Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review

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Review posted 02/24/2011

Quick Take
Pros

  • Well-built, compact body
  • Comfortable control layout
  • Captures beautiful 10-megapixel photos
  • Sharp and fast Leica 3.8x optical zoom len
  • You have full use of the optical zoom option while recording video
  • 24mm wide angle extreme is one of the widest available in a camera of this size
  • Fast max. aperture (f/2.0) combined with great High ISO performance makes it a great camera for low-light shooting
  • High Quality AVCHD Lite 720p movie capture
  • Excellent shooting performance
  • One Touch Video Recording Button
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Competitive price tag
  • Loads of option accessories
Cons
  • ISO 6400 and 12,800 are not settings we recommend using unless extremely necessary
  • No full 1080 HD option like found on other Lumix models
Bottom Line
Panasonic has created a worthy competitor in a tough category that has several great cameras competing in it. With excellent image quality, speedy performance, awesome High ISO capabilities (for a compact), and all of the Panasonic bells and whistles we've come to love, the Lumix DMC-LX5 is an awesome prosumer camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Nearly two years after Panasonic rolled out the LX3, the LUMIX DMC-LX5 is entering their lineup of digital cameras this fall. This powerful compact model has a classy "retro" look and feel, and offers loads of exposure options for advanced to novice users. The LX5 has an increased optical zoom range from 2.5x on the LX3 to 3.8x. While sensor size and resolution remains identical to the previous model, the maximum ISO has increased to 12800 and this new model utilizes Panasonic's POWER O.I.S system. 

The LX5 also boasts a 3.0-inch LCD screen, Face Recognition / Detection, 720 high definition video capture and and the new Venus Engine FHD image processor. The LUMIX DMC-LX5 comes in either black or white colors and it's slightly larger than the LX3 in width and depth.  

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 key features include:

  • 10.1 megapixel, 1/1.63-inch CCD image sensor
  • F2.0 Leica DC-Vario-Summicron 3.8x optical zoom wide-angle with 24-90mm (equivalent) focal range
  • ISO 80-3200 at full resolution (up to12800 high sensitivity at lower resolution)
  • 3.0-inch TFT LCD with 460K pixels  (backlight LED)
  • 720p HD video capture (AVCHD lite)
  • Face Recognition and Detection technologies
  • Venus Engine FHD image processor 
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • A/V, USB 2.0, HDMI outputs  
  • Stereo Microphone with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
  • Powered by a Li-ion battery pack (rated up to 400 shots per charge)
  • Accessories include External Optical View Finder, Wide Conversion Lens, Live View Finder, ND Filter, MC Protector, External Flashes and Leather Case
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 comes in black or white with a suggested retail price of $399.99 US. 

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