May 11, 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review

Today, The Imaging-Resource has posted a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Review.

The Lumix DMC-FZ5 is a 5-megapixel camera with a high-quality Leica 12x optical zoom. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom is equivalent to a 36 - 432mm zoom on a 35mm camera with a F2.8 to F3.3 maximum aperture. Very nice.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 5MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 5MP Digital Camera

Here is what they had to say about this camera-
"The five-megapixel Panasonic FZ5 is a very strong follow-on to last year's highly popular FZ3 model. Like the FZ3 before it, the new Lumix DMC-FZ5 offers excellent value in a long-zoom camera with optical image stabilization such an impressive feature set.

Aside from the boosted resolution in this year's model, the new Panasonic FZ5 offers significant improvements in shutter lag, minor boosts in cycle time, and a larger rear-panel LCD, a welcome addition.

To my mind, the dramatic improvements in shutter lag in its "high speed autofocus" modes is the biggest news, as it makes the FZ5 a truly excellent camera for shooting sports and other fast-breaking action (like active toddlers or older kids at play). Bottom line, the Panasonic Lumix FZ5 is a very capable camera that offers a lot of capability in an affordable consumer digicam, with an excellent 12x zoom lens, and optical image stabilization to boot.

With a full range of exposure control modes, including a full manual setting and no less than nine preset "Scene" modes, the Panasonic FZ5 is an approachable camera for both novices and more experienced users alike.

Its rich feature set, good image quality, and overall responsiveness made it a shoo-in for a "Dave's Pick" award in the long-zoom category."