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DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
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Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)

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Ultra Compact 25mm Lens and 16X Intelligent Zoom, Sonic Speed Autofocus, Power Optical Image Stabilizer, Enhanced technology to further

25mm Ultra Wide-angle 12x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens

The DMC-ZS5 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle* 12x optical zoom f/3.3-4.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). Incorporating Panasonic's advanced optical technologies, this lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups, with 2 ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lenses and 2 aspherical lenses / 3 aspherical surfaces while preserving compactness. This lens system enables a remarkable 25 to 300mm range of focal length in this compact body. The powerful zoom of the DMC-ZS5can be freely controlled even when shooting motion images. Inheriting the fine rendering and outstanding quality of the LEICA ELMAR lens, this easy-to-carry camera delivers beautiful images any time, any place.

* Converted to standard 35mm camera equivalent, at the maximum wide position.

Powerful 12x Optical Zoom

The DMC-ZS5 features a powerful 12x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-300mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. It is also available in movie recording with the mechanism designed to minimize the noise of auto focusing or zooming. And its slim, compact, pocket-sized body can easily go wherever you do for both everyday snapshots and traveling.

25mm Ultra Wide-angle Lens

The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens* has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. This enhances all kinds of shooting situations, like when you're photographing a group of people at an indoor party or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling.

16x Intelligent Zoom / 23.4x Extra Optical Zoom

Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-ZS5 which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining a digital zoom. This means the 12x optical can virtually extend to 16x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 23.4x* by using the center part of the large CCD to bring subjects even closer.
*At 3-megapixel resolution or less.

Sonic Speed AF

The Sonic Speed AF system in the DMC-ZS5 has a maximum speed of approx. 0.35 second (wide-end) / 0.41 second (tele-end) for auto focusing*. It includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance. You can quickly get moving subjects in focus, such as when you're shooting sports scenes.

POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Shake Detection

Just about everyone has had the experience of taking a photo at night and hoping to capture all the memories and beauty, only to be disappointed at the poor result. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)* nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic's accumulated optical technologies, the MEGA O.I.S. has been incorporated into LUMIX from the early stage of digital camera development. This helped show all digital camera users the absolute need for hand-shake compensation, and led to its prevalence throughout the industry. And now, Panasonic has worked on the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed.
*The POWER O.I.S. is automatically turned on in the iA Mode and can be turned on or off in the P/A/S/M Mode or some Scene Modes.

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5 out of 5 stars   Back to this Basic
By Mister Z (Michigan's UP) May 12, 2011
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black) (PNDMCZS5K)
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Rapid focus, Good Image Quality, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Open flash v "open flash", Small / Compact, Easy To Use, Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time
Cons: Maybe a plug Mic
Other Comments: Had a ZS3 which I gave to the kids so they could have zoom with movie mode. Made the mistake of buying a competitor with a shutter lag of a year and a half (when compared to a kid doing something cute)and a write lag longer than charging a fully discharged flash. Don't you do the same. It's compact, friendly, forgiving of operator mistakes and takes a very good picture.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   This is our fourth Lumix camera
By pspohn (York, PA) December 28, 2010
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Easy To Use
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Other Comments: We have been so thrilled with this camera that this is our fourth purchase of a Lumix camera. Highest recommendations for ease of use, portability, fast, perfect for the keep it with you type personality, for those shots you just don't want to miss!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Love this Camera
By KT (Mpls,MN) September 19, 2010
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Pros: Large Clear LCD, Short Lag Time, Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Small / Compact, Good Image Quality, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: I did some research and found that this camera was the best camera for the quality, features and price. It's better overall than a point and shoot but not bulky like a DSLR. I love that I can adjust it to the situation. The video is great too. Love the shutter speed and the super zooming.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great buy
By Richard (Toronto ON Canada) September 15, 2010
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Pros: Large Clear LCD, Good in Low Light, Small / Compact, Good Image Stabilization, Easy To Use, Short Lag Time, Good Image Quality, Nice Body Color, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: Outstanding camera.Has many features that are only available in expensive cameras. This is my 3rd Lumix but by far the best equipped. The extended optical zoom is fantastic with no noticeable distortion. Get a small tripod to cope with the combined optical/digital zoom that can go up to X124. It is a monster. Also the wide angle of 25 mm is very convenient for indoor shots. Buydig price was the best on the market and shipping was handled within 24 hrs.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Best Price - Great Camera
By T (Ohio) September 15, 2010
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Easy To Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Small / Compact, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD
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Other Comments: This is a great camera and it has a very nice zoom, my other panasonic only had a 3x and this has 12x optical. Having the extra zoom capabilities really help. Bottom line this is amazing buy one !!!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   ZS5K good camera - small package
By woodland person (wisconsin) September 09, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: What I was looking for
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Wonderful camera [...]
By Dick (Loveland, Co) September 01, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black) (PNDMCZS5K)
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Pros: Good feel and size, Good in Low Light, Sharp photos of closeups, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color
Cons: NONE I have found so far
Other Comments: I have been very impressed. the camera works so well, it is everything I expected and so much better than my nikon. The zoom actually works and takes sharp photos at the 12x...totally amazing. I have not found anything about the camera that is negative so far. the menu is easy to operate and find stuff. just a great camera!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Love this camera!
By AvidTraveler (Pittsburgh, PA) August 30, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light
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Other Comments: This camera is the perfect combination for me. It is compact enough to take anywhere and it takes amazing pictures. I particularly like the intelligent auto setting that automatically adjusts to night scene, etc. The pictures I took recently at a wedding were some of the best ones taken because of the 12x zoom and the crisp images. This is my first camera with a rechargeable battery and it doesn't last as long as the lithium ones I am used to. I think I will have to buy a second battery just to be on the safe side when taking lots of pictures.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great Camera
By Jim the runner (Columbus OH) August 17, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black) (PNDMCZS5K)
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Pros: Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Cons: Short Battery Life
Other Comments: haven't used it much yet but is a very handy camera
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   great camera and video resolution
By olimike (Chicago) August 17, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black) (PNDMCZS5K)
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Cons: Short Battery Life
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I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great all-arounder
By ZoomZoom (N.Central, Ohio) August 15, 2010
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time, Nice Body Color, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: After a few weeks with this Lumix, I see why they are so popular. Very satisfied so far.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   DMC ZS5K Lumix Digital Camera
By Billonthehill (Upstate NY) August 09, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time
Cons: Couldn't find any
Other Comments: The camera works flawlessly, the only detraction is the battery/disc door can open accidentally quite easily.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great little camera with big features
By Dave (Iowa City, Iowa) July 05, 2010
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time
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Other Comments: Great camera at a great price. Enough said,
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Tremendous Camera.
By Ivanho (Kansas City, MO) July 03, 2010
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Pros: Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: Convenient size, easy operation, great pictures,but,I'm not pleased with the price Panasonic charges for an extra battery.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   LOVE THIS CAMERA
By Donna (Syracuse NY) July 01, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: Have used this camera for a graduation and a birthday party. The zoom is great and the camera has a good feel to it. I have not tried video with it yet. I am not very camera savy so this camera is good for me as I don't use many manual settings. I miss a viewfinder but I will get used to it. Overall I love this camera so far.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   great camera.
By captainkiddo (Kansas City) June 30, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: Second Lumix I've owned. Wouldn't buy anything else. Great photos easy to operate.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   I would buy ZS6 instead.
By mugu (Santonio, TX) June 27, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: I have returned the camera.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   very nice camera but .........
By Vincent (Cancun) June 09, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black) (PNDMCZS5K)
Pros: Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: Poor Flash
Other Comments: This is my 2nd Lumix. I don`t like the fact that 3MB is the smallest size of picture you cat take, way to large for my 24" monitor(apart of 0.3MB). Waisting tons of memory this way. Panning is a pain. Great for small women hands but watch for slippery holding area. Definitely big upgrade from dozens of same looking cameras seen on supermarket shelfs. Still missing my first Lumix TZ5.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   great camera nice wide screen
By tony c (trenton nj) May 11, 2010
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: take it to family get togethers also will be takin it to abaseball game and then on vacation let you know end of summer
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   My second Panasonic Lumix - even better
By IBABob (Windsor, Ontario) May 11, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5K LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black) (PNDMCZS5K)
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Pros: Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light
Cons: Out of date manual
Other Comments: This camera does it all with a size that fits into a jacket pocket. I useed one of the original Lumix cameras and loved it. They have done nothing but improved this one.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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