Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC5

Announced Sep 17, 2001 •
4 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 33 – 100 mm (3×)
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Writing a review of a 2001 release date camera in 2007 is not for those thinking of buying one new. It is aimed at those thinking of buying one on the second hand market. Read through this review to see my thoughts. I was one of the first Australian owners of an LC5 in early 2002. Since then I have taken well over 20,000 photos with this camera in locations all over the world. It has been to remote and rugged places and has always performed well. I followed the saga of 'image quality' in the ...

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My girlfriend bought this model because it had been marked down substantially. Examining the output showed why - the image quality is appalling. Don't be fooled by the first-time digicam owners who rave about this camera. The reports of extremely bad posterization and low-light noise are true and easily verifiable with example closeups. Google for "Steve Lang madmaxmedia" and you'll find an LC5 gallery. Make sure to click 'Original' on the examples and you'll notice how similar the LC5 ...

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just found this on amazon dot com. since i just bought one it's very good news! An extremely good find, February 5, 2005 This camera got panned in some early reviews. This is a very good thing, because the follow up reviews corrected the initial concerns, but by then people got afraid of the LC5. As a result you can get this $900 camera for about half price. Now what happened? This camera is specifically designed to produce high quality prints. At the time of its introduction, monitors had ...

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I confirm the availability of a new firmware upgrade for DMC-LC5. I'm waiting mine (it's a question of day). I'll tell you more about the improvement asap ... I think that, if image quality is better, there will be no equivalent of a such great camera on the market.

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I bought this camera 1 month ago. All the features are great except the quality of images. There s a kind of posterization. I just wonder if the prints will have any posterization at A4 format. In some reviews I found there s a possibility of firmware upgrade. However there should be a link or something how to find such one! Anyway, it is great camera to find the way how to use manual features with these kind of cameras. Problems: Except the posterization none.

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To answer Resistance critics, I can assure the Firmware Update was done successfully on my camera. Noise reduction improved, ISO 200 far better and perfectly usable (yet not ISO 400), noise still exists but slightly fine grain only at ISO 100, without blotches, keeping the definition unlike the blurring effect we have with other cameras. I feel pity if Panasonic Service worldwide is not as good as it is in Switzerland ('swiss quality') :-)

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I was intrigued by Olivier16's comments about the firmware upgrade for this camera. I called Panasonic Product Support and was told what I had suspected from the start: there is no firmware upgrade for this camera...

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Oliver16 Contact me re firmware update or post in form a few of us are looking for the firmware update but cant find it any help would be great fastoys2nv@3web.net

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Great firmware upgrade ! For all of you who were happy about features and great color restitution from this camera, but claimed with reason on heavy noise, there is good news : the firmware upgrade gave me like a brand new camera. Heavy posterization has gone and we only find very fine film-like grain. So know I will enjoy the spared time, I can leave all the denoising-plugins in Phsp (100 ISO). The prints are even better and can now be larger. The lens is still the best on the market, even ...

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