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Panasonic is pleased to introduce two Lumix digital cameras, the 9.1-megapixel DMC-TZ5, featuring a 28mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens. Th...

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published 20/05/2008 | smivs953
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Pro 10x zoom, amazing lcd screen, HD movie
Cons High ISO settings give blurring, No manual settings
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"Point, Shoot and zoom"

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 published 27/09/2008
    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 published 09/07/2008
    Sounds good, I ordered mine last week. Thanks.
  • majeedkazi published 20/05/2008
    Good review...
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Product Information : Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Manufacturer's product description

Panasonic is pleased to introduce two Lumix digital cameras, the 9.1-megapixel DMC-TZ5, featuring a 28mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens. The 28mm wide angle lens can capture the subject or scene wider at the same standpoint than a normal 35mm camera, zooming in or out with the 10x powerful optical zoom. The DMC-TZ5 is the latest members of the Lumix TZ family, which is renowned for packaging a remarkable 28mm wide angle 10x optical zoom lens in a compact body. The DMC-TZ5 integrates recording capabilities for 720p HD (high-definition) motion pictures, together with its direct output function as a stills camera, allowing users to enjoy watching both still and motion images in impressive HD quality on a large-screen HDTV via an optional component cable. The DMC-TZ5 boasts Intelligent LCD function, which detects lighting conditions and controls brightness levels of the LCD in 11 steps, to offer a display with the clearest image in any situation with developed 460,000-dot high resolution in 3.0-inch (TZ5).

Product Details

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Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera, Digital Cameras

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 9.1 Megapixel

Lens System: Leica 10 x zoom lens - 4.7 - 47 mm - f/3.3-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1000 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Colour: Black, Silver, Blue, Chocolate

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.3 cm x 3.7 cm x 5.9 cm

Weight: 214 g

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 9.1

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Without Viewfinder

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory card; MultiMedia card

Optical Zoom (Ratio): 10 x

Digital Zoom (Ratio): 4 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: Internal and external

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0046

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Panasonic



Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Black, Silver, Blue, Chocolate

Sensor Resolution: 9.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 10,700,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 9,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.33"

Optical Zoom: 10 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Face Detection: Automatic Face Tracking technology

Digital Video Format: QuickTime

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

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

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, party/indoor, night portrait, self-portrait, PET, scenery, food, fireworks, night scene, Underwater, sports mode, sunset, candle, beach, snow, high sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2, aerial photo, hi-speed burst, clipboard

Special Effects: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, daylight, halogen, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 60 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 EV step

Lens System

Type: Leica 10 x zoom lens - 4.7 - 47 mm - f/3.3-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 280mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 11 elements

Features: Built-in lens shield, ED glass, aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 6.3 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2.5 frames per second, 6 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, histogram display, in-camera red-eye removal, resizing an image, built-in help guide


Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 460,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x component video output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, ArcSoft MediaImpression

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Carrying strap, battery charger, battery case, USB cable, audio / video cable


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1000 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

RAM Installed: 27 MB, 50 MB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 3456 x 2592 ¦ JPEG 3552 x 2368 ¦ JPEG 3712 x 2088 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2048 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1712 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1440 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

Video Capture: QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 848 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 640 x 480 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 320 x 240 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 848 x 480 - 10 fps ¦ QuickTime - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps ¦ QuickTime - 1280 x 720 - 15 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.3 cm

Depth: 3.7 cm

Height: 5.9 cm

Weight: 214 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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