After three weeks of waiting, my new digital camera finally arrived two weeks ago. I saw the massive ads for Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 a couple of weeks before the European Football matches and decided to do some reasearch on the brand and model. I have been thinking about getting a new camera this year but was not sure if I would be faithful to the Ixus line from Canon.

I fell in love with both Ixus 400 and 800 and thought I would buy another Ixus. But after some comparison on price and performance I decided to give Panasonic brand a chance. After all it is my mother’s favorite brand from TV to DVD player and she thinks so highly of this brand and of its lasting quality.

I have yet to read the user manual from cover to cover. So far I am experimenting with the setting. I bought 8GB SDHC memory card so I have plenty of room to be a bit more generous with the size of the photos. After looking at some of the photos I have taken, I found out the images are smaller than the regular settings I had for the Ixus 800. It’s time to change the settings and play with my new toy some more.



  1. Hi, Darly!

    I know I asked you about this already but I lost the info. Is this the camera you use on your 2008 Laos trip?
    The video is really good. Thanks in advance.

  2. Hi Dallas,

    Yes, this is the camera that I used in Laos. It won many award last year, one of the best camera of 2008. You can read about Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 at dpreview.

    I don’t have this camera anymore since I sent it to Laos last week and don’t even have a camera at the moment. I am looking to buy a new camera in the new future and two new cameras that caught my eyes are Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Hybrid Camera, both  will be out in April.

    I don’t know if I can wait that long since I tend to take a camera with me wherever I go so I can take photos when needed. One nice thing with the camera that I had is that it fits in my pocket and doesn’t make a scene when I point and shoot at just about anything, especially when I am at a restaurant.

    I am fond of Panasonic camera these days so whatever I buy will definitely be Panasonic.

  3. Hi

    I’ve been thinking about buying a new camera for a long time, but haven’t really done anything about it. Next month I am going to a concert where I can’t bring my DSLR, so I have to get a point and shoot camera. I’ve been thinking about the Lumix tz5, but I want to make sure if it’s worth the money before i buy it. So, would you recommend it? And have you tried to take photos in dark lightning/at a concert with it? If you have, how was the pictures? 🙂

    Hope to hear from you

    – Marie

  4. Hi Marie,

    I love my Lumix TZ5 because it’s a great camera that you can carry to a concert. I used it at an outdoor concert in Laos with not so much light and I didn’t use flash since I was in the front row but the photos turned out fine. If you like to make video clips then it’s really great because you can use the HD setting. When using flash you’ll get a better photos than not using flash and relying only on stage lights.

    If you buy one then get 16GB SDHC  card or higher for two hours concert. I had my 8GB SDHC card and had to reduce the HD video settings but the clips still turned out great.

    There is a new TZ6 and TZ7 coming out this month so check it out because it has more features than the TZ5. I am thinking about getting the TZ7 at the moment.

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