Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Digital Camera with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, 9.1 Megapixel, 10x Optical Zoom & 4x Digital Zoom, Black

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Digital Camera features LEICA 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 10x Optical Zoom. Now you can fit sweeping landscapes into a single frame with the 28mm wide-angle setting. Pull in subjects from far away to capture even subtle facial expressions with the dynamic 280mm telephoto setting. Ideal for traveling, Panasonic's DMC-TZ4 Lumix 8.1-megapixel digital camera combines a wide-ranging LEICA DC Vario-Elmar lens with a handy, compact body. The Extra Optical Zoom function also extends the zoom to as much as 15.9x, giving you even greater telephoto power.

Set the TZ5 to iA mode and let the five Intelligent Auto functions team up to help prevent shooting errors. Intelligent Exposure corrects lighting differences, so images come out just the way you see them; Intelligent Scene Selector chooses the mode that best fits the situation; MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) helps prevent blurring from hand-shake; Intelligent ISO Control helps prevent motion blur; and Face Detection helps produce clear portraits by optimizing the focus and exposure settings.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (8),Large clear LCD (8),Easy to setup (7),Great picture quality (7),Strong construction (7),Simple controls (6),Easy to keep clean (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (9),Family photos (7),Fun (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Panasonic Features

  • Big, Bright 3.0" LCD with Intelligent LCD Function: With a total of 460,000 dots, the big, bright 3.0" diagonal LCD makes viewing and shooting easier and more comfortable. The Intelligent LCD adjusts brightness automatically in 10 steps as the ambient light level changes
  • Special Travel Functions for the Perfect Trip: The Clipboard allows you to take photos of maps, timetables and other travel info. They are saved in a separate folder of the built-in memory to distinguish them from normal photos
  • 30 fps High-Definition Motion Images and HD Output: The TZ5 can record motion images with sensational 1280 x 720 HD resolution at 30 frames per second (fps). You can use the zoom, too and capture some truly dramatic shots

Panasonic Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
9.0 Megapixels
Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Optical Zoom
10x (2-speed zoom)
Image Sensor
1/2.33", 10.7 Total Megapixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio
11.1x for 7 Mega, 13.5x for 5 Mega, 16.7x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 0.3 Mega
Extra Optical Zoom 3:2 Aspect Ratio
13.4x for 4.5 Mega, 16.7x for 2.5 Mega
Extra Optical Zoom 16:9 Aspect Ratio
13.4x for 3.5 Mega, 16.7x for 2 Mega
Digital Zoom
4x
Focal Length
f=4.6-46mm (35mm equiv: 28-280mm)
Lens
Leica DC Vario-Elmar
Aperture Range
Wide: F3.3 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F4.9 / F11 (2 steps)
Conversion Lens Compatibility
No
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : Wide 5cm / Max 200cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
AF Metering
Face / 1-point/ 1-point high speed/ 3-point high speed/ 9-point/ Spot
Focus
Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off, Continuous AF On/Off
AF Assist Lamp
Yes
ISO Sensitivity
Auto /100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 - 6400) )
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set / White Balance Adjustment (+10steps, except for auto set) (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity and Highspeed Burst mode)
Exposure
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (at Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE)
+/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Dedicated Button/Mode Switch
Dedicated Button: Macro
Mode Switch: Shooting, Playback
Shooting Mode (Mode Dial)
Dial: Normal Picture, Motion Picture, Intelligent AUTO, Clipboard
Scene Modes
SCN 1&2 (Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle, Fireworks, Starry, Beach, Aerial, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby 1&2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst, Multi-Aspect Shooting)
Advanced Scene Mode
No
Shutter Speed/Shutter System
8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
Self Timer
10 seconds / 2 seconds
Auto Review
1sec, 3sec, Zoom, Hold
Review
No
Picture Adjustment
No
Color Effect Mode
No
Color Mode
Standard/Vivid/Cool/Warm/Natural/Black & White/Sepia
Image Quality
Fine/Standard
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3456 x 2592
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3552 x 2368
3072 x 2048
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3712 x 2088
3072 x 1728
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
640 x 480, 320 x 240
30 fps, 10fps
Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
848 x 480 pixels - 30 fps, 10 fps
HD: 1280 x 720 - 30fps, 15fps
Burst Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 7 images (Standard mode), Max 4 images (Fine Mode)
High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 2M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
Yes
Intelligent Exposure
Yes
Digital Red Eye Correction
Yes
Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume/Motion Zoom
Yes/Yes/Yes
Still Image Recording with Audio
5 seconds
Audio Dubbing
Maximum of 10 Seconds
Real-time Histograms
Yes
Composition Guide Lines
Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in Memory
approx. 27MB
Scene Mode Help Screen
Yes
Auto Angle Detection
Yes
Flip Animation
No
Travel Date/World Time
Yes/Yes
Title Edit
Yes
Text Stamp/Date Stamp
Yes/Yes
Built-in Flash Type/Mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
0.6 - 6.3m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 3.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash
No
Viewfinder
No
LCD Monitor
3.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (460K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode, High angle mode
Playback Mode
30 & 12-thumbnail display, Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max.), Playback of Favorite Pictures, Category Playback, Slide Show, Image Rotation, Resizing, Trimming, Protection, Aspect Conv. DPOF Print Setting
OSD Language
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Recording Media
Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
MultiMedia Card
Microphone
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Interface
DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB
Direct Print
PictBridge
Color
Black
Power Supply
Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1000 mAh)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Optional)
Battery Life
Up to 300 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Weight
0.507 lbs
Warranty
Panasonic Warranty

Reviews about this item

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4.9

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

TZ5: Leica lens a winner!

The Panasonic TZ5 is a fast, small, digital point-and-shoot with a Leica 10x optical zoom, and 3 inch high-resolution (470,000 pixel) LCD screen. The 10x Leica optical zoom (28mm-280mm equiv.) is a delight to use showing no color fringing (truly surprising) that I could see, and amazing detail. And the camera is replete with features such as image stabilization (two modes), metering modes, auto-focus modes, three aspects ratios (4:3, 3:2, and 16:9), and HD video. The Panasonic TZ5 lens exhibi...

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The Panasonic TZ5 is a fast, small, digital point-and-shoot with a Leica 10x optical zoom, and 3 inch high-resolution (470,000 pixel) LCD screen. The 10x Leica optical zoom (28mm-280mm equiv.) is a delight to use showing no color fringing (truly surprising) that I could see, and amazing detail. And the camera is replete with features such as image stabilization (two modes), metering modes, auto-focus modes, three aspects ratios (4:3, 3:2, and 16:9), and HD video. The Panasonic TZ5 lens exhibits exceptional sharpness and contrast even in the corners. As is typical of Panasonic cameras (TZ3, FZ8, FZ18, etc.), if you view your image at 100% on-screen you will see "noise" (similar to a fine-grain pattern) throughout your midtones and shadow areas. Shooting with a setting of FINE, the highest quality, and 9MP (full sensor), I found image noise is barely visible at 100% on large prints, and invisible on a 8x10 or smaller size prints. On an 11x14 print the image of 3,456 x 2,590 pixels is actually printing at 78%. Noise becomes more noticeable at any ISO above 200. If you are more demanding of your images and want to minimize the effects of noise, I recommend Noise Ninja. I've gotten great results from it but it is not the only product on the market. Find something that you feel works for you. But again, some may not find the noise objectionable at all, particularly in prints. AUTO program prioritizes shutter speed over lens opening (aperture) often setting it to the maximum, and SCENE modes change ISO (increasing noise) frequently to achieve its priority. There is manual mode and for those of us itching to control aperture settings it is a bit frustrating (even with a plus or minus two stop override) but the results are usually exceptional. This is a terrific point-and-shoot Panasonic for a beginner, but also yields commendable results to those experienced or more demanding photographers if you can learn to accept the auto results.

Reviewed by 9 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This camera rocks

By

from Fort Lauderdale, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I had lost my previous digital camera which I thought was great, and with my son's graduation coming up searched and searched for a good replacement..This beats the heck out of any other digital p&s camera I have tried as far as having so much in such a small package. The 10x optical zoom is fantastic and sitting up in an arena for graduation I was able to zoom right in to see my son down on the floor and get great shots. I also like the large screen as the older I get, the harder it is to see the screen.. Solid, well built, great shots; and 1/2 the price of my previous camera..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, versatile camera!

By

from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great little camera! I love the wide angle and the versatility! (28 - 280mm). I had been looking for a camera with a good zoom and good image quality to take with me everywhere - especially when I didn't want to (or couldn't) take my big dSLR with me. I tried several others but finally landed on the right one for me. Great image quality and again, I love the true wide angle and the 10x zoom. Both of the sample images are straight out of the camera.

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from Etowah, NC  -  Casual Photographer

Kodak retired! Beats Kodak's products.

 
5.0

Excellent buy

By

from Lansdale, Pa  -  Casual Photographer

Use for family and around the home shots . Also for travel it is small enough but lots of features especially 10X optical zoom.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

a welcome Christmas present!

By

from Philo, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've been lugging around a large, heavy SLR around with me everywhere, and saw this camera while visiting an old school friend. I was VERY impressed, and my wife got me one for Christmas. Though I still use the SLR's when I'm off on a photography trip, this is the one I take with me EVERYWHERE.

 
5.0

great buy!

By

from new york  -  Photo Enthusiast

many features that i am still discovering, but in any case, the automatic settings work great if you are not into playing too much. also, it makes great little movies in color, b&w, sepia, etc.!! and of course, LOVE the 28mm angle

 
5.0

Great pictures and easy to use!!

By

from Denver, Co  -  Photo Enthusiast

Love the size of the display compared to other cameras! Lots of options although, the IA mode takes out a lot of the guesswork.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TZ5: very compact, very sharp lens

By

from NYC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The Panasonic TZ5 is a great little camera with a very sharp 10x zoom (28mm - 280mm) by Leica. If you are lover of SCENE modes then it has plenty you'll like. There is NO manual exposure control except for ISO as long as you stay with the basic AUTO mode, and the plus-or-minus two stop override. All the other modes will change the ISO to suit its own program. The Panasonic manual is not clear as to the specifics of SCENE modes except for the most basic and general instructions. Following action with people, animals or kids when zoomed-in is not easy, but it is a great camera for landscapes, architecture, group shots, close-ups and family videos. The 28mm wide angle is very sharp. Color rendition is beautiful.

(30 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TZ5: Leica lens a winner!

By

from NY, NY  -  Semi-Professional

The Panasonic TZ5 is a fast, small, digital point-and-shoot with a Leica 10x optical zoom, and 3 inch high-resolution (470,000 pixel) LCD screen. The 10x Leica optical zoom (28mm-280mm equiv.) is a delight to use showing no color fringing (truly surprising) that I could see, and amazing detail. And the camera is replete with features such as image stabilization (two modes), metering modes, auto-focus modes, three aspects ratios (4:3, 3:2, and 16:9), and HD video. The Panasonic TZ5 lens exhibits exceptional sharpness and contrast even in the corners. As is typical of Panasonic cameras (TZ3, FZ8, FZ18, etc.), if you view your image at 100% on-screen you will see "noise" (similar to a fine-grain pattern) throughout your midtones and shadow areas. Shooting with a setting of FINE, the highest quality, and 9MP (full sensor), I found image noise is barely visible at 100% on large prints, and invisible on a 8x10 or smaller size prints. On an 11x14 print the image of 3,456 x 2,590 pixels is actually printing at 78%. Noise becomes more noticeable at any ISO above 200. If you are more demanding of your images and want to minimize the effects of noise, I recommend Noise Ninja. I've gotten great results from it but it is not the only product on the market. Find something that you feel works for you. But again, some may not find the noise objectionable at all, particularly in prints. AUTO program prioritizes shutter speed over lens opening (aperture) often setting it to the maximum, and SCENE modes change ISO (increasing noise) frequently to achieve its priority. There is manual mode and for those of us itching to control aperture settings it is a bit frustrating (even with a plus or minus two stop override) but the results are usually exceptional. This is a terrific point-and-shoot Panasonic for a beginner, but also yields commendable results to those experienced or more demanding photographers if you can learn to accept the auto results.

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