Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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

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Silver Award
73%
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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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Other reviews
Panasonic Lumix LX5 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Sep 24, 2010)

With its new high quality 24-90mm f/2.0-3.3 Leica lens, the Panasonic Lumix LX5 has something new and exciting to shout about that separates it from previous-generation models. Image quality is good, though not exceptional, and it's the lens that particularly excels in achieving sharp, fine detail. However, for some, even this new 90mm equivalent longest focal length may still not be quite...

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DCRP Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Sep 20, 2010)

With their new Lumix DMC-LX5, Panasonic has taken the already great LX3 and improved the image quality, zoom power, image stabilizer, movie mode, and battery life, while enhancing both the automatic and manual controls. While some may be put off by its price ($499), you are buying one of the most capable and expandable compact cameras on the market. That's not to say that the LX5 is perfect,...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 is the long-awaited successor to one of the most popular enthusiast compacts in recent years. The earlier Lumix LX3 delivered a winning combination of a bright and wide lens, sensible image resolution and high degree of manual control in a relatively pocketable package. Now two years on the Lumix LX5 builds on the success of its predecessor with a longer lens...

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