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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5A 9.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5A 9.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Blue)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 595 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 5.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Macro5.0   above average
Resolution5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Weight5.0   above average
Menu4.8   above average
Quick4.8   above average
Compact4.7   average
Point-and-shoot4.7   above average
Price4.7   average
Travel4.7   average
Zoom4.6   above average
Photo4.5   average
Setting4.5   above average
Size4.5   average
Image4.3   average
Lens4.3   exceptional
Quality4.3   average
Screen4.0   above average
Video4.0   average
Flash3.9   above average
Outdoor3.9   below average
Power3.8   above average
Button3.6   above average
Sound3.6   average
Shutter3.5   average
Noise3.4   above average
Speed3.4   below average
Light3.3   below average
Memory3.3   below average
Microphone3.3   below average
Indoor3.2   average
Focus3.1   average
Audio2.3   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Panasonic customer service was a big time disappointment and Amazon customer service rocks."
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"Always read reviews here on amazon but never written one - will update if any problems."
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"I wanted the portability of a compact camera with a long optical zoom, large display and the other features that make taking great pictures easy... this little guy has them all...and Amazon had the best price I had found."
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"I am very happy with amazon on this purchase...I had it shipped next day and it arrived on time as promised."
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"This camera was on sale and I liked the reviews and the sample photos posted on amazon."
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"So I purchased the camera from amazon for a fantastic price and after using the camera on 2 trips and almost every conditions, I can boldly say that this product is worth for every single pennies."
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"I was able to buy mine on Amazon for $230."
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Audio

Audio:
"Much better than the supplied cable (the one with one line VIDEO and one AUDIO).But again I am disappointed."
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"So - so photo quality for me in a mix of uses and exposures, terrible audio."
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"The camera doesn't do too well in indoor low light situations, and the video is sub-par with terrible mono audio."
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"I have a Sony DSC t100 which is an awesome little camera, but it doesn't interface well with my Mac (no audio on movies), and I have to run the footage through Roxio program on my PC to convert to AVi, then copy the AVI files to my Mac."
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"Some people complain about the audio sounding muffled but might not realize the microphone is on the top left where many people automatically place their finger."
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"For my money, the larger LCD screen alone seals the deal.... A note to the few who have complained about audio quality in movies: First, Panasonic placed the microphone on the top left, which is less than ideal; one has to be careful not to cover it with the left index finger."
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"This DC provides video and audio recording with very good quality."
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"So the camera does well with the visual aspects of photography, but audio capabilities leave much to be desired."
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"It was pretty nice, though the audio had a good bit of noise in it."
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"(some compromises have to be made to fit 10x zoom in a camera)I have much more to say, but I don't think too many people have that kind of time, so hear is a quick conclusion...If you want a mostly pocketable camera that packs a 10x stabilized zoom, a great auto mode, a bright large LCD, a zoomable video mode and beautiful pictures (compared to other point & shoots) and have no other requirements...this IS the camera for you...If you want more manual control, a really good video mode and audio that you can hear without tons of background noise...you would be wise to look elsewhere."
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"to start things off the mic is in a stupid spot, and if you aren't covering it with your left index finger, there still is no shot of getting decent audio."
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Battery

Battery:
"Flash is kind of weak and i have to recharge the battery often."
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"I missed a picture of a bluebird in my backyard because my battery finally died."
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"My only negative so far is the battery type."
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"The battery itself works great and holds a charge for a long time; but I misplaced my charger and haven't been able to charge the battery."
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"Only one down is the battery is weak."
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"Problems:1) Buttons are awkwardly located, making it easy to accidentally press the wrong button.2) Power options for extending battery life are non-existent - the camera simply runs until it dies (without much advance notice).3) On-camera menus are not intuitive.4) Movies are in the quicktime format - nothing plays quicktime except intrusive Apple software.5) Pictures are NOT auto-rotated in windows."
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"Easy and reliable with a long-lasting battery."
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"All use the same battery, and operate perfectly with the same CGA-0007a cheap aftermarket batteries and chargers."
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"pros:great zoom capabilitiesdecent LCDgood anti shakeeasy controlscons:poor macroonly has one place to fasten a shoulder strap so the camera dangles from the cornerand the strap falls across the LCD when shootingin normal mode the pictures seem paleok:the battery life is decent."
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"Haven't had a problem with battery life even though the camera is getting older."
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Button

Button:
"This is a convenient and well thought out feature since cumbersome menus (or even multifunctioned buttons) on other cameras make this reviewer user confused."
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"Problems:1) Buttons are awkwardly located, making it easy to accidentally press the wrong button."
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"Problems:1) Buttons are awkwardly located, making it easy to accidentally press the wrong button.2) Power options for extending battery life are non-existent - the camera simply runs until it dies (without much advance notice).3) On-camera menus are not intuitive.4) Movies are in the quicktime format - nothing plays quicktime except intrusive Apple software.5) Pictures are NOT auto-rotated in windows."
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"The first problem we noticed with the camera was the awkward positioning of buttons and dials."
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"The buttons work great, the menu is easy (much like a Canon actually) and the build quality is very high."
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"The menu is very user friendly and the layout of the buttons makes sense."
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"2) The mode button up top (near the ON OFF switch) turns too easily, say, when putting the camera in my pocket."
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"The only negatives I can say are that 1) some settings available off menus really would be easier to access as buttons on the camera itself."
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"Cons: Short battery life (buy more than one), no viewfinder, small buttons to get used to, need to buy a good case extra."
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Charging

Charging:
"After googling, these are very common problems, which is nice if you are Panasonic and charge to fix this, but not so great if you are the customer."
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"The battery itself works great and holds a charge for a long time; but I misplaced my charger and haven't been able to charge the battery."
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"ease of use, great pictures, easy to charge battery."
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"Hopefully, when I am ready to replace the camera, there will be one that can charge as easily as my cell phone."
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"Also, the charger, with foldup electrical prongs, is tiny and does a great job recharging in 90 minutes or so."
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"Easy enough to throw the charger in the suitcase as well."
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"I love that the battery recharges INSIDE the charger - wireless."
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Cover

Cover:
"Like other TZ3 owners, eventually my TZ3 lens cover failed to fully open close."
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"Unfortunately the TZ5 uses the same automatic lens cover mechanism as the DMC-TZ3."
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"On a recent trip to the Southwest (which was admittedly brutal with rocks and sand) the lens cover finally failed for good."
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"The Big Problem:The lens cover is very flimsy."
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"It is very easy to use, but you do have to be careful not to cover the flash bulb or the mic while shooting."
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"The door that covers the ports is a cheap plastic and opens very easily if you bump it."
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"The battery cover is easy to open and close."
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"It would be nice if Panasonic came up with a simple cover you could slide in place for those days or even offer it as an extra."
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"It's too easy to cover up accidentally with my fingers."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"First: I'm a Nikon DSLR user, so I never would be fully satisfied by picture quality resulting from a small 9 mpix 1 2.33 CCD."
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"I tried to lighten my load last year, and bought a Kodak, but it was not nearly good as my old DSLR, so the DSLR was still the preferred camera."
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"It does a reasonable job at higher ISO levels, but not as good as the DSLR, but I didnt expect it to be."
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"As much as I love my DSLR, it's simply not convenient practical under some circumstances."
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"I purchased Panasonic DMC-TZ5A to complement my DSLR."
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"If you need instantaneous shutter response, shell out the bucks for a DSLR."
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"It's probably the best point-and-shoot that approximates the functionality of a DSLR."
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"Having owned dozens of both high-end SLRs & Digital (but not DSLR - they cost too much for high-end) the DMC-TZ5K is perfect for what it does & is intended (imho).I have yet to see a blurry shot or one with red-eye!"
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Display

Display:
"Cons: I miss a view finder even though this camera has an excellent LCD display, it is a bit hard to see in bright sun."
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", sorry, not familiar with all the terms in photography) error in color display; an extra color (green) appearing between colors in the border between shade and sunny parts of an object like rock, faces, bodies and so on."
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"The HD Movies look great on my 19inch computer screen, however I haven't been able to get them to display on my plasma TV because I don't own one of those special cables."
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"I bought it for the Leica lens, large display screen and the ease of operation."
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"The camera worked well until an internal defect in the display made it unuasable."
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"The feature I love the most is the LCD display of dial features and quick on-screen menu for selected features."
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"I wanted the portability of a compact camera with a long optical zoom, large display and the other features that make taking great pictures easy... this little guy has them all...and Amazon had the best price I had found."
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"- LCD display quality is the best I've seen."
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Flash

Flash:
"Flash is kind of weak and i have to recharge the battery often."
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"Not only am I able to capture the pictures I desire, the flash has been sufficient to get very nicely lit pictures when I actually expected them to turn out to be too dark."
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"Overall, i am well pleased with my purchase, but here's a breakdown:pros:amazing zoom and widescreenarray of settings, from airplane shots to night scenerygreat video quality, mic kinda sucks thoughcons:focus is a bit slower than i'm used to, not as good as the canonsdoesn't take good shots in tungsten lighting, but the flash settings are great."
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"The only major complaint I have is the long shutter lag when the flash is on."
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"The only drawback I can think of is that if you do use the flash it tends to drain the battery fairly quickly."
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"With the Lumix I have been able to take clear, crisp photos in some of the worst conditions - without a flash!"
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"I prefer not to use flash in any situation, so I wish I could take nicer shots indoors without flash."
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"I also used it to take pictures with no flash when we were at an outdoor drama at night--again most shots were very good."
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"In the back of a gym for a school play, the zoom + no flash still provided excellent photos."
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"This hasn't been a problem for me since I rarely need a flash, but if you are going to be using the flash I would recommend getting a spare battery."
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Focus

Focus:
"The video function is not so useful given some focus and pixel issues but that is a small complaint and not even to make me think of budging from a five star rating."
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"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"Speed also is disappointing: I have a class 4 memory card (= fast card) but saving the picture is quite slow (between 1 to 2 secs) making it difficult to take many pictures in a short time (like your son running on the field).Focus is also a big problem: the camera has lots of problems focusing: often takes 1-2 seconds, even in simple conditions."
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"Overall, i am well pleased with my purchase, but here's a breakdown:pros:amazing zoom and widescreenarray of settings, from airplane shots to night scenerygreat video quality, mic kinda sucks thoughcons:focus is a bit slower than i'm used to, not as good as the canonsdoesn't take good shots in tungsten lighting, but the flash settings are great."
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"Very clear at 9MP, good steady shot feature and focus."
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"It's focus is bright and clear, it moves from zoom-in to wide-angle effortlessly and also quietly, it's nice and lightweight."
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"The autofocus is simply the best I have seen."
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"The focus works very well for a point and shoot and it processes a picture very quickly so you are ready to shoot again in no time."
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"- Focus is quick and accurate."
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Image

Image:
"Pics not quite as good but the simplicity works well at 61 years old."
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"Lumix constantly underperformed; it was very hard to take a sharp image--the majority of them would come out grainy, no matter what was the lighting."
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"I've found Canon digicams to do a better job at capturing clean, sharp images, but it's very hard to deny the usefulness of this long zoom range and huge lcd screen."
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"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"So - so photo quality for me in a mix of uses and exposures, terrible audio."
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"The Panasonic TZ5 shoots nice images outdoors, but does not perform well indoors."
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"Some images have great deal of red hue, not sure where it is coming from."
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"I am still getting used to it & the features but the few pics I have taken, have turned out great."
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"Nice, compact, easy to operate and takes great pics."
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"The features are great, the stabilization is great, and photo quality is pretty good as well."
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"Takes pretty good pics and video."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"The only real complaints I've had are that if I happen to have the camera switched to the wrong setting when indoors, the flash recharge time can be a few seconds, but again, this can pretty much be avoided with the right setting."
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"The Panasonic TZ5 shoots nice images outdoors, but does not perform well indoors."
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"* In outdoor daylight the pictures are beautiful, but indoor low light condition is really a challenge for this camera, especially in video recording when you can't use flash."
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"The camera doesn't do too well in indoor low light situations, and the video is sub-par with terrible mono audio."
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"This camera not only takes brilliant indoor and outdoor pictures but also take amazing HD video with 30 FPS."
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"This camera may take better pictures than this under different circumstances, but the intelligent auto setting was terrible for an indoor event in a large hall."
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"I have taken hundred of indoors photos and only have a handful that are good enough to frame."
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"You have to find the right setting for indoor lighthting but once you do you will not have a problem."
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"By the way, I think the indoors pics are wonderful, for those of you who might have concerns about the quality of the Pannies indoor picture taking abilities....no worries in that department, at least not in my experience."
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"Most of my photos look beautiful, save for low-light (indoor) shots."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Exactly what I was looking for, instructions a little confusing for the novice that I am,but is fun learning how to use."
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"The screen menu is confusing unless you really study the instructions."
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"The video (HD video also) are better than the FX50 mainly because you can zoom and you have autofocus, but BIG FLAW on this camera is the autofocus hunting issue, even updating the firmware (version 1.2 that you can download and read the instructions from here [...]) the autofocus doesn't work well."
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"Love the camera, it came complete with instructions, software and a bettery."
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"It does take time, in my case at any rate, to read throughout the well laid out instruction booklet that comes with the camera."
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"Exactly what I was looking for, instructions a little confusing for the novice that I am,but is fun learning how to use."
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"A little bit of time going through the instructions to familiarize yourself with the options and from there it is pretty easy to find your way around."
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"A little bit of time going through the instructions to familiarize yourself with the options and from there it is pretty easy to find your way around."
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Lens

Lens:
"The biggest problem however, is with the lens distortion."
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"10x zoom with wide angle lens in this small a package is hard to come by, much less 220$."
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"The Canon is smaller, lighter, and produces better looking pictures; too bad it can't also have that fantastic 10x Leica zoom lens."
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"Almost everyperson who had an external lens (including my tz5) had malfunctions with the lens system after."
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"Best feature is the 28mm equivalent lens, which is very hard to find in a point and shoot digital camera."
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"Great wide angle lens, easy to use and can carry it in my pocket."
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"It does a lot and the lens quality is surprisingly good."
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"Its a bit heavy bulky, but great Zeiss lens."
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"Would think about another one, but don't want to be frustrated if a speck of dirt gets in the lens mechanisms again."
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"I bought it for the Leica lens, large display screen and the ease of operation."
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Light

Light:
"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"Low light situations aren't the best, but they're not unwatchable."
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"The only con is it doesn't work as well as it should inside and sometimes the camera overexposes ( issue with light meter - may be operator error )The wife misses the Fuji , but I am really happy with this camera and will keep it until this one breaks."
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"Flash night picture: The picture at low light and with flash is not the best, but acceptable.2."
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"I had Panasonic TZ3 before buying this product, I was quite satisfied with TZ3, the only problem was, it was too difficult to make a correct set-up therefore if you were not familiar with the camera, It was hard to catch a good picture, also low light conditions performance was very low."
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"In low light conditions you may not get good pictures."
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"It is easy to use and light weight."
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"Also, it has an iso rating of 800, which is important if you want to take good quality pictures in low light."
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"I love the ability on a camera of this size to be able to zoom 10x and even at night in low light using maximum zoom I find the image stabilisation works very well."
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"It's super nice if you've got a lot of light, but suffers greatly as light diminishes."
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"The picture quality is excellent, even in low light."
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Macro

Macro:
"GREAT LONG RANGE ZOOM SHOTS, GREAT BURST MODE SHOTS, VERY GOOD LO LITE PHOTOS, GREAT MACRO SHOTS,SUPER SHOTS OF OUR MANY TRIPS AND TOURS."
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"FWIW, TZ5 has more microphone ports, and also less dial options (macro and playback, but hey they're now easily accessed via thumb on the back panel, no real diff.)"
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"Personally I prefer the Sony H10which is about the same size has two shoulder strap attatchment points, takes incredible macros and is more fun to use."
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"The two of them together make a good setup, the pani for the zoom and the Sony for the macros."
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"I love a lot of the macro features .... sunset, beach, and burst mode are excellent."
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Memory

Memory:
"sometimes it switches off and does some kind of thing where it zooms in then zooms in and shuts off, sometimes i delete pictures and it leaves black boxes on my memory cards that say error when i look at them, didnt read the 500 reviews but my experience with this particular camera has been that problems exist, it is not perfect, look elsewhere if you want a product that doesnt suck"
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"Speed also is disappointing: I have a class 4 memory card (= fast card) but saving the picture is quite slow (between 1 to 2 secs) making it difficult to take many pictures in a short time (like your son running on the field).Focus is also a big problem: the camera has lots of problems focusing: often takes 1-2 seconds, even in simple conditions."
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"The Lumix DMC-TZ5S doesn't ship with a memory card which is annoying, but otherwise you get everything you need to hit the ground clicking! "
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"The 27 megabytes of internal memory is inadequate for any practical purpose allowing for only about 8-10 photos at high resolution or a few seconds of video."
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"I find Sony's proprietary memory stick to be annoying as well."
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"Do get the memory cards...the on board memory will hold less than 12 high-quality photos."
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"I bought the following reader since it can read my SDHC card and my old memory cards:15-1 USB 2 (XD CAPABLE)Instead of the Panasonic battery, the follow battery, I purchased, is a more economical alternative for a mere fraction of the cost of the original OEM:Li-Ion Battery for Panasonic CGA-S007 CGR-S007If you want to use this camera for HD video, I highly recommend SDHC memory cards."
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"I purchased 2 Transcend SDHC cards with this camera:Transcend 8 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]Instead of the Panasonic battery, the follow battery, I purchased, is a more economical alternative for a mere fraction of the cost of the original OEM:Li-Ion Battery for Panasonic CGA-S007 CGR-S007VERDICTFor the low price, versatility for a compact point and shoot, this camera goes above and beyond for its price point and is an excellent value."
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"I purchased 2 Transcend SDHC cards with this camera:Transcend 8 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]The biggest pitfall I found (since I do not use the USB connection to upload to my computer) is transferring my photos using a USB card reader."
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"PROSImage quality10X zoom for a compact camera720p HD quality moviesSolid constructionVivid glass LCD screenMenu system and 5 button navigationExcellent battery lifeBattery life indicatorCONSPoor sound quality with videoLow light limitations with zoom and videoWheel selection feature turns 360 degrees (needs to be 'locked' to operate)Slightly heavier than its compact counterpartsRECOMMENDATIONS:If you want to use this camera for HD video, I highly recommend SDHC memory cards."
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Menu

Menu:
"The only negatives I can say are that 1) some settings available off menus really would be easier to access as buttons on the camera itself."
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"The screen menu is confusing unless you really study the instructions."
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"Menu functions are easily accessible and changeable with a minimal learning curve."
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"I do wish I could specify how to get thru some menus more easily."
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"Quick menu feature is nice."
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"Feels solid and pretty easy to use once you get used to the menus."
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"Great control layout, and good menus."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The mic is also in the wrong place but I noticed when I did shoot a video recently and forgot to move my finger from it's resting place that the sound quality was not hampered at all."
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"The microphone isn't very good, so make sure you're close to the subject matter."
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"One caveat, though: it is easy to accidentally block the microphone while holding the camera, and doing so makes the marginal sound unusable, so I have to train myself how to hold the camera."
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"I think part of the problem is that the reording mic is at the left top side."
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"My only complaint is that the microphone is not stereo, and is in the top of the camera, where it can easily and inadvertently be covered by a finger."
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"My only grip is that the audio quality for the video is not so great and the mic is located on the top where I usually put my finger."
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"It would be nice to have a jack on this camera to accommodate a microphone."
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"With these two cameras and the external mic, I'm now all set to capture some memorable moments with great HD video, and outstanding sound!"
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"Advisories:- The microphone does not give sound quality as good as a true video camera, but is certainly adequate for home use."
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"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"Took a couple short videos and was really pleased with resolution and the sound even with my finger over the microphone."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"The Panasonic TZ5 shoots nice images outdoors, but does not perform well indoors."
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"The sound on the videos isn't great outdoors (but you can't really expect good sound without some kind of windscreen), and it's a bit weighty for a compact camera."
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"This camera not only takes brilliant indoor and outdoor pictures but also take amazing HD video with 30 FPS."
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"love this camera, i use it to take outdoor photos and for a point-and-shoot it's awesome."
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"I also used it to take pictures with no flash when we were at an outdoor drama at night--again most shots were very good."
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"The outdoor shots are simply beautiful and crisp."
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"At half the resolution, it will produce a print much larger with enough quality given a lack of noise, so if you take a shot outdoors, using a low ISO, you can expect VERY nice prints from this camera."
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"Image quality -I have found the image quality to be above average outdoors under bright, sun-lit conditions as well as overcast conditions, handling exposure perfectly while in the intelligent auto mode."
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Photo

Photo:
"EVER..I've had it for more than a yeear....Pros:+ Clear and smooths pictures taken+ Battery's life is excellent.+ Optical zoom is amazing.+ Really portable+ Good priceCons:- Video recording is not so good as photos."
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"The camera takes quality photos, but I'm quite disappointed in two areas."
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"With the Lumix I have been able to take clear, crisp photos in some of the worst conditions - without a flash!"
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"Side by side comparisons of my old and new Kodak photos were ridiculous."
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"If it doesn't take great photos then it's probably not the camera's fault, it's mine."
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"I have over 1000 beautiful photos from that trip .. well, they aren't all great, but that's me, not the camera."
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"I started using this camera for baseball and softball photos of my college's team and its proven that it does the job well and I love using it."
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"The camera operates and produces excellent quality photos just like the same model which I previously had! "
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"GREAT LONG RANGE ZOOM SHOTS, GREAT BURST MODE SHOTS, VERY GOOD LO LITE PHOTOS, GREAT MACRO SHOTS,SUPER SHOTS OF OUR MANY TRIPS AND TOURS."
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"Ease of transferring photos via SD card or a direct usb attachment."
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"I was writing a review for another item and here comes my old Lumix TZ5 reviewAlready 5 years i make good photos with this camera."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"After Nikons and Leicas, its hard to like point-and-shoots, but I got this one for the HD video capabilities in a very portable format."
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"compared to my old sony point-and-shoot camera the colors are more vivid and it's nice to have better zoom for wildlife photos!"
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"After my experience with the Olympus, I was skeptical about finding a small, point-and-shoot camera with a long zoom that would perform well in low light conditions."
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"Probably has the best lens on any point-and-shoot digicam today, just outstanding."
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"Ease of use - I love all the features, but my wife is concerned with having a camera she can point-and-shoot with ease, which this does nicely."
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"Although this is what I consider to be an easy-to-use point-and-shoot camera with a lot of automatic functions, it's still got some level of manual control."
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Power

Power:
"Although the battery does last a long time, and the power problem could be rectified by plugging the camera in every night, it is easy to forget."
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"Problems:1) Buttons are awkwardly located, making it easy to accidentally press the wrong button.2) Power options for extending battery life are non-existent - the camera simply runs until it dies (without much advance notice).3) On-camera menus are not intuitive.4) Movies are in the quicktime format - nothing plays quicktime except intrusive Apple software.5) Pictures are NOT auto-rotated in windows."
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"The second problem is the lack of power save options."
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"From the hwy and going at about 60 mph, I was able to bounce the power up to 17x and catch several beautiful shots all in the space of as many seconds."
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"it's pretty small and fits comfortably in your hand, and the zoom 10x power simply is irreplaceable."
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"Love the design of the camera - easy to figure out the power, review and action switches."
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"I looked at the Canon Power Shot SX110IS (a great camera by the way) after narrowing it down, and the Panasonic won out, mostly due to it's smaller size, and the price was right."
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"Problems:1) Buttons are awkwardly located, making it easy to accidentally press the wrong button.2) Power options for extending battery life are non-existent - the camera simply runs until it dies (without much advance notice).3) On-camera menus are not intuitive.4) Movies are in the quicktime format - nothing plays quicktime except intrusive Apple software.5) Pictures are NOT auto-rotated in windows."
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Price

Price:
"I regret not returning it when I could have; it is a total waste of money."
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"Overall, very hard to beat quality, and functionality for the price."
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"I recently bought this camera and found it to be a great camera, NOT ONLY a great camera but the best price I could find anywhere, including local stores."
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"It has so many great features it's hard to believe they can sell it at this price."
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"You get what you pay for - just don't spend good money after bad."
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"Haven't found a perfect everyday camera yet (at any price), so there's still an opportunity for some manufacturer to meet the need!"
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"Works well for price."
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"Pictures quality + dimensions + price = very good thing."
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"Great product and great price that time."
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"All use the same battery, and operate perfectly with the same CGA-0007a cheap aftermarket batteries and chargers."
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"Really good camera for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"First: I'm a Nikon DSLR user, so I never would be fully satisfied by picture quality resulting from a small 9 mpix 1 2.33 CCD."
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"This camera takes high quality pictures but is very dificult and confusing to operate."
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"I was so disappointed with the picture quality of this camera during the first few months of use and I did not use it much at all."
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"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"So - so photo quality for me in a mix of uses and exposures, terrible audio."
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"The camera takes quality photos, but I'm quite disappointed in two areas."
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"The camera operates and produces excellent quality photos just like the same model which I previously had! "
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"We bought this camera for the office because it takes great quality pictures, we had one previously."
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"Pictures quality + dimensions + price = very good thing."
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"This DC provides video and audio recording with very good quality."
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"Have had it for a long time and still get comments on the beautiful color quality from others."
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Quick

Quick:
"The camera is almost as quick as my good 35 and that can be a problem with some digitals."
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"Quick menu feature is nice."
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"The feature I love the most is the LCD display of dial features and quick on-screen menu for selected features."
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"- Focus is quick and accurate."
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"Get an extra battery, cuz it will suck 'em dry pretty quick."
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"Sometimes it would be nice to be able to just throw in a couple AA batteries for a quick fix! "
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Resolution

Resolution:
"Great resolution, more than you need really."
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"Took a couple short videos and was really pleased with resolution and the sound even with my finger over the microphone."
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"One thing I would like to mention is that, as mentioned earlier, I use mode 2 for the image stabilizer and I shoot at medium resolution (5-6 mp) quite often and enjoy long battery life."
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"The rear LCD screen is a very nice size and has great resolution and works quite well when reviewing and zooming in on images captured."
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"This is a great travel camera...many of my best photos are just snapped through a train or bus or car window...with far way views brought close with amazing resolution."
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Screen

Screen:
"The only problem I have had is you can't see the screen or anyones screen, in the bright sunshine, but I have never regretted the purchase."
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"I already own the same model, screen failed, and bought this because I have an underwater case for it."
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"I've had another for a number of years but I messed up the LCD screen -- my fault, not Panasonic's -- and I needed to replace it."
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"The lcd screen is hard to look at when you are taking a picture..lost a star there."
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"However, my one fault with this camera, and it is a big one, is that the lcd screen on the back is very fragile."
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"Okay, this camera is a little dated now for the series and in the meantime a lot of point and shoots from Canon with more pix do even better, this screen is great for showing people what you took, it's metal frame makes it sturdy and more durable than the plastic stuff out there, tons of options and settings."
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"I bought it for the Leica lens, large display screen and the ease of operation."
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"The battery life is good and the lcd screen in the back is big and clear."
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"Great zoom, great lcd screen, better than average video, and impressive pictures, but noticeably noisy images even when well exposed at low-iso settings."
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"I take great care of my equipment and LCD screen internally cracked, sent to Panasonic and they would not honor warranty."
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Service

Service:
"Not that this camera has not provided me with great service which it did over the years, but somethings it does very well but some not so well."
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"The customer service was terrible - I was on the phone for an hour, mostly on hold."
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"Panasonic customer service was a big time disappointment and Amazon customer service rocks."
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"Sony, Canon & Nikon service exceptional."
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"Amazing to talk to a real person who cares about getting you what you ordered and wanting you to be happy with the product and service you received."
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"Bought this from Butterfly Photo which has a great exchange policy, customer service and reasonable overnight shipping fees."
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"com, they have the best price and Great Service."
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"com---your price and service are unbeatable...Got it prepaid within a few days!"
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Setting

Setting:
"Overall, i am well pleased with my purchase, but here's a breakdown:pros:amazing zoom and widescreenarray of settings, from airplane shots to night scenerygreat video quality, mic kinda sucks thoughcons:focus is a bit slower than i'm used to, not as good as the canonsdoesn't take good shots in tungsten lighting, but the flash settings are great."
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"The only real complaints I've had are that if I happen to have the camera switched to the wrong setting when indoors, the flash recharge time can be a few seconds, but again, this can pretty much be avoided with the right setting."
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"The only negatives I can say are that 1) some settings available off menus really would be easier to access as buttons on the camera itself."
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"My other frustration with the camera is that it does not have manual settings."
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"The wheel at the top of the camera is in a good place so that it is not easily bumped to the wrong setting while in use."
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"(I fell while trying to photograph a hawk, and while I sprained my ankle, the camera was unharmed...)There has been at least one instance where the automatic settings didn't work, but I was able to find a Scene Mode that worked quite well."
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"Okay, this camera is a little dated now for the series and in the meantime a lot of point and shoots from Canon with more pix do even better, this screen is great for showing people what you took, it's metal frame makes it sturdy and more durable than the plastic stuff out there, tons of options and settings."
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"Well - this may be caused by some user setting, so this needn't be a serious argument."
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"Great IAUse the Intelligent Auto setting and the camera will even change to macro mode for you!"
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"I can get very nice images straight out of the camera and I can give it to my mom, my husband, a complete stranger, set it to IA or whatever setting I want and get a nice picture."
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"I have a dSLR and wanted a point and shoot to carry with me at all times and one that would be easy and fun to use for my husband - one that wouldn't have too many intimidating settings but that would produce good results."
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Simple

Simple:
"I wanted a camera that was simple to use - I am more than happy with this one - it is easy to zoom in on things and I haven't accidentally erased any picturesEasy to use."
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"I wanted a camera that was simple to use - I am more than happy with this one - it is easy to zoom in on things and I haven't accidentally erased any pictures."
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"Simple operation with good results."
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"The dial on top is clean and simple, the best part being 2 scene modes that I can hot-dial to."
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"It would be nice if Panasonic came up with a simple cover you could slide in place for those days or even offer it as an extra."
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Size

Size:
"The video function is not so useful given some focus and pixel issues but that is a small complaint and not even to make me think of budging from a five star rating."
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"First: I'm a Nikon DSLR user, so I never would be fully satisfied by picture quality resulting from a small 9 mpix 1 2.33 CCD."
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"I was a bit worried about size but when I had it with me it easily fit in my pants pocket."
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"The one drawback has been its size, about that of a standard SLR."
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"10x zoom with wide angle lens in this small a package is hard to come by, much less 220$."
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"I almost witheld one star because the small format of the camera doesn't feel as comfortable to me as a larger one yet..and I miss being able to see through a viewer when in bright daylight."
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"it's easy to handle, small and the wide angle is just great!"
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"Great zoomCombine the fabulous zoom with the awesome wide-angle and you get a fantastic range in one small camera bodyZoom with video!"
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"Overall, though, I have to admit my criticisms are nitpicky - this camera produces great shots right out of the box, is the perfect size, and has powerful technical capabilities."
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"I was looking for a small compact camera that I could easily tuck into a small purse or a deep pocket but one that would also give me fantastic pictures."
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Sound

Sound:
"Windows Moviemaker doesn't recognize them :-( I don't look forward to converting them.2) the sound is terrible, really, really bad.3) the hi-def aspect drew me in but it truly eats up memory."
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"To be honest - the sound quality is so bad, I could not even enjoy any video at all and my family actually made fun of my technology for the first time!"
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"The sound on the videos isn't great outdoors (but you can't really expect good sound without some kind of windscreen), and it's a bit weighty for a compact camera."
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"Some people complain about the audio sounding muffled but might not realize the microphone is on the top left where many people automatically place their finger."
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"The biggest problem (as many others have mentioned) is sound quality; the sound is OK if you are just shooting a couple of people talking in a quiet room, but was terrible in the concert auditorium setting."
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"Not very important to me but may be help to others:- When recording movies, I find the sound play back is terrible."
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"With these two cameras and the external mic, I'm now all set to capture some memorable moments with great HD video, and outstanding sound!"
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"It plays really smooth and the sound is really good as long as you remember to keep your left index finger off the mic."
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"Advisories:- The microphone does not give sound quality as good as a true video camera, but is certainly adequate for home use."
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"It also takes terrific video with sound, and you can zoom in and out while filming."
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"Took a couple short videos and was really pleased with resolution and the sound even with my finger over the microphone."
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Speed

Speed:
"THE CAMERA I USED AS A BACKUP WAS SUPER SLOW ON START UP AND MISSED MANY SHOTS, LOVED THE TZ5 AND PANASONIC, MY THIRD PANASONIC."
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"The only problems are that it is a little slow on the uptake, so sometimes I miss action shots, and that it's a little bigger than your average compact camera."
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"Speed also is disappointing: I have a class 4 memory card (= fast card) but saving the picture is quite slow (between 1 to 2 secs) making it difficult to take many pictures in a short time (like your son running on the field).Focus is also a big problem: the camera has lots of problems focusing: often takes 1-2 seconds, even in simple conditions."
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"Inconsistent focus and shutter speed."
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"While it takes pictures at rapid speed, those aren't that great...but it will be the camera I purchase for myself now."
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"From the hwy and going at about 60 mph, I was able to bounce the power up to 17x and catch several beautiful shots all in the space of as many seconds."
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"I got 4 radioshack batteries for 97 cents each on clearance(original $30 PLUS)They are 800mh but still a got deal for 97 cents( if you can still find it in your local radioshack).The only annoyance so far is slow performance at times and you can easily loose the moment."
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"Speed seems perfectly fine during the day."
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"Panasonic has hit a Home Run with the TZ5 camera and Amazon always has the best price with fastest delivery."
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"ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed, and flash are all adjustible, which is good, because although Panasonic has addressed the problems of the TZ4, they are still present in the TZ5."
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Travel

Travel:
"I have set the travel feature, so maybe that will take care of that problem."
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"Because it was considerable and is the reason why I'd recommend this (or probably later models) as a great little travel camera."
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"This is the perfect travel camera."
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"A beautiful camera for travel."
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"Quite simply the best travel camera I've ever owned."
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"The size is compact and easy to travel with."
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Value

Value:
"There are newer models out there, but this one takes great shots in all the modes I have tried and may represent a good used purchase value."
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"It is a great camera and an exceptional value for the price."
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"This camera is probably, on of the best values out there."
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"Great value for the money as Panasonic has released the S3 which is about 50% more expensive."
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"Excellent value for the money."
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Video

Video:
"EVER..I've had it for more than a yeear....Pros:+ Clear and smooths pictures taken+ Battery's life is excellent.+ Optical zoom is amazing.+ Really portable+ Good priceCons:- Video recording is not so good as photos."
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"The mic is also in the wrong place but I noticed when I did shoot a video recently and forgot to move my finger from it's resting place that the sound quality was not hampered at all."
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"Much better than the supplied cable (the one with one line VIDEO and one AUDIO).But again I am disappointed."
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"Video isn't the best, particularly because the camera can't stay focused easily on close action, but other than that I'm happy with the camera."
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"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"My only complaint, which I saw in some other reviews, is that in movie mode the camera has trouble holding focus which results in some very out of focus sections in a lot of the movies I've tried."
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"Takes great pictures and videos."
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"The video and still modes are both good."
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"This DC provides video and audio recording with very good quality."
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"Takes pretty good pics and video."
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"When taking videos, the 30 fps mode provides a good video picture."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"My only complaint is that it doesn't have an optical viewfinder, but more and more point and shoots afe forgoing that option."
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"Only downside is I do occasionally miss having an optical viewfinder and why can you only use certain IS and Aspect Ratios settings with video? "
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"I would have liked to have an optical viewfinder on bright sunny days when it is hard to see the monitor."
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"Two drawbacks: 1 No viewfinder."
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"Only one minor complaint - I'd prefer a separate viewfinder to make it easier to preview shot in bright sunlight."
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", reported quality mediocre), Pentax Optio A40 (Reportedly poor autofocus), and Canon PowerShot A470 (No viewfinder, no image stabilization, weak zoom).Unfortunately, doing all this research meant I didn't get the Lumix TZ5 till right before my trip to Amsterdam - I was literally reading the manual on the plane."
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"I loved the quality of the photos, but I will not be purchasing this brand of camera again due to durability issues and the fact that there is no 'viewfinder' to look through in case of an lcd misfunction breakage."
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"I would have liked to have an optical viewfinder on bright sunny days when it is hard to see the monitor."
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"It has a large LCD screen which is a must without a viewfinder (the viewfinder adds to the bulk of the camera and with a nice sized LCD it is essentially obsolete)."
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"Only one minor complaint - I'd prefer a separate viewfinder to make it easier to preview shot in bright sunlight."
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Weight

Weight:
"It is easy to use and light weight."
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"It's focus is bright and clear, it moves from zoom-in to wide-angle effortlessly and also quietly, it's nice and lightweight."
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"The camera is a tiny pit heavy compared to others in its size, but in its class it is small light weight and excellent."
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"For those of you who have been using high end cameras...you'll love that you can get the same results with a point and shoot camera with artificial intelligence and a great lens...without any of the hassle of weight, multiple lenses, tripod etc."
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"It is easy to use, lightweight and compact, and has allowed me to take some spectacular photos."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I've found Canon digicams to do a better job at capturing clean, sharp images, but it's very hard to deny the usefulness of this long zoom range and huge lcd screen."
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"Pros:- better zoom than other point-and-shooters- HD video (with zoom)- simple to use out of the box (I still haven't read the manual)- excellent 3-inch screenCons:- average image quality (often too noisy)- slow autofocus in video shooting mode- sometimes unable to focus when zoomed in low light conditions- proprietary USB connector- really poor microphone (when compared to excellent HD-video)Bought this camera mainly for its HD-video capabilities and i was ready to compromise on still-image quality (i knew images would be inferior compared to Canon point-and-shooters)."
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"My old camera was a 5x zoom and it frustrated me to not have more."
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"The Canon is smaller, lighter, and produces better looking pictures; too bad it can't also have that fantastic 10x Leica zoom lens."
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"For taking pictures of cats definitely use the Slow Red-Eye reduction mode.10X zoom is hard to hold still-but 3X in all the other point and shoots in this range is not enough-7x is just right-not too shaky and its the zoom you often need."
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"works perfectly, great pictures, excellent video, although it has focusing problems when zoomed in on video mode."
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"GREAT LONG RANGE ZOOM SHOTS, GREAT BURST MODE SHOTS, VERY GOOD LO LITE PHOTOS, GREAT MACRO SHOTS,SUPER SHOTS OF OUR MANY TRIPS AND TOURS."
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"The two of them together make a good setup, the pani for the zoom and the Sony for the macros."
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"pros:great zoom capabilitiesdecent LCDgood anti shakeeasy controlscons:poor macroonly has one place to fasten a shoulder strap so the camera dangles from the cornerand the strap falls across the LCD when shootingin normal mode the pictures seem paleok:the battery life is decent."
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"Clear sharp photos, and love the fact you can zoom while using the video with no limitations as to video length while recording."
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"But:Plus: TZ5 is very well invented for traveling, housemates and so on, it is an ideal pocket ultrazoom camera, I liked the TZ1 and I hope I will like TZ5.Plus: Many other things - excellent LCD, HD video, you can zoom during video recording, ...Minus: I'm somewhat diappointed by the picture quality - low dynamic range, pictures are sometimes overexposed = burn spots."
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