Panasonic LX5 – the best camera in travel line

After the success exceeded expectations LX3, Panasonic released LX5 with some improvements we hope to continue the ladder of fame for the company.

Panasonic LX5 - the best camera in travel line

Continuation of the cult series LX3, Panasonic LX5 launches with some new improvements, especially the additional support electronic viewfinder and ISO is pushed up to 12,800 (compared to 3200), an ideal figure for people who have taken the night. Is designed with 3-inch LCD screen 460,000 pixels, the sensor 1 / 1, 6 “resolution 10 million pixels and wide-angle 24mm tube, but LX5 is a little longer telephoto range even negligible (90mm compared to 60mm) and support the AVCHD format when play HD video 720p .

LX5 hold solid hands through the crust-metal design. Although the handle has been improved, but by design oriented compact pocket it is not enough certainty. The whole front of the lens ring is fixed with custom focusing manually or automatically, the ratio of 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (new compared to the LX3). Contrary to the front was fairly clean design, and later on Panasonic crams a lot of function buttons. In rotation mode on allowing quick access to shooting modes PASM and custom or default user context. Besides the power switch and camera button / zoom ring is a direct video recording button, light switch instant recording mode even if the machine is in any mode. Flash as the knob is hidden at the side and can be activated manually through the switch instead of automatic. Pin external flash slot is shared with the frame assembly of the GF, but the default is covered by a lid included.

The back outside the large LCD screen is the Menu button access and quick access keys to adjust ISO, flash, self-timer or Fn button can assign different more customizable. There are two new points worth of improvements compared to the LX3 LX5. First is the button joystick has been replaced with round circle and adjusted as the DSLR can click on the lines similar to GF, quite useful when used to adjust aperture and shutter speed in manual mode or aperture definition and exposure compensation in other modes. However, this rotation is designed to rotate causing deep make to turn around and press are also not favorable. Monday to include the transfer switch between shooting mode and view buttons have been replaced by electronic watch. This design allows users, including viewing photos can also quickly switch back to shooting mode by simply pressing the shutter button instead of the home switch must be changed quite confusing as the LX3.

The port side must also be minimal as only 2 HDMI ports and USB ports. Underneath the base is the common slot with room for batteries. The tripod socket layout differences aside even a little inconvenient when mounted on the small tripod (so easy to pour) but also present useful when users want to change the battery or the card even when the motor is mounted on legs that no effect.

LX5’s menu system allows users to customize interventions in many different but the layout on the screen quite tangled and complex enough to dizzy new to the camera the first.

Panasonic LX5 - the best camera in travel line

LX5 lens continues to impress with a strong class from Leica lens (Vario-Summicron) and large aperture of f / 2. Maintains a wide-angle 24mm, zoom range LX5 is the last little more than its predecessor, up to 90mm, more ideal for portraits. Although not large zoom range, but still equipped LX5 system MEGA OIS image stabilization to ensure a new photo or video is always low sharp as possible. Along with improvements from ISO 3200 in LX3, LX5 supports up to ISO 6400 and 12,800 without through a regime expansion. Combined with large aperture, LX5 ensure any photograph in any low-light situations.

But the LX5 noise levels treatment did not overcome the limitations of digital camera usually travel. By 3200 picture is still acceptable. But as they continue to push up 12 800  or 6400, images broken completely, colors are stick and details are lost. But for those who just need the material pictures, that high ISO is an advantage when LX5  is possible that  scene motion even when the image is dark in the form of “use.”

Color photographs showing smooth, low noise, including noise and color noise when the ISO is to 80, a relatively low level compared to the ideal level of default ISO 100 and 200 of the most current travel camera . Thanks to the large aperture of f / 2, the portrait or picture life in daylight conditions to launch large-scale problems is not difficult for this edition.

New zoom system of LX5 super quiet but firm called Intelligent zoom proved very useful, quiet operation almost sounds like digital zoom, so users can take advantage of this optical the film without fear of impact noise. In addition to Motion JPEG format common been saved 720p HD video with a compact AVCHD Lite format. Only thing to read this format, users must connect the camera to the computer and read in its software rather than copy and read from the card reader is common. In return, with integrated software, users can save images from video and editing simple videos right on your computer just recorded without a computer.

Panasonic LX5 - the best camera in travel line

With a compact design, advanced features with many different custom, the LX5  contribute segments to the advanced camera tourism replacement for DSLR  next the version the G12 of the Canon or the NEX and the new NX Sony and Samsung. But with prices still relatively expensive, equivalent to a DSLR popular (about 400 USD) while the high ISO advantage was not shown his class, LX5 less prominent compared with other the other advantages available the famous Leica names and LX3 ago.

You can see more detail technical this camera in here : Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)


  1. Wonderful review! Very helpful indeed. I am thinking of getting a new point and shoot camera and I can’t decide what to get between two of the top rated cameras in the market, the Canon PowerShot G12 and Panasonic Lumix LX5. Will definitely consider your review and I hope I won’t regret my purchase! Thanks! 😉