|Panasonic Lumix TZ5 camera design
The handgrip at the front of the Panasonic TZ5 has been embellished. Whereas its predecessor, the TZ3, had a horizontal strip on the handgrip; the TZ5 features a similar strip vertically on the handgrip. The inside of the strip has a piece of leather in it which offers a nice and anti-slip feeling of the handgrip to your fingertips. The handgrip adds to the stability of the camera when holding it in your hand. Other than that, nothing has been changed on the front side of the camera. The zoom lens dominates the front and offers a 28-280 mm range.
Connections on the Panasonic DMC-TZ5
The right side of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 camera has a neat cover that hides a few interfaces, such as a USB port. The USB interface has finally been upgraded to a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, something we waited for, for a long time. Above the cover, an eyelet for a camera strap has been placed. The other side of the camera doesn't contain anything. The bottom of the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 has remained the same.
|Panasonic DMC-TZ5 Universal tripod
In one corner we find a universal (plastic) tripod. When the camera is mounted on a mini tripod the camera is off-balance, but it allows you to swap the battery or memory card. The other corner of the bottom contains the compartment for the Lithium-Ion battery and the SD format memory card.
Panasonic TZ5 with Extended Zoom button
Whereas the TZ3 camera's top side was left alone, Panasonic have carried out some small corrections with that of the TZ5. The on/off switch was moved and is now placed more to the centre of the top side. This switch still is a small slide that activates the camera. To the right of the shutter release, with around it a ring for zooming, the so-called Extended Zoom button is placed. This zoom is kind of a digital zoom that can be used when the 10x optical magnification fails. The command dial is placed off centre and offers a number of main camera functions. The miniscule holes to the left of the command dial represent the built-in speaker and a microphone.
Improved 3-inch color LCD display
Did the TZ3 already have a beautiful 3 inch monitor; Panasonic have succeeded in improving it for the TZ5. The format remained the same but the user will now enjoy 460,000 dots. This means a clear and, moreover, a sharp reproduction of the images. Ideal to check the images to their true value. Besides the improved reproduction the monitor has become more intelligent since it is capable of adjusting the background light to the circumstances the monitor is used in. Its clearness is adjusted in 11 steps precisely so the monitor is also readable in difficult situations.
Panasonic Lumix TZ5 multicontroller
The small vertical slide on the back of the camera that lets you switch directly between the camera mode and the play mode is new. The so-called multicontroller and two separate buttons are placed next to the camera's monitor. The centre of the multicontroller serves for activating the camera's menu or to confirm a change of a setting. It's hardly noticeable but the different buttons of the multicontroller show symbols and texts. However, certainly in bright sunlight these are hardly, if at all visible.