Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Brief Review

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  • 5.36 megapixels
  • 12x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file formats
  • ISO 80-400
  • proprietary lithium battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: 2005-07-11
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
5.36 megapixels; 12x optical zoom/4x digital zoom; autofocus only; auto and manual exposure; JPEG and TIFF file formats; ISO 80-400; proprietary lithium battery; movie mode with sound
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 sports a tremendous 12x optical zoom and tries to keep users of different skill levels equally satisfied. The powerful Leica zoom lens and 5.36 megapixel resolution is a strong combination, allowing for greater depth and detail at long distances. The Lumix DMC-FZ5 consistently garners praise for its versatility, and though it is a user-friendly camera, newer users might not need all the options included in this model.

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