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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 03/03/2009 | Markh5682
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Excellent
Pro Good build & picture quality, Ease of use, 10x zoom, ISO can be set manually.
Cons No seperate viewfinder, manual settings or supplied SD card, High ISO picture blurring.
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"The TZ5, An excellent compact camera with good image quality"

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.

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  • retireduser published 13/06/2009
    A great review. ^_^
  • bobbob455 published 14/05/2009
    Very concise review.
  • blackmagicstar4 published 12/05/2009
    Nicely written review x
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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

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

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

Display

Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 460,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

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

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

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

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

Battery

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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