Summary: As a long-time Canon P&S owner I've been wanting to upgrade for a while and spent a month doing online research. It came down to the Lumix DMC-LX5 versus the Canon S95 and G12. And finally after much mulling over, I pulled the trigger on the LX5 but really had some concerns. The Canon's have always served me well and I was a bit worried about image quality and usability/menu's.
Excerpt: Panasonic has some of the best point and shoot offerings, LX-5 is a gem in their line-up. Takes excellent pictures and is extremely compact without compromising in any way. I have been a DSLR user for few decades and wanted a second camera for those casual shooting sessions without having to carry the bag around and this camera fit the bill perfectly. My criteria for the decision to go for this one was.
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.
Fantastic photo quality in RAW mode, great macro, metal body
M. Erb, Amazon
12 December 2011
Summary: 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 this as a backup to my DSLR and soon found myself shooting with only this. Things I love are the quick menu, which helps me quickly set focus mode, WB etc., RAW capabilities and the nice small size. Wife got hooked on to this camera as well - so I got another one too! Pictures are awesome and almost up there with quality with micro four thirds.
Excerpt: Not many fully-featured cameras are small enough to take wherever you want with you. With Micro 4/3 starting to get their pancake zooms and the Nikon 1 series, this might be about to change, but for now the likes of the LX5 are here. The LX5 is a very capable camera, especially for it’s size, offering unusual speed and low-light capability as compacts go.
Excerpt: After using several compact cams (Leica D-Lux-3, Fuji f100fd, Canon S90) and still using my Nikon D300 I have been using a LX5 for one year. This cam is in one pot with the Nikon 7000/7100, Canon S90/95 and Canon G12, every one of these camera is fantastic and has his advantages and disadvantages. Although I was very satisfied with the quality of my S90 I sold it becaus of the boring 4:3-Sensor. I bought the LX5 because of the 16:9-Sensor and the 24-mm-lens.
Big improvement over LX3 but, $100-$150 more than the TL500? "A Comparison REVIEW!"
Radio Man "yarns13", Amazon
12 March 2011
Summary: I used to own the LX3 and I am very impressed that this LX5 REALLY is a DIFFERENT camera. I sold my LX3 long ago, as in my case skin tones without a ton of fuss on the LX3 drove me crazy. Always had too much magenta (WEIRD purple)..even using raw I never could get accurate skin tones for the most part. The LX5 seems to have much more accurate color..skin tones overall look near perfect now.
Summary: I am not a professional photographer. I have used LX5 and Canon S95 for a few days and I feel that both camera are awesome. The new LX5 has superior image quality for outdoor photography. For indoor/low light photography Canon S95 deliver superior images than LX5 and I feel that skin tone is more natural in S95.
Summary: I reveiwed the other high end compact cameras and chose the Lumix LX-5 due to Leica involvement. After several hundred photos the choice was correct. From very close macro to landscapes the quality of images rival that of DSLR's costing much more. The Leica lens is razor sharp, with excellent depth of field across relatively long distances between focused subjects. Image stabilizer allows sharp handheld photos with 1/5 second or longer exposures.