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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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Optical Zoom 3 x
Digital Zoom 4 x
Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Viewfinder Type none
Display Type LCD
Display Size 3 in.
Display Resolution 460000 pixels
Battery Type removable lithium-ion
Battery Model Number DMW-BCJ13
Height 65.5 mm
Width 109.7 mm
Depth 43 mm
Waterproof No
Shockproof No
Dustproof No
Weather-sealed No
Image Size Option Width 2304
Frame Rate(s) 60p, 30p, 50p
Maximum ISO 12800
Minimum ISO 80
Image Size Option Height 480
Image Size Option Height 1536
Image Size Option Height 1920
Image Size Option Height 2304
Image Size Option Height 2736
Image Size Option Height 360
Image Size Option Height 1080
Image Size Option Height 1248
Image Size Option Height 1568
Image Size Option Height 1872
Image Size Option Height 2232
Image Size Option Height 424
Image Size Option Height 1360
Image Size Option Height 1408
Image Size Option Height 1768
Image Size Option Height 2112
Image Size Option Height 2520
Image Size Option Height 480
Image Size Option Height 1200
Image Size Option Height 1536
Image Size Option Height 1920
Image Size Option Height 2304
Image Size Option Height 2736
Image Size Option Width 480
Image Size Option Width 1536
Image Size Option Width 1920
Image Size Option Width 2736
Image Size Option Width 640
Image Size Option Width 1920
Image Size Option Width 2208
Image Size Option Width 2784
Image Size Option Width 3328
Image Size Option Width 3968
Image Size Option Width 640
Image Size Option Width 2048
Image Size Option Width 2112
Image Size Option Width 2656
Image Size Option Width 3168
Image Size Option Width 3776
Image Size Option Width 640
Image Size Option Width 1600
Image Size Option Width 2048
Image Size Option Width 2560
Image Size Option Width 3072
Image Size Option Width 3648
Video Resolutions 320 x 240
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (VGA)
Video Resolutions 848 x 480 (WVGA)
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720
Sensor Type - New CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.63"-type
Model Colors black, white
Still Pixel Count (effective) 10.1
Weight 271
Original Price 499.95
Aspect Ratios 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
35mm Focal Length Minimum 25
35mm Focal Length Maximum 95
Focal Length Minimum 5.1
Focal Length Maximum 19.2
General Type High-End
External Flash 0
LCD Pixels 461000
OLD Movie Mode 720/30p
Zoom Digi 4
fstop Min 8
fstop Max 2
Zoom Tele 19
Zoom Wide 5
Battery Power Source ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (DMW-BCJ13PP)
Video Output Yes
Direct Printing Yes
Playback Options Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Flash/Halogen/Color Temperature/ White Set 1 / 2; 2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias
OLD ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* / 12800* (* by pixel mixed readout) High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-12800)
Settings RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Flash Exposure Compensation Yes
Sync Contact Yes
Flash Range 0.8 - 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Built in Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off,Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~3EV step, 3 frames
ISO Options
  • 80
  • 100
  • 200
  • 400
  • 800
  • 1600
  • 3200
  • 6400
  • 12800
  • Extended ISO
Type
  • Compact
  • High-End
Manual Controls
  • manual focus
  • aperture priority mode
  • shutter priority mode
  • full manual exposure
  • custom white balance
  • ISO control
Connectivity Options
  • USB
  • A/V
  • miniHDMI
  • hot accessory shoe
Video Frame Rates
  • 60p
  • 30p
  • 50p
Video Frame Rates
  • 30p
Video Frame Rates
  • 30p
Video Frame Rates
  • 30p
Still Pixel Count (gross) 11.3
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV
Automatic Modes Program AE, My Color Mode, iAuto, Scene (Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1/2, Pet, Sunset, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo)
Burst Yes
Speed No
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Shutter Speed 8 sec. to 1/5000
Metering Modes Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
AF Assist Illuminator Yes
Detecting Range 50cm to infinity
Focusing Points 23
Focusing Modes Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
LCD 3.0" TFT Screen LCD Display
Viewfinder Optional
Lens 5.1-19.2mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron
Compression JPEG
Image Format JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Color Filter System Primary Color Filter
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image Size 0.3,10
Sensor Type 1/1.63-inch CCD
Pixels 11.3
OLD Weight 0.61
OLD Height 2.58
OLD Width 1.69
OLD Length 4.32
OLD Type High-end

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color
  4. Noise
  5. Resolution
  6. Video
  7. Playback
  8. Canon PowerShot G11 Comparison
  9. Samsung TL500 Comparison
  10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Comparison
  11. Conclusion
  12. Photo Gallery
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