Markh5682 5

Markh5682

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: Hi, My name is Mark, I live in Lancahire, My interests are Landscape, & Macro photgraphy, music & Computers. I hope my reviews will be helpful. my reviews are also on Dooyoo & Amazon uk, now all under the same name, Thanks for looking & rating. :)

Member since:03.03.2009

Reviews:14

Members who trust:17

Quote-start

The TZ5, An excellent compact camera with good image quality

Quote-end
03.03.2009 (09.03.2009)

Advantages:
Good build & picture quality, Ease of use, 10x zoom, ISO can be set manually .

Disadvantages:
No seperate viewfinder, manual settings or supplied SD card, High ISO picture blurring .

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Picture Quality

Range & Quality of Features

Ease of Use

Durability

Overall Look & Design

ReliabilityExcellent

SizeAverage

WeightHeavy

Value for MoneyExcellent

Instruction ManualExcellent

18 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
very helpful by (100%):
  1. TheHairyGodmother
  2. retireduser
  3. blackmagicstar4
and 22 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ5EB-K

Overview

This review is based on my own reviews of this camera elsewhere and has been edited for the pupose of posting on here, I hope you will find it useful.

Normally I use large DSLR or bridge camera, but I wanted a small camera that would fit in my pocket when I don't want to carry a large camera with me, this camera is just about small enough to fit into a large pocket.

What attracted me to this particular model was its 10x zoom range from 28mm to 280mm (35mm equivalent) and its reasonable 9.1mp resolution.

I went out and took some pictures with this camera, and some more almost identical pictures with a Canon EOS DSLR, Whilst a compact can never match a good DSLR in image quality, the pictures from the Panasonic fared resonably well in comparison.

I was expecting the picture quality from a 10x zoom on such a small camera to suffer, but I was pleasantly surprised, the pictures were sharp throughout the focal range, even at its longest focal length, and there was no apparent chromatic aberrations, (colour fringing around high contrast subjects) plus the image stablizer worked well in all but very dim light conditions.

As in all compact cameras the image censor is very small, and cramming 9 or 10 megapixels onto such a small censor often causes problems with digital noise, especially at higher ISO settings, This camera also fared very well here with digital noise not apparent at all at ISO 100 and very little at ISO 200. but It gradually worsens at higher ISO settings, (I keep mine set on ISO 100 for daytime shots) but it is still well within acceptable levels for a compact camera, the cameras built in noise reduction causes some fine detail to be lost at higher ISO settings, but this is mostly apparent at higher magnifications of the image.

At very low light levels this camera performs reasonably well compared to some of the other compacts, and flash exposures are excellent, full of detail and well exposed.

The autofocus is reasonably fast and accurate in most cases, only struggling in very low contrast or difficult to focus subjects, and the face detection works well, macro, whilst not true macro, will focus as close as 5cm at the 28mm setting giving you a reasonable close up.

The camera itself feels solidly built, the menu's are logically laid out and fairly easy to navigate, and you will soon get to grips with it, it has an excellent printed manual.

There are more than enough modes on it to keep the budding photographer happy, with 2 auto settings and 22 auto scene modes to cover most conditions, and an exposure compensation setting of (+/- 2 at 1/3 stop increments) for those awkward situations when one of the auto modes will not give a correct exposure, it is a pity there are no manual settings however, which would have made this camera much more flexible in use.

The LCD monitor is a large 3" monitor, and is very clear and bright, making it easy to compose your pictures and to view pictures afterwards, although such a large screen could be vulnerable to damage so a good quality padded camera case is recommended.

A seperate optical viewfinder would have been a welcome addition, making the taking of moving subjects easier, especially at longer focal lengths, but many compact cameras do not include them anymore.

It does have a video and sound recording function, but I have not tried that yet, (I will update this review when I have) so I cannot comment on that, except to say that the microphone is positioned on the top left of the camera where it could easily be covered by a finger, causing sound problems.

PROS

Well built and easy to use.
Better picture quality than many compacts.
10x zoom covers the most usefull range from wide angle to a decent telephoto.
9.1mp resolution is more than enough for all but the biggest enlargements.
It is compatible with SDHC cards.
Large clear screen.
Video and sound recording function.
A printed manual, not one of those pdf files on a disc.
Image stablizer.
User settable ISO.
Enough exposure modes to cope with most situations.
Good as a second camera when it would not be practical to take a larger camera.
Good price for what you get.

CONS

No SD card supplied, so you will need to buy one seperately.
No viewfinder other than the LCD screen.
Some fine picture detail lost (blurring) at higher ISO settings.
Microphone could have been sited better.
No manual exposure setting, but the exposure compensation does help.
Can be a little complicated at first for novice users, but the manual is good.
A little too big for small pockets.

Verdict.

This is a good camera for anyone who wants to replace a cheaper outdated camera with something that will take decent pictures and has a good zoom range, and for anyone who wants a small camera as a backup to a larger camera.

It is availlable for as little as £194.99, and is very good value at that price.

All in all this is a very good little camera for the price, with very little to be said against it, and it comes highly recommended.
  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

  Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 1p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 1p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

retireduser 13.06.2009 04:04

A great review. ^_^

bobbob455 14.05.2009 18:34

Very concise review.

blackmagicstar4 12.05.2009 09:01

Nicely written review x

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 »

1 to 3 out of 3025 similar offers for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Show all similar offers
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

- LUMIX Super Zoom Digital Camera- 12.1 megapixel, 25mm Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom with ... more

LEICA DC Lens- Intelligent Resolution Technology
and 16x Intelligent Zoom- HD Movie in AVCHD Lite
and HDMI Compatibility Featuring VIERA Link-
Travel Mode with GPS for Easy Organizing Images of
Travel- P/A/S/M Mode for More Creative Shots- iA
(Intelligent Auto) Mode with POWER O.I.S. (Optical
Image Stabilizer)Super Zoom Camera TZ10 - 25mm
Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom (16x Intelligent
Zoom) Camera with AVCHD Lite Movie Recording
featuring GPS.The 12.1-megapixel DMC-TZ10 features
a 25mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 LEICA
DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent:
25-300mm) in a compact body. The 25mm wide-angle
lens has about twice the shooting area of the
standard 35mm lens. The powerful 12x zoom can also
be used in motion picture recording. In
3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical
Zoom function provides additional magnification,
extending the zoom power to 23.4x by using the
center part of the CCD.The Intelligent Resolution
(I.R) Technology gives a high resolution look to
digital zoom images as well as ordinary images.
The image is divided into contour areas, texture
areas and smooth areas. And optimum image
processing is applied to each type of area. This
enables 16x Intelligent Zoom that achieves about
1.3 times the usual zoom magnification with almost
no loss of image quality. The Intelligent
Resolution Technology also achieves sharp images
in modes that use fewer pixels to enable high
sensitivity and high speed.The DMC-TZ10 can record
HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with high sound
quality of Digital Stereo Creator. Motion JPEG
format is also available (1,280 x 720 pixels).
Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting
begins. The iA Mode can also be activated in
motion picture recording. When the DMC- TZ10 is
connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional
mini HDMI cable, the TV's remote control unit can
be used to enjoy playing back with greater
convenience.The DMC-TZ10 features the Travel M

 Visit Shop  >
choicestationery.co.uk
Postage & Packaging:  refer to website
Availability:  refer to website

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ61 silver

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ61 silver

Continuous Shooting Speed:2 frames per second, 5 frames per second, 10 frames per second, ... more

40 frames per second (5Mpix), 60 frames per second
(3.5MPix), Additional Features:Built-in speaker,
RGB primary colour filter, date/time stamp, DPOF
support, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE
lock, AF lock, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping
an image, resizing an image, in-camera film
editing, USB charging, remote live view, Exif
Print support, built-in GPS, digital level meter,
Intelligent Auto Plus (iA+), high-speed recording,
Light Speed AF, Cloud storage capability, built-in
GLONASS, remote control via mobile devices, Level
Shot Function, Creative Panorama function, Focus
Peaking function, Creative Control, Creative
Retouch, Self Timer Delay:10 sec, 2sec, Details:1
x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1250 mAh (
included ), Battery Life Details:Photo shooting -
300 shots ¦ Video recording - 1.5 hours ( Full HD
resolution ), Flash Modes:Fill-in mode, slow
synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye
reduction, Effective Flash Range:0.6 m - 6.4 m :
ISO auto ( wide lens ) ¦ 2 m - 3.3 m : ISO auto (
tele lens ), Features:AF illuminator, Camera
Flash:Built-in flash, Memory Card Slot:SD card,
Connector Type:1 x USB 2.0 ¦ 1 x composite
video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output, Width:11.06
cm, Height:6.43 cm, Depth:3.44 cm, Weight:214 g,
Resolution:920,000 pixels, Type:3" LCD display,
Display Features:Built-in, White Balance:Custom,
automatic, presets, Exposure Modes:Programme,
automatic, manual, aperture-priority,
shutter-priority, White Balance
Presets:Incandescent, cloudy, daylight, shade, Max
Shutter Speed:1/2000 sec, Min Shutter Speed:30
sec, Exposure Metering:Multi-segment,
centre-weighted, spot, Special Effects:Sepia, soft
focus, miniature, Cross Process, Retro,
Expressive, high

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace electronics
Postage & Packaging:  £3.99
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ56 black

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ56 black

Additional Features:Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary ... more

colour filter, date/time stamp, DPOF support,
PictBridge support, histogram display, in-camera
red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an
image, 1080p Full HD movie recording, face
detection, USB charging, Exif Print support,
Continuous Shooting Speed:2 frames per second, 4
frames per second, 10 frames per second, Self
Timer Delay:10 sec, 2sec, Details:1 x Li-ion
rechargeable battery - 1250 mAh ( included ),
Battery Life Details:Photo shooting - 350 shots,
Flash Modes:Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode,
flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction, Effective Flash
Range:0.6 m - 6 m : ISO auto ( wide lens ) ¦ 1 m -
3.1 m : ISO auto ( tele lens ), Features:AF
illuminator, Camera Flash:Built-in flash,
Connector Type:1 x USB 2.0 ¦ 1 x composite
video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output, Memory Card
Slot:SD card, Width:10.68 cm, Weight:224 g,
Depth:3.24 cm, Height:6.22 cm, Type:3" LCD
display, Resolution:460,000 pixels, Display
Features:Rotating (180°), Light Sensitivity:ISO
100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO
6400, ISO 3200, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400),
White Balance Presets:Incandescent, cloudy,
daylight, shade, Shooting Programs:Portrait mode,
night portrait, PET, scenery, food, night scene,
sports mode, sunset, behind glass, high
sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2,
handheld night shot, Dynamic Range (HDR), White
Balance:Custom, automatic, presets, Exposure
Modes:Programme, automatic, manual,
aperture-priority, shutter-priority, Exposure
Compensation:±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps, Auto
Exposure Bracketing:3 steps, Min Shutter Speed:30
sec, Exposure Metering:Multi-segment,
centre-weighted, spot, Special Effects:Sepia, soft
focus, miniature, Cross Process, Retro, Express

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace electronics
Postage & Packaging:  £3.99
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days...

Product Information »

Manufacturer's product description

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

General

MPN DMC-TZ5EB-K, DMC-TZ5S, DMC-TZ5E-K, DMC-TZ5EB-S, DMC-TZ5 BLACK, DMC-TZ5E-S, DMC-TZ5, DMC-TZ5A, DMC-TZ5E-A, DMC-TZ5EF-S, DMC-TZ5EG-K, DMC-TZ5EG-S, DMC-TZ5EG-TA, DMC-TZ5K
Product Type Digital camera - compact
Enclosure Colour Black, Silver, Blue, Chocolate

Exposure & white balance

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

Show all Product Information

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 has been rated:

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Digital camera - Sensor Resolution: 16.1 Megapixel - Optical Zoom: 60, 60 xx - Digital Zoom: 5x - Weight: 562 g - Flash memory: SD Memory Card - Electronic Viewfinder, without Viewfinder

User reviews (1)

Buy now for only £ 121.46

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8

Digital camera - Sensor Resolution: 16 Megapixel - Optical Zoom: 12x - Digital Zoom: 4x - Weight: 144 g - without Viewfinder

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 78.79



Are you the manufacturer / provider of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5? Click here