Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5


A compact digital camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is building on the foundation of the LX3 and has received a very light and high sensor for sensitivity. A high-end digital camera for photographers, the LX5 has a very bright light and a very sensitive sensor, easy to manage in the tests performed with the camera, for this review.

Meant to be part of the “expert” series of compact cameras by Panasonic, the LX series targets those photographers seeking a compromise between compactness and performance. An optical quality finish high above manual settings and a fancy touch screen, only good quality features at Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LX5

A step back from LX4

The newcomer in the family of Panasonic is the LX5, which succeeds LX3. And not LX4! For those curious, “4” is pronounced like “death” (shi) in Japan, as all the Nippon brands avoid that figure as much as possible. Between these two references, the differences are more technical and aesthetic. Under the same look, the zoom goes from a modest 24-60 mm / 24-90 mm. We could make some beautiful portraits in blurred background, which makes it ore efficient than the LX3’s 60mm from last year. RAW format is still available in the LX5 and this is very good news for photo addicted.

Impressive light sensor

Besides the new optical block, the novelty is the sensor. At first sight, the sensor is similar to the previous model as it offers the same definition (10.1 MP), but is more sensitive (ISO max. from 6400 to 12 800) technically, but also in practice. The device seemed us fully usable at ISO 200 600-3, which places it among the best in its class. It has also received a new flash, in addition to traditional optical viewfinders, and an optional flash, an electronic viewfinder, as with the GF1 model too.Lumix-DMC-LX5

Venus Engine FHD

Like its reviewed predecessors, the Lumix DMC-LX5 has, apart the optical part, a selector image with the format – 16 / 9, 3 / 2, 4 / 3 – and the new inaugurated square format: 1 / 1, a specificity found only on SLR cameras until now. The processor is now available as Venus Engine FHD, which offers better performance (speed of ignition, initiation, quality of digital sound processing). And it compresses video in AVCHD standard as well (720p).

This format is very qualitative and two times less greedy for space on the memory card than the traditional MJPEG format, used in the past. The display size is the same (7.6 cm diagonal comprising 460 000 pixels) and the memory card management is enriched (and the models SH and SDHC) SDXC have the new format that can handle memory cards up to 64GB).

Review conclusion

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 has been available since last year and it has been sold in black or white colors at the price of about 499 euros.

Positive points (pros)

* A 10 MP sensor with high sensitivity;
* A bright flash, different from the LX3;
* A more powerful optical zoom better than the LX3;
* Additional SDXC Card Management;
* High sensitivity in low light: up to 12,800 ISO;

Negative points (cons)

* High price of the gadget;
* Screen always brilliant (a lot of reflections reflections in daylight);

Technical specifications

Resolution of sensor: 10.1 Megapixel;
Sensor type: CCD;
ISO Speed: min 80;
Max ISO sensitivity: 12,800;
Resolution sensor width in pixels: 3648;
Resolution sensor height in pixels: 2736;
Ratio Image formats: 4 / 3 + 3 / 2 + 16 / 9 + 1 / 1;
Objective min mm: (focal length equivalent 24×36) 24;
Purpose max in mm: (focal length equivalent 24×36) 90;
Maximum opening in wide angle: 2;
Opening max telephoto: 3.3;
Min Focus Distance (cm): 1;
Optical Zoom: 3.8 X;
Digital zoom: 4X;
Min exposure time (in seconds): 0,100;
Maximum Exposure (in seconds): 60;
Exposure Modes: Automatic, Manual and Scene modes;
White Balance: Auto, preset and manual;
Type of development: Autofocus and manual;
Screen and Viewfinder
Display (diagonal inches): 7.6;
Screen resolution (pixels): 460,000;
Switchable Screen: No;
Swivel Screen: No;
Touchscreen: No;
General Memory size
Supported memory card: SD / SDHC / SD XC;
Number of supported cards: 1;
Formats JPEG: Yes;
RAW file format: Yes;
Video Mode
Video Mode: 1280 x 720 pixels
Sound: Yes
Number of frames per second: 30;
Video Output: Yes;
Inputs Output
PC Interface Micro USB;
Direct printing: PictBridge;
Support for Wi-Fi: No;
Included dock: No;
Battery and charger supplied: Yes;
Using standard batteries: No;
Weight without battery (grams): 271;
Dimension Width (mm): 110;
Dimension Height (mm): 65.5;
Size depth (mm): 43;