Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Announced Jul 21, 2010 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 90 mm (3.8×)
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Product description
Announced Jul 21, 2010

The LX5 is the fourth camera to carry the LX name but Panasonic has not seen the need to meddle too much with the essential ingredients - the LX5 even features a redesigned version of the same sensor as its predecessor, the LX3. A fast-aperture Leica Vario-Summicron lens, compact metal body, flash hotshoe and plenty of external controls make the LX5 a very appealing camera for the photo enthusiast.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2736
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (6400-12800), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 24–90 mm
Optical zoom 3.8×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD Lite
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 271 g (0.60 lb / 9.56 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 65 x 43 mm (4.33 x 2.56 x 1.69)
GPS None

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Our review

Successor to the popular LX3, the LX5 brings a host of improvements and new features, including an excellent multi-aspect sensor, a slightly more versatile optical zoom range, and better ergonomics. It's not the fastest compact around, but it is a great camera for the enthusiast photographer or DSLR user who wants something a little smaller.

Good for: Full-on manual control and low-light work, where the fast lens is invaluable. Also, the multi-aspect sensor is great for panoramics.

Not so good for: Anything requiring speed, and outdoors in very bright light, when the LCD screen gives a very poor guide to exposure/color.

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