Summary: The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 has been available since last year and it has been sold in black or white colors at the price of about 499 euros. * A 10 MP sensor with high sensitivity;
* A bright flash, different from the LX3;
* A more powerful optical zoom better than the LX3;
* Additional SDXC Card Management;
* High sensitivity in low light: up to 12,800 ISO; * High price of the gadget;
* Screen always brilliant (a lot of reflections reflections in daylight);
Excerpt: Now that Panasonic has already released the Lumix LX7. I remembered that I still haven’t wrote a review ( just an unboxing ) for it’s predecessor, the LX5 - which I got as a replacement for my old Panasonic ZS6, another point-and-shoot.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a compact camera with full manual-controls and a bright stabilized ultra-wide 24-90mm F/2-3.3 lens. It has excellent expansion options that include a hot-shoe for external lighting and a port which supports an optional EVF, making it one of the very rare compact cameras which can be used at eye-level. The LX5 uses a larger-than-average 10 MP CCD sensor which delivers reasonably good results for its class.
Pros: F/2 Maximum Aperture, Low image noise, Reliable metering, Low optical distortion, Good focus accuracy, on the slow side, Very short shutter-lag, Fast shot-to-shot speed, Plenty of controls, Excellent anti-reflective coating on LCD, Good build quality, Good battery life, Optional EVF
Cons: Poor White-Balance, Low color accuracy, Autofocus delay, Unsharp MF assist, Half-press required for Exposure-Priority and correct Live-Histogram, Slow noise-reduction, Interface inefficiencies, 2s Filming delay, Poor tripod mount placement, Self-timer cancels often
Conclusion: If you don't need long telephoto reach, full 1080p HD video recording and a swivel screen, the Lumix DMC-LX5 is definitely worth considering. It's well made, generally well-thought-out and has a great lens. A great family camera or SLR replacement in other words, but hardly an impulse buy at £360 - so while its downsides are not huge, they do need to be weighed up.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Excellent raw photo quality; sharp, bright lens; compact but comfortable design; broad manual shooting feature set.
Summary: Nearly two years after Panasonic rolled out the LX3, the LUMIX DMC-LX5 is entering their lineup of digital cameras this fall. This powerful compact model has a classy "retro" look and feel, and offers loads of exposure options for advanced to novice users. The LX5 has an increased optical zoom range from 2.5x on the LX3 to 3.8x.
Pros: Well-built, compact body, Comfortable control layout, Captures beautiful 10-megapixel photos, Sharp and fast Leica 3.8x optical zoom len, You have full use of the optical zoom option while recording video, 24mm wide angle extreme is one of the widest available in a camera of this size, Fast max. aperture (f/2.0) combined with great High ISO performance makes it a great camera for low-light shooting, High Quality AVCHD Lite 720p movie capture, Excellent shooting perfor...
Cons: ISO 6400 and 12,800 are not settings we recommend using unless extremely necessary, No full 1080 HD option like found on other Lumix models
Excerpt: Released during the latter part of 2010, the Lumix LX5 continues to gather admiration and accolades from those who have had hands-on experience with this digital camera. This review will look at what this camera is capable of and what makes it an outstanding...