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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

By: Dave Etchells

Panasonic updates its 12x optically stabilized Leica lens digicam to five megapixels.

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Review First Posted: 05/09/2005

Comparison With Panasonic DMC-FZ3

Many of our readers will be familiar with the previous DMC-FZ3 model which we reviewed last year, so I put together the following comparison of changes between the DMC-FZ3 and the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5:

List Price
(At introduction)
$399 $499
3.2 5.0
CCD Size 1/3.2" 1/2.5"
Lens actual Focal Lengths 4.6 - 55.2 mm 6 - 72 mm
Lens equiv.
Focal Lengths
35 - 420 mm 36 - 432 mm
Lens max. aperture 2.8 (across range) 2.8 (wide) - 3.3 (tele)
High-Speed AF modes No Yes (Two)
LCD Pixels 114,000 130,000
Orientation Sensor No Yes
Program Shift function Yes No
Stated Flash Range (Auto ISO) 4.6 meters 4.5 Meters
Battery Life - Improved
(With Batteries)
323 g (11.4 oz) 326 g (11.4 oz)
Included Memory Card 8 MB 16 MB
Other - Reprofiled hand grip. Shutter button / zoom lever repositioned slightly for easier reach. Optical Image Stabilizer now set with button, not through Record menu. Microphone holes now horizontally beside each other. Exposure button now has slight ridge added to differentiate it from other buttons. Underside of pop-up flash is now black plastic. "Lumix" wording removed from below "L" badge on camera front. "Mega O.I.S." now silk-screened in red on side of lens barrel. Panasonic logo and camera model number now silk-screened on top of camera.


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