Panasonic DMC FZ5

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by Hank L., Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Hank L.

    Hank L. Guest

    I had made a choice for my plunge into digital but waiting for my local
    store to carry the one I wanted I had time for my mind to wander and more
    important to educate myself a bit more.
    I have learned perhaps I don't really need the highest mega-pixel P&S. I
    don't plan on printing anything larger than 8X10 since that's all my printer
    can do. I happened upon this Panasonic model which possesses the one thing I
    would really miss from my current Minolta SLR and that is big telephoto.
    My question is, since I identify Panasonic with a wide variety of item's,
    none of them camera's, how is the reliability for their camera's? And what
    do you all think of this particular model?

    Thanks, Hank L.
    Hank L., Jun 24, 2005
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  2. Hank L.

    Tony Hwang Guest

    FZ5 is quite new model as little brother of FZ20 which I have. So can't
    comment on reliability issue. My FZ20 never gave me any trouble/problem
    tho. Anti-shake feature is real plus when you shoot on long zoom. I
    often use this out at my cabin in the woods for many different wild
    animals/birds. For every day casual use I find myself using Oly C5060
    more. For serious work, I use Nikon D70 with few different lens.
    If you're looking at FZ5, should consider Canon S2 as well as FZ20 for
    bit more dough. Just my 2 cents worth.
    Tony Hwang, Jun 24, 2005
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  3. Hank L. wrote:
    I've been delighted with my FZ5 - it's light, easy to use, and the image
    stabilisation makes that long Leica zoom work very well indeed.
    Hand-holding a 400+mm lens and getting sharp pictures was something I
    didn't find easy on my SLR! My wife has a Panasonic FZ20 (the bigger
    brother) which has survived a trip to Antarctica.

    Highly recommended.

    David J Taylor, Jun 24, 2005
  4. Hank L.

    Bob Williams Guest

    Thanks, Hank L

    I have the FZ-15 (4MP) and it is the best camera I ever owned.
    A Leica 12X optical (36-432mm equivalent) Zoom that retains f=2.8 at 432
    mm is unique to the Panasonic FZ series cameras.
    It lets me get shots that I was never able to get before with film or
    digital cameras.
    I still carry a Canon S-45 in my pocket for spontaneous unplanned photo
    ops. But when I'm going out for some serious shooting I use the FZ-15.
    Panasonic may not know a whole lot about lenses but Leica sure does and
    Panasonic knows one helluva lot about electronics. I think the joint
    effort produced a real winner.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Jun 24, 2005
  5. I bought an FZ5 for my wife and find that I am using it a lot. I have a 20D
    with a 100-400 IS lens and am amazed at the quality of the long shots of the
    FZ5, by comparison. Of course, the 20D is a tad better but consider the
    cost, the size, and the weight! Here is an FZ5 sample:

    As to reliability, I have no idea.
    Charles Schuler, Jun 24, 2005
  6. Hank L.

    Hank L. Guest

    Thanks everyone. I think I will search my local area for one of these.
    Hopefully I can find someone competitive with the net.
    Best, Hank L.
    Hank L., Jun 24, 2005
  7. Hank L.

    Bob Williams Guest

    You may have a long wait for a local area merchant to get FZ 5 in stock.
    I bought my FZ 15 from e-tronics and I can reccommend them highly.
    In the same class as B&H but often cheaper.
    If you live in the US, I'd give them a look-see.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Jun 24, 2005
  8. Hank L.

    clint Guest

    It can't compare to the Canon S2 IS!
    clint, Jun 25, 2005
  9. Hank L.

    Hank L. Guest

    You guys are killing me LMAO. Every time I "Finally" decide on a camera you
    mention something else and I start waffling.
    When I checked reviews of the CanonS2IS, the reviewer suggested the Sony
    H1. Man oh man, I guess I should just pick the one that looks the prettiest

    You all are great, thanks.
    Hank L.
    Hank L., Jun 25, 2005
  10. Hank L.

    its_my_dime Guest

    Got my FZ 20 a few days ago. Bought it from on the web. Good
    price. You will need an extra sd card (at least 512) . Buy it from them, or
    probably cheaper from ebay. Also at least one extra battery (get a non
    Panasonic from an ebay seller).

    I like the "feel"of the camera (as opposed to my old Olympus. ) The IS
    works well and most of the menu settings are intuitive.

    I bought it largely because of the 12 x optical zoom.

    Based on some preliminary pictures (I live on the 21st floor and have been
    taking pictures of license plates and people at least a block away.) And
    yes, ..the resolution with the Leica elms is excellent, even setting the
    asa at 400 and you can recognize the people and read the plates using IS and
    no tripod.

    Like all other electronics, it will be obsolete in a few years. But,
    assuming it is reliable, it was a good purchase so far.
    its_my_dime, Jun 25, 2005
  11. Hank L.

    clint Guest

    Panasonic is great if you want a combination digital camera/microwave!
    clint, Jun 25, 2005
  12. You can compare it quite easily. The FZ5 produces better images and uses
    a more convenient single-cell battery, but the LCD doesn't swivel and the
    movie resolution is restricted. It has fewer gimmicks. Oh, and it comes
    in choice of black or silver.

    David J Taylor, Jun 25, 2005
  13. Open your eyes. Go and try the Panasonic FZ5 or FZ20. The combination of
    Panasonic electronics and Leica optics is a most effective one.

    David J Taylor, Jun 25, 2005
  14. Hank L.

    Vic Dura Guest

    Does the lens have threads to accept filters and attachments? If so,
    what is size?

    Vic Dura, Jun 25, 2005
  15. Vic Dura wrote:
    Yes, 55mm. Filters fit onto the lens-hood holder supplied with the

    David J Taylor, Jun 25, 2005
  16. Hank L.

    its_my_dime Guest

    It is kind of an awkward system. There is a barrel that fits over the lens
    (a ring has to be removed first). Then the filters/sun shade fit on the
    barrel. The system is necessarily because, when the camera is turned on,
    the lens moves from recessed to forward WITHIN the barrel. Accordingly, the
    filter can't be attached to the lens directly.

    Several web sites have reviewed this camera and have pictures.
    its_my_dime, Jun 25, 2005
  17. Hank L.

    imbsysop Guest

    "David J Taylor"
    ... that are utterly oversharped in the camera ... :) beyond the point of no
    return ..
    imbsysop, Jun 25, 2005
  18. So adjust the sharpening level if it doesn't suit you.

    David J Taylor, Jun 25, 2005
  19. Hank L.

    imbsysop Guest

    "David J Taylor"
    interesting .. there must be illimited hords of FZ5 users then that have no
    clue on how to use their camera for "best" results ?
    or is the camera aimed at the casual auto-P&S shooter ?
    imbsysop, Jun 26, 2005
  20. imbsysop wrote:
    Like many cameras today, the FZ5 offers both a simple point-and-shoot
    mode, and full control with aperture-priority, shutter priority, and full
    manual control. Its shape and image stabilised long zoom would suggest
    that it's pointed towards the more serious photographer, though,

    On a very quick and informal comparison, I would have said that degree of
    sharpening on the Pansonic FZ5 was "about the same" as that on the Nikon
    Coolpix 8400.

    David J Taylor, Jun 26, 2005
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