The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 is a 5-megapixel digital camera with a high-quality Leica 12x optical zoom. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom is equivalent to a 36 – 432mm zoom on a 35mm camera with a F2.8 to F3.3 maximum aperture. Panasonic’s advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) enhances the camera’s telephoto zoom capabilities, helping to deliver sharp, vivid images even when taking handheld telephoto shots or shooting in low light. This feature uses motion sensors, which detects even slight hand movement and integrally links the lens control to the motion of the camera to reduce jitter.

Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ5 captures consecutive shots nearly as quickly as a motor-driven film camera. As soon as the camera’s CCD captures the image signal, Panasonic’s multi-tasking Venus Engine II LSI simultaneously displays images on the LCD while writing data to the memory card, significantly reducing lag time between shots. To capture sudden events as they unfold, the MEGA BURST recording feature enables consecutive rapid-fire shooting, capturing 4 frames per second with undiminished quality from frame to frame.

The DMC-FZ5 features Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes as well as Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning and Night Portrait picture modes. Single or Continuous auto focus, Spot AF Switching and AF Lock. Other features include High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse recording. The camera also captures QuickTime 320 x 240 motion video at 30 or 10 frames-per-second with audio, the length is limited only by available memory space.

The DMC-FZ5’s histogram feature functions like a digital light meter, providing a graphic representation of the luminance level of the pixels composing an image. By using the histogram, users can exercise more precise exposure control for quality photos. The histogram can be displayed on the camera’s 1.8-inch LCD screen while an image is being recorded and also after a shot has been taken.

Power is supplied by a proprietary lithium rechargeable battery pack that is charged outside of the camera. The charger is small and very portable and allows you to charge one battery while using another. Images and movies are stored on removable Secure Digital (SD) memory cards which are available in capacities up to 1GB.

Major DMC-FZ5 Features:

    • 5-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
    • Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT 12x zoom, equivalent to 36-432mm on a 35mm camera
    • Optical image stabilization to help prevent camera shake and blurring
    • Venus Engine II LSI for robust camera operations
    • Mega Burst continuous capture @ 4 or 2fps up to 7 images (4 in Fine mode)
    • Macro focus with autofocus down to 1.9 inches
    • 1.8-inch TFT color monitor with 130,000 pixels
    • Eye level color electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment
    • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes
    • Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait picture modes
    • High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
    • 320 x 240 QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps w/audio
    • Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds (Shutter priority and Manual modes)
    • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
    • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
    • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
    • Secure Digital memory card slot, 16MB card included
    • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant



    • PictBridge Direct-Print compatibleOLYMPUS C2100

As it’s name suggests, the C-2100 Ultra Zoom is constructed around a very long-ratio 10X zoom lens. The long zoom ratio is impressive as it is, but we found the resulting pictures to be unusually free from distortion, something we didn’t expect to find in a lens with this long a zoom ratio. (0.5% barrel distortion at the wide angle end, less than 0.1% pincushion at the telephoto end.) Olympus also incorporated a highly effective optical stabilization system into the Ultra Zoom’s lens, which makes the 10X telephoto much more useful than it would be otherwise, permitting handheld exposures in surprisingly dim lighting conditions. Other photographic qualities are excellent as well. Bottom line, this could be the ideal camera (at least as of this writing, in October, 2000) for digital photographers with a strong interest in telephoto shooting.

High Points

      • 2.1 megapixel CCD delivering up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixel resolution images
      • 1.8 inch, TFT (thin-film transistor), color LCD display
      • 10X, 7-70mm lens (equivalent to a 38-380mm lens on a 35mm camera), with motion stabilizer.
      • 2.7X continuous digital telephoto.
      • 240-step manual focus option.
      • Aperture range from f/2.8 to f/8.0.
      • Shutter speed range from 1/800 to 16 seconds. (To 1/1150 in Program and Scene Program modes)
      • Exposure modes: Automatic, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, and Scene Program mode for specific shooting conditions.
      • Movie mode captures moving images up to 15 frames per second with sound.
      • Continuous shooting at up to two frames per second.
      • Built-in, popup flash with five operating modes: Auto Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In Flash, Slow Flash, and Flash Off.
      • External flash sync terminal.
      • Manually adjustable white balance with five settings: Auto, Overcast, Daylight, Tungsten Light, and Fluorescent.
      • Adjustable light sensitivity with 100, 200, and 400 ISO film speed equivalencies.
      • Auto bracketing and variable metering modes.
      • Images saved as JPEG or uncompressed TIFF files on SmartMedia card (8MB card included).
      • USB cable for linking the camera to a computer.
      • NTSC video cable for viewing images on a television set (PAL for European models).
      • Remote control for limited camera operation from a distance.
      • Powered by four NiMH rechargeable batteries, with battery charger included.
      • Full software package, including Olympus Camedia Master, and Adobe PhotoDeluxe, for Macintosh and Windows platforms.
      • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.


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