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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 6.59 (out of 10)
Review: "Panasonic expanded its line of inexpensive compacts with long zooms this winter at the Consumer Electronics Show with the Lumix DMC-LZ3 and Lumix DMC-LZ5. We gave the two cameras a close look at CES, and we’re glad to give you an even closer look at the 6 megapixel, 6x zoom LZ5. With a list price of $279.95, the LZ5 offers Panasonic's class-leading optical image stabilization in a small (less than 4 inches wide, 186 grams), simple package at an affordable price.

The 6 megapixel, 6x zoom Lumix LZ5 could be a good fit for casual snapshooters who don't plan to enlarge images or shoot much in available light. If they can avoid situations where they will run into the camera’s noise problem, they will probably be happy with the zoom range, the very effective image stabilization, and the generally simple, thoughtfully-implemented user interface."

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Photography Blog 7.13  02-22-06 Read Full Review
" The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is a new compact digital camera that is positioned in the middle of Panasonic's range for 2006. That's not to say that the LX5 is in any way mundane - in the usual Panasonic tradition of innovative products, the 6 megapixel DMC-LZ5 offers a 6x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 37-222mm in 35mm format. Other stand-out features include a large 2.5 inch LCD screen, optical image stabilisation for blur-free photos, and a new High Sensitivity mode that extends the ISO range to 1600. Find out if this all adds up to make a great camera by reading my review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5.

...overall, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is a stylish, easy to use, versatile point and shoot camera that is afflicted by an old problem. The noise issue is by no means a show-stopper, particularly if you live in a sunny climate or tend to shoot mostly outdoors, but it does stop me from recommending this camera more strongly."

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DCResource 7.00  03-13-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 ($279) is a midsize point-and-shoot camera with two standout features. The first is its lens; where most cameras in this class have 3X or 4X lenses, the LZ5's is 6X. The second feature is one found on all of Panasonic's cameras, and that's image stabilization. This very handy feature lets you take sharp photos at shutter speeds that would be blurry on other cameras.

Although it has some annoying flaws, the 6X zoom lens and image stabilization make the DMC-LZ5 a camera that I can recommend. Those of you who want manual controls, or who make larger-sized prints may want to take a look at some other cameras, but for point-and-shoot users making small prints, the LZ5 is worth a look."

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CNET Reviews 6.50  03-28-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The modest Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 tops Panasonic's midrange line of compact, 6X-zoom snapshot cameras; its 6-megapixel resolution and about $50 are all that differentiate it from its 5-megapixel sibling, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3. Both incorporate a 37mm-to-222mm (35mm equivalent) Leica lens, optical image stabilization, and numerous ways to control image capture, though they lack manual exposure modes. The DMC-LZ5 fares moderately well in bright environments, but poor performance and average photo quality lessen the allure of this attractively priced model.

Image quality in good light is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5's strength. Well-lit shots have a very pleasing look, with natural, accurate color rendition and very few JPEG-compression artifacts. While the camera tends to underexpose sometimes and burn out highlights other times, flesh tones are very neutral and colors seem to pop with just the right amount of contrast and saturation."

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LetsGoDigital 6.33  06-26-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Panasonic Lumix LZ5 was officially introduced during the CES 2006 in January, and is equipped with a 6 Megapixel CCD image sensor. Remarkable is the presence of the 6x optical zoom in a considerably compact housing, as well as that of the MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), a familiar feature to Panasonic enthusiasts that ensures the Panasonic LZ5 instantly stands out from the competition.

At the end of the tests, the Panasonic LZ5 leaves us with a pleasant and particularly positive feeling. For its price-tag, the camera offers the consumer a great deal of ease and functionality. The novice photographer will undoubtedly feel happy as a king with so much user convenience. It is impressive to see how Panasonic manage to integrate the MEGA O.I.S. into all their digital cameras."

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Imaging-Resource 6.00  05-15-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LZ5 falls near the bottom of the Lumix line, providing an affordable option to snapshot photographers who want a useful selection of automatic settings in a compact camera. Its 6-megapixel resolution and optically stabilized 6x zoom lens will give those photographers lots of shooting flexibility and the ability to make large prints.

The Panasonic DMC-LZ5 is a nice little camera at a very affordable price, particularly considering that it sports a 6x, optically stabilized zoom lens. Panasonic is very justifiably proud that they've managed to bring optical image stabilization to their entire product line, from top to bottom. The Panasonic LZ5 did quite well overall in our testing, delivering good bright color, good resolution, and only moderate lens distortion."

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