Excerpt: This is the 4th Panasonic in my experience and follows the quality and performance of the other albiet on a higher level. It has a quality feel to it and produces very accurate images. I wanted a camera with easier access to manual exp and meter controls and this camera does these easier than so The large aperature is great for available light and I find it so bright I hav to consciously think about adding flash more for proper highlights than adequate lighting.
Summary: Incredible camera at this price point! Takes great photos in JPEG and/or RAW plus the macro is out of this world....1CM! It also comes with Silkypix software to convert RAW images into JPEGS...not the highest end Lightroom software but does a commendable job for free! Much better picture quality than regular point and shoots because of the sensor size and great optics and firmware. Not DSLR quality..
notes from a novice point of view - plus Update: video tip for Mac users
Desert Gypsy "A Brooklyn Girl Out West", Amazon
6 January 2012
Summary: After several weeks of research and having read hundreds of reviews for this and other cameras with similar capabilities I will cut to the chase and say I don't have a single regret in purchasing this camera. In fact, this is hands down my most favorite *thing* to own in many years....
Fantastic photo quality in RAW mode, great macro, metal body
M. Erb, Amazon
12 December 2011
Summary: Length:: 9:20 Mins I apologize that some of the video portions in my review are out-of-focus. The auto-focus of my camcorder was not working as well as I had hoped and I was a bit too close to the camera that compounded the problem. Furthermore, somewhere along the way, the movie conversion process resulted in a very poor quality video... I'm disappointed in it and I hope it doesn't drive you crazy. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is the camera I have been waiting for.
Summary: I bought the LX5 for almost a year now from Vann's at amazon.com and have used it in different occasions. I will try making some chronological order of my experience with the camera. **First, why I chose the LX5: - I was looking for a small camera to take great photos in most of the situations plus having good video capabilities. I searched in the market and ended, as many, choosing between LX5 and canon S95.
Summary: I've owned this camera since March 2011. I'm a professional photographer and debated between this and the Canon S95. I had owned a previous Panasonic camera and the Leica glass sells it for me, along with the extra wide angle lens for landscapes and the low light capability of having a 2.0 f-stop to take natural light photos indoors with no flash. Outstanding image quality with fantastic color rendition. Don't let the 10.1mp label turn you away from this gem.