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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5 4 to 5 Megapixel

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00

  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution4 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens33 - 100 mm
    Digital Zoom2x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focus Range11.8 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range2.4 - 19.7 in. (w) / 7.9 - 19.7 in. (t)
    Focal Length7 - 21 mm
    Camera Resolution4 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2240 x 1680 • 1600 x 1200 • 1120 x 840
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA)
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatQuickTime
    Aperture Rangef2/f2.5 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed1/8 - 1/1000 sec
    White BalanceAuto
    Frames Per Second4 Frames
    Memory TypeMMC Card • SD Card
    Compression ModesFine • Uncompressed
    Compression TypeJPEG • TIFF
    File Size (High Res.)16 MB (8 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.14 MB (about 914 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Front Sync Flash • Rear Sync Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution200,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWith LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP
    Width5 in.
    Depth2.5 in.
    Height3.2 in.
    Weight1 lb.
    Warranty1 Year
    Exterior ColorBlack • Silver
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Video Cable • 32 MB Memory Card • Lithium Battery • AC Power Adapter • Lens Cap • Strap
    Product ID20182130

Product Description

  • Sensor: 3.9 effective megapixel CCD
  • Max resolution: 2240 x 1680 pixels
  • Lens: 7-21mm f/2.0-2.5 Leica DC Vario-Summicron (35mm equiv: 33-100mm)
  • Exposure: Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual, Exposure Compensation
  • Storage media: SD or MultiMedia cards
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
  • Selectable white balance
  • USB interface

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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by jdmurdoch a Expert

    Date Reviewed: March 19, 2004

    Strengths:    Looks and acts like a classic range-finder with fast shutter and focus response.

    Weaknesses:    Poor quality control - at least 2 new LC5's shipped without confirming that the external hotshoes worked. LCD monitor has polished surface, making it impossible to use outdoors. Picture quality poor, with evident mushiness or posterization of details.

    Bottom Line:   
    On Christmas Day I activated the LC5 for the first time and found that there was a red spot of inactive pixels in the LCD. Later found that the LC5 would not work with any external flash, the dealer returned it plus another new one to Panasonic for replacement of several electronic components to make the hot-shoes in both new cameras work. Worst example of quality control I've seen in 20 years of photography. Would not recommend Panasonic or Lumix cameras given the wide range of other high quality cameras available. Picture quality substandard because of smudging or posterization. Very disappointed in this camera and with Panasonic's customer service.

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    Price Paid:    $699.00

    Purchased At:   Linden Audiotronics

    Similar Products Used:   Olympus C-2040, C-2100UZ, D-550

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Steve Hopkins a Expert from Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: June 4, 2003

    Strengths:    Ease of use, high quality images/lens.

    Weaknesses:    Case doesn't fit with sun-hood attached and you can't remove the front half of the case. They should bundle a control app that lets you control all of the camera's functions thru the USB line. Then you could do time-lapse and web-cam and really increase the value. Arcsoft is for kids. Anyone who can afford this camera already owns a hot PC with PhotoShop on it.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have used this camera for a month since recieving it as a birthday present. Very nice image quality.

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    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Lens & Shutter

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sherylariz a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: October 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Great lens
    Quick to take manual or automatic pics
    Small yet still an SLR feel and easy to hold;
    Good F stops and ISO ranges
    Able to use other lenses or flashes/filters with this camera
    Price range great for such a good quality camera
    Fits in my purse!
    Comes with great software and quick to load pics into computer
    Comes in standard black or a slick silver which is what I opted for and it is a beauty!

    Weaknesses:    Poor macro ability
    Wish it had better optical range
    Not too much to complain about!

    Bottom Line:   
    This is about the 5th digital camera I have tried out. It has so far been the very best. I love the feel of this camera, it is just like a small SLR, but has a great big 2" LCD and they even give you a hood for it with the camera. I can get quite a few shots at the highest quality setting-- 2240 pixels which I find to be great compared to other cameras. I have taken some of the best sunset/sunrise shots ever and plan on using them as cards. The 8 1/2 x ll shots really turn out excellent as well as the smaller 4 x 6 shots. I love that you can manipulate the F stops right as you are looking through the LCD to get just the right one, change the ISO range and then flip right back to automatic and click your picture. Then it will automatically show you what you just shot, or just switch one little switch to look at it or other pictures you've taken--this works so fast its amazing!
    It is one excellent camera and far better than the Sony DSC F707 that I tried, plus much less cumbersome. I can fit it in my purse with ease and go! I also like that when I pick this camera up to shoot a quick "in-action candid" shot, I don't have to fool with a bunch of dials to get my picture. The manual is very easy to read and explains everything in detail.
    This camera also comes with a great variety of software that is userfriendly.
    Whoever buys this camera will not be let down.

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    Price Paid:    $700.00

    Purchased At:   Catalog

    Similar Products Used:   Sony Mavica 75; Sony DSC F707; Fuji Finepix 6800Z; Olympus Camedia C-730

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jim Hathaway a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Large 2.5" LCD. There are very few digital cameras with LCDs larger than 2". The large LCD is a great compositional tool, and aids review of images, especially when using digital zoom on review.
    Hinged monitor hood. I keep it attached to the camera at all times, to protect the LCD. It's also helpful for blocking glare on the LCD, and the way it attaches inline with the tripod mount makes perfect sense.
    Exposure Bracketing and Focus Bracketing. The LC5's Exposure Bracketing allows for precision 0.25EV step control. The Focus Bracketing is a feature I've never seen on a camera (often wish I had on my 35mm). I do need to experiment more with this feature; the one time I used it, I could not tell the difference among the 3 focus-bracketed shots.
    Spot metering.
    Hot shoe for external flash.
    Shutter lag. The shutter button is responsive and shutter lag is negligible.
    Easy to connect to the PC, quick image file transfer, and I'm very pleased with 5" x 7" print quality. Haven't worked with 8" x 10" or larger yet.

    Weaknesses:    Tends toward overexposure. Overly bright scenes are a challenge. I wish it had an ISO 50 setting, or better yet a built in ND filter.
    Built-in flash tends toward over exposure. I use fill flash often, so I tend to turn the flash down (using FEC), as there is no auto fill-flash setting. I do like the dedicated button for changing flash modes on the fly. And there is room for expansion via the hot shoe for external flash.
    Manual focus control. This is a great feature to have, but the LC5's focus ring goes around and around, unlike an SLR focus ring that has a finite range. I think this one operates in steps.
    Reducing the time between shots would be a plus.
    Does not do Macro or ISO 400 as well as the Sony DSC-S85. Grainy when shooting macro at ISO 400.
    Have a problem with color casts (pinkish or blue-green most commonly). Also significant noise in low light images with large areas of static colors (i.e. black or dark blue skies, etc.
    Owners manual is poorly written.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had the experience of borrowing this camera for a couple of months, taking approx 700 shots in that time. I have been able to get some amazing photos from this camera, especially at slow shutter speeds (handheld at 1/5 sec in available light with no blurring). As a 35mm SLR user who prefers to shoot manually, I've really enjoyed the LC5. There is enough manual control for versatility, and overall, the controls are easy to use.
    The A mode (Auto) works very well, but the P mode (Programmed AE) is the mode I most often use for point-and-shoot because the AE is right-on 95% of the time (tends toward overexposure, especially when using the built-in flash), and the other 5% of the time, I can make quick adjustments and re-shoot. The two most useful adjustments available in P mode are the Exposure Compensation (EC) and Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC).

    The bright f/2 lens is a plus. I have yet to find an exposure that is too dark for this camera to handle. The close focus macro is also very good, and both macro and AF pictures are very sharp.

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    Similar Products Used:   Sony DSC-S85 is the only other digital I have used and it handles macro and ISO 400 shots better than the LC5.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by pgmf a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: May 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Love the design.
    Excellent optics.
    Fast shutter speed and power up.

    Weaknesses:    A tad bigger than other models, but nice feel.
    Lens acessories (wide angle and tele photo) do not seem to be on the market yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good camera with superb design and feel. I find the photo quality excellent, specially outdoors. Ability to take several snapshots in a row in brust mode is great.

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    Price Paid:    $650.00

    Purchased At:   ecost.com

    Similar Products Used:   Cannon G2 and Sony.

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