6x Optical Zoom in a Compact Camera - The DMC-LZ5 combines a compact, easy-to-carry size with a powerful 6x optical zoom lens - equivalent to a 37 to 222mm lens on a 35mm camera - for dynamic closeups or great shots from a distance. The Extended Optical Zoom function, which magnifies the image with minimal deterioration by using the center part of the high-resolution CCD, boosts the zoom power to 8.3x in 3-megapixel images.
Taking Hand Movement Out of the Picture with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization - All of us have taken a shot that we thought was focused perfectly, only to have it turn out blurry. The most common cause of this is hand movement. Digital cameras are wonderfully light and compact -- but for the same reason they can also be hard to hold still. Even pressing the shutter button can cause the camera to move. And most people use the LCD monitor (with arms outstretched)to frame a shot -- great for getting the shot you want, but most likely adds to the likelihood of hand movement. Basically, hand movement is a real concern anytime you're taking a handheld telephoto shot, macro shot or self-portrait, or when shooting at night or in dim lighting.
The answer to the hand movement problem? An advanced optical image stabilizing system that Panasonic calls MEGA Optical Image Stabilization. This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. The system is completely optical -- it does not affect the CCD or image processing so you get sharp, clear images with minimal degradation. It lets you reduce the shutter speed more than 3 steps below the conventionally accepted hand movement limit, which is calculated as 1/focal length (1 divided by the focal length). It greatly expands what you can do with a handheld digital camera.
High Sensitivity Mode Helps Reduce Motion Blur - When there's not a lot of light or you're using a slow shutter speed, hand movement isn't the only potential problem. There's also motion blur - the blurring that can result if your subject like children or pets move even a little in low lighting. That's why Panasonic added a High Sensitivity mode that allows you to shoot at up to ISO 1600 by using the pixel-mixed readout method, effectively raising the shutter speed. It not only minimizes motion blur, it also lets you take clearer, sharper shots in dim lighting without using a flash. The picture quality is good enough for printing at the ordinary 4 x 6-inches (10x15 cm) size.
Widescreen 16:9 Mode for Panoramic Images - This wonderful feature lets you shoot images in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio), so that you can achieve bold, panoramic images that are perfect for dramatic, wide prints. Plus, you can view photos as full screen images on your widescreen TV.
Large, Easy-to-See 2.5-inch Diagonal LCD with High Angle Mode - The 2.5-inch diagonal LCD is clear, bright and easy to see even in low lighting by using the pixel-mixed readout method. It lets you frame shots more comfortably. And when you're finished shooting, the big, bright display lets you enjoy functions like the 25-thumbnail display. The DMC-LZ5 also has the world's first developed High Angle shooting function, which makes it easier to see the monitor when you're holding the camera high to shoot over a crowd.
Quick, Accurate Auto Focus - Choose from five auto focus modes: 1-point, 3-point high-speed, 5-point, spot AF, and 1-point high-speed AF with focusing speed reduced by 40% from the previous model. And the AF Assist Lamp helps in dimly lit places. Thanks to the high-performance Venus Engine Plus, you enjoy a fast camera response with a release time lag as low as 0.005 seconds. You can shoot quickly, easily and accurately every time.
MEGA BURST Consecutive Shooting - Snap off up to 8 consecutive shots at a swift 3 frames per second in Standard mode. And with Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, you can keep shooting until the SD Memory Card or built-in memory is full.
Extended Shooting from Two AA Batteries - The DMC-LZ5 can be powered by two ordinary AA batteries, which you can buy just about anywhere. Using the Oxyride batteries that come with the camera, you can take up to 235 shots.
Built-In Memory - Take Pictures without an SD Memory Card - Take photos even when you don't have an SD Memory Card on hand. The built-in memory holds up to 14MB of image data, which you can later copy onto an SD Memory Card or PC. You can also copy images from a memory card or PC to the built-in memory, and view them on the LCD anytime you like.
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