|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 review : Panasonic are clearly hard at work to assert their presence in the digital camera market. Lumix is starting to become a familiar name to many consumers, a fact that is more than welcomed by Panasonic, who know how to put this brand awareness to clever use. The Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 is the latest model in the LZ-series. With 6 Megapixels and a 6x optical zoom combined with an optical image stabiliser, the consumer is offered a truly full-fledged digital camera. The Panasonic Lumix LZ5, which became available several months ago, comes in a silver and a black edition.
Panasonic DMC LZ5 - 6 Megapixels & MEGA O.I.S.
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. It is in fact quite surprising to see how an electronics giant like Panasonic manages to produce these first-rate features, whilst certain camera manufacturers remain painstakingly quiet. The consumer, however, is free to reap the benefits that arise from this.
Panasonic Lumix LZ5 - Snapshot digital camera
When we say the Panasonic DMC LZ5 is a typical snapshot camera, this is by no means intended to degrade the camera. The Panasonic Lumix LZ5 offers the user mainly automatic programmes, and does not prioritise manual setting options. The 6x optical zoom lens provides the novice and hobby photographer with a variety of all-round options and possibilities, ranging from landscape to portrait. With a range of 37 - 222mm (equivalent of a 35mm camera), however, the user is also able to capture tele-images. This makes the camera particularly interesting to a large group of consumers.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 - Optical image stabiliser
The optical image stabiliser of the Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 adds a significant surplus value to the camera. The presence of such a system could in fact prove to be the very difference between saving an image for the future, or instantly removing it via the digital recycle bin. The results are displayed on the camera's 2.5 inch format screen. This shows Panasonic are easily keeping up with the competition. The absence of an optical viewfinder is generally banished from thought entirely by the presence of a high quality monitor. The practice tests should prove whether we will end up missing the optical viewfinder.
Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 review
The camera's compact size and light weight are ideal for the consumer to whom ease and convenience are of prime importance. It has in fact not been long since a compact sized camera could not be combined with a 6x optical zoom lens, which meant that one had to settle for a large housing. We preferred the black housing, and put the Panasonic LZ5 camera down to some serious work. Whether or not we found the Panasonic Lumix LZ5 to our liking in practice can be read in the following Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 digital camera review.