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Reviews: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

by PhotoVideoOnline on 11/02/2010

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Is Panasonic's latest worth the upgrade from the excellent DMC-LX3? We find out
The DMC-LX5 has a hard act to follow. Its predecessor, the DMC-LX3, was so good we'd still recommend it today. So what does this one offer as an upgrade?
It certainly looks the part, and is littered with the sort of features you don't normally see on a compact camera, such as a hot shoe for attaching a flash and a mode dial for manual controls.
1st November 2010
Camera of the Year: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5
The best photos are the ones you take when no one’s expecting it, but it’s hard to be sly while holding a honking DSLR in front of your mug. That’s why we adore Panasonic’s stealthy little 10.1-megapixel sharpshooter. It has the guts of a pro rig tucked inside a compact body. Whether you’re shooting at sunset from a seaside cliff or at 3 am in your favorite watering hole, the 3.8X Leica zoom lens (24 to 90 mm), with its wide-open f/2.0 aperture, can produce razor-sharp photos sans mood-killing flash. And it’s fast, too, powering on in less than a second and locking in autofocus in just 0.3 second. It also makes a great hi-def videocam, recording 720p clips with the press of a dedicated and distinct red button, so you won’t be fumbling through menus when it’s time to record. The same processor that keeps your photos as crisp as a new dollar bill pulls double duty to keep the grain out of movies, even when shooting by candlelight. As soon as the session is over, you can show off your latest masterpieces on the gorgeous 460,000-pixel, 3-inch LCD. You won’t just surprise your friends, you’ll impress them.
1st November 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Panasonic has had a niche for many years with the Lumix DMC-LX3, a versatile compact camera that could easily serve as a weekend replacement for any photographer's digital SLR.
Since then, Canon has entered the market with the PowerShot S95 which has earned high praise from us and consumers.
The LX5 is the new version of the LX3 that refines the formula and adds a few new features, but does it still have what it takes to be the top of the class?
26th October 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review
We had to wait two years for Panasonic to revamp the LX3, so when we initially locked eyes with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, a tidal wave of question marks bombarded our minds. How is this a different camera? Why has hardly anything changed on the outside? However, upon further investigation, it was apparent that nearly all of the LX5's improvements resided under the hood, including AVCHD Lite with full manual video controls, gaggles of Art filters for creative expression, new image processing, and other enticing features. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 battles the Canon PowerShot G12 and Nikon Coolpix P7000, and we'll tell you that the little LX5 gives both of the aforementioned giants a run for their money.
23rd october 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review
The Panasonic LX5 offers excellent image quality and good digital noise performance. Video quality isn't perfect, but it's a solid follow-up to the LX3 with some nice incremental updates.
20th October 2010
Panasonic DMC LX5 Review
Panasonic DMC LX5 The Panasonic Lumix DMC LX5 is an advanced digital camera. It is aimed at someone who is looking for a lot of controls for fine tuning their photographs in a compact body size. Big attractions include manual exposure controls, manual focusing and a large f/2 maximum aperture. The Lumix DMC LX5 has 10 megapixels and a 3.8x optical zoom lens.
When looking at the combination of picture quality and size I think this camera is truly outstanding.
October 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
For an enthusiast photographer, the lack of manual control when using a point-and-shoot compact camera can be frustrating. Thankfully, the latest in Panasonic’s LX range is aimed at those photographers who demand more from a compact camera than just the ability to point and press the shutter.
Panasonic Lumix LX5 review
Stuff says: An impressive camera that's easy to love, but hard to whole-heartedly recommend
The large Leica lens that dominates the front of Panasonic's new Lumix LX5 isn't the only design debt that that the Japanese manufacturer owes the German giant. It's styled with the rugged charm of a classic rangefinder. For a 3.75x zoom compact, the LX5 has a reassuring heft and a loads of dials, switches and buttons scattered around its various edges.
14th October 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 First Look
As the Panasonic LX3 approached the two-year mark since it became available in August 2008, Panasonic aficionados had ample cause to wonder when the replacement, assumed to be the LX4, would see the light of day. Two years might not be an unusual wait for a DSLR follow-up, but compacts generally turn over more quickly. Panasonic announced the LX3 successor in July for a late August availability, but the new camera enters the arena not as the LX4, but rather the LX5. What happened to the LX4? Don't know.
13th October 2010
Panasonic Lumix LX5
This is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. With an f/2.0 Leica DC Vario Summicron lens and a 3.8x zoom from 24 to 90mm, this Panasonic camera will enable you to capture outstanding images in almost every lighting situation you can imagine.
12th October 2010
Review Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Despite its shortcomings, notably its weak JPEG processing, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 delivers an excellent all-around shooting experience--fastest in its class, full featured, and capable of shooting some very nice photos.
11th October 2010
Panasonic Lumix LX5 Mini Review
When Panasonic released the LX3, I was one of the first people to sing its praises. It was an amazing camera for the money. It was one of the first compacts to skip the megapixel madness approach to photography and instead, it concentrated on low noise imagery.
Fast forward to late August, 2010. Panasonic has updated the LX3 and now releases the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5. Let’s take a look at the improvements.
9th October 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a high-end compact camera aimed at enthusiasts. Announced in July 2010, exactly two years after the classic LX3, the new LX5 takes the same concept of packing a high-sensitivity sensor, bright and wide lens, flash hotshoe and a wealth of manual control into a small and light body. Note there wasn't an LX4, so the LX5 is the direct successor to the LX3.
October 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Canon PowerShot S95 vs Canon IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS High ISO Noise
To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, Canon PowerShot S95 and IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS within a few moments of each other using their best-quality JPEG settings and at each of their ISO settings.
October 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
The Lumix LX5 is not a camera for novices, but it offers an insane amount of power for a fixed-lens camera if you're not intimidated by manual controls.
28th September 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review
How do you improve on perfection? When Panasonic launched the Lumix LX3 two years ago, it created one of the very few digital cameras that have come to be regarded as classics. It won a string of top awards, including a well-deserved Editors Choice from TrustedReviews, as well as our award for Best Compact Camera of 2008.
19th September 2010
Panasonic Lumix LX5 review
Is this SLR replacement radical enough for Panny to stay ahead?
The Panasonic Lumix LX5 is a refresh of the popular Lumix LX3, a well-regarded power compact that's also caught on as a D-SLR replacement.
14th September 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
The predecessor to the Panasonic LX5 -- the 2008 model year Lumix LX3 -- was a huge success both in the enthusiast camera market in general, and with Imaging Resource readers in particular.
7th September 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Ever since it was launched two years ago, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has won the hearts of many photographers. With its comparatively large 1/1.63-inch CCD sensor and ultra-wide 24mm F2.0 lens, this compact dominated the advanced point-and-shoot market. Competitors such as Canon and Samsung have dished out rival models such as the PowerShot S90 and EX1, respectively, but have somewhat been unable to topple the Lumix from its throne.
6th September 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is the much-anticipated successor to the LX3, a compact digital camera that proved especially popular with experienced photographers due to its fast lens, full range of manual shooting modes and RAW file support. The new LX5 aims to build on the success of its predecessor with a new 3.8x, 24-90mm zoom lens, large 1/1.63-inch 10 megapixel CCD sensor and HD movie recording with Creative Movie Mode for adjusting both the shutter speed and aperture.
6th September 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review
For the best-quality photographs, a digital SLR is the number-one choice. They're not always practical to lug around, though. Hence the existence of high-end, premium-priced compacts, such as Canon's class-leading PowerShot G11 and Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5, an update to the Lumix DMC-LX3.
3rd September 2010
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 Review
The DMC-LX5, successor to the DMC-LX3, features a fully re-designed lens, CCD, image processing engine, and a bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm LEICA lens.
29th August 2010
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review
Can this re-vamped enthusiast compact give Canon's G-series PowerShots a sound thrashing?
Of the quintet of new Panasonic digital camera releases over summer 2010, the serious yet approachable-looking Lumix DMC-LX5, in succeeding the LX3, has been the one we've been keenest to get our mitts on to take a closer look. Why? Because it's possibly the most sophisticated non-interchangeable lens compact the company has released.
Score: 9 of 10
27th August 2010
Hands-on: Panasonic LX5 review
The successor to the highly-rated LX3 premium compact features a longer zoom lens, enhanced 10MP CCD and HD movie recording.
We've spent some time testing a pre-release Panasonic Lumix LX5 at its global press launch. Initial impressions are very good. Reviewing the LX5 feature set, it's clear that there's certainly more to tempt you over its predecessor, with a 24-90mm equivalent f/2 lens, a new 1:1 square format aspect ratio setting and improved high ISO picture quality. The LX5 certainly needs to deliver. When the LX3 launched back in 2008, it had a lot less to compete with. Now, just about all of the major camera brands are offering a high-end compact aimed at DSLR second shooters and advanced amateurs – can the LX5 still hold its ground?
21st July 2010

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