Excerpt: Dear Reader The positive feedback and reviews this camera have gotten is overrated. In many ways my old canon 350D out best the lx5 in all regards. Granted yes it's "big" sensor camera, but still 7 years OLD! I was expecting at least same quality, which the LX5 falls short of. + Great lens In normal situations is a quite good little camera macro a welcome surprise controls is easy With ND filter the LX5 is OK in bright light.
Summary: Before purchasing this camera I considered the S95 (canon) and the G12 as they were then the only available point and shoots with wide lenses and full manual control. I read a lot of reviews and tested the three cameras at a store and finally decided to get the LX5 because of superior handling over the s95 and compact size compared the G12.
Summary: I have both the S95 and LX5. Wanted a small, high quality camera to take everywhere with me. I end up taking the S95 90% of the time because the jpeg colors look much better, it is smaller and I don't have to worry about the lens cap. The skin colors on my Asian kids just don't seem right with the LX5 but looks great with S95. The S95 and my old Olympus C-7070 have the best straight out of camera jpeg colors. I love the video and the bright lens on the LX5 though.
Summary: ...the quality is completely inconsistent. I have now purchased four, count them: 1, 2, 3, 4 of these cameras. The first one was returned because every image had a greenish yellow tint that was unnatural and could not be eliminated through white balance adjustment. So, I returned it and ordered camera number two. This one seemed to take great photos all around. However, the glass on the the lcd, within a couple of days, was loose and wobbled around. Strike two.
Pros: Dynamic Range has improved over the LX3 and the increased focal length is useful. RAW files rather good
Cons: The jpegs can be awful. I'm glad the review picked up on that. Sometimes a shot looks great and then the next comes out smeary and lacking detail. Not what I expected. Some questions over lens performance.
Excerpt: "Panasonic in my book can make a camera, they have one of the finest collection of compact cameras of any manufacturer. Their addition a few years ago of Leica lens to their cameras was invaluable, this camera is no different. I sold cameras for 5yrs to photographers and novice consumers alike, and providing that you know what the numbers mean a consumer can become a photographer in time. That being said i wouldn't start with this camera at this price ...
Pros: great for an intermediate brilliant lens good battery life good macro
Cons: awkward menus for advanced features, typical presets, generic design
Summary: Como aficionado desde tiempo hace a este mundo cambiante que es la fotografia, cuatro palabras que se no compartira mas de uno. El otro dia y con la ilusion de tener una compacta con buen cache y sobre todo buena óptica, me decidi a adquirir la Lumix LX5 , ya digo sobre todo por las excelencias que no pongo en duda del objetivo Sumicron de Leica.
Summary: Habe sowohl die Canon S95 als auch die LX 5 "im Haus". Es hat sich das bestätigt, was man eigentlich sowieso schon überall gelesen hat. Die Lumix hat einen klar größeren "Haben wollen Faktor". Die Kamera sieht super aus und liegt gut in der Hand. Damit einher geht aber auch der große Nachteil dieser Kamera. Während die S95 wirklich pocketable ist, ist die LX bereits so groß, dass sie nur in eine große Jackentasche passt.