Despite the usual image quality issues you encounter when shooting at higher ISO settings, the Panasonic TZ5 has many strengths, most notably its 10x optical zoom lens and its optical image stabilization.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 is quite an impressive package. It’s not perfect, but it’s arguably the best camera in the “compact” ultra zoom class. From its 28 – 280 mm lens to its 720p movie mode, the TZ5 can do just about everything.
One of the truly amazing new features highlighted during the press conference was Light Detection/Intelligent Exposure. What the engineers at Panasonic have figured out is a way to chop the scene the camera sees into 3000 sections and then figure the correct exposure for each section. The result is a scene that more closely matches what your eyes see.