Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 Megapixels Digital Camera with 3.8x 24mm Wide-Angle Leica Optical Zoom, 3.0in LCD Display - Black

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About Panasonic DMC-LX5

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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (34),Easy to use (33),Good image quality (26),Image stabilization (26),Good in low light (22),Fast / accurate auto-focus (21),Large clear LCD (17),Exceeded expectations (15),Convenient (13),Durable (11),Nice body color (10),Short lag time (7) Inexpensive (5),Zoom range/performance (5),Great picture quality (3) View All
Limited zoom (4),No viewfinder (4),Pricey / poor value (4)
Best Uses:
Low light (18),Travel (18),Landscape/scenery (17),Family photos (14),Sports/action (6),Video (6),Weddings (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (14),Pro photographer (6),Semi-pro photographer (6)

Panasonic DMC-LX5 Features

  • F2.0 Leica DC Summicron Lens: For all camera user who loves photography and pursuing image quality
  • 1/1.63" High Sensitivity 10 megapixel
  • CCD with evolved sensor technology: Realized industry top level image quality in compact digital camera
  • Creative photography: My color mode, Manual exposure even in movie mode
  • HD Movie Recording - AVCHD Lite: Features high quality movie in AVCHD Lite with Dolby Digital Creator and SD Link compatibility

Panasonic DMC-LX5 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
10.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
1/1.63-inch / 11.3 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
F2.0 - 3.3 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.0 - 8 (W) / F3.3 - 8 (T))
(F2.0 - 11 (W) / F3.3 - 18 (T) in movie recording)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
( Max. 15.1 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 26.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Length
f=5.1-19.2mm (24-90mm in 35mm equiv.)
(25-95mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
10 elements in 9 groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses / 5 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Photo & Movie
Conversion Lens Compatibility
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide/Tele 50 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 30cm - infinity
Focus Range Display
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Normal / Macro Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off
AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Jog Dial), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* / 12800* (* by pixel mixed readout)
High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-12800)
White Balance
Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Flash/Halogen/Color Temperature/ White Set 1 / 2
White Balance Adjustment
2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE Mode)
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE)
+/- 1/3 EV - 3EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Face Detection
Photo & Movie
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1/2, Pet, Sunset, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo
Movie Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, High Sensitivity
Shutter Interval
Approx. 0.5 sec
Self Timer
2sec / 10sec
Auto Review
1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF
Picture Adjustment
Contrast +2steps
Sharpness +2steps
Saturation +2steps
Noise Reduction
Image Quality
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3648 x 2736(10M) / 3072 x 2304(7M)/ 2560 x 1920(5M) / 2048 x 1536(3M) / 1600 x 1200(2M) / 640 x 480(0.3M)
3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3776 x 2520 (9.5M) / 3168 x 2112 (6.5M) / 2656 x 1768 (4.5M) / 2112 x 1408 (3M) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M) / 640 x 424 (0.3M)
16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3968 x 2232 (9M) / 3328 x 1872 (6M) / 2784 x 1568 (4.5M) / 2208 x 1248 (2.5M) / 1920 x 1080 (2M) / 640 x 360 (0.2M)
1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
2736 x 2736(7.5M) / 2304 x 2304 (5.5M) / 1920 x 1920 (3.5M) / 1536 x 1536 (2.5M) / 480 x 480 (0.2M)
Motion Picture Recording 4:3
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording 16:9
WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording HD Movie
1280 x 720 pixels, 60p(CCD output is 30p)
(AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps)
/ 30fps (Motion JPEG)
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Intelligent Exposure
Photo & Movie
Real-time Histograms
Composition Guide Lines
Yes (3 patterns)
Scene Mode Help Screen
External Flash
(optional OVF/EVF)
LCD Monitor
3.0" TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating
Field of View: approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
High CRI (Color Rendering Index) LED backlight
Film Mode
Standard / Dynamic / Nature /Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic / Standard B&W / Dynamic B&W / Smooth B&W / My Film 1, 2 / Multi Film
Works for movie recording
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
OSD Language
English, Spanish
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
AV Output (NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
Viera Link
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
0.8 - 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories
Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Ring Front, Hot Shoe Cover, Lens cap, Lens cap string
2-Speed Zoom
Step Zoom
Max Auto ISO Setting
Quick Menu
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max. 3 img (Fine Mode) High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (img priority) approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for1:1)
Focus Icon Select
Yes (in Face Recognition only)
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Macro Zoom
Orientation Detector
Playback Motion Picture
Yes ( AVC HD Lite / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode
All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram
Show Highlights
Delete Image
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
Cut Animation
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
One-Touch Movie Button
Movie REC Guide
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode
Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
Continuous recordable time
(Motion images) AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] approx.140 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] approx.140 min
Actual recordable time (Motion images)
AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] approx.70 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] approx.70 min
My Color Mode
Expressive /Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Dynamic Art / Dynamic B&W / Silhouette / Pinhole / Film Grain / Custom / Happy (only in iA mode)
For movie recording
Intelligent ISO Control
Face Recognition
Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
File Format
Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3)
Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3) + QuickTime
Motion picture: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
Mode Dial / Mode Button
Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Creative Movie mode, My Color mode, Scene mode, Custom 1,2
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
4.5x (4:3 / 7M), 5.4x (4:3 / 5M), 6.7x (4:3 / under 3M)
Shutter Speed
Still: 60 - 1/4000 sec
Movie Mode: 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Movie mode)
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60sec.
Digital Red Eye Correction
Photo (Red-Eye Removal)
Mode Switch
[Playback] button
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume
No / Yes
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback
Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image
Yes / No
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker
Mono / Yes
Touch Panel
Intelligent Zoom
AF Tracking
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Photo & Movie
Video Divide
Face Recognition Edit
HDMI output
Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
Audio: Mono
ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 1250mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life
400 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.32 x 2.58 x 1.69in / 109.7 x 65.5 x 43mm (excl. protrusions: 1.00 in / 25.4mm)
Approx. .61lbs / 0.28kg (with Battery and SD Memory Card)
Approx. .51lbs / 0.23kg (without Battery and SD Memory Card)
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Panasonic DMC-LX5 Reviews

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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

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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


It's oj


from Ca  -  Pro Photographer

Not sure if I'm going to keep,it can't use in bright sunlight was told rel good street camera


Adorama used is perfect


from New Orleans  -  Casual Photographer

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

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


One of the best cameras in the world


from St Louis, MO

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great little camera


from Westchester, NY

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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Great, affordable advanced compact camera


from San Francisco, CA

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A solid camera throughout.


from Anniston, Alabama  -  Pro Photographer

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...


Great camera


from Oregon  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love this camera.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Overall, Especially at it's Current Pricing...


from NY'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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from England

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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great little point and shoot


from Philadelphia, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.


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Stuart H  Will this camera take a 16gb memory card?
PAUL C  As far as I know it will take any size memory card. I don't think memory card size is a factor with any digital camera. BTW, I have been extremely happy with this camera!
Stuart H  Thanks.
Stuart H  Will this camera take a 16gb memory card?
PAUL C  As far as I know it will take any size memory card. I don't think memory card size is a factor with any digital camera. BTW, I have been extremely happy with this camera!
Stuart H  Thanks.
Stuart H  Will this camera take a 16gb memory card?
PAUL C  As far as I know it will take any size memory card. I don't think memory card size is a factor with any digital camera. BTW, I have been extremely happy with this camera!
Stuart H  Thanks.
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