Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 6 to 7 Megapixel

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 6 to 7 Megapixel 


DMC-LZ5 6-Megapixel Digital Camera with MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, High Sensitivity Mode & 6x Optical Zoom.


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[Jan 21, 2007]


Small, light, optical stabilized, large LCD, and good (6x) zoom.
The manual is aimed towards non-photographers, seems written for the right audience.
Large LCD screen, though it quickly gets cluttered with additional info.
Quite capable, easily pocketable, and takes AA batteries so no special charger needed.
Simple mode is rather too simple for me, but works well for my wife who just wants to take photos without worrying about the camera settings. She can just manage changing to the sports setting for racing cars and the portrait setting for capturing drivers in the paddock.
To compensate for a fixed LCD, the overhead mode that changes the LCD contrast so you can see it from near 90 degrees below is a neat feature.


Significant colour fringing requiring correction in Lightroom.
Same correction on each image, so looks like a camera issue.
No manual mode.
Difficult to find the extended ISO mode.
Histogram display is very narrow, I would prefer it to be wider.
It doesn't have a RAW mode, so getting exposure right first time is essential.
With no swivel on the LCD, it's really only good for snapshots.

OK, but without manual shutter/aperture controls not really the camera for me.
But it was cheap, and pocket sized, so worth trying.
It's good that it uses AA batteries as they're easy to find, but I exhausted even Duracell alkalines in a day of use, rechargeables will be a must.
It has worked well as a pocket camera.

Similar Products Used:

Casio 2800, Minolta A1, A2, Panasonic FZ25

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