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.
The Panasonic DMC-LX5 offers the usual array of playback options, though it is certainly more versatile than many simple point-and-shoot cameras. To view photos, there are three level of information display possible, as well as two thumbnail views and a calendar view. To filter photos, you can also view by "category," which is handy if you use iAuto or scene modes quite a lot; Category Play will show you all photos by scene mode.
Playback controls are pretty straightforward: you can use the d-pad to navigate between thumbnails and a dedicated button allows you to delete single or multiple images. The zoom toggle lets you switch between view modes and lets you enact the LX5's simple playback zoom feature. You can zoom in at a ratio of 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x and use the d-pad to pan. Unfortunately, you cannot crop directly from the zoom; you have to use the separate crop tool.
The LX5 has a modest selection of in-camera editing tools. We expect that most photographers that would use this camera would do image adjustments in software like Photoshop, so we don't bemoan the absence of in-camera post-production color adjustments, brightness adjustments, etc.
The camera does offer the basics that most people would expect: resizing, cropping, and rotating. As an interesting bonus feature, the LX5 has a leveling feature that lets you tweak an image slightly if it was a bit skewed.
Direct Print Options
The LX5 offers the typical DPOF and PictBridge compatibility. That means that you'll be able to connect the camera to a printer and print photos directly. The Print Set function lets you mark a single photo or multiple photos for printing.
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