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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5A 9.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)

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  • 9-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-sized prints
  • 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens; Face Detection
  • New Panasonic Venus Engine IV improves noise reduction, elevates the detection accuracy and corrective effects
  • 3.0-inch LCD; Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO
  • Captures images to SD memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-TZ5A
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 9 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 1.4 x 4.1 inches ; 7.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0011Z6D9U
  • Item model number: DMC-TZ5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,190 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 29, 2008

Product Description

Color: Blue

From the Manufacturer

The 9.1-megapixel Panasonic DMC-TZ5 packs a 28mm wide-angle, 10x optical zoom Leica DC lens in a compact design, ideal for the active photographer who needs a versatile camera. By combining a 28mm wide-angle lens, which lets you capture a wider-framed shot when compared to a traditional 35mm camera, with the TZ-Series 10x optical zoom, you're empowered to take expanded shots, both wide and far. Panasonic's Intelligent Auto technologies are also expanded, with new Intelligent Exposure and Digital Red-eye Correction.

With the addition of Intelligent Exposure and Digital Red-eye Correction, Panasonic’s Advanced Intelligent Auto mode consists of seven intuitive technologies, all which are specifically designed to help make photo-taking an enjoyable and seamless process unnoticed by the consumer -- helping them to take clear photos. When in Advanced Intelligent Auto mode, the following technologies all operate automatically; no settings need to be manually changed.

Also new to the TZ5 is the Venus Engine IV, Panasonic’s new high-performance image processing LSI. The Venus Engine IV produces higher-quality pictures than its predecessor, the Venus Engine III, by using a more advanced signal processing system. The new Venus Engine IV also improves noise reduction, elevates the detection accuracy and corrective effects in both Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO and reduces the shutter release time lag. Both models also incorporate Intelligent LCD, which detects the lighting condition and controls the brightness level of the LCD in 11 fine steps, to offer optimal clarity in any situation, whether dark or light; indoors or outdoors. With a newly developed 460,000-dot high resolution in the TZ5’s 3.0-inch LCD, photos can be easily viewed on the display, regardless of the shooting environment.

The TZ5 is also capable of recording 720p high-definition motion pictures, and because of its support of SD memory cards, is easily compatible with Panasonic Viera plasma HDTVs that have an integrated SD memory card slot, so viewing photos is simple. Also, with the newly added HD component output capability, users can also connect the TZ5 to an HDTV and watch a slideshow complete with mood-appropriate music, choosing from natural, slow, urban and swing.

Lumix DMC-TZ5A Highlights

Intelligent Exposure With this new feature, photos will no longer be under- or over-exposed. Instead, the TZ5 instantly analyzes the framed image and adjusts the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash. The camera will automatically adjust the brightness accordingly.

Digital Red-eye Correction This feature helps to eliminate the red-eye problem that sometimes results when taking flash shots at the night. Incorporated into the built-in flash, the camera emits a small preliminary flash before the main flash, detects red-eye and will digitally correct it.

Mega O.I.S. Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand-shake from creating a blurry image.

Intelligent ISO With Intelligent ISO, the TZ5 can determine if the photo subject is moving and change the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.

Intelligent Scene Selector Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions, recognizes the shooting environment and will automatically select the appropriate scene mode from: Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait or Night Scenery mode. This intuitive technology, helps you use the most common scene modes that are built into the camera, but often go unused, without making any manual adjustments.

Face Detection Panasonic’s Face Detection detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear and crisp. Detecting up to 15 faces, Panasonic’s Face Detection can even track a face if the subject is moving.

Continuous AF The Continuous AF (auto focus) system maintains focus on the subject even without pressing a shutter button halfway, thus minimizing the AF time.

Product Description

9 Mega Pixel 28MM wide 10X optical zoom 3.0 LCD optical stabilization face detection - HD- blue

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a real corker of a camera. It does a lot and the lens quality is surprisingly good. Read more ›
Performance: The pictures are really good and the ISO settings allow a lot of flexibility. The video is 720P and seems to have no limit on how long you can shoot. Read more ›
After much research I decided on…I haven't played around with the settings but the pictures are high quality and I love that I can just put the camera in my pocket and go. Read more ›
Takes good close-up, motion, and zoom-in photos. The images are very clear, and the battery has good life. Read more ›
I love it. The pictures are amazing and it is very easy to change settings. The fireworks I captured had great color and came out very clear. Read more ›
Both provided me with excellent shots. I also used it to take pictures with no flash when we were at an outdoor drama at night--again most shots were very good. I… Read more ›
Didn't think I would like this so much but it has been a good little workhorse camera. The video and still modes are both good. The only problem I have had is you can't see… Read more ›
It takes good pictures. Its controls are logical. It's flexible in terms of choices about what I want to do. Read more ›
It's still a great camera. The features are great, the stabilization is great, and photo quality is pretty good as well. Read more ›
3fps great for action. -60sec "starry sky" exposure mode is fun to play with and gives great results. Read more ›
focus is a bit slower than i'm used to, not as good as the canons doesn't take good shots in tungsten lighting, but the flash settings are great. doesnt wash out people's… Read more ›
This camera is not much bigger than my Elph (which I love for the…Shot a few images from my office and the controls were easier to quickly understand and use than the Elph. Read more ›
megipixels, if you aren't going to be printing huge pictures. 10x zoom is awesome and worth spending a bit more for a bigger zoom. Read more ›
The Zoom is great, the pictures look nice but I can often not get the shot I wanted. I hit the button this morning and my little girl had looked away before it took the shot. Read more ›
It is a great camera and an exceptional value for the price. The zoom is especially good for a camera in this price range. Its pictures come close to my much more expensive… Read more ›
Great camera...liked it so much I bought a second one after my first one came up missing. Fits in my pocket, yet takes breathtaking pictures and the zoom is awesome! Read more ›
It also takes terrific video with sound, and you can zoom in and out…I don't think there are any other cameras out there with this much zoom and are as compact as this one. Read more ›
Took a couple short videos and was really pleased with resolution and the sound even with my finger over the microphone. The zoom lens is amazing for such a small camera. De… Read more ›
This Panasonic camera is just fine for amateur photographers like my self. It is easy to use and light weight. Read more ›
Was an upgrade to a TZ-1 utilizing all the stuff that was already on hand so did not have to purchase addl items. Nice, compact, easy to operate and takes great pics. Abilit… Read more ›
Too many adjustments needed. I will replace with a Cannon next time as they have been easier to operate in the past. Battery life is okay. Read more ›
Zoom lens is sensitive but have to work patiently with it. Very easy camera to use, solidly built. Downloads photos to computer very quickly without installing another… Read more ›
I have a dSLR and wanted a point and shoot to carry with me at all times and one that would be easy and fun to use for my husband - one that wouldn't have too many… Read more ›
It does feel very nicely…I have found it easy to operate, just need to read through the booklet and all the operations and varoius options will make perfect sense. En… Read more ›
This has been a sheer pleasure to have and operate. The HD video is nice and I can get about 10 minutes on and 8gig card. We generally take 2-3 minute short video takes… Read more ›
I only charge it occasionally and it has always been ready when I wanted to take a…The video also work great for a compact camera I have gotten some good video as well. I… Read more ›
The mic is also in the wrong place but I noticed when I did shoot a video recently and…The video was quite clear and the 10X wide angle zoom refocused with vivid clarity. Read more ›
auto settings and intelligence take great shots, but if you want to control anything manually forget it, not…video is good but have back up battery if going to use it alot. Read more ›
10x zoom with wide angle lens in…video quality is very good, even at distance(Autofocus while recording is fairly smooth, don't expect any kind of quality audio, though). Read more ›
Indoor shots can be tricky, but still good. The HD video is truly great, but the sound is definitely not loud enough. All in all, this is a good camera that takes beautiful… Read more ›
I bought this camera for my wife and she takes perfect pictures at last. The large viewing screen is great for her to share photos with friends. Using the 8 GB Class 6 SD… Read more ›
LCD Clarity - Huge LCD that is easy to look at and is very clear. Read more ›
It is compact and grip friendly, and the quick…The big Lcd screen is fantastic, it's got twice the normal amount of pixels. the startup is very fast, as is taking pictures. Read more ›
I have taken about 80 -100 pictures before the battery was completely discharged. 4. 3.0" Screen is very good and useful. 5. Quality of Video and sound quality was good,… Read more ›
So if you're shooting kids, it's the perfect feature to make sure you catch that one split second smile. The LCD is just beautiful, it puts my laptop lcd screen to shame. It… Read more ›
The LCD screen is huge and clear. It is very user friendly and the optical image stability is great. Read more ›
I got this camera as a step up from my little Canon Powershot and I think that it will do a great job with photos. The modes appear excellent and the lens is good. But the… Read more ›
BUT, this Panasonic blows away anything in the same class/price bracket. The WIDE angle lens is INCREDIBLE - do not view this feature as merely another plus. Once you start… Read more ›
My wife has played around with the settings and we have gotten some great, crisp, in…The lens really is a plus, and is well worth the extra money over a Sony or Canon. T… Read more ›
My father has the dmc-tz3, my uncle who owned and opperated his own camera repair for 19 years owns the dmc-tz4, and now I have the dmc-tz5…10 optical lens is awesome. I… Read more ›
These are high-end lens sets, and they make the most of the small CCD's found…This lens is so good, that the camera's imaging software struggles to keep up with the optics. Read more ›
Pros: - The lens range is great as it has a very usable range from 28-280mm and is easy to use - The timer is rather quick (10 sec) but works well and is easy to activate Read more ›
love this camera, i use it to take outdoor…compared to my old sony point-and-shoot camera the colors are more vivid and it's nice to have better zoom for wildlife photos! Read more ›
All the leading camera makers offer outstanding products for family photograhy, but after cutting…The Panasonic Lumix color algorithm is gorgeous and scary lifelike. It… Read more ›
The dial on top is clean and simple, the best part being 2 scene modes that I can "hot-dial" to. Image quality and color is very good on this camera. It also feels very… Read more ›
The most needed controls are easily accessible - white balance, exposure compensation, picture modes -…The ability to select different color profiles is especially nice. Read more ›
So far I can…Colors are good, auto white balance seems pretty accurate thus far, and the 720p videos look pretty good considering they are coming from a device that small. Read more ›
The optics are superb (though not up to my 1940 Leica :). The colors are very good and there are a remarkable number of settting to chose from (and learn.) I've used Nikon… Read more ›
I've read almost all the…For someone who's looking for a the best camera on the market for an affordable price, this is the best (at least when I bought it in June 2008). Read more ›
Works well for price. Read more ›
We feel very happy with this camera. Great product and great price that time. Read more ›
I thought that fall would be its demise, but it survived without any damage to functions. Great camera at a reasonable price! Read more ›
+ Really portable + Good price Read more ›
It also uses Eye-Fi. There are newer models out there, but this one takes great shots in all the modes I have tried and may represent a good used purchase value. Read more ›
Okay, I have TZ1, TZ3, and now TZ5 cameras. All use the same battery, and operate perfectly with the same CGA-0007a cheap aftermarket batteries and chargers. All of them… Read more ›
ok: the battery life is decent. It's a good camera but not a great camera. Read more ›
Quick menu feature is nice. Battery life is very good. Stills are not Nikon/Canon quality, but plenty close for all but the most anal. Read more ›
Took it to a coldplay concert and took few shots. really great zoom and nice quality. The battery life is good and the lcd screen in the back is big and clear. Read more ›
My only negative so far is the…The battery itself works great and holds a charge for a long time; but I misplaced my charger and haven't been able to charge the battery. Read more ›
I'm not crazy about the Quicktime format, but I…The battery life has been great - I've never been in a situation where I've run out of battery and had to stop to recharge. Read more ›
Once again, I was not disappointed. The size was perfect to carry in a belt case. After about 200 pictures, I am very satisfied with it's performance. Read more ›
I am well pleased with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5K Digital Camera. The size is compact and easy to travel with. The zoom is alittle jumpy which makes it harder to frame… Read more ›
The images are sharp and the response time is acceptable for a point and shoot. Weight and size are good for pocket carrying and the on/off switch is a real plus. You can… Read more ›
Battery life is very good. Size is great for carrying around while sight seeing or for special events. Read more ›
Overall, though, I have to admit my criticisms are nitpicky - this camera produces great shots right out of the box, is the perfect size, and has powerful technical… Read more ›
The laymen photographer would likely…The rear LCD screen is a very nice size and has great resolution and works quite well when reviewing and zooming in on images captured. Read more ›
I really love this camera! It's focus is bright and clear, it moves from zoom-in to wide-angle effortlessly and also quietly, it's nice and lightweight. It's very… Read more ›
The camera takes really nice pictures…The focus works very well for a point and shoot and it processes a picture very quickly so you are ready to shoot again in no time. Read more ›
It's not a shirt-pocket camera, but can easily fit into cargo-pants pockets. - Focus is quick and accurate. (Yes it is slower in low-light w/ high-zoom. Read more ›
2. the intelligent Auto mode really does work well. the exposure, flash intensity & auto focus are consistently good in most all pictures (not as great in low light though,… Read more ›
So far it has been giving me decent pictures in IA mode. Auto-focus is fast and allowed me to take clear pictures in an airshow. The low-light performance is not the best… Read more ›
I like the new intelligent auto mode…The zoom is not fast enough like a camcorder also the focus is not fast enough but having said that I enjoy recording family videos. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

905 of 909 people found the following review helpful By BBlair on May 31, 2008
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I did a great deal of research before purchasing this camera because I don't have the time or money that some people apparently have to be doing the eBay revolving door thing. What I came to realize is that, disappointingly, there isn't a clearly superior compact or ultracompact camera out there. There are only cameras with greater or lesser compromises and the trick is finding the one you can live with. The Lumix TZ5 was a good travel companion and turned out to have few flaws.

Since it irritates me when people say that they do a great deal of research and then never share it (doesn't that irritate you?), here are some of the cameras I ruled out based on my (maybe not your) criteria:
Fujifilm FinePix F100fd (difficult menu design, pink banding issue), Canon PowerShot SD890 IS (reported awful handling and poorly designed controls), Casio Exilim Card EX-S10 (No image stabilization, very slim, picture quality ok, weak zoom, tiny controls), Casio Exilim EX-S880 (No image stabilization, reported poor image quality), Olympus Stylus 850 SW (reportedly poor video shooting, poor battery life), Pentax Optio V10 (No image stabilization), Casio EX-Z1080 (Reduced pixels compared to others, 38mm starting range), Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX55 (Reportedly falls short on image quality, no viewfinder, larger), Ricoh Caplio R7 (No optical viewfinder, very noisy, some barrel distortion when fully extended, poor customer service?, reported quality mediocre), Pentax Optio A40 (Reportedly poor autofocus), and Canon PowerShot A470 (No viewfinder, no image stabilization, weak zoom).

Unfortunately, doing all this research meant I didn't get the Lumix TZ5 till right before my trip to Amsterdam - I was literally reading the manual on the plane.
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282 of 285 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2008
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I already wrote a review on the little sister, the TZ4, which is a phenomenal camera; I am however returning it because the price differential with the TZ5 is so low at this point it made more sense for me to spring for the few extra bucks on the TZ5 .

If you read any professional reviews, you already know that this is not the camera for poster size enlargements, even at low ISO values. While the noise reduction has been turned down, there is still some NR smudging and noise. Thankfully, the noise at least can be removed to the point where I was able to doctor a sample ISO 1600 picture to look just fine in 4 x 6 size (thanks to NeatImage). And I've had no problems with 8 x 10's at ISO 100 and 200.

And guess what? That is THE ONLY issue with this camera, and it is one that all other compact cameras also share to various extents. The difference here is that many other compacts also add lots of other "negatives" to the mix, such as severe wide angle distortion, wild and wooly purple fringing, reduced zoom range, and corner blurriness . The TZ 4 and 5 do nothing of the kind.

For what you're getting, a compact, POCKETABLE 28 - 280 Leica lens with IS, there simply is nothing like it out there. And that's before even looking at the HD movie mode, the surprisingly accurate intelligent scene selection feature, the brilliant LCD and the jewel-like workmanship.

This is the ultimate vacation camera if you plan to leave your DSLR home and travel lightly, and aren't spending all day in museums shooting w/o flash. I highly recommend this camera, especially if you lock in the highest possible ISO value at 400, turn the dial to iA, and then give the camera to a complete newbie to shoot pictures with. I think he/she AND you will be very pleasantly surprised with the excellent results.
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357 of 364 people found the following review helpful By Izak Kapilevich on April 2, 2008
Color Name: Black
As an advanced photographer with two pro DSLRs and an array of lenses I was looking for a light compact camera that will still have some of the features I am so used to from my DSLRs. This camera has the best lens in the industry bar none. Leica is superior to any other compact point and shoot lens out there (except other Lumix cameras that all use a Leica Lens). The camera is fast wt start up and can take 3 FPS in sports mode. It packs a 10X optical zoom and on the TZ5 can go up o 17X with some resolution loss. I never use Digital zoom as I do not consider it a zoom.
The Camera ergonomics is great, may of the features photographers need are easily accessible and well though of. I have been using the TZ3 for 2 years and took more than 10000 pictures with amazing results. I take many night shots and this is really where this camera excels. It can take 15, 30 and 60 seconds exposures which no other compact can do.
Battery life es very acceptable. A second battery is a recommended inexpensive accessory. The camera build quality is good, durable materials and high quality. I have evaluated a huge number of cameras and the Lumix comes on top by far based on its image quality, image stabilization, optical zoom, Leica superior lens, form factor and overall value. The closest camera you can get with similar performance is the Canon SX 100 IS. It is bigger, bulkier, heavier, much much slower and costs about the same. When it comes to compact point and shoot with advanced features and a hefty zoom nothing beats the Lumix.
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