Summary: I received LX5 on 8/4/2012. I am still exploring the feature of LX5. I compare LX5 and Sony DSC-W530 on landscape photos and it is not easy to tell the difference. DSC-W530 has a 26mm wide-angle lens. LX5 24 mm covers a little bit larger area but the difference is very small. There is a big difference in indoor photos. LX5 got much much better photo than DSC-W530. Of course they are not the same class of camera.
Summary: The market is flooded with great cameras. I bought this camera as a gift based on the overall quality and the quality of low light photos, a critical requirement. I read a lot of reviews and settled on this camera , purchased from Amazon. Perhaps it's a generational thing but I am frustrated when faced with a very long , tiny type, operating manuals. Where's the instant gratification Quick Start instructions? Well there are none.
Summary: I have had Canon and Nikon and I prefer Panasonic for my P&S backup! This camera is built very well and with the Leica lens produces great images. This is the backup to my Pentax K5 digital SLR and I carry it with me frequently.
Summary: Most has been said. I'm just going to say that this isn't the first pricey camera I've own, but it's the first that makes every photo, however casual, look amazing. There's such depth to the photos that reminds me of professional pics. Love it! Have had for 6 months.
Summary: This is not a full review, but a warning to purchasers that the video format Panasonic uses to reduce storage space is a format that is not presently compatible with any form of Mac processing.
Summary: The LX-5 a a fun to use and nicely crafted tool for people who know photography. I'd not recommend it for entry level, or in many cases even moderate users. If you are looking for something to set it on a mode and forget it this is not likely the right tool for you. However if you enjoy crafting quality images using the available manual controls it can be a joy to use. It also can produce excellent 11*14 images (if not larger).
Summary: This is definately one of the best point and shoot consumer digital camera's out there. It is Made in Japan, out of metal not plastic, has a great rubberized grip (although a little small). It can do an excellent miniature mode. It has an unobtrusive flash that pops out only when you want it to or need it. So many great modes and the picture quality is superb.
Summary: So I had a Canon HS 310 or something, a small little camera that took great daylight pics but something bothered me about the Digix 5 processor. It added a certain softness to macro and well, all the pics, really. I didn't like it really. (It didn't help that I thought I was buying a silver one and got a purple one). So I sold it here and the novelty of a purple one got me more for it. Anyway, I looked at ones at my price point and decided on this one. I like it.
Summary: Very nice camera, but after around 18 months something went bad in the sensor. All photos look extremely green. There was no mishandling of the camera. CCD warranty is only 6 months. This product proved to be very unreliable.
Summary: This little camera packs a nice punch. I have a Sony A77 SLT with a Carl Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8 and wanted to get a "side arm" camera and this little Panasonic with Leica lens is an excellent choice. Very satisfied with its performance. Small enough to fit into your pocket or photo vest. Buy this and you'll be happy with it. I found out it's a chick magnet too. It's small and cute, women come up to me and ask me what camera this is.