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Old Apr 21, 2005, 12:41 PM   #1
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Well, as of a couple of days ago, I now own both a K-M Z5 and a Panasonic FZ5. While I haven't done a side-by-side comparison yet, overall I think like the FZ5 slightly more than the K-M due to it's slightly less bulky size and the overall picture quality.

Two things I don't like about the Pany FZ5:
[1] The plastic housing feels really cheap compared to the K-M
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[2] In low-light, the viewfinders are useless.

On this last point, I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts. I tried taking a picture of my dog inside late in the afternoon. It wasn't remotely dark inside (the K-M's screen could easily view the scene; the Panasonic's screen and EVF were essentially black. This along may make me go back to the K-M.

Any thoughts?
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Old Apr 21, 2005, 1:27 PM   #2
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From the reviews I've read, the plastic on the KM5 is supposedly very flimsy. So what on earth is the FZ5 like then? I must admit one of the reviews commented it was not as good a build as the FZ20 but that was all.

Any FZ5 owners want to comment?



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Old Apr 21, 2005, 3:17 PM   #3
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Argelius wrote:
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Well, as of a couple of days ago, I now own both a K-M Z5 and a Panasonic FZ5. While I haven't done a side-by-side comparison yet, overall I think like the FZ5 slightly more than the K-M due to it's slightly less bulky size and the overall picture quality.

Two things I don't like about the Pany FZ5:
[1] The plastic housing feels really cheap compared to the K-M
and
[2] In low-light, the viewfinders are useless.

On this last point, I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts. I tried taking a picture of my dog inside late in the afternoon. It wasn't remotely dark inside (the K-M's screen could easily view the scene; the Panasonic's screen and EVF were essentially black. This along may make me go back to the K-M.

Any thoughts?

Yeah, the lack of gain-up in the evf has been beat to death on this forum. Even a panasonic rep that used to post here got into the act. Panasonic claims this is "a feature". Users see it as a design flaw. Whatever- it's a drawback. Panasonic refuses to release a firmware "fix" for what they consider a feature, and claim that its integration would alter other aspects of the camera/Venus engine if corrected.


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Old Apr 21, 2005, 3:44 PM   #4
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Sorry I missed the other threads about this...

It may just make me stick with the Minolta Z5, for I see it as an issue without any work-around...

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Old Apr 21, 2005, 4:02 PM   #5
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[2] In low-light, the viewfinders are useless.

Is "cont AF" turned on? It darkens the viewfinder. When I turned it off I find the viewfinders to be much better.
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 7:20 AM   #6
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I just got my Panasonic FZ-5 yesterday and there are 2 things i don`t like.....the batterie doesn`t last long enough...you really have to buy ab additional one and then the other issue is off course the lack of gain-up both in the evf and lcd...... you just don`t see a thing when it`s a bit dark.....i know you can skip this problem by making a few snap shots each time before taking your pics.

I was wondering if the Km Z3 has the same problem with the screens going dark.If it doesn`t i might just exchange my FZ-5 for a Km Z3.....i will then solve all my problems....batteries are AA.

If someone could help me....i`ve got just a few days to make up my mind after that it`s too late to take the camera back



the lack of gain-up in the evf has been beat to death on this forum. Even a panasonic rep that used to post here got into the act. Panasonic claims this is "a feature". Users see it as a design flaw. Whatever
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 7:56 AM   #7
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For what it's worth, I've owned both the Konica-Minolta Z3 and Z5 and the low-light issue isn't much of a problem (espcially compared to the Panasonic)
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Old Apr 24, 2005, 9:27 AM   #8
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A good work around for the lack of gain up in low light is to swtich the cam into macro mode (thanks John!)- the screen will then gain up substantially, even more than switching it to A/S modes. You can then frame and focus the shot and switch back to the mode you want. You also may want to set the EV to +1/3 or +2/3. I've found that leaving it in Macro mode works just fine as well .. go figure ?

Here's a quick shot I took just to test, not the best as I shouldn't have rushed it but i was in a hospital waiting about. The pic is as is - the WB is out.

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Old Apr 24, 2005, 11:39 AM   #9
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I got my Lumix FZ5 on Friday and took 260 pictures yesterday of the nieghborhood kids at an all day party. The camera was set to 5 MP / fine / jpeg and the flash was used about 20% of the time. The battery was still fine when i went home. I was amazed at the accuracy of the auto-focus and the quickness with which it both took the pictures (including focus) and the return to ready. It made me feel good to hear other parents holler - WAIT - while their other digicams got ready - knowing that mine was ready to go.

I am notreal excited over the plastic feel but the light weight and size are wonderful. I agree that the viewfinder is a bit small but i did use it sucessfully most of the time and it will likely be my choice inmost instances.

Today i will actually read the manual and figure out how to set this camera up properly.

I am using Sandisk Ultra II but will test the unit with the supplied card and ExtremeIII over the coming week then tell you what comes of that.

Color me happy.


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