Panasonic Lumix LX5 review

Is this SLR replacement radical enough for Panny to stay ahead?

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See the Panasonic Lumix LX5 video sample in HD

So you're not getting full 1080p video here but even so, 720p performance is pretty good, with good auto focus and reliable movement tracking.

It's certainly better than the frankly embarrassing VGA offerings of the Canon G11. The dedicated button on top makes movie mode a cinch to activate, though playback on the rear LCD takes a bit longer to figure out.

There's a choice of Program AE mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed and Manual, so there are plenty of options for creative control, and that fast, bright lens really helps.

The wind-cut function has been overhauled too; while wind noise is very audible on our test video, to be fair to Panasonic, the clip was taken on top of the windiest places in South West England.

'Intelligent Auto' mode is available when shooting movies too, and as with stills, this delivers consistent results.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix LX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority, External Flash Shoe, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Weight (Approximate)233 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/6.3" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height65.5 mm
Width109.7 mm
Depth43 mm
Product SeriesLX
Focal Length5.10 mm to 19.20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-LX5
Product NameLumix DMC-LX5 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-LX5EG-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-LX5 packages an f/2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens with 24mm wide-angle and 3.8x optical zoom. This low-distortion, high-resolution lens lets you capture truly dynamic 24mm wide-angle images while rendering the tiniest nuances clearly, from corner to corner. The fully open f/2.0-3.3 aperture and iris diaphragm also work together to produce stunning scenes with gentle soft focusing. The 24mm wide-angle lens captures approx. 213% larger viewing space compared to a normal 35mm lens.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-LX5 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AV Cable
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens Ring Front
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
Limited Warranty1 Year