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Panasonic FZ5 initial observations + a quick question

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  1. kbfern

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    Hi Guys

    Bought a Z5 from Jessop's today for £295,couldn't play with it till 9pm tonight as I needed to charge the battery first.Ran off a quick 30/40 shots mainly inside, in low light with and without flash in zoom and macro mode, picture quality looks pretty good.

    Jessops did me a good deal and came within £13 of the best internet price I could find (£274 + £8 shipping)and was able to pick it up today.If I'm not happy with the camera within 30 days they will refund purchase price so that seems a pretty good deal to me.

    I still have a lot to find out about the camera (haven't looked at the manual yet) but after I have taken some more pics tommorow in daylight I will know whether it's a keeper or not.

    Only reservations so far are size,it feels a bit dinky and my 20 yearold daughter thought it was a toy camera!!!!!!!!!

    The other thing is when you rock the camera back and forth you can hear something sliding/moving inside (I am assuming this is the lens)can anyone with a Z5 confirm if you hear this noise aswell and is it normal?.
     
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    Dont rock mine back and forth myself and dont plan on it! Haven't heard anything from normal use.
     
  3. kbfern

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    Alistair

    When I say rock back and forth I am not being rough with the camera. nothing more than you would normally get from handling the camera while moving around.It sounds like the lens is moving a small distance back and forth inside the camera.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about this as the DMC-FZ20 (which I have) does it as well and it is normal.
    If you look under the "Troubleshooting" bit at the back of the user manual there is a remark about it and it is due to the lens movement.

    For the record I try not to shake mine (just in case :smashin: )
     
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    Its the OIS. Normal operation. RTFM
     
  6. kbfern

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    Thanks for the reply guys,just wanted to make sure that it was normal,as I said havn't had time to read the manual yet only had the camera a couple of hours when I noticed the noise.

    Also please note I am not shaking the camera just rocking it I am not being rough with the camera.You should not have to treat a camera with kid gloves as it is an item you carry around with you.Up mountains on a beach at the zoo and adventure park etc.The way some of you are talking sounds like you have yours wrapped in cotton wool :)

    I treat all my gear with respect,most of it has cost a lot of money but it has to be fit for the purpose it has been bought for.
     
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    My c770 does the same and I found it a bit disconcerting as well, til I found out it was normal. Must be a thing with ultra zooms.
     

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