|Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ5 5.0 MP Digital Camera - Black--ALL GENUINE ACCESSORIES|
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|Capture stunning quality images with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Digital Camera. You can click excellent still images at a resolution of 5 MP. The Image Stabilization function in this camera avoids handshakes and lets you click steady pictures. What's more, the 12x zoom feature lets you focus on objects that are far away.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||5.0 MP|
|Macro Focus Range||5cm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast detection|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||36 - 432mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||8 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO auto|
|Light Sensitivity Max||400|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||0.3 m - 4.5 m|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||100%|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.33"|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS 9.x, Apple Mac OS X, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||QuickTime|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, TIFF|
|Max Video Resolution||320 x 240|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||Audio Dubbing, Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Built-In Speaker, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Direct Print, Histogram Display, Orientation Detection, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Fireworks, Night portrait, Night scene, Panning, Party/indoor, Portrait mode, Scenery, Snow, Sports mode, Surf & snow|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Cool, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid, Warm|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 frames per second, 4 frames per second|
12X zoom; effective image stabilization; manual controls; generally decent image quality; versatile burst modes.
"Clumsy lens-hood design; low-res movie mode; coarse, small EVF."
An SLR alternative with a stabilized 12X zoom lens that both enthusiasts and casual photographers can appreciate.
Average review score based on 12 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ5 is an older digital camera that occupies a middle ground between entry level point & shoots(P&S)and much more expensive digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. These are often generically referred to as 'bridge' cameras or 'super zooms' because of their long maximum focal lengths. At a glance, the DMC-FZ5 looks like a mini DSLR, but make no mistake. It's design has much more in common with lower end p&s cameras than higher end DSLRs in that it has a fixed lens (albeit a pretty nice one) and does not use a pentaprism or pentamirror system in its viewfinder. Instead, the user can choose between the 1.8-inch LCD screen or a small electronic viewfinder. The positioning of said viewfinder at the extreme upper left corner of the camera's rear is a little counter-intuitive at first glance, but it does put the right hand in a comfortable position relative to one's nose. This is actually a good thing, once you get used to it, because the camera overall feels a bit cramped in my hands, which are not terribly large. But then, I'm more accustomed to shooting with a full size SLR. One thing that seems oversize, relative to the camera body, is the lens, which is about the size of a full size SLR lens. The lens is excellent by p&S standards. The 12x zoom has a focal length of 6-72mm, which the manufacturer states is equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm SLR. The lens also boasts a decent speed of 1:2.8-3.3. These numbers are fairly close to those for my Minolta Dimage Z1. The other point of interest about this lens is that it sports the venerable Leica name, but don't be overly impressed by it. This lens has never seen the inside of a Leica factory and any resemblance to a true Leica product is purely coincidental. Panasonic merely licensed the name and Leica, which in turn approves the design of the lens. This is actually a fairly common practice. Sony licenses the Carl Zeiss brand for some of its lenses and Samsung bundles Pentax lenses rebadged as Schneider-Kreutznach with its Pentax-made DSLRs. It should also noted here that Leica's own lenses typically carry the name of its parent company, Leitz. Despite the name game, the lens really is pretty decent. Included with the camera is a tulip-petal lens shade, which snaps onto the end of the included filter adapter, which accepts standard 52mm filters. A polarizing filter to help reduce unwanted glare and reflections in brightly lit conditions and a UV haze filter and to protect the lens from damage are must-have accessories. One welcome feature the FZ5 borrows from DSLR cameras is that it uses buttons, switches, and dials, strategically positioned on the back and top of the camera, to access the most frequently used controls. This avoids unnecessary menu diving. The menus themselves are relatively well laid out once you grow accustomed to the four-way multifunction button on the back, which lacks an 'ok' button in the middle. Instead, the menus prompt the user to press the right side of the button to accept a menu choice. The camera uses a proprietary 7.2v lithium ion battery that takes up less than half the space of four AA batteries. The camera stores data on an SD card. The literature states a maximum capacity is 1GB, but 2GB cards work just fine and will store about 700 images at full 5 megapixel resolution, which is sufficient for up to an 8x10 enlargement with minimal cropping. With realistic expectations, this highly capable, advanced p&s camera will not disappoint.
I purchased this camera used on eBay about two months ago. Since then, I've had the opportunity to challenge it in a variety of situations. It has come through with shining colors(?). First of all, I was amazed at the size. I never imagined you could have so many features in such a compact package, I can't begin to list them all, and it excels in every one of them. I suggest you go on an eBay sale site to check it out, as well as the other offerings from Panasonic & eBay. The 'full range' zoom capabilities are incredible, with 4x optical, 12x digital & 5MP. If you like simplicity, you'll love the 'heart' on the selector wheel. It's fully automatic, just point & shoot. I like the rechargeable battery option over double A's, as well as, the ease of access & rapid recharge. It's one sweet package & they can be picked up quite reasonable on eBay. Some even come with all the original accessories in the box! I don't believe you can go wrong for a "beginners" camera. I have my eye on a Panasonic upgrade, I can only imagine the capabilities stepping up to a more advanced camera. I was introduced to the Panasonic line of cameras from the advice of a friend. I've discovered that there is a huge difference in the performance quality of 'real camera' technologies over the claims(?) of other inferior brands. I've always trusted in the Panasonic name for many years & it's quite obvious that they're still putting great products out there at very competitive prices.
This is a great camera with high end, (expensive camera), features at a low end price.
It has a good zoom lens, is upgrade-able to a 1Gb sim card (can you say 1,400 plus pictures before needed download or delete?), and although it has all the bells and whistles for a camera buff, it features an easy mode for those who won't read the manual. The software is easy to use and features editting that will have everyone thinking that you took photography classes.
Oh yeah, it takes GREAT pictures!!!
I purchased this camera for my brother who was looking for a digital camera. I already own two of these, an older model that is bulkier and a black one like this model. I just love these cameras, they take fantastic pictures, are easy to use and have wonderful Lumix lenses. Plus the Panasonic brand cannot be beat. I'd buy another one of these cameras any day and recommend them highly to others who are looking for 35-millimeter quality in a digital camera.
Notice how many people writing these reviews buy another of this camera or are so surprised by just how good it really is in the real world.
This is one of those special items that....just really works good.
Enough said....just go get one before they are all gone!
They are getting older and won't be around forever!