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Panasonic released the TZ5 in March ofupdating the TZ3 with a new sensor, slightly oumix styling and a few new features. The lens offers a mm zoom range, offering a true wide-angle option. Panasonic has trimmed the size and weight again: It’s still not comfortable in a shirt pocket, but it’s definitely compact and portable.
Panasonic has made some subtle alterations to the body and interface dials to make it simpler and easier to use. The Panasonic TZ3 crammed 10 settings onto the main mode selector dial; the TZ5 removes four of these settings to the operation menu, and adds a dedicated image playback switch near where your right thumb will rest on the back of the camera body.
The results is a less imposing selector dial, that also doesn’t switch to playback mode when the dial gets accidentally turned. The Panasonic TZ5’s 3. Hi-Def recording in its movie mode, at 1,x pixels p.
The addition of a new Component connection port allows you to view your Hi-Def masterpieces on your Hi-Def television. Standard movie mode recording is still available. The Panasonic TZ5’s ISO sensitivity has also been pushed one more stop with a maximum sensitivity of 6, in a dedicated scene mode. Panasonic hasn’t added manual controls to its feature set, preferring to aim this camera at the point-and-shoot market.
Panasonic didn’t re-invent an already good camera, maintaining a versatile lens with amazingly little limix, and its ease of use. Instead, they have improved what didn’t work, and added Hi-Def movie recording, and a few new features to the Panasonic TZ5. The handgrip, long a feature of the TZ-series, has improved with ljmix generation. On the original TZ1 there was nothing but the protruding groove of the camera to hold onto, and the slick finish of the camera made it a bit slippery at times.
Panasonic addressed lu,ix problem by adding a small horizontal strip of texturized rubber to the front of the grip, giving the fingers something to grip; they have further improved this on the Panasonic TZ5 by putting the strip in the vertical orientation.
Your fingers naturally find the strip with your index finger resting on the shutter release button. One-handed operation is quite feasible, but for most shots you’ll find yourself using your other hand to support the camera while you make adjustments to settings. It’s worth noting that there isn’t much real estate left on the front of the Panasonic TZ5 to place the flash; you have tz55 make sure your middle finger is out of the way, or you luumix end up partially obscuring the flash.
Panasonic has made a few adjustments to the number and layout of controls on the Lumix TZ5. Gone is lumxi image-stabilization button, replaced with an E. Zoom button which allows the user to instantly zoom to the maximum range and back again. The zoom function of the camera is quite good, with the zoom rocker providing a very responsive level of acceleration. It’s not terribly fast, taking about 2. A four-way direction pad and central button control the Panasonic TZ5’s menu navigation.
The only other change of note is that Panasonic has lumjx labelled the microphone area of the top of the camera, as a visual cue to not cover the mic during video or audio lumx. Menu button introduces a menu bar to the top of the LCD screen, allowing the user to change nine settings on the fly without having to enter the main menu screen.
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Specifically, the user can change the Panasonic TZ5’s image stabilization mode, burst shooting mode, focus mode, white balance setting, ISO setting, intelligent exposure mode either on or offaspect ratio, quality setting, and the LCD power mode.
In some modes however, there will be fewer options available for the user to set, as the scene modes take away some of the burden of decision-making. The best thing about this new menu is that because it overlays the LCD screen, you can see the effect your new setting will give you in many cases.
For example, you get a visual demonstration of the effect of the image stabilization mode you’re selecting; choosing one aspect ratio over another will show you exactly how it will look on screen.
It’s a very quick and effective way of changing settings, and the user is guided through these settings with short but instructive bits of text. I actually found that the Panasonic TZ5’s Quick menu setting was preferable to using the standard menu system to make these changes, as it offered slightly more information regarding one setting over another.
For example, if you want to change the focus mode, you have six options to choose from: The Panasonic TZ3 introduced the option to display a live histogram during shooting, and it’s still available in the TZ5. It’s not incredibly advanced, but it does give you an accurate representation of the various levels of luminosity in an image: The menu system maintains a virtual mode dial that first appeared in the TZ3. The menu appears briefly whenever you rotate the physical mode dial, so there’s never any question of what mode you’re in.
The only difference is that each maintains a separate memory of the last scene setting you used. So if you want to quickly flip between Scene modes, you just have to switch between the two selections on the mode dial.
What I didn’t like about it was that you had to confirm the scene selection prior to shooting: The Panasonic TZ5’s Playback interface is quite slick, offering a new Dual play view mode which allows you to view two photos at the same time on the LCD screen. The screen presents the photos in the vertical orientation, so you have to turn the TZ5 ninety degrees if they’re oriented horizontally.
The interface allows you to switch the photos independently, so it would be useful if you wanted to compare two images. There are several other robust Playback options, such as your standard slideshow. You can also display photos by the scene mode you selected: The Panasonic TZ5 also has a good calendar function, showing you on a calendar, which days you took photos on.
There are also many options for doing some basic post-processing on images, including the ability to resize, trim, change aspect ratios, and add voice memos to photos. The LCD deserves special mention: It was probably necessary to upgrade the LCD given that the TZ5 can now shoot Hi-Def video, as playing back HD video clips on apixel screen probably wouldn’t look so good.
Also selectable are on-demand gridlines in two patterns. According to our tests, the LCD provides percent coverage. This ensures that what you saw on the LCD screen will appear in recorded images. In addition to a Normal Picture mode which offers the most customization of shooting conditions, the Panasonic TZ5 offers an Intelligent Auto mode, 24 scene modes, a movie recording mode and a Clipboard mode. Intelligent Auto mode seeks to make shooting as simple as possible, automatically detecting elements in the scene to choose the most appropriate settings.
The Panasonic TZ5’s Scene modes are refreshingly useful, and seek to take the effort out of getting the right collection of settings to ensure a good photo of a given scenario.
Setting the Candle Light scene mode, for example, will engage auto-ISO with a maximum ISO setting ofand seek to use the largest aperture available combined with a lower shutter speed to get a good shot. Without image stabilization enabled, you have a recipe for camera blur.
Party mode uses a similar selection of settings, but limits the ISO to and engages red-eye reduction. There are two scene modes that aren’t really scene-specific. The first is the Multi Aspect mode, which is useful if you’re not sure what aspect ratio you’d like to use for a given shot. In this mode the Panasonic TZ5 will take one photo and make three copies of it, cropping each one to fit the different ratios. Red, green and blue cropping guides are present on the LCD screen so you will have a sense of how the resulting images will look.
The second non-scene mode is the High-Speed Burst mode, which sets the camera to shoot at its fastest continuous shooting speed – 6 frames per second. The images are limited to 2 megapixel 4: Unfortunately, no manual mode is available on the camera, but this is not a camera that is targeted at the advanced amateur.
Similarly, a manual focus option is also not available. The last lu,ix worth noting is the Clipboard mode, which Panasonic says is “useful for taking pictures of timetables and maps instead of taking memos.
When the image is recalled, zooming in will automatically reposition the image to that saved mark. It’s hard to call Face Detection a special feature any more, as almost all new cameras released now present this feature. Panasonic indicates that the TZ5 can detect up to 15 faces, and adjusts exposure and hz5 accordingly. I found the face detection function to be quite sensitive.
Lkmix cameras need the subject’s face to be looking pretty much straight at the camera, where the TZ5 could detect a face even if it was around 30 degrees off-axis to the camera. Faces were also tracked quite consistently as they moved around the frame. The Panasonic TZ5’s E. Zoom button allows the user to zoom in to maximum magnification 10x in one press, and to zoom back to wide angle with a second.
If digital image zooming is enabled, the button will zoom out to full tele mm with the first press, to a further 4x digital with the second press, and then back to wide 28mm with the third. In Playback mode, the button has no function. Despite my initial skepticism, I actually found the button useful, given the relatively long time it takes to zoom in and out. But I don’t think I would pine for the button if it were not there; I would probably find holding the Panasonic TZ5’s zoom rocker sufficient.
This equates to a 66x card, and indeed, on our 60x SD card, full HD recording fz5 at exactly 10 seconds with an error message saying basically that the card couldn’t keep up. That equates to about megabytes per minute: As well, the audio portion is recorded at a paltry 8kHz mono, so I wouldn’t throw out your video camera just yet.
A memory card does not ship with the camera; however, the Tz has 50MB of internal memory. Image sizes vary according to the quality setting chosen: A RAW shooting mode is not available. The battery is rated as 3. The battery charger is quite well designed, with a folding plug attached directly to the unit so you don’t need to worry about losing a cord.
The charger will hog a few spots on your power bar, though. Charging lasts about two hours. A fully charged cell should last about shots according to the CIPA standard.
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The Panasonic TZ5 is a fairly responsive camera, with average to above average test results for performance. The camera powers on relatively quickly, in one second, despite having yz5 extend a beefy lens. Switching between Record and Playback modes is a bit better than other cameras, around 0. If your power saving options are set appropriately, the lens will retract after a specified time when you’re in Playback mode.
A lot of scenery without any obvious primary subjects will put it into landscape mode; human subjects will turn on face detection and put it into portrait mode; closeups of objects will put it into macro mode. It’s not perfect, but in practice it did work very well, making the Panasonic TZ5 a very good camera, true to the concept of point-and-shoot.