Editors Liked

  • Easy to use, clearly marked controls, Very good image stabilization, Metal tripod socket is wellcentered
  • Impressive 12x zoom lens, Very good outdoor performance, Good color reproduction, 25mm wide angle lens, Useful manual controls, Simple to operate, Very good battery life
  • Fully manual PASM exposure modes, Effective optical image stabilization, Quiet 12x optical video zoom, 340 shots from a fully charged battery
  • Lots of features to experiment with; manual, semimanual controls; 25mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 12x zoom
  • Build quality, creative control, costeffective
  • Compact and attractive body design, 12x Leica Elmar zoom with 25-300mm range, Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) (supposedly better than previous generation), Extensive autofocus modes, include face recognition, Aspect ratios include 4:3, 3:2,
  • Ease of use, broader than average focal range, reliability, sharp and colourful results on almost every occasion

Editors Didn't Like

  • No optical viewfinder, No support for RAW file format, Mediocre picture quality in low light
  • Indoor images look slightly soft, Mono audio for video recording, Priced much higher than competition
  • 'Fixed' playback mode, No direct movie button, Limited continuous shooting, Mono mic susceptible to wind noise
  • Disappointing low-light photos
  • Slightly chunky, limited upgrade over the TZ7
  • Sometimes has trouble with extreme macro shots, Images often look underexposed, Maximum aperture is f3.3, Bottom Line, The Lumix DMC-ZS5 brushes aside most fancy extras and gets down to brass tacks. Its manual controls and fast-focusing 12X-optical-zoom l
  • Flash may be too close to grip for some hands, Motion JPEG movies only (no AVCHD Lite option), No dedicated movie button, Sprawling Menu system, Tends to clip highlights, but that's not unusual for digicams, Yellows are noticeably undersaturated and h
  • No dedicated video record button, playback needs a separate button