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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5

Editor's Review

Ready, steady, go: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 is loaded with state-of-the-art Mega O.I.S. technology, for photos that won't look all shook up. The 6 megapixel camera is a lightweight, compact camera, a form factor that can often exacerbate the shakiness of your photos. Rather than weight your hands down with a bulky, stable brick, Panasonic has tempered the distortion with their Mega Optical Image Stabilization technology, which guarantees to eliminate any little tremors standing between you and your perfect shot.


  • 6 megapixels
  • 6x optical zoom / 8.3x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode
  • 2.5" LCD screen
  • Part Number: DMCLZ5S
  • UPC: 037988985340
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2006

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Won't date your pics (T.L. Thirion — 12/28/2009)

Don't buy if you want to share you pics via e-mail or if you want to sit and look at your pics with your family. There is no way to date them. So the old photos that you cannot remember the date, you have no way of knowing. I thought even the most basic cameras would have a date option on them.. well not this one! I can't believe a camera in this day and age cannot put a date on your pics....

  • 3.0 out of 5
DMC-LC80 (Kiara — 08/27/2008)

It's good quality photos, but REALLY fragile. :S Not for the careless, like me.

  • 1.0 out of 5
1.5 years too short for a bad CCD (Robert Sharp — 01/04/2008)

Loved it for a little over one year when the CCD suddenly went over the hill. No drops or bad treatment at all. Visits to the customer service site and calls yielded only an offer repair for flat rate of $160. Camera only cost $219.

  • 2.0 out of 5
STARTS GREAT/FINISHES BROKEN (Carol Ryan — 06/30/2007)

We bought this camera on March 23 and thought it was great. One problem—panasonic recommnend using their batteries—not available in our city. The sales associate said that lithium photo batteries would work just fine in this camera and that they don't carry any camera that requires a special battery that's not widely available. We had successfully used lithium batteries in the camera for the last three monthes. However, on June 19 at my child's stage performance it refused to work—we were counting on the camera to double as a video camera that night too. We've changed the batteries and are looking for the rec'd type, but so far no luck on either front. Very frustrating.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera (Jessica — 03/27/2007)

This camera rocks. I got it for a birth gift for my first child. I am a photo bug and I love taking pictures and this camera is wonderful for a busy mom, with the picture and video options.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wide Screen and Normal Work Great (Kim Laine Rozell — 02/27/2007)

The photos come out great both indoor and outdoors. Like most digital cameras, low light is grainy. With the 6x optical zoom you can read license plates at 100 yards with no problems. Digital zoom is sharp up to 3x. At 4x is gets grainy. Photography of nature is awsome! The 16:9 Wide Screen mode is sharp too. Ideal for when you want to grasp the whole scene for that awe-inspiring shot. File sizes are larger than average camera so get a 2Gig SD card. The larger images produce less jagged images when enlarged with Photoshop than with most cameras. Longest life comes from NiMH rechargeable batteries.

  • 5.0 out of 5
HOTTEST DD (ray.34 — 01/26/2007)

HEY.....GUYS TAKE MY ADVICE...THIS IS JUST AMAZING.if any one is searching for digital cameras which has considerable mega pixels and satisfactory optical zoom which is really affordable....then search nowhere else...this is the one for all of you...moreover isnt its features kinda professional........???

  • 4.0 out of 5
DMZ-LZ5 (iceblue — 12/31/2006)

Camera feels very cheezy and LCD feedback is very blurry or pixilated but large. Hard to review and tell if image is good enough or not without downloading to PC.

SCN functions are handy and useful to armatures. Menu is simple but awkward and also cheep feeling compared to other cameras I have owned, 10min learning curve for it. AA also is outdated in my opinion and should use a LI rechargeable pack.

Pictures come out awesome when setup and OIS does seem to work. I would like to see bettor light balance on auto without having to set the WB and ISO. If you can tinker little bit the camera is awesome and I recommend it. I purchased it for my mother. She complains there always too hard to take when I am riding motocross. This camera does a good job.

  • 4.0 out of 5
panasonic (bill k — 12/01/2006)

overall pretty good is works great. really like aa battery's can buy anywhere(just in case). don't like in high sensitivity mode which is partly why i bought camera drops down to 3 pixels. os works great . pictures so far come out pretty goo. small and compactfits in shirt pocket. all in all i would say pretty good lots of features no manual settings.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing camera (Louise R — 11/28/2006)

This camera is so amazing! The first day I had it, I shot night photos and portraits which should have required far more expertise. The stabilizer feature and the 6 megapixels were my main reasons for purchasing it. The stabilizer has been awesome. I bought it just before a seven day cruise and found it to be very easy to use as well as capable of fine detail photography. I purchased a 1 gig SD card and have been very pleased. It is hard to find the Oxyride batteries locally. I have had very good results with Energizer e2 lithium AA batteries. This camera is not just amazing, but is the best I have ever purchased!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent upgrade from the DMC-LZ3 (Raymond C GIlford — 11/10/2006)

I just bought this camera a few days ago. For the past seven months I had been using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3. I bought that camera when I broke my Nikon Coolpix 7600. Since then I have been most impressed with the optical zoom and have begun checking the optical zoom rating on all cameras that I see advertised. The amount of noise in low light isn't a problem for me. All cameras have limits. I carry it with me and use it daily for both pleasure and business.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Works as advertised (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought it to take family pictures. Used it to take action photos of kids playing sports. Zoom worked great, no blur, so anti shake must work. I don't take many photos but I was up, to speed on this camera in about 30 minutes. Took about 20 practice shots before my keepers and that seemed enough. Pros: easy to use, great detail in photos, large display, top notch zoom. Cons: Display washes out in bright sun, slow recovery between shots, carry extra batteries, they started to die at about 110 shots. Although I may have burned quite a bit of juice getting familiar with the adjustments. Bottom line, no complaints, I would tell a friend to buy it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice 6x optical zoom and excellent movie mode. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It takes great outdoor pictures.
The 6x optical zoom is great.
The movie mode is excellent.
Nice 2.5" LCD display.
Battery life is the best I have seen for a 2-AA battery camera
Macro works good.
It focuses the best I have seen in low light.
It has a focus assist lamp that works pretty good if you are in range.
Good digital zoom.
Start up is fast enough.

Flash is has very limited range. Ten feet or closer is the best.
Fill flash washes out people�s faces and over exposes on any ISO higher than 100.
OIS, image stability is not a miracle cure but it works to some degree..
High CCD noise level in low light.
High sensitivity mode, ISO 800-1600, is real soft as it seems to go through some noise reduction.

  • 5.0 out of 5
takes good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

can't give more just got camera less than 1 week just have couple of days. but if it holds up to so called features should be perfect for low light situations i have.that ebd up with camera shake because of low light and now flash. just have to figure out controls not to hard really.bought for anti shake low light capabilities and use of (imagine)

aa batterys, big plus in my book. don't understand why more mfg. don't use. OH can't sell us priority battery's! so far picture i took look great.