Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) 10.1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a unique compact digital camera offering photo enthusiasts the ideal way for capturing professional-quality photos and High Definition (HD) video. With an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, the Lumix LX5 minimizes image distortion, resulting in stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x (90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as a F2.8 lens, making it easy to produce beautiful photos with a soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light. In addition to the newly-designed lens, the Lumix LX5 features an image processing engine that combines technologies resulting in professional-quality photos, especially in low-light situations. Like its predecessor, the Lumix LX5 features the highly-acclaimed 10.1-megapixel CCD, but it has an expanded dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity and the saturation.FEATURES: Venus Engine FHD image processor - The newly developed Venus Engine FHD image processor enables higher-speed, higher-performance while compiling the Intelligent Resolution technology. The triple CPUs in this imaging engine dramatically speeds up processing while achieving exceptional noise reduction performance. With its high-sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of the Lumix LX5 is as low as 3 lux while shooting video. Record HD videos in AVCHD Lite - In addition to capturing high-quality still photos, the Lumix LX5 can record HD videos in AVCHD Lite, a format that allows almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. Creative video shooting modes include Creative Movie mode, where users can set shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. My Color mode an

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  • 10.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 3.8x F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens
  • 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD; Record HD videos in AVCHD Lite; Creative Movie mode
  • Venus Engine FHD image processor; hot shoe for easy accessorization
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 user reviews
Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a unique compact digital camera offering photo enthusiasts the ideal way for capturing professional-quality photos and High Definition (HD) video. With an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, the Lumix LX5 minimizes image distortion, resulting in stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x (90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as a F2.8 lens, making it easy to produce beautiful photos with a soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light. In addition to the newly-designed lens, the Lumix LX5 features an image processing engine that combines technologies resulting in professional-quality photos, especially in low-light situations. Like its predecessor, the Lumix LX5 features the highly-acclaimed 10.1-megapixel CCD, but it has an expanded dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity and the saturation.FEATURES: Venus Engine FHD image processor - The newly developed Venus Engine FHD image processor enables higher-speed, higher-performance while compiling the Intelligent Resolution technology. The triple CPUs in this imaging engine dramatically speeds up processing while achieving exceptional noise reduction performance. With its high-sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of the Lumix LX5 is as low as 3 lux while shooting video. Record HD videos in AVCHD Lite - In addition to capturing high-quality still photos, the Lumix LX5 can record HD videos in AVCHD Lite, a format that allows almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. Creative video shooting modes include Creative Movie mode, where users can set shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. My Color mode an $499.95 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cGE7YRg3L._SL160_.jpg
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10 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) 10.1”

  1. MSafer Says:

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    I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t know a lot about the intricate details of cameras. I had a Lumix point and shoot that I got proficient with (or as proficient as one can be with a point and shoot camera) and I had limited experience with my husband’s Nikon D300. I wanted to slowly step my way from point and shoot to dSLR and thought this would be a good middle ground.

    The LX5is great! It is smaller than I thought it would be and light as well. The controls are easy to use and easy to access. The photos are crisp and clear and I really enjoy that I am able to have more control over my photos than I would have had with just a point and shoot. I have been able to get some great narrow depth of field and have played around with the manual modes a bit.

    I am definitely impressed with the quality of pictures I have gotten so far, which have blown away my last camera’s pictures (and I thought those were good!). And I really appreciate how intuitive everything is, especially for someone like me that doesn’t really know anything about photography and is just learning.

  2. terryoregon Says:

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    Sorry, don’t have the patience to do one of those long reviews, there are plenty of those elsewhere.

    I’ve had my LX5 for about five days now. I’ll just say that its out-of-camera photos certainly look as good as my LX3. The photos have that unusual tack sharp realistic look & colors that I was used to with the LX3. The ability to zoom and focus track during video is a nice plus over the LX3.

    The LX5 certainly created a lot of buzz on dpreview forums (now owned by Amazon). Seems that Canada got the LX5 almost two weeks before retailers in the US. People in the US ordered the LX5 from Canada and paid good money for expedited shipping. That shows you how much expectation/trust people had for the LX5.

    You can’t go wrong with this camera. The LX3 was one of the most highly rated point-and-shoots in the last ten years.

  3. Zloupe Says:

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    The reasons I purchased a Panasonic LX-5 was image quality and it’s low light capabilities. I wanted an every day carry around camera. I don’t expect it to replace my Nikon system. If a situation calls for a big boy lens I’m gon’na bring the big boy box. With that said there were two choices that I was interested in (my personal choices) the Canon S95 and the Panasonic LX-5. I wanted low light without flash photography and HD video. End quality is everything. I had an Olympus 1030SW and it was an awesome workhorse, but the image quality was less than I hoped for. And the main reason I purchased it was the weather proofing ie: water. The first time I got it seriously wet it failed, permanently! It seams I failed to read the fine print in my owners manual that said my camera had to be serviced by the factory once a year at a cost of $39 to ensure it stayed waterproof. My Bad!! Ok so my only complaint with the LX-5 is that you have to have Photoshop CS5 to process it’s raw files. Sorry Panasonic your software works but it’s not Photoshop. I wasn’t planning the photoshop upgrade until I upgraded my computer system first. But I have to have my RAW files. The only knock on the Canon S95 were the dials were easily bumped changing the settings. It’s built really tight my 6′ 4″ 200lb frame had a little problem operating the lens ring and rear thumb wheel at the same time. The LX-5 had just enough meat to it to be comfortable. And the image quality is superb. Mind you I am not trying to replace my Nikon system with something smaller. That is also why I didn’t go for a small interchangeable lens camera, I mean what would be the point. If I am willing to carry around extra stuff. I have a wonderful Nikon that I just love.

  4. L. Wilson Says:

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    I gave this a 4 so I am happy so so but not happy enough to keep it. The image quality does not match up to my Canon G10. I agree with some of the points others have in their high praise for this camera but no camera is perfect. This is my 4th Panasonic digital camera – ZS5, FZ35, GF1. I have been for the most part happy with them except for their low light capabilities which this camera is suppose to remedy.

    It has have a great field of view at 24 mm but the zoom does not even get you up to normal vision. You can get a converter telephoto and extension tube but that would throw this camera so far out of balance and would be bulky like an SLR.

    Its Raw mode really slows the camera down and at this point of time I have not found a program like photoshop to convert the Raws. Maybe Lightroom could do it. *** SEE UPDATE BELOW FOR RAW . I am sure the proprietary software could do it but I try and stay with more mainstream software.

    Its videos are typical for a point and shoot and you still get those bars of light from the sun and street lights that are typical of the CCD sensor. But one thing you don’t get with the CCD that you get with the CMOS sensors is that Jello rolling shutter effect when panning.

    You have your choice of AVCHD or .Mov for easy editing which is nice feature. I like the position of the video dedicated button on top instead a thumb job on the back – just makes more sense. Although after taking AVCHD movies I could never find them in the camera. I went through file after file hidden somewhere. Final cut could not locate them in a download? A mystery.

    It is very small camera, big hands may find it too too small. Luckily there is a nice leather (maybe) simulated neck strap so it won’t fly out of your hands on the ground as my ZS5 did once. Has a sort of useless flash over 9 feet.

    Clearly the low light capabilities, full manual controls, tiny size – not as small as the S90 or 95 but smaller and lighter than the G10 or G11 , better battery life than the LX3 clarity of stills (2X), ease of operation, live view and 24 mm field of view may make you cross over from another point and shoot. To upgrade from a LX3 you should think about it. If you think you are going to get photos like a DSLR well I don’t think we are there yet, but we are getting closer.

    PS One note – Many of the accessories from the LX3 are not usable on the LX5

    I will be returning this camera. I need a 15+ megapixel camera for large prints and little higher quality video. Just not what I expected maybe its for you – not me.

    The clincher was in pixel peeping. Compared the Canon G10 to the LX5

    Maybe it was not fair because G10 was 15 MP the LX5 is 12MP but it was dramatic.The G10 was far greater in detail.

    If you are going to blow up areas within a photo Megapixels matter. If you are using it for on line posting or 4X5 prints the LX5 will be fine.

    Update

    *** RAW update

    MACUPDATE HAS A FIX FOR NOW

    Adobe Negative Digital converter can convert until adobe comes out with its own forCS4

    [...]

    LX5 Raw converter

    CAMERA SUPPORT FOR PHOTOSHOP CS5 AND LIGHTROOM 3

    Camera Raw 6.2

    Mac OS Windows®

    Lightroom 3.2 Mac OS Windows®

    [...]

  5. Robt C Says:

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    I upgraded from a LX3 to the LX 5, and have absolutely nothing to add to Mic Masterson’s review. He nailed it.

    (My brother lost out, however — I took advantage of the LX 3′s continued popularity and sold it for darn close to what I paid for it 18 months ago, and the difference I forked out was well worth it, for all the reasons Mic pointed out.)

    If you are looking for a camera in this price range, the LX 5 is very hard to beat.

  6. Lawn King Says:

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    The Goal:

    To purchase the benchmark camera in premium compact point and shoot cameras.

    The days of lugging around my DSLR are behind me. Granted nothing compares to the IQ of a DSLR, but for my purposes, today’s premium compact point and shoot cameras are more than sufficient and often I cannot tell the difference. In addition, I have found that I when traveling, I end up taking more pictures when I use my premium compact point and shoot camera and I can focus more on enjoying the moment, than having to worry about the weight of carrying a DSLR; just no longer practical for my usage. While I looked at the mirrorless system cameras, such as the Panasonic DMC GF1, they were not for my purposes; still too big and expensive (but if I wanted a DSLR, I would definitely go with a mirrorless system camera). For those expecting low light capabilities and IQ on par with a DSLR, then you obviously don’t know what you are buying and need to determine your priorities.

    The Nominees: Canon S95, Panasonic LX5, Samsung TL500

    Here are my findings (others may disagree and that is to be expected, as I am no professional photographer, nor claim to be…just a camera enthusiast):

    Canon S95:

    - F/2.0-4.9 aperture (slowest lens of the 3 cameras)

    - 10 MP CCD sensor 1/1.7-inch

    - Great if you are solely looking at the size of the camera and want something very small; some may find it to be too small

    - Very sleek design, but also makes it hard to hold

    - Poor ergonomics

    - 720p HD video at 24p

    - No grip

    - Battery life approximately 200 shots

    - Ring on the lens can be set for most used function

    - More zoom, but no wide angle lens

    Panasonic LX5:

    - F2.0-3.3 Leica Summicron lens

    - 10.1 MP CCD sensor 1/1.63-inch

    - 24-90mm lens; ideal range for what I find to be most useful; makes indoor shots amazing

    - Faster performance and better image quality than the LX3

    - (24-90mm)

    - Option for an electronic viewfinder (EVF)

    - Just the right size and shape; easy to comfortably hold

    - Higher than average light sensitivity settings

    - HD videos in AVCHD Lite 720p 30p

    - Costs as much as a starter digital SLR with a standard lens

    - Battery life approximately 400 shots

    - Accepts External Flashes

    - Manual lens cap

    Samsung TL500:

    - Very bright F1.8-2.4 lens (fastest lens of the 3 cameras)

    - Great design

    - Only a 24-72mm which is more comparable to the old LX3, but still a nice wide angle lens

    - Sluggish performance

    - Nice Amoled Swiveling Screen

    The Winner:

    Panasonic LX5 – while its no DSLR replacement (and it doesn’t claim to be), it is the new benchmark camera in premium compact point and shoot cameras by which all others will be judged.

    Don’t take my word for it, look at the Amazon.com Top 100 P&S Cameras. The LX5 is already #2 after only being available for 3 days.

  7. Todd Gilbert Says:

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    I don’t know why – but I sold my G11 about a month ago. I replaced it with a Panasonic GF-1 that while I really like the camera – it is just to big to be my compact (primary is a 5D2). I plan on selling the GF-1 to pay for it’s replacement. That was to be the LX5, G12, S95 or TL500/EX1. I tried the LX5 first and frankly – am quite disappointed.

    Pros:

    1. 24mm f/2 Wide Angle – love it.

    2. Love the aspect ratio switch that ISN’T just cropping the main 4:3 aspect ratio. The 16:9 24MM angle of view is very impressive – my favorite thing about the camera by far. I originally went with this over the S95 strictly for the 24mm FOV and it is great after seeing it.

    3. 3FPS while shooting raw is pretty cool.

    4. Zoom/AF during video is also very nice.

    5. Hotshoe – definitely a must have and the primary reason it got picked over a S90/5.

    6. Battery life is pretty good – another reason it got picked over S90/5.

    Cons:

    1. When composing – the camera quadruples the pixels on the back screen – so only after you take the photo is the 460K dot screen actually utilized. This is a huge drawback and makes a camera that came out last week feel dreadfully dated in use.

    2. Image quality is really just ok – my G11 was way better. I shoot raw exclusively – and I have to use Lightroom’s noise reduction even when shot at ISO 80 to get creamy soft skys.

    3. As stated the screen above isn’t 460K all the time – but I also didn’t realize how much I loved the swivel screen of the G11.

    4. Video quality is ok – but I don’t want to fire up iMovie every time I want to dump stuff off a card – wish it was a self contained file like the h.264 out of Canon.

    5. Menu system feels like a 1999 camera – very dated and disorganized.

    6. Build quality feels just ok – the G11 or TL500 are both built like tanks – this just doesn’t have that feel.

    7. The lens cap is crap and adds too much thickness – I much prefer the G11/S95′s automatic cap.

    8. When you turn the camera off after taking photos in succession or a video (where the buffer is used) – the lens doesn’t retract immediately. You have to wait for the camera to finish writing to the card before you can put that dreadful lenscap back on. I bought a faster memory card and that did improve it – but I never had this problem with my G11.

    Really I suppose what I want just isn’t here yet. I want a Canon menu system GF-1 with a 24mm equiv f/1.8 pancake lens that will fit in my pocket.

    The closest I think I will get to that – is the Samsung TL500 Black 10-megapixel Digital Camera

    But it might just be too big – so I want to try out the Canon PowerShot S95 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch inch LCD or even a used S90 as they are CHEAP now.

  8. Ronizetti Says:

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    A very early review as I have only had it in my hands one day now. So far, so good … I’ve not upgraded to CS5 or Lightroom upgrades so I can’t judge as yet the RAW files which is all I prefer to shoot. So, for the jpeg images: Excellent exposures, well balanced colors/saturation ~ mildly ‘soft’ focus which does concern me – again, I haven’t tinkered with settings or evaluated files in the RAW stage. Composition with the wide lens is outstanding and the 3.5 times zoom is truly enough for me and a camera for these purposes. Size is good, nice fit in the hand and not too bulky or heavy – this is compact. My main disappointment at this stage is the finish of the WHITE version I bought … very cheap looking – shiny pearlized white … looks more like a Lexus paint job for a car than a camera. White is my favorite color and I waited extra time to purchase it in white, but if I had to do it over again, the BLACK would win hands down .. too bad they didn’t continue with the previous silver color option as on the LX3. I’m close to sending it back for black but I kinda like the idea if I see a white camera walking away it might be mine and easy to spot :) I won’t can’t evaluate the video so many of you are interested in as I would never buy a camera for video purposes … actually, if they could charge a hundred dollars less and leave it off I’d prefer it. Overall, so far, another winner from Panasonic as usual.

  9. Chicago Fats Says:

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    I have rated this as 3 stars but that’s not my final rating. It is just to catch the attention of anyone who might be buying this camera right now, because there’s an excessive cost, in my view, for an extra battery. The cheapest battery I have found for this camera costs 80 dollars. So I haven’t bought a spare battery yet – I hope the price comes down! I’ve only found a couple of places that sell it – none on Amazon. And there don’t seem to be any off-brand substitutes for the Panasonic version. This is problematical anyway, because I anticipate, from reading about the LX3, that off-brand batteries are not reliable with this camera line.

    Putting aside the battery cost, the camera seems to be pretty much what I was looking for. I bought this camera for my wife. It is way too much camera for her in many respects, but it has some advantages that aren’t present in other compact cameras. Unfortunately, this means that the camera is about twice as big as I’d like it to be, but that’s just an unfortunate tradeoff for the features I regard as advantages.

    The first advantage is a manual picture mode selection dial. This is the sort of thing that used to be the way you set the camera to capture scenery, portraits, etc. Unfortunately, there is a digital screen component to doing this, but at least one can start with making a manual selection.

    A second advantage is the wide angle lense. We are always taking pictures indoors, and most of them suffer from the lense not being sufficiently wide angle to get a good shot of all of the room. This one does. Add to that a mild telephoto zoom, almost 4X optical, and most of our needs are covered. Unfortunately, there’s not any optical zoom which would allow for in camera framing of distance shots – ball games, etc. But that can be taken care of on the computer, given the 10 megapixels.

    One thing that I did not realize that this camera has is a manual switch to change the aspect ratio. Very nice.

    There are only a couple of things I’m not pleased with so far. One of them is that the battery compartment requires a manual switch to lock shut. In other words, it does not automatically click into place when the cover is shut, but requires that the lock be slid back into place. The second is that the still/video switch is a button placed close to the shutter/zoom button. This looks like an accident waiting to happen, but maybe that won’t turn out to be a problem. And finally, the lens cap is not attached to the camera with a cord. Oddly, the cap has provision for one, but there’s none in the box, & I don’t see where it would be attached to the camera anyway. Maybe to one of the neckstrap bars.

  10. J.R. Says:

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    I was going to get the LX3 several months ago, but then heard they were coming out with LX5.

    All I can say is WOW! This camera is AMAZING.

    Wide angle, superior IQ, great in low light conditions, easy to use, feels solid when you hold it…love this camera!

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