Features & Controls
By Mike Flacy
Unlike it's competition, the LX5 offers some nice converions lens and filter adapters to enhance the lenses capabilities. With the DMW-LA6 lens adapter, you can attach the DMW-LWA52 wide-angle conversion lens (0.75x, 18mm equivalent view), or any 52mm filters like a circular polarizer, Neutral Density, etc.
Looking from the top of the DMC-LX5 you can see the Aspect Ratio Switch. This allows you to quickly change the ratio by sliding the switch to the desired aspect (1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9).
On the side of the zoom lens you will find the Autofocus switch that allows you to put the camera into auto, auto-macro and manual focus modes.
The DMC-LX5 has a built-in pop-up flash with a range of up to 7.2m (W) or 4.4m (T) at ISO auto. Flash modes include: Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, On, Off, Slow Sync/Red-Eye reduction, and more. If you would like more power, the camera will also accept an external flash thanks to the built-in hot shoe.
The 3.0-inch 460k dot TFT LCD screen should bring no problems seeing in any shooting situation, including dim lighting. With the field of view approximately 100% what you see is what you get. An AR (Anti-Reflective) coating and adjustable power levels help you to see it in all lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.
Top Controls: From left to right you can see the OPEN switch that releases the flash. In the middle is the hot shoe (shown below), next is the Mode Dial, allowing you to quickly change your shooting modes, the shutter release button is next and is wrapped by the zoom control switch. In playback the zoom control toggles the Index and Magnify options. To the right of that is the red Movie button that sets the camera into movie record mode, and below that is the power on/off switch.
This is a close-up of the the hot shoe and accessory port that allows you to attach external flash units (DMW-FL220, FL360, FL500) and other accessories to the DMC-LX5, such as the DMW-LVF1 electronic viewfinder.
Controls on Back: At the top is rear dial, that is used to scroll through options and make quick changes to settings like shutter speed and aperture, depending on the mode being used. Next is the AF-AE Lock button and to the right of that is the green Play button that takes the camera into Playback mode. Underneath of those two buttons you will see the 4-way pad with the Menu/Set button in the middle of it. This 4-way pad is used to navigate through all of the menus and is also a shortcut pad to frequently used options. Left on the 4-way pad is the self-timer, down is the Function key, right is the ISO button and up is the Focus button. The middle Menu/Set key selects a desired option and will also bring up the cameras menus. Bottom left is the Display button that will scroll through the different display options available. The bottom right button is the Q. Menu key that brings up another menu of frequently used options, and also seconds as the delete button in play mode.
The DMC-LX5 comes with two I/O ports. The top is the mini HDMI port fro connecting the camera to your HDTV, and the bottom is the AV OUT/DIGITAL port. These ports allow the camera to be connected to a television or computer for saving or to watch videos or display images on a larger screen. With the USB cable, you can also plug the camera directly into you Pictbridge compliant printer for direct printing options.
The DMC-LX5 is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Although any of the three will work, a high speed SDHC or SDXC is recommended due to the capabilities of the camera.
The DMC-LX5 is powered by a 3.6V, 1250mAh Li-Ion battery which allows the camera to capture approximately 400 images or 200 mins. of recording time on a single charge, based on CIPA standards. Also shown is the Panasonic DE-A81 quick charger (included with purchase), allowing you to recharge anywhere there is an AC outlet.
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