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 Post subject: TZ 5 HELP
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:09 pm 
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The TZ5 only comes with an external battery charger, so every time it is necessary to remove the camera battery before charging. All my previous compacts had charging stations permitting charging with the battery still in camera.
Panasonic offer an optional accessory AC adaptor - DMW-AC5 for powering the camera during long periods of use such as down loading or connecting to a HD TV.
My question is - does this AC adaptor also charge the internal battery?
Most of the suppliers contacted don't know and suggest I purchase one and try it. I am reluctant to do this as the only reason to purchase is to charge the internal battery.
This question may be equally applicable to any or all of the TZ range of products.
Any advise on this matter most welcome
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I doubt you can charge the battery whilst in the camera then.

it should say in the manual. or on lumix site


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I have a TZ2 and you have to take the battery out.

I believe this a quite a common practise.

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if you could, i think it would charge the battery when you plug it in a USB port.

But I suggest you buy two batteries so you always have one full.

Also, if you have a lithium battery, they dont like to be under 40% charge.

So if you see the battery indicator only showing two square of power on the battery then recharge it

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Thank you all for taking the trouble to reply.

I think I get the message and will have to remove the battery for charging.

The main reason for charging in camera is because of the low rent quality of the battery door, this is most defiantly not in keeping with the rest of the camera and will most probably be the first part to fail.

I don't know what they were thinking about when designing this item, one of the worst I have ever seen.

Any one got or had problems in this area

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The little latch doesn't strike confidence in me either. However, I've had the TZ5 for 2 months, and haven't had a problem with it (yet). I've probably opened and closed the battery compartment 30 or so times in the 2 months.

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