Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Digital Camera Review
The LX5 is crammed with features that photo-savvy users will love, but performance runs hot and cold.
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In many ways, the Panasonic DMC-LX5 is an answer to Canon's PowerShot G11—and vice versa. The two cameras serve precisely the same demographic and are sold for precisely the same MSRP ($499.99). These are serious cameras—for prosumers that want something small to throw in their bags or serious amateurs that need something a little more rigorous that a cruise control experience. They're jam-packed with manual controls and shooting modes.
The most significant difference between the two cameras for us is the performance. Both perform above the norm for most point-and-shoot cameras; you definitely get quality photos for your money here. However, the Canon G11 did better almost across the board. The LX5 disappointed in sharpness, stabilization, and bright light noise. The G11 did not. The only area in which the LX5 really came out on top was in low light performance.
We think performance should trump all other considerations, especially in a camera like this one. However, there are some hardware differences to keep in mind: the G11 has a smaller LCD (2.8-inch compared to 3.0-inch), but it also has a built-in viewfinder. What may matter the most to you, however, is that the G11 is a 2009 camera. It's since been replaced by the PowerShot G12 and can, therefore, be purchased for less than $500 at many retailers.
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