Panasonic Lumix LX5

Last Updated (19 May’13):
- Review by PCMag

Panasonic Lumix LX5 is the successor of the highly-rated LX-3 features 10.1 Megapixels, 3.8x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-90mm) f/2.0 Leica DC Lens, Full manual control for both photos and movies, Venus Engine FHD, HD Movie recording, ISO 80-12,800, and 3.0″ TFT Screen LCD Display. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.32 x 2.58 x 1.69 in and weighs 61lb with Battery and SD Memory Card.

Panasonic Lumix LX5
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix LX5 Reviews

PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 performs as well as the best compact cameras on the market, but its mirrorless competitors, in price and size, deliver even better performance. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“LX5 is a great camera for anyone looking to develop their photography without the bulk, weight, and potential expense of a ILC system or DSLR system. The camera provides an abundance of options and controls, and more importantly expansion potential. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon P7000 VS Canon PowerShot G12 VS Panasonic LX5 and writes;
“the Panasonic Lumix DMX-LX5 continues the traditions laid by its predecessors by offering excellent image quality, speedy shooting performance, robust low-light abilities, and loads of useful automatic and manual control options. The LX5 performs right in line with cameras like the Canon PowerShot S95, and like its competitor the LX5 is one of the smallest in this category. “
Rating: N/A

ByThom has compared the Nikon P7000 VS Canon PowerShot G12 VS Panasonic LX5 and writes;
“in the overall scheme of things, I tend towards the G12 and LX-5 when all things are considered in balance. That said, you won’t go far wrong with any of these cameras, so consider what your biggest priority is (size, image quality, focal lengths, etc.) and purchase based upon that.”
Rating: N/A

CGG reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 easily earns a “Highly Recommended” from us…out of all the current cameras in this category it is the most well rounded and arguably the best executed.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld.com.au reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 is a high-end digital camera with great specifications including an excellent lens and sensor combination. It has some annoying design elements like the surprisingly poor LCD screen but otherwise it’s an impressive camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“All in all, the LX5 is a solid camera for those craving something meaty in a compact form factor. However, there are better models out there for the same price… we suggest you shop around.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAuthority reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“in general we were impressed with its high ISO performance, especially in RAW mode. We found the DMC-LX5 produced usable shots at up to ISO 1600, and although noise begins to creep in, it’s well controlled… The fast f/2 lens impressed as well, and the extended zoom range makes it more flexible.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.au reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“The LX5 offers many tools and controls for a photographer wanting a small, do-it-all camera. It does have some inconsistencies that to most users probably won’t affect everyday photos — but they still deserve mentioning.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 failed to perform as well as both the Canon PowerShot G12 and Nikon Coolpix P7000 at higher ISO levels. For instance, an image we would deem usable at ISO 800 with the G12 or P7000 would be questionable with the LX5.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“In terms of image quality the LX5 is very good, particularly at sensitivities of ISO 400 and below. However, its sensor is still that of a compact and it suffers from luminance noise as the sensitivity increases…. Overall, I am very impressed with the LX5. It is currently one of, if not the, best high-end compact cameras available.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Nothing else is available at this size or price with a 24-90mm f2.0-3.3 lens, and there’s no denying the camera performs very well in use. As such it’s an easy model to recommend, but misses out on our top rating in an increasing market of alternatives with big sensors. The Lumix LX5 may be one of the best ‘small-sensor’ compacts for enthusiasts…”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Despite its shortcomings, notably its weak JPEG processing, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 delivers an excellent all-around shooting experience–fastest in its class, full featured, and capable of shooting some very nice photos.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SeriousCompacts reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Image stabilization is excellent. With prior LX series cameras, I always felt that the image stabilization was less effective than the Canon equivalent. The LX5 image stabilization seems as effective as any that I have tried in a fixed lens compact.”
Rating: N/A

WDC reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Image quality is good, though not exceptional, and it’s the lens that particularly excels in achieving sharp, fine detail… if money’s no object then the Panasonic LX5 should be considered a champion high-end compact i”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5′s performance was a mixed bag. Startup and shutdown times were about average, autofocus speeds and shutter lag were faster than average, but full resolution continuous modes and buffer depths were below average. “
Rating: N/A

WireFresh compares the Panasonic Lumix LX5 to the Canon PowerShot S95 and writes;
“We don’t like to sit on the fence though, so given the choice (and we’d like that choice please Messrs Canon and Panasonic!), we’d go for the Lumix LX5, on account of its better handling, faster lens and, crucially, wider zoom lens.”
Rating: N/A

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TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Video quality was as good as you could expect from a Full HD camera, although the microphone picked up a lot of wind noise – even with the filter set to on – and also traces of the camera’s ‘operational sounds’. The monaural soundtracks were fairly clear but not overly impressive. “
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix LX series has earned almost a cult following for its fast, wide-angle lens, manual controls, and expendability. I’m pleased to report that the LX5 continues that tradition, improving in nearly every respect. The only real issues I have with it are its JPEG engine and some design annoyances (small, clutter buttons and the flimsy memory card door). If you can deal (or work around) those issues, then you’ll find that the LX5 is a camera that does just about everything — and very well, to boot. It’s a camera that I can recommend without hesitation. “
Rating: N/A

PhotoReview.au reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Video quality was as good as you could expect from a Full HD camera, although the microphone picked up a lot of wind noise – even with the filter set to on – and also traces of the camera’s ‘operational sounds’. The monaural soundtracks were fairly clear but not overly impressive. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.asia reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;


The good: Better pictures compared with LX3; improved autofocus performance; redesign of button layout facilitates operation; accessory port for EVF and other peripherals. The bad: AF box gets resized each time camera is switched off; hassle to remove lens cap before shooting. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“In lower lighting, images hold up well for detail up to and including ISO 1600, at which point the LX5 gives a performance comparable to what lesser snapshots can achieve at the lower ISO 800 setting. At ISO 3200 noise/grain is starting to noticeably intrude, but not at ruinous levels. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.uk reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“On a camera with the specs of the LX5, we’d like the option to simply dial the flash down slightly for well-lit shots. If you’re after a back-up camera for taking to a pub, club or party and you take plenty of low-light shots, this could be a deal-breaker.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotoRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix LX5 and writes;
“Existing owners of the LX3 might not find enough here to make the upgrade, and you can bet that you’ll be able to get some fantastic deals on the previous model now that the LX5 has been released, something that may be worth looking into.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Manual

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Features

Panasonic Lumix LX5 Features

New High Sensitivity CCD and F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON LENS

DMC-LX5 is fully re-designed in the lens, the CCD and the image processing engine together with other improvements and upgrades. The newly developed super bright F2.0 ultra wide angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimizes distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The 24mm wide angle offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x(90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.

F2.0 Super Bright 24mm Ultra-Wide-Angle* High Quality LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens with Minimum Distortion

The DMC-LX5 is equipped with newly developed F2.0 24mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with even higher resolution. The super bright, high quality lens is redesigned for extension of the optical zoom from LX3s 2.5x(60mm) to 3.8x(90mm) to be even more versatile for snapshots including portraits. The F2.0 lens is about twice as bright as the F2.8 lens, itself generally considered a bright lens. The result is a higher shutter speed can be used to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in lower lighting situation. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.

Also, the 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens – rare on a compact camera – gives photographers a wider range of composition possibilities. The super-high-quality LEICA DC VARIO- SUMMICRON lens minimizes distortion at the wide end, so users can get stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The LX5 captures approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to that of normal 35mm cameras, and approx. 136% larger compared to that of 28mm wide-angle lenses.
*35mm film camera equivalent: 24-90mm

1/1.63-inch 10.1-megapixel High Sensitivity CCD with Wider Dynamic Range

The predecessor DMC-LX3 played a big role to cease the pixel count war by adopting 1/1.63-inch CCD for 10.1-megapixel recording to realize the unprecedented picture quality with a compact digital camera and even to establish a new premium compact camera category in the market. The CCD in the LX3, which was highly acclaimed from specialists worldwide, is redesigned to achieve further expansion of dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity by approx. 31% and the saturation by approx.38%*. It is made possible by the improvement of on-tip-lens design with larger light concentration and VCCD expansion while deepening the photo diode to manage richer signal more effectively.

The result is a high resolution, noise-less pictures even in high sensitivity recording and richly reproduced gradation in highly contrasted situations with the exquisitely wide dynamic range. Taking advantage of the high sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of DMC-LX5 is as low as 3 lux in movie recording.
*Panasonic in-house comparison with DMC-LX3.

Save Memories in Movie – Start Enjoying Videography As You Enjoy Photography

In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-LX5 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the newly added Intelligent Resolution technology. The LX5 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio.

In movie recording, the DMC-LX5 goes further than simply recording HD movies. Apart from the movie recording capability of conventional digital compact cameras, the DMC-LX5 also features a Creative Movie mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subject. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out. My Color mode is also available in movie recording.

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1 Comment »

Comment by Tasya
2010-08-31 05:51:22

Great looking camera!.. Love the classic vintage look of the LX-5. I was about to buy the LX-3 and now that the LX-5 has been released. I think I might just go with the LX-5

 

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