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Old May 30, 2010, 9:49 AM   #1
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Hello,
Getting very close to buying a Panasonic ZS5. If you have one do you like it. If not would you recommend any other camera?
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Old May 30, 2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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bought the zs5 for my wife.
she loves it.
nice camera.
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Old May 30, 2010, 12:08 PM   #3
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bought the zs5 for my wife.
she loves it.
nice camera.
Thanks for the feedback
How is the flash? is there a big delay between photos?

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The built-in flash has been improved somewhat on the ZS5 and ZS7. However, it still has a measurably reduced Flash Range (the camera to subject distance, measured in feet.)

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there is a review at imaging-resource.com that should
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I have a ZS7 and am quite pleased with it. The IQ is very good for a P&S pocket cam, the manual and picture adjustment features have become essential to me and the build quality is excellent. You can check reviews for comparison of shot-to-shot times to other cams in this class, but I am happy with it. There is no noticeable delay.

The camera does have its limitations though and the flash is one of those. The flash performance is below average and seems to vary between cameras as well. My first ZS7 had a very uneven flash. It would light up only part of the image. I sent this camera back because of dust inside the lens and surprisingly, the flash on the replacement camera illuminates shots evenly. I very rarely use the flash so it wasn't a big issue anyway.

I would presume that the ZS5 would have similar if not identical performance.
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I am now down to 2 cameras, the Olympus Stylus Tough-6020 or the Panasonic ZS5. I will look at both reviews and make my decision soon.

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I am now down to 2 cameras, the Olympus Stylus Tough-6020 or the Panasonic ZS5. I will look at both reviews and make my decision soon.

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If you are seeking a "tough" camera, check out the Panasonic TS1/TS2 which have received far better reviews than any of the Olympus P&S cams.

If you don't need a ruggedized camera, then I would suggest avoiding them as the IQ will be inferior to the standard models.
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Thanks for the insight. I didn't think about the IQ, I guess after looking at some picture samples I can see that the ZS5 takes much better pics even outdoor shots.

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Hello

Looks like I have it narrowed down to 2 cameras. The Samsung HZ30W and the ZS5. Just when I think I know which one I come across another with nice features. I am dropping the Olympus 6020 because of pic quality.

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