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Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 compact camera features a 6 Megapixel CCD image sensor. Nowadays this resolution is pretty much regarded as a standard, although we have already seen the occasional leap to 10 Megapixel. Time will tell what will be declared the "new" standard during the Photokina 2006. The Panasonic Lumix LZ5 stores the photos in JPEG format. A 6 Megapixel image captured in the highest quality is approximately 3.5MB in size. In practice, this translates to 4 images when working with the standard delivered 14MB internal memory. Considering 3 rolls of film of 36, which makes a total of 108 images, you will thus require approximately 400MB. Therefore, the camera forms a good combination with a 512MB memory card. The Panasonic Lumix LZ5 supports memory cards with a maximum storage capacity of 2GB.
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SanDisk Extreme III Secure Digital card
The camera's handgrip holds the card slot for the Secure Digital memory card. Just like the majority of the current digital cameras, the Panasonic LZ5 supports this small card, which should by now be regarded as the standard. The Secure Digital memory card is available is a variety of storage capacities and speeds. I chose to equip the camera with the Extreme III Secure Digital card by SanDisk for our practice tests. Although this is in fact one of the fastest cards available on the market, the Panasonic LZ5 cannot benefit from it fully. Granted, it is perhaps a bit of overkill; the Panasonic Lumix LZ5 is practically just as fast with a standard card. Formatting the small SD card is done more rapidly, and the images are stored just that little bit faster.

Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 160 images
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 320 images
Resolution 2816 x 1880 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 180 images
Resolution 2816 x 1880 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 350 images
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 210 images
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 420 images
Resolution 2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 195 images
Resolution 2560 x 1920 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 380 images
Resolution 2560 x 1712 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 210 images
Resolution 2560 x 1712 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 430 images
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 250 images
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 510 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 300 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 590 images
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG Fine - 3:2 mode - 340 images
Resolution 2048 x 1360 pixels - JPEG Normal - 3:2 mode - 650 images
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Fine - 16:9 mode - 450 images
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels - JPEG Normal - 16:9 mode - 860 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 480 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 940 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 730 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 1370 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Fine - 4:3 mode - 2320 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG Normal - 4:3 mode - 3770 images

Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 5 min 20 sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 10fps - 16 min 20 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 16 min 20 sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 10fps - 47 min 50 sec
Panasonic DMC LZ5 - Burst function
The Panasonic Lumix LZ5 features a so-called Burst function. This function enables you to shoot continuously with a speed of approximately 1.5 frames per second, as long as the shutter release button is kept pressed down and you have sufficient storage capacity available. Naturally, use of the flash is not an option, which is signalled by a flashing symbol on the monitor. When using a standard Secure Digital card, you will soon notice that the speed of 1.5fps decreases to approximately 1fps. When working with a SanDisk Extreme III SD memory card, however, this is not the case, and you are able to maintain the speed when shooting continuously. The remaining burst functions are limited to 6 images, according to the image quality.

Panasonic LZ5 - USB 2.0 Full Speed interface
The Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 camera is equipped with a USB 2.0 Full Speed interface. Although you might not be able to tell from the name, this is in fact the slow version of USB 2.0. The difference in theoretic speed is 12Mbps or 480Mbps, the latter standing for USB 2.0 Hi-Speed. This difference is not at all dramatic, it only requires a slightly longer wait before a full 512MB Secure Digital card is transferred to a computer or notebook. However, more speed is always a good thing, which is why you can consider using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed card reader.

Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ5 - NiMH batteries
The camera gets its power from two AA format batteries. Although you may opt for Alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries, you can also choose to equip the camera with the so-called (non-rechargeable) Oxyride batteries, which come with a higher capacity than the alkaline versions. It is important to specify your choice in the camera's menu. The standard AA format batteries enable you to capture approximately 140 images, whilst the Oxyride permit approximately 230 images. If you opt for a set of high capacity NiMH batteries, you will be able to capture approximately 380 images before having to recharge. All in all, we can say that the camera, which has particularly power economical features, offers you quite a few choices as far as batteries are concerned. The advantage of the AA format batteries, however, is that they are available worldwide at very low cost.
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