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.
We chose the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 (MSRP $ $299.95) precisely for its differences from the LX5. The ZS3 represents what you can get for a little less money. The most remarkable thing is that the ZS3 is not far of from the LX5 in performance. Color accuracy and sharpness are just as good and stabilization and video performance are actually better on the less expensive model. The noise levels are much higher—in both bright light and low light, but for $200 less you'll be able to take photos that are nearly as good... in theory.
What the $200 gets you is access to a multitude of manual controls. Aperture and shutter priority modes, aspect ratio options, focal mode options, a wider ISO range, and color modes. Plus, you'll have more control over all of these features; the LX5 gives you some access to sharpness, contrast, saturation, and noise reduction options. So, if you know what to do with all those bells and whistles, you'll definitely get some bang for your buck. If you plan to shoot 100% in cruise control, then the ZS3 is an excellent way to save some money.
Get Our Newsletter
Real advice from real experts. Sign up for our newsletter
Thanks for signing up!