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.
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