Pros Excellent still & video camera, easy to use, almost like an slr.
Cons Nothing for a camera in this class.
Summary This is hands-down the best camera I've owned, and that includes SLR's.I've since used this camera to shoot a documentary, music videos, and even as a secondary camera in a short film. The video is AMAZING on this little thing...as are the stills.
Right out of the box, this camera is simple to use. As a still camera, it turns out crazy clear pictures, and the 12x Optical Zoom lens is pretty nuts for this sized camera. I first tried out the Nikon Coolpix S8000, and this thing stomps the Nikon in every way, including the lens. Yes, this 12mp camera turns out better pictures than Nikon's 14mp camera.
On top of being a great still camera, this takes GREAT HD video. Super clear, little to no feedback or distortion.
Then, if you get into the manual and learn how to really use this camera, there are so many manual adjustments (shutter speed, fstop, etc), it's almost as customizable as an slr camera, save for interchangeable lenses.
All in all, this is a great deal, and certainly at the top of the line.
Updated on Mar 23, 2011
Pros Shocker! I am old school with a Nikon, a few lens and a Rollieflex or 2. With kids and a go-go-go life-this is the best solution for msesy needs. Uncomplicated, but far superior that any other P & S I looked at before buying!
Cons I havent found one yet!
Summary If you want a great camera with a great balance of features, this is - hands down- the one to buy!
"Excellent Camera!"on by copguy85
Pros Takes fantastic pics even on zoom. Image stabilization is fantastic. Alot of great features too. Movie mode is excellent!
Cons Battery is not a standard type battery, Panasonic only. When plugging the USB into the computer, you have to click on the option "PC" on the camera before downloading begins.
Summary Excellent camera overall. Great photos, and lots of nice features!I've used several Kodaks before and was sick of the garbage pics it took. Paid a little more for this camera but well worth it. Takes fantastic pics even on zoom. Image stabilization is fantastic. Took pictures of my daughters play from about 60 feet away, low light, zoomed in on her face and the picture came about beautifully. Movie mode is excellent
Pros Fairly good pictures, works on double A batteries.
Cons Dust is drawn into lens when opened and cannot be cleaned.
Summary Drawing dust into the camera when the lens opens is an enormous problem. When you extend the lens, dust is drawn into the internal components of the camera. It is not a matter of simply wiping it off. This problem is well documented on the Internet if you look. I found two very helpful videos from an Englishman who walks you through opening up the back and then the front of the camera. Opening up the back of the camera was a 13 minute video and took me about 45 minutes. Opening up the front of the camera was a 33 minute video and took me about 4 hours.
After cleaning both the back and front lens, the camera operated well for a short period of time, but then once again when the lens were extended, dust was drawn into the internal components once again.
I would not recommend this camera to a friend.
Pros I have taken this camera to Washington D.C and from morning to night it performed amazingly well. The automatic mode does its job if not on a little low key mode. What I mean is that it doesn't take that many risks in the pics it takes. However, if you le
Cons The Zs5 does have some drawbacks however. Anything above 400 ISO will produce some minor but still there grain and anything above 600 unless played with is very noticeable. The camera can be temperamental when dealing with its setting at times...requiring
Summary I have had this camera for over a year and have gone to many places with it and I must say it has performed very admirably and better than expected. With its many many options, great looking pics in most modes, and super zoom capability, I would venture to say that its a great backup camera for anyone who is serious about photography OR someone who wants a very decent Point and Shoot camera at a great price. While not perfect, this is easily one of the best cameras I have ever owned and will be sad when I have to part with it. A nice looking LCD and high marks for photos printed on poster size prints...I recommend this with high remarks :)