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.
Excerpt: (1 items) The 10-megapixel Lumix LX5 backs up its F2.0 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens (3.8X optical zoom, 24mm to 95mm) with manual controls for both still shots and video, a great macro mode that practically lets you touch the lens to your subject, fast access to focus controls, and a button layout that provides easy access to in-camera settings.
Pros: Ultra-wide-angle lens with F2.0 aperture, Macro mode lets you get extremely close to subject, Very fast autofocus and quiet zoom motors, Superior video capture and manual video controls, Manual controls for aperture, shutter, and focus, Very sturdy build quality, Attractive, classic aesthetics, Superb button layout for accessing manual controls
Cons: Intelligent Auto mode produces underexposed images, Some camera settings are buried deep in menus, Limited optical zoom range
Summary: The LX5 is the latest Panasonic iteration of the big sensor, modest resolution compact that offers better than typical compact ISO noise performance, albeit at a nearly entry-level DSLR MSRP. Still image quality on our LX5 was very good in compact digital terms, and the slower-than-most AF and shutter lag times of the LX3 have been laid to rest.
Pros: Very good still image quality, Improved AF and shutter lag times over LX3, RAW capability, Better than compact digital noise performance at compact size
Cons: Near entry-level DSLR cost without DSLR performance, Video quality can be negatively impacted by bright scenes, Power up time a little slow
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a stellar camera for manual shooters
Good Gear Guide.au
22 January 2011
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix LX5 is not a digital camera for novices, but it offers an insane amount of power for a fixed-lens camera if you're not intimidated by manual controls.
Pros: Ultra-wide-angle lens with F2.0 aperture; macro mode lets you get extremely close to subject; very fast autofocus and quiet zoom motors; superior video capture and manual video controls; manual controls for aperture, shutter, and focus; very sturdy build quality; attractive, classic aesthetics; superb button layout for accessing manual controls
Cons: Intelligent Auto mode produces underexposed images; some camera settings are buried deep in menus; limited optical zoom range
Summary: The large Leica lens that dominates the front of Panasonic's new Lumix LX5 isn't the only design debt that that the Japanese manufacturer owes the German giant. It's styled with the rugged charm of a classic rangefinder. For a 3.75x zoom compact, the LX5 has a reassuring heft and a loads of dials, switches and buttons scattered around its various edges.