Panasonic Lumix LX5 review

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

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This is a worthy successor to the DMC-LX3, offering a powerful sensor and image processor and a great lens at a reasonable price. It just falls short of being a five star best buy though.

We liked:

The lens is really good. It's sharp, fast and bright and the maximum aperture, and offers reasonable telephoto reach (just watch out for some building distortion when shooting widescreen ). The Lumix DMC-LX5 is very easy to use, but also has some very useful extras, such as aspect-ratio adjustment via the lens, easy HD video recording and high ISO flexibility,

We disliked:

There's no electronic viewfinder as standard, and the fact that the fixed rear LCD can't be swivelled rubs salt into the wounds. The aspect-ratio adjuster we praised a moment ago is also annoyingly easy to activate by mistake, and changing exposure compensation should be more idiot-proof. Telephoto reach is a bit limited, too.


If you don't need long telephoto reach, full 1080p HD video recording and a swivel screen, the Lumix DMC-LX5 is definitely worth considering. It's well made, generally well-thought-out and has a great lens. A great family camera or SLR replacement in other words, but hardly an impulse buy at £360 - so while its downsides are not huge, they do need to be weighed up.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
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
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
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 Address
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