DMC-LX5 is fully re-designed in the lens, the CCD and the image processing engine together with other improvements and upgrades. The newly developed super bright F2.0 ultra wide angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimizes distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The 24mm wide angle offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x(90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.
The DMC-LX5 is equipped with newly developed F2.0 24mm ultra-wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with even higher resolution. The super bright, high quality lens is redesigned for extension of the optical zoom from LX3s 2.5x (60mm) to 3.8x (90mm) to be even more versatile for snapshots including portraits. The F2.0 lens is about twice as bright as the F2.8 lens, itself generally considered a bright lens. The result is a higher shutter speed can be used to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in lower lighting situation. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.
Also, the 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens - rare on a compact camera - gives photographers a wider range of composition possibilities. The super-high-quality LEICA DC VARIO- SUMMICRON lens minimizes distortion at the wide end, so users can get stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The LX5 captures approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to that of normal 35mm cameras and approx. 136% larger compared to that of 28mm wide-angle lenses.
The predecessor DMC-LX3 played a big role to cease the pixel count war by adopting 1/1.63-inch CCD for 10.1-megapixel recording to realize the unprecedented picture quality with a compact digital camera and even to establish a new premium compact camera category in the market. The CCD in the LX3, which was highly acclaimed from specialists worldwide, is redesigned to achieve further expansion of dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity by approx. 31% and the saturation by approx.38%. It is made possible by the improvement of on-tip-lens design with larger light concentration and VCCD expansion while deepening the photo diode to manage richer signal more effectively.
The result is a high resolution, noise-less pictures even in high sensitivity recording and richly reproduced gradation in highly contrasted situations with the exquisitely wide dynamic range. Taking advantage of the high sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of DMC-LX5 is as low as 3 lux in movie recording.
In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-LX5 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the newly added Intelligent Resolution technology.
The LX5 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio. In movie recording, the DMC-LX5 goes further than simply recording HD movies. Apart from the movie recording capability of conventional digital compact cameras, the DMC-LX5 also features a Creative Movie mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies.
Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subject. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out. My Color mode is also available in movie recording.
The Panasonic DMC-LX5 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings and more.The Panasonic DMC-LX5 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Panasonic DMC-LX5 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-LX5: Compact, Convenient, Durable, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Inexpensive, Large clear LCD, Nice body color, Short lag time and Zoom range/performance
Most Liked Positive Review
Great image quality in a small camera!
I've tried a lot of point and shoot cameras and this one has the best combination of image quality and features of them all. If you own a dSLR and want something smaller that provides great image quality, or if you are looking to upgrade your current P&S, this is an excellent choice. Because it's so easy to use, it's great for beginners, advanced amateurs, pros and anyone in between. I'm very happy with my purchase and highly recommend this camera. Be sure to take the time to read the manual ...View full Review
I've tried a lot of point and shoot cameras and this one has the best combination of image quality and features of them all. If you own a dSLR and want something smaller that provides great image quality, or if you are looking to upgrade your current P&S, this is an excellent choice. Because it's so easy to use, it's great for beginners, advanced amateurs, pros and anyone in between. I'm very happy with my purchase and highly recommend this camera. Be sure to take the time to read the manual and learn about all of the features and how to use them to get the most out of it.
Most Liked Negative Review
Don't lose lens cap, you ...
Don't lose lens cap, you can't get a replacement. Company should have replacement parts for camera.
Reviewed by 49 customers
Not sure if I'm going to keep,it can't use in bright sunlight was told rel good street camera
I have loved this Panasonic Lumix for years and when my original one was battered by heavy use, I wanted to buy another (particular likes were wide angle and low light capabilities). Then I heard it was discontinued, but the Adorama used is like new so I have a second of the same model after all. Thanks
I would classify myself as a semiprofessional photographer. In addition to a non photography day job I earn a couple of grand a month as a stringer for local newspapers. My news related photos have also been published in magazines. I don't consider myself an artist but am very adept at pointing a camera in the right direction at the right time and understanding and operating all camera controls. For some strange reason people focus on camera specifications and IQ in tedious studio situations. The number one reason outstanding shots are missed is that the camera was not with you. The number two reason outstanding shots are missed is that you failed to set up the camera properly in time. The number three reason outstanding shots are missed is that the camera failed to focus or the shutter speed was too slow to overcome subject motion. With the exception of some older camera phones IQ and everything else camera reviews focus on is NEVER the reason great photos are missed Panasonic has the quickest and best camera operating interface on the market and at F2.4 one of the fastest lenses on the advanced compact market. Their white balance functions in auto mode flawlessly except under fluorescent lighting which is problematic. There is no lag on any control on the camera and focus is quick for this class of camera. I mostly use a 6 grand DSLR when stringing but only because they have the edge in low light and make me look more serious. Of the pictures I like best when not on the job professionally, the LX5 was used for 90% of them The ONLY reason I don't still own the LX5 is I traded up into an LX7 There are no cons, the LX5 is an outstanding camera and a joy to shoot. Full spread of manual controls. Many artistic controls. Very fast and responsive operation. Logical and quick user interface. Fabulous automatic modes. Fun to operate. Easy to customize.
I am a photo enthusiast and I've used this camera for over a year and am constantly amazed at how well it's built and the quality of the pictures. I was looking for a small portable camera that can take high quality photographs in just about any situation. I mainly use the artistic selections which allows for wonderful color and black and white pictures. I recommend the viewfinder, a lens cap that opens when you turn on the camera and a lens shade. I sometimes shoot in raw with wonderful results. The main problem with the camera is that I'm still learning its features and benefits. I guess that's normal for a sophisticated camera as the LX5.
After researching cameras with features I wanted and seeing some in person, I purchased the LX5 on the salesman's recommendation. I've owned lots of cameras over the years and I couldn't be happier with my new Lumix. It has full manual controls, pop-up flash AND a hot shoe, and lots of cool scene modes. It's lightweight, compact and easy to use, real plusses since I take my camera everywhere. It compares favorably with my previous camera that just died after 6 years and has additional features as well. It also takes great available light pictures - I went to an evening indoor party recently and got nice pictures without using the flash.
This camera has literally everything I wanted in a point & shoot- an excellent lens, ability to use filters, hot shoe, intuitive controls and a well designed body that feels rock solid and it has a bit of heft to it- p.s. that's good. Finally a camera manufacturer that realizes that a bit of weight & size is a good thing. The only minor gripes I have is that a centered tripod socket on the bottom would be preferred especially if you are using a gorillapod. I also prefer the 9 point Canon focusing system because it's extremely easy to latch on to just one focusing point in a heartbeat. The Lumix electronic viewfinder is great on sunny days but it could be improved. I spent 10 days in Panama recently and put it through it's paces and was well pleased with the results. I also went to a concert recently and got some nice available light images. The battery life is quite good but I would buy an extra. The zoom is not great but I'll take that anyday because zoomed out to 90mm, it's still only a 3.3 Fstop compared to 5.9 on some cameras zoomed out. A solid 5 star camera in my book & I do photography for a living...
I love this camera.
...it's STILL by far the best value, best performing, most customizable compact p&s camera w/ the firmware update (which has been available via a d/l since mid-September of 2011 in case your camera's firmware version is the older one) which you can find on Panasonic's website at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX5/index.html
This is a superb camera, extremely easy to use, fits in your pocket, i am using the LX5 to take HDR images,the controls on the back of the camera, and with 4 custom setting make it easy to do this, I tend to leave my X100 at home, thanks
I bought this camera for the times I didn't want to lug around my SLR, but wanted to be with something a little more powerful than my smartphone camera. I bought it when it first came out, right after reading some great reviews (PDN, Wired, etc.), and this camera definitely lives up to the hype. It's fun and easy to use and it's AMAZING in low light (I won an image competition for a photo I took outside at night, handholding the camera. The resulting image was crazy sharp and clear and looks like I used a tri-pod). The colors are beautiful, the LCD is great, the macro abilities are incredible, fabulous lens. The only things I dislike are the flash and the lack of viewfinder. I've resigned myself to not using the flash (I did buy an external for it, but I'm still not loving the results) and just push the limits of what I can do in indoor/low-light handholding the camera, although this sucks when I want to just take a quick family snapshot or something. I'm getting used to the no viewfinder (although, when I take it in bright sunlight I can't see anything at all and have to just wing it--grrrrr). This is why I'm not giving it 5 stars. I would advise buying a second battery right up front, you're going to want to have a spare with you, charged and ready to go at all times, since battery life is only ok. I also bought a lens barrel for the camera so I can attach a UV filter over the lens for protection, and I definitely recommend that as well.