact cameras with 10x zoom will prevent the blurring from happening on higher ISO settings.

The build quality of the camera is superb it feels weighty which to me is a good sign that the camera actually has something decent inside of it :). But i will say that it is not as small as most compact cameras but when you think about having a lens with 10x optical zoom there has to be somewhere to hide it.

The features are pretty similar to the tz3 in terms of function settings and the results are very impresive. The macro function produces clear shots and also the auto function when taking scenery is amazing aswell. My only other gripe with this product is the lack of manual settings (there aren't any). To me that isn't a problem but to a more advanced photographer they may want to look at the Canon SX100is instead (another amazing camera)

Overall this camera is fantastic and when the next model comes out i hope that they put some manual function settings on it along with looking at stopping the blurring at higher than 200 ISO sensitivities.
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Bossman1959 27.09.2008 20:47

I just bought one of these too and I would agree with the comments made. I used to be a keen amateur photographer using an SLR and owning multiple lenses. I stopped doing it for various reasons but decided I wanted a good digital camera. This one looked good and I am also happy but just occasionally it would be nice to tweak the focus etc..

j088659 09.07.2008 18:19

Sounds good, I ordered mine last week. Thanks.

majeedkazi 20.05.2008 16:19

Good review...

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Panasonic is pleased to introduce two Lumix digital cameras, the 9.1-megapixel DMC-TZ5, featuring a 28mm wide-angle...


Product Type Digital camera - compact
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Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)
Exposure Metering Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes Programme, automatic

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