Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Last updated (31 January’09):
- Review & Sample Photos @ PhotographyReview

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a 9.1 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 10x Optical Zoom (35mm equiv: 28-280mm) with Image Stabilizer, Intelligent Auto Mode, 30 fps High-Definition Motion Images and HD Output, and a 3.0″ LCD with Intelligent LCD Function.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Reviews

PhotographyReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
Overall, I think the TZ5 is nearly perfect for tucking in my purse so I’m never without a camera. The one area where I’d like to see real improvement is image quality, particularly noise. But for now, it’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make for the privilege of carrying a 28mm-280mm lens in my purse.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“ISO100 image isn’t very good to start with but may be suffering from the processor over sharpening the image… If you’re in the market for a compact that has a decent quality wide lens that’s well built and has a good zoom then take a look at the TZ5.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DPInterface reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“TZ5 performs well in the photo chart test – there’s very little barrel distortion and vignetting. Corner sharpness does suffer slightly at wide-angle but not too much to be a major issue.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“as long as you stay under 400 ISO the TZ5 is capable of producing excellent shots, with good colour, above average dynamic range and plenty of fine detail.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DigicamReview reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“Image quality is very good – with excellent colour, and high levels of saturation, contrast and detail. Noise levels were higher than average, but results were good at ISO400 or below and prints made from this camera looked excellent, and detail was very good.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
The good: Attractive, functional design; generally above average photo quality for its class; nice, useful feature set; lens can zoom during movie capture. The bad: Aggressive smoothing reduces detail in indoor shots, even at low ISO sensitivities; modest performance; poorly placed microphone..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“The future is bright for Wi-Fi on digital cameras, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 is leading the way. If Panasonic can find ways to get access to additional Wi-Fi networks (especially corporate networks), mobile workers who take a lot of photos will find this a must-have tool. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“We are not easily impressed by video capturing functions in a camera; however; Panasonic proves otherwise…The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is an absolute must for the photographer that wants to capture his or her moments in the most comfortable way! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“In summary the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is a marginally better camera than the TZ3, with improved image quality, an excellent LCD screen, useful Intelligent Auto mode for beginners, and the attraction of HD video.”
Rating: ★★★★★

DCR reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
Pros: 10x Leica lens still great, Fast AF and good all-around speed, Vibrant color with plenty of punch, HD movie recording capabilities. Cons: Noise reduction still too intrusive, Some weird screen bugs in bright shooting situations, Macro mode dodgy at times, No manual controls ”
Rating: N/A

Photoxels reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“Performance is very good for an ultra zoom: startup and shot to shot times are about 2 sec. With a contrasty subject and good lighting, there is no practical shutter lag and autofocus is quite fast and precise. ”
Rating: N/A

PopPhoto reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
“Simply put, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 handles noise well at all ISOs, without sacrificing much resolution. It’s less than a 5% decline in rez between ISO 100 and 800, and less than a 20% drop between ISO 100 and 1600. We’ d recommend setting ISOMax at 800 under most conditions (and use EV compensation to gain an extra stop or two), and only jump up to ISO 1600 when absolutely necessary.”
Rating: N/A


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CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 and writes;
” it’s the core feature which still impresses…the TZ5 is a highly compelling proposition for anyone who wants the flexibility and power of a long zoom with the carry-everywhere convenience of a compact. Once again Panasonic has a camera that easily deserves our Highly Recommended rating.”


Rating: ★★★★½

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Samples

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ PhotographyReview
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ PopPhotoMag
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Sample Photos @ CameraLabs

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 Press Release

Panasonic is pleased to introduce two new Lumix digital cameras, the 9.1-megapixel DMC-TZ5 and 8.1-megapixel DMC-TZ4, each featuring a 28mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens (equivalent to 28-280mm on a 35mm film camera). 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.

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4 Comments »

Comment by dalethorn Subscribed to comments via email
2008-04-25 19:15:29

TZ5 is almost perfect. Zoom s/b 350mm though, like it was two(!) years ago.

 
Comment by techguru
2009-10-07 23:18:10

It’s an good camera because it’s presence is stabilized super zoom on a compact digital camera so it went easily into a pocket. With a 10x zoom, ranging from 28 mm to 280 mm equivalent 35 mm format there are few shooting situations that bring fear. You are ready to take pictures of everything with the added advantage of being able deal with a discrete machine which does not give the eye as a reflex and is easily transportable skills particularly useful in metropolitan reportage like Street Photography and travel. For more detail http://www.techarena.in/review/9265-panasonic-lumix-tz5-digital-camera.htm

 
Comment by Santosh Subscribed to comments via email
2010-02-26 02:59:03

I am happy with my DMC TZ5.
BUT
I can’t take a zoomed copy from my existing snap

 
Comment by Joao Farias Subscribed to comments via email
2011-01-01 21:38:39

The link to download de Panasonic TZ5 camera manual opens a Babylon Translator offer (I already have a license).

 

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