Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) 12.1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) Rating:
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The Lumix DMC-ZS5 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal length in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS5can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the Leica Elmar lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful images any time, any place. 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.

Details

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 12X optical zoom
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Sonic Speed AF for quick focusing on moving subjects

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 user reviews
Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) The Lumix DMC-ZS5 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal length in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS5can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the Leica Elmar lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful images any time, any place. 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. $279.95 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41gK3go-0LL._SL160_.jpg
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10 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) 12.1”

  1. Lisa Hamilton Says:

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    The camera overall takes great photos I would have given it a 4 1/2 star if I could have. I am extremely happy! Took it on vacation and it took excellent photos for a small camera. I love that it fits into a pocket after years of lugging around Canon SLRs. I did have a photo I tried to print that could not be made into an 8X10 because of noise, 5×7 print was fine. It was a photo that had lots of varied colors and movement. Other than that 1 all the others came out as I expected. And other photos I could print to 8X10 with no problems. It took great video clips even from a moving vehicle of the ocean. It was a great buy.

  2. jb Says:

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    this camara is light, portable, and has 12 X zoom. The picture quality is almost as good as my SLR camera.

    jb

  3. E. Escobar Says:

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    This is a really nice camara, the 12.1 mp and de 12x are incredible, I really love the resolution, the wide angle is perfect and the zoom is great. so far I give this Pana an A+

  4. J. Blake III Says:

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    This is a great little 12.1 megapixels digital camera but sells with only it’s own internal memory……if you want to use a camera card that is an additional purchase. I bought a 8 GB card for my camera for about an extra $20 and it holds a large number of high quality photos.I bought this camera after seeing the photo results from, and hearing the raves about, one my sister bought. It is a very versatile camera and is compact enough to slip in a pocket. It comes in black(my sister’s),silver(which I have),blue, and red. It comes with its own compact quick charge battery (2 hours)and charger and it operates an extended time between charges. It has an excellent Leica 12X zoom and wide angle lens. It takes great close up and low light pictures and has a stabilization program to reduce camera shake distortion. It can be operated in simple point and shoot automatic mode or can be controlled manually for real camera buffs. The owner’s manual is very basic with no detailed information and you must use the included DVD to discover all the capabilities of the camera. The camera also takes movies but I have not used that feature and that uses a lot of camera memory and will require the additional camera card. The included software program for downloading photos from the camera is easy but working with your camera photos is not as good as an old Olympus camera program I have. I rate the camera a 10 out of 10, but don’t like the lack of information in the owner’s manual and having to use the DVD to answer any questions about the camera.

  5. Herr Zoller Says:

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    This product strikes a good balance between compact size and image quality. Smaller alternatives exist but this pocket-sized camera has lens quality typically found only in SLR (or near-SLR) cameras. Manual settings let you grow your photographic skills if you choose to use them and auto settings will satisfy most. Super easy to use and a great value, I would buy again.

  6. RK Says:

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    First, the positive: Bought the camera (Panasonic Lumix DMZ-ZS5) in April 2010. I find this to be a great super-light “pocket” camera with an excellent feature-set (super-wide angle lens, optical image stabilization, intelligent resolution, large variety of auto-exposure settings, and manual exposure control). Several previous reviewers have done a great job explaining these features, so I won’t repeat them here. I consider myself an advanced user, and I like to experiment with several exposures for each composition (whether using this point-n-shoot, or my SLR) – so I always like to travel with (at least) a couple of spare, fully-charged batteries. The battery that came with the camera seems to work as advertised and I am happy with its performance.

    Now, the negative (or, why 2 stars?): Based on warnings from other reviewers (both here and elsewhere), I decided to buy two brand-new Panasonic replacement batteries (from the Amazon marketplace). I checked that these were IDENTICAL to the one that came in the original box (DMW-BCG10pp). However, owing to work/travel commitments, I did not get a chance to test out these new batteries for over 3.5 months. Just recently, I took the batteries out of their packaging, charged them, and tried to use them. But the ZS5 refuses to recognize the battery, shutting down within 3-4 seconds with the message: “This battery cannot be used”. I waited several hours, recharged the batteries, and tried again – with the same result. I looked online and found that this message results from ID-secure feature built into their cameras to identify non-Panasonic battery packs.

    I then tried Panasonic’s web-site, but found nothing related to either battery problems or firmware updates for the ZS5/ZS7. So, I called Panasonic’s customer/tech support (U.S.), hoping for some sort of a firmware download or some other “re-setting” procedure that would let me over-ride the camera error-message. To my surprise (and after three phone-transfers), instead of helping me figure out why TWO, BRAND NEW, Panasonic batteries were being rejected by their own camera, the rep kept insisting that I bought the battery over 90-days ago, so they cannot help me! Now perhaps I am naive, but I consider a battery to be brand new (within a reasonable time-limit, of course), as long as it has not been abused or used before – so it should not matter whether I bought the batteries 90 days vs. 110 days previously (at the time I called them).

    During our extensive online review prior to buying this camera, the battery issue never come up. But now when I type the exact camera-error message in Google, I get several hits on this subject (all pertaining to Panasonic Lumix cameras). I am now stuck abroad with only a single working battery, and TWO BRAND-NEW batteries that don’t work! Yes, I could buy two more brand now ones here, and fork out an even higher price – but what if those don’t work either? And what if the only working battery fails at some point?

    So, I wanted to put this warning out there that in spite of Panasonic’s advertised “stringent” standards that purportedly make their batteries so much better, their camera’s failure tolerance seems to be so tight that many of their own batteries fall outside of it! So, the lessons learnt for me are: (1) Don’t expect that the “Panasonic” brand implies a guarantee of quality or reasonable customer/technical support; (2) If you plan to buy any Panasonic Lumix camera, or any of their new ID-secured battery based cameras, check online for ‘battery cannot be used’ or ‘battery failure’ for that camera before purchasing; (3) Be prepared to go through the hassle of trying out several replacement batteries, EVEN if you buy Panasonic’s own; and (4) Thoroughly test out any spare replacement batteries you buy within the first 90 days (I guess the last one’s a “DUH!”).

    I have never bought a camera outside of Canon before, and will most likely go back to Canon after this – I am afraid I cannot trust Panasonic to “do the right thing” at this point. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)

  7. R. L. Waters Says:

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    After a long time contemplating buying the ZS3 I finally decided to wait and see what Panasonic would have for us in the 2010 line up. And so far I’m very glad I waited.

    The ZS1 and ZS3 were Panasonic’s high zoom compact cameras last year, and both of them receive great reviews. I’ve had a chance on several occasions to play with 2 different ZS3′s that belong to friends, and this was initially the camera I was going to get being very impressed with it’s performance. However, by the time I was ready to buy, the new ZS5 and ZS7 (to replace ZS1 and ZS3 respectively) were on the markets. And to my surprise, the ZS5 with several upgraded features was significantly cheaper than it’s predecessors.

    A few things I noticed right away comparing my new ZS5 to my friend’s ZS3:

    -First, physically the ZS5 has a smaller screen than the ZS3. The screen however is still sharp and clear, and perfectly usable. After a few minutes I don’t even notice the difference.

    -The ZS5 can zoom while recording a movie, something that my friends ZS3 can not do.

    -The ZS5 image stabilization is just amazing, and seems to be much better than the ZS3. Especially noticeable at the higher zooms while recording video.

    -The ZS5 now has manual controls, something the ZS3 does not have. For me, even as a complete amateur, this is a huge benefit, and the single largest upgrade over the ZS3.

    -The ZS5 has a one touch zoom button on the back in addition to the normal zoom control on top. This button with one press takes you from zoomed out, to full optical zoom, then full digital zoom, then returns to zoomed out. Not a big feature but something I can see being handy from time to time.

    -The ZS5 no longer has the dedicated movie record button on the back, but rather an option on the selection dial on the top, similar to other cameras I have used, and what I personally prefer.

    -The ZS5 has an exposure button on the back. While in manual modes pressing this button activates the directional buttons below it to act as the adjustments to your various manual settings. I think this is a clean and easy way to get control over settings and better than other setups I’ve seen in compact digitals with manual settings, where you often have to navigate menus to find the settings.

    -Overall the ZS5 construction feels very solid, the lens action is smooth and quite, and the buttons have the high quality feel, just like the ZS3. Perhaps the main difference being the ZS5 has a slightly stiffer mode selection wheel, while the ZS3 mode selection wheel would often be moved just by removing it from your pocket.

    Now to compare the ZS5 to it’s bigger brother the ZS7.

    From my research (not experience) the main differences are the 7 has the larger screen, on board GPS, and a slightly different image processor. For me, these first two differences actually benefit the 5 over the 7, giving it longer battery life simply because it doesn’t use power on the GPS or the larger screen. The image processor might be an advantage to the 7 though, with some reviews that I have seen especially emphasizing better low light video quality on the 7. I’ve taken a few indoor and outdoor videos with the ZS5 and they seem very sharp and clear to me. Certainly the best I’ve had from a pocket digi camera, so without side by side comparison with the ZS7 it’s hard to discount the 5′s video quality.

    Overall, this camera has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have owned 12 digital cameras, everything from ultra compact to DSLR. This camera by far has the most capability vs. portability of any camera I have owned. I’ve already taken about 300 pictures and several videos, color, contrast, and sharpness are all very impressive. I’m still on my first charge with an indicated 2/3 battery remaining.

    The automatic mode works great and the auto focusing is the best I’ve seen outside of a DSLR. The focusing is so fast and accurate, combined with the quick turn on time and very short shutter lag time, this camera is the ‘quickest on the draw’ I have personally used.

    This camera is like having my DSLR with a 25-300mm VR lens, combined with my high def video camera, all in a package I can slip in my shirt pocket. In any case I know I will have better results with my ZS5 than a DSLR or the video camera simply because I can have my ZS5 with me almost all the time, ready to get that perfect shot at a moments notice.

    Amazing, and well worth the wait. 5 stars.

    By the way the “Pelican 1010 Micro Case” fits this camera perfectly and makes a great water resistant/crush proof carrying case. Also highly recommended. Pelican 1010 Micro-Case (Black)

  8. Elizabeth Campbell Says:

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    I was very excited to receive my Lumix camera and I’ve been delighted with the results! I couldn’t ask for better picture quality and the digital zoom is awesome! I could ask for a better manual- most of the features I’ve found on my own by going through menus etc. I would definately recommend this camera- very easy to use and great results! Almost forgot- the video is also great. No complaints

  9. Don W. Brown Says:

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    A fine camera. Simple to use if you like simple (the “Intelligent Auto” setting is pretty darn intelligent), but easy to customize settings whenever you prefer. Image stabilization, zoom, HD (720) videos (including zoom) help produce sharp,rich photos. Wide angle also proving very useful.

  10. Barney Says:

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    We have enjoyed this new camera for almost a month.

    It takes good pictures and functions well. We are pleased

    with every part of the purchasing process to include the

    price.

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