Contrasting Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Reviews

Hmm, I wonder if it’s possible that dpreview and PC Mag were looking at the same camera? DPReview gave the FZ5 a glowing review, while PC Mag slated it!
I’ve used one for over 2 weeks now and all the photos that appeared here over that period were taken with it.
It’s a great camera, but not perfect:

  • The view finder is a bit small. I was spoilt by the large one on the Sony F717!
  • Controls can be a little fiddly. Things are hidden within menus. This is probably a ciritisism that can be leveled at many cameras at this price range. The 717 had two scroll-wheels for very quick access to EV, focus points and shutter speed AFAIR!
  • Image stabilisation can’t work wonders when there isn’t enough light. It helps, but don’t expect magic tricks!
  • I’ll fill this in with more as I find them..

It’s still a great camera! I love the long zoom. On the street, it lets you get in close, even if that’s the cowardly way of doing things. Sometimes it’s the only way when you’re shooting street performers! I’ll post pics soon!