Panasonic Lumix LX5 Review
Long awaited, this review will hopefully give you an idea of very local conditions where you might use the Lumix Ö and them some!
There may or may not be pixel peeping, but thatís really beside the point which is:
This camera is a bundle of JOY to use!
Now, the key point is that all that technology which makes this camera this much FUN has, in many ways evolved from the LX3.
I really wonít go into a side-by-side, or any kind of technical review Ö because there are so many sites out which that makes things like charts and graphs, well, soo sexy! Nah Ö Iíll just get into how much FUN this cam is!
For the record, it was a local review which got me interested in my very first self-owned digital camera, the FZ10. Last time kenar cut teeth on the Kodak DSC with that super duper megapixel count of Ö TWO and the super-duper small sized viewfinder (It was like a 15mm crop mark on a 90mm FOV FF viewfinder)! So when stuff like the FZ10 came to being, man, THAT was a dream!
For FULL TECHNICAL LX5 SPECS, please go here: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...=752721&page=2
and Panasonic;s website: http://www.panasonic.com.sg/wps/port...LOBAL_CONTEXT=
Iíll confess Ė when I started using the LX5 while preparing for the review, I knew that P&S and Prosumer technology had come a LOOOONGGG way, but I had no idea HOW MUCH!
Thereís SO MANY things to like about this cam that I canít list down everything, so here is an initial list:
1) Built and Quality Ė feels SOLID and not like itís gonna come apart on you. The lens barrel on my sample felt a little loose, but I suppose it might be required to keep things 'smooth'.
2) The lens is a STUNNER!
3) The LX5 goes from ISO 80 all the way to 12800! Some may say Ďbla bla bla ISO is not usefulí, but for the heck of it, how cares! Iím good up to ISO 1600 for posting up on forums and social media, but thatís just me. When pushed, I'll even take up to ISO 3200 or 6400!
4) The scenes and modes actually WORK! More on this later.
5) HD ROCKS!
5) That diminutive flash Ö puts out some mean POWER!
What Can be Improved
Ö letís face it, it IS meant to be a high-quality P&S. The lag is there, and though it feels fairly minimal, it can be felt.
The small image sensor is still there, and no one ever said it was supposed to be DSLR speed-wise ... but as mentioned, this category of Point-n-Shoot (P&S) has come a long way!
With that in mind, letís take it as it is Ė a POINT-n-SHOOT camera, and thatís when the FUN STARTS!
Please note that some of these shots may be structured, and some will be totally random. No post-processing done except cropping and prepping to put them in an album unless otherwise noted. Some crops may have a full-sized/full-res version. Watch for these!
As a colleague aptly puts it,
I couldn't have said it better!The LX5 - it's quite an amazing camera. Low light vids is pretty amazing. CA is negligible, flare is well controlled. 1/4000th of a sec flash sync speed. Color output is just gorgeous! Impressive dynamic range. Most of all, the lens is from f2.0(w)-f3.3(t)
Alamak! So much talk! Show me the photo lah!