Hi - I own a Tz5 and its by far the best compact camera I have ever owned. It takes great consistent pictures.
My only gripes:
- No manual setting
- Audio is HORRIBLE / un-useable during movies
The only time I really felt I needed the manual setting is when I was taking pictures of waterfalls and wanted to control the aperture & shutter. You can set the minimum shutter speed and trick the camera by focusing on something dark but I got mixed results. The many scene settings
All in all great camera. Love the zoom range, image stabilizer, zoom during movies, HD video etc. I wont be letting go of my Tz5 until I have the zs3 in my hands thats for sure!
Thanks for the response and I think this is the one I needed to make my decision. That's one of the things I'd like to do is take some awesome pics of waterfalls but it's not life or death. I won't be around too many waterfalls to take those pics..it will probably be more architectural and nature (trees, flowers, wildlife) than of waterfalls.
So the TZ5 it is, if and until the TZ7 drops in price by $50.
I have to say I'm very tempted by the TZ5, the TZ7 seems too steep.
I think its still in special order stage so price might drop some time.
That's the problem I'm having. I'm not leaving for another 4 months or so...so if the price drops to something I find more reasonable maybe I'll go for the TZ7 since it's the newer model. However, if it doesn't fall I don't see too much of a difference with the TZ5, that I couldn't be happy.