Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 is a super zoom compact featuring 12.1-megapixel with 1/2.33-inch CCD, 25mm Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens (35mm equivalent: 25-300mm), A (Intelligent Auto) Mode with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Manual control function, HD Movie (Motion JPEG), HDMI Compatibility Featuring VIERA Link, and 2.7 inch LCD screen on the rear. The camera measures 103.3 x 59.6 x 32.6 mm (4.07 x 2.35 x 1.28 in) and weighs Approx. 214g.

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

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 Reviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“The Panasonic TZ8 is a very good performer for a compact zoom camera and more importantly, its outdoor shots showed better results than any other compact zoom camera we have tested before. Low light performance is also good but it has more impressive performance outdoors. For a travel compact zoom camera, it is a better choice than most other compacts available…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“If you just want a decent compact megazoom, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 is one of the better options thanks to a well-rounded feature set and very good photo quality at lower ISOs.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“The Panasonic TZ8 isn’t a pleasant surprise, as its predecessor the TZ7 has similar pedigree, but an impressive continuation of previous form. The only criticisms are slight and infrequent, making the end performance of this compact some of the most balanced available on a compact currently on the market. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“The Lumix DMC-ZS5 brushes aside most fancy extras and gets down to brass tacks. Its manual controls and fast-focusing 12X-optical-zoom lens make it a big step up from 2009’s Lumix DMC-ZS3.”
Rating: ★★★★½

T3 reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“This is an exceptional compact. After a week of testing, the only quibbles we can come up with are that macros could be sharper and that there’s no HDMI output to show off the excellent 720p HD movie mode. Ultimately the TZ8 is a compact anyone can pick up and use – great for snapshots, holidays and movies. We love it.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“The Lumix DMC TZ8 compares very well with all its direct competitors. Picture quality is very good and the range of features is impressive too. I found it hard to find fault and I am happy to recommend this camera. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“It can take some decent looking images in bright light when using its auto mode, but overall its images are noisier and softer than the TZ7 and it won’t perform optimally indoors or in other low-light environments.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 16×20 with good color and detail. ISO 200 shots are quite good at 13×19, and ISO 400 shots look good at 11×14, though there’s a little more softening in detail, especially among the reds. That’s also true at ISO 800, and while this setting makes a good letter size print, it’s really better printed at 8×10 or 5×7. ISO 1,600 shots are better at 5×7 or 4×6”
Rating: N/A

InfoSyncWorld reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“Basically, in Auto and Scene modes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 will pump up the ISO and use the flash whenever necessary, and the results were mediocre. It wasn’t until we shot in full manual mode or Program AE that things started looking good. “

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PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 produces noise-free images at ISO 100 and 200, with ISO 400 also looking good. ISO 800 shows some quite obvious noise and softening of fine detail, and ISO 16000 is even noisier, although still OK for small prints and web images.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“Panasonic pitch the Lumix DMC-TZ8 as an ideal travel companion and for many it will be. The combination of creative control through the manual settings, the wide zoom range and HD video capture make it a good all-rounder. The performance and image quality impress too.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 is a very like able and stylish compact that bends over backwards to help you get good shots. The lens is a real winner. It’s also very easy to record high quality HD movies. SLR users seeking a back-up compact might find its restrictions and usability quirks frustrating, though.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 Features

Powerful 12x Optical Zoom
The DMC-ZS5 features a powerful 12x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can’t get close to. It is also available in movie recording with the mechanism designed to minimize the noise of auto focusing or zooming. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens
The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances all kinds of shooting situations, like when you’re photographing a group of people at an indoor party or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling.

16x Intelligent Zoom / 23.4x Extra Optical Zoom
Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-ZS5 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 12x optical can virtually extend to 16x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 23.4x* by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.

Sonic Speed AF
The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-ZS5 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second (wide-end) / 0.41 second (tele-end) for auto focusing. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you’re shooting sports scenes.

POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection
Just about everyone has had the experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds. Panasonic’s accumulated optical technologies, the MEGA O.I.S. has been incorporated into Lumix from the early stage of digital camera development. This helped show all digital camera users the absolute need for hand-shake compensation, and led to its prevalence throughout the industry. And now, Panasonic has worked on the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed.

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3 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8”

  1. really this cameras have 12 x optical zoom, usually pocket cameras only have max 5 optical zoom

  2. Kevin says:

    I owned this camera for 3 weeks and the lens broke. I use cameras professionally. This is my personal pocket camera. I took good care of it. The lens broke within 3 weeks.

    Camera has been at Panasonic now for 6 business days and they do not know the status of my claim. Very frustrating.

    Poor customer service and poor product quality = no more Panasonic products for me.

  3. Frank Kalmakoff says:

    I had a canon and was very pleased with it but it developed a problem costly to fix. After some looking I purchased a panasonic zs5, it falls way short of the canon as far as picture quality, ease of use, on auto mode canon is second to non, canons anti shake is far superior to panasonic and I stress far superior. After all what is a point and shoot camera exactly what it states fast use for us amatures. I never had to mount my canon on a tripod with this one I’ll have to, which eliminates ease and comfort and quickness of use. I’d like my canon back, for sale one panasonic zs5.

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