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.
|Max resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Effective pixels||10.1 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Hi Auto (6400-12800), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–90 mm|
|Min shutter speed||60 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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.