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DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver)
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Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

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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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Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

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4 out of 5 stars   Great versatility for the price
By Carol (White Plains, NY) August 22, 2011
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Good Image Quality, Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Small / Compact, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Easy To Use
Cons: Hard to see screen in sun
Other Comments: I bought this camera to replace an earlier model I dropped. I have already recommended it to four friends who want to buy a new camera. The zoom makes it very versatile.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   limited memory
By carol (chicago) January 09, 2011
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Large Clear LCD, Good Image Quality, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time, Nice Body Color, Good Image Stabilization, Easy To Use, Great Zoom, Small / Compact
Cons: Short Battery Life
Other Comments: memory is very limited-had to spring for the very expensive memory card-cheapest one was around 200$!! because it has to use sdxc, it can only be found online...
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Lumix works
By dougarv (Philadelphia,PA) December 26, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Good Image Quality, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Small / Compact, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Easy To Use
Cons: No Viewfinder
Other Comments: Great update to a previous Lumix we owned. Great quality & reliability product.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Great zoom and HD video-Fairy compact
By Sam (San Diego) September 25, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Quality, Short Lag Time, Cool slide show affects, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Easy To Use
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Other Comments: Very happy with this.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Love this camera!
By Hobby Photographer (Chama, NM) September 22, 2010
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Pros: Small / Compact, Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Easy To Use, Large Clear LCD, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time
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Other Comments: Thrilled with quality of photos
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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3 out of 5 stars   Not impressed with image quality
By HiggsB (LA CA) September 22, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Easy To Use, Large Clear LCD, Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization, Small / Compact, Nice Body Color
Cons: Poor Image Quality
Other Comments: Seeing as how, for me, the quality of the image is one of the most important aspects of having a camera I would have to say I was disappointed when I saw what this could do. It generally gets rave reviews, coming in at the top of quite a few lists, which probably added to my disappointment. The video is good though, with excellent stabilization and clarity.
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5 out of 5 stars   Love this camera!
By Limogique (New York) September 08, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Nice Body Color, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: Short Battery Life
Other Comments: Camera is light weight but well made. Great zoom and great quality pictures.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great Camera
By GHandyMan (Maryland) August 03, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Cons: Poor low light in iA
Other Comments: Pictures with automatic settings in low light appear grainy, yellow. but it has great manual capabilities and a custom setting for it to remember
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Best buy in a lifetime!
By Heidi Ho! (Winston-Salem NC) August 03, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Short Lag Time, Nice Body Color, Great Zoom
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Other Comments: The sharpness of the pictures is outstanding. Viewfinder is great as well, especially if one has trouble using a viewfinder.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Small but awesome!
By Dana the traveler (Des Moines, IA) July 31, 2010
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: I have always been a Canon fan but decided to try the Panasonic ZS5. I was looking for a long zoom in a small sized camera and I couldn't be happier. The photos are very sharp and while I haven't had it very long (1 month) I've already taken some Sepia photos of men and women in Civil War clothing that were fantastic. It's turning out to be a great choice for me!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   WOW!
By Amateur Photographer (Maryland) July 21, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Good in Low Light, LEICA LENS, Great Zoom, Face sensor, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: None
Other Comments: Wow, from the first picture! I expected the ZS5 to be a very good camera, but I have to say that it surpassed my expectations. It's just incredible for a point and shoot camera and it is very easy to use. I received my camera on July 3. On July 4th, I took it with me to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to see the fireworks. Just to see how well the camera performed, I shot photos of the fireworks in the AI mode and captured a lot of the fireworks with the camera's HD video. I was very impressed with how well the camera performed. The zoom is really nice. I highly recommend the ZS5. The only negative (and this is really nit picky) is that the screen smudges easily. But it is easy to clean with a soft cloth so the smudging is truly not a huge deal.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Good camera!
By waterman (Concord, CA) July 20, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good in Low Light
Cons: Not intuitive, Small buttons controls
Other Comments: We took it on a kayak camping trip last weekend and we were impressed with what it was able to do. I haven't tried many of the features yet but we got good scenery & wildlife photos. We also tried some of the stars-that was fun. It has a very good zoom- so the image stabilization must be good. The controls are small (but it is a small camera) and not always intuitive.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Awesome camera - small and loaded!
By NualaMurphy (Winter Haven, Florida) July 13, 2010
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Pros: Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: I bought this camera to replace a bulkier Panasonic Lumix that was much more expensive. This camera does all that the more expensive, bulkier model does....and more. I am thrilled to have a small camera to take with me on my travels and know that it will perform in all venues...night, wildlife, portraits, bright sun, etc.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Gift for grandson...
By Deserthappy (Green Valley, AZ) July 05, 2010
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization
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Other Comments: I chose this camera as a gift for a grandson who graduated from high school. He's never owned a camera. I have two Panasonics that I love, so I knew this one would suit his needs. I knew he'd be using it on outdoor outings, so it needed to be able to fit in a pocket. He was thrilled.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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3 out of 5 stars   disappointed with IA
By rhea traveler (boston) July 03, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom
Cons: Difficult to Use
Other Comments: I was disappointed with the automatic functions of this camera. All of the pictures appeared washed out or overexposed. The colors were not even close to what was real. I depend on the automatic features and trying to figure out how to fix things with this camera requires that you be a professional and understand all the lingo.
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4 out of 5 stars   good product
By Lila G. (Streeter, ND) June 08, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Great Zoom
Cons: Directions not very clear
Other Comments: This is a good camera, but the direction booklet leaves a lot of things unanswered. It took a lot of time to figure out how to use the camera, but once it was mastered, it's a great camera. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes to take a lot of good pictures. It is not for the amateur, however.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Get up close and personal
By Kantw8 (Imlay City, Michigan) June 01, 2010
Review submitted for Panasonic DMC-ZS5S LUMIX 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Silver) (PNDMCZS5S)
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Pros: Great Zoom, Good Image Stabilization
Cons: No view finder
Other Comments: The 12X (16X intelligent) zoom is one of the best features of this camera. The pictures look great. You can set this on auto and let the camera take care of the settings for you, or you can use the manual controls and get quite creative. It can be a bit difficult to see the LCD in bright sunlight - but this tends to be an issue for most cameras. Very pleased with this camera.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   good product
By vendy (la, CA) May 25, 2010
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Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: really like it nice looking camera with a great stuff
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   NEW MADE IN JAPAN
By tonee_ann (small town) May 07, 2010
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Pros: Short Lag Time, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Good in Low Light, Nice Body Color
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Other Comments: This camera took good and quality pictures. Very quick and battery life was good too. I bought this to use to my up coming family reunion. I like all the features but this camera don't comes with detailed instruction.You have to figured it out by yourself, Bottom line. This camera is good. Made in Japan[*]
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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