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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black

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  • 10.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 3.8x F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens
  • 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD; Record HD videos in AVCHD Lite; Creative Movie mode
  • Venus Engine FHD image processor; hot shoe for easy accessorization
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.6 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003WJR69E
  • Item model number: DMC-LX5K
  • Batteries 3 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 20, 2010

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a unique compact digital camera offering photo enthusiasts the ideal way for capturing professional-quality photos and High Definition (HD) video. With an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, the Lumix LX5 minimizes image distortion, resulting in stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail.

Panasonic Lumix LX5 highlights
The 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x (90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.

The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as a F2.8 lens, making it easy to produce beautiful photos with a soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.

In addition to the newly-designed lens, the Lumix LX5 features an image processing engine that combines technologies resulting in professional-quality photos, especially in low-light situations. Like its predecessor, the Lumix LX5 features the highly-acclaimed 10.1-megapixel CCD, but it has an expanded dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity and the saturation.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Highlights


Venus Engine FHD image processor

Panasonic Lumix LX5 highlights
The newly developed Venus Engine FHD image processor enables higher-speed, higher-performance while compiling the Intelligent Resolution technology. The triple CPUs in this imaging engine dramatically speeds up processing while achieving exceptional noise reduction performance. With its high-sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of the Lumix LX5 is as low as 3 lux while shooting video.

The predecessor DMC-LX3 played a big role to cease the pixel count war by adopting 1/1.63-inch CCD for 10.1-megapixel recording to realize the unprecedented picture quality with a compact digital camera and even to establish a new premium compact camera category in the market. The CCD in the LX3, which was highly acclaimed from specialists worldwide, is redesigned to achieve further expansion of dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity by approx. 31% and the saturation by approx.38% compared to the LX3. It is made possible by the improvement of on-tip-lens design with larger light concentration and VCCD expansion while deepening the photo diode to manage richer signal more effectively.

The result is a high resolution, noise-less pictures even in high sensitivity recording and richly reproduced gradation in highly contrasted situations with the exquisitely wide dynamic range. Taking advantage of the high sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of DMC-LX5 is as low as 3 lux in movie recording.

Record HD videos in AVCHD Lite
Panasonic Lumix LX5 highlights
In addition to Motion JPEG images, the DMC-LX5 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the newly added Intelligent Resolution technology.

The LX5 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio.

In movie recording, the DMC-LX5 goes further than simply recording HD movies. Apart from the movie recording capability of conventional digital compact cameras, the DMC-LX5 also features a Creative Movie mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subject. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out. My Color mode is also available in movie recording.

Ergonomic design for easy control
The Lumix LX5 has also been redesigned externally--with a thicker grip making it easier to hold and a newly-incorporated turn-and-push jog dial achieves various selection and setting more quickly. The Lumix LX5 also features a hot shoe, which allows for the attachment of a wide-variety of accessories, such as an optional Live View Finder which helps shooting under strong daylight with high visibility or an external flash. The 1:1 square format setting is added in the aspect ratio option which can be selected with the switch at the side of the lens barrel.

Additional Features
Panasonic Lumix LX5 highlights

  • The 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high resolution Intelligent LCD also redesigned by adopting High CRI (Color Rendering Index) backlight LED to greatly increase the color reproduction, making it more visible both in shooting and playing back images in any conditions from at dark night to under bright sunlight.
  • Battery life is extended to shoot 400 photos (CIPA) per a single charge.
  • A wide-variety of optional accessories, including a Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), External Optical View Finder (DMW-VF1), Wide Conversion Lens (DMW-LWA52), Conversion Lens Adaptor (DMW-LA6), MC Protector (DMW-MC52), ND Filter (DMW-LND52), PL Filter: DMW-LPL52, External Flashes, Leather Case (DMW-CLX5) and a Battery Pack (DMW-BCJ13).






Panasonic Lumix LX5 highlights


What's in the Box
LX5 digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, AV xable, USB cable, shoulder strap, CD-ROM, lens ring front, hot shoe cover, lens cap, lens cap string

Product Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a unique compact digital camera offering photo enthusiasts the ideal way for capturing professional-quality photos and High Definition (HD) video. With an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, the Lumix LX5 minimizes image distortion, resulting in stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail.The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as a F2.8 lens, making it easy to produce beautiful photos with a soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image is really Great. Very good resolution. Read more ›
I was thinking about going with a Canon G11 but instead bought this one and had a chance…I'm glad I bought the Panasonic, the pictures are crisper and clearer, less noise. Read more ›
The pictures are great and almost on par with my much pricier Sony RX100. Read more ›
So far, we are very satisfied. The pictures are clear and well focused with great color detail. Read more ›
Got this camera for a…Still have so much to learn about this camera, love the wide angle and the pictures are so clear but I guess that's to be expected with a leica lens. Read more ›
The LX-5 takes excellent pictures in bright light. The pictures are very sharp! However, I got this camera strictly for its 'low light capability'. Read more ›
This camera has very good options, Daylight gets stunning pictures. iA mode is not good. Scene mode does get good pictures if you pick the right scene for the picture. Manua… Read more ›
Picture is clearer than my Lumix DMC-ZS3. Also the interface menu system is simpler and that is better in my book. Although it does not feel as sturdy as the all metal body… Read more ›
I like the…The "iA" (intelligent auto) setting will take care of everyday shooting and the "scene" mode is great for quickly applying some fixed parameters to the pictures. Read more ›
The…Of course, options are good for a serious photographer, amateur or pro, so if you take the time to read the electronic manual, you will get the most out of this camera. Read more ›
Found it w/ the LS1 compact from Panasonic, but now just…All options are clear/easy to figure out and use on the fly and the quality of the Leica lens is indisputable. Read more ›
Quality is top-notch and I did not get any 'cheap' feeling at all while using it. Menu is easy to use and so are its buttons and features. Read more ›
This little…I have a Sony A77 SLT with a Carl Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8 and wanted to get a "side arm" camera and this little Panasonic with Leica lens is an excellent choice. V… Read more ›
The only bad thing about this camera is that it…Lens is remarkably sharp and distortion free for a point and shoot with only a little color fringing under some conditions. Read more ›
But it meets every needs of mine----manual focus, manual exposure, macrophotography, auto bracket, extremely fast burst, and super portable(D700…The LEICA lens works great. Read more ›
I am a rare bird in that I did not want a tiny camera to stuff in my pocket, I like to hold a sturdy, solid camera and this is…The Leica branded lens is fantastic as well. Read more ›
The F2.0 lens is really great. I have a Panasonic pocket camera with F3.5 lens. Read more ›
pros: - 24 mm lens are really great, much better than 28 mm like other cameras. You don`t have to go far away to include everything into the shot. Read more ›
It's obviously not going to replace a full-blown DSLR, but it does what it does very well. Added thought: the video is pretty good. We looked out of our airplane window one… Read more ›
When the DMC-LX5 arrived it was mid-day on a Saturday. Photo's inside the house were great, the video was smooth. I really liked what I was getting into. Read more ›
Video Quality: The video is excellent quality even though it is only 720p. Read more ›
The video capability is quite good as well, though for the moment I don't see a lot of need for that, but I might later. I was pretty impressed with how good it looked. Read more ›
The end product: The images and videos have been exceptional. The focus and exposure is spot on. Read more ›
The size is not really a pocket size as it is big and heavy for a shirt pocket. The video is nice, smooth and very good quality. The pictures it took is excellent. Read more ›
great optics, great pictures, easy to use, portable, many functions if your really into adjusting the parameters of the picts, or just shoot in program. Quality of… Read more ›
I have it always with me. Easy to use. Read more ›
Oh, yeah, the products are well engineered and designed and fun to use. Read more ›
I've had this camera for over a year now. For the price, this camera takes beautiful pictures and it's easy to use. I am so glad I purchased this camera instead of the Canon. Read more ›
Wow, what a fun little camera. It is so easy to use the manual functions and specialty settings, plus you can switch to video with a single button. It takes great photos… Read more ›
The LX5 menu system is familiar, but the addition of extra controls around the base of the lens actually makes it easier to use than its predecessors, while offering far… Read more ›
And to have this capability in a camera you can carry in a jacket pocket is…4. The auto focus is excellent and takes a fraction of a second to track, and is silent. 5.… Read more ›
The LCD is big and sharp. In manual mode the focus assist is nice. Slow! Read more ›
The onscreen manual-focus assist is especially great, as it allows you to establish the hyperfocal distance - on the LX5, at 24mm and f/8 this means everything between… Read more ›
IV. The LX5's autofocus is lightning fast and does not hunt unlike the S95 and the P7000. However, the XZ1 is meant to be very fast as well but no one has one. Read more ›
The lens also has a wider angle, and there are several format size options, so the pictures I took at holiday parties all look very cool because they capture more of the… Read more ›
This could have been a wonderful camera. It has a large censor and the auto focus is fast. Good clarity up to iso 800. Read more ›
It did not feel heavy or bulky and took great pictures. The colors are rich but exposure and brightness need some adjustments. The zoom is not that great but sufficient… Read more ›
Photos have been rather sharp. Color has been good, but I would advise shooting in JPG+RAW mode with at least a 16GB SD card. The single button 720P video quality is very… Read more ›
However, in good lighting conditions, the images come out amazing. Colors are rich and saturated and focus is tack sharp. High-def video is similarly impressive, although… Read more ›
Flash is OK up to 8 feet or so. auto exposure is great, most shots are spot on. saturation is a bit low from the factory, so I bumped it up a notch in camera and the colors… Read more ›
I have no problem shooting indoor pictures without flash out of box. Color accuracy is very good with WB slightly off without any adjustment. Camera feels solid with… Read more ›
In fact, in some cases, the Nex 5's photos seemed disappointly soft in comparison. LX5 colors are perfectly saturated but not too much - just enough to make the image pop. W… Read more ›
I usually use a full size DSLR, but its the LX5 I take with me when I go out the day or take a short trip. Its size is perfect and it really does take wonderful photos. I… Read more ›
Composition with the wide lens is outstanding and the 3.5 times zoom is truly enough for me…Size is good, nice fit in the hand and not too bulky or heavy - this is compact. Read more ›
There are a lot of great features with this camera that are too numerous to mention here. It's the perfect size for my pocketbook or pocket! My only complaint is that I… Read more ›
I am a professional photographer…Although this does not replace DSLRs, it is a nice size I can keep in my pocket had shoot when I would normally resort to my phone camera. Read more ›
I find it to be a nice size but if you want utmost portability you might want to check out the Canon S95 or even the Canon Elph 300hs which is actually a surprisingly good… Read more ›
But then came the LX5. Just the right set of options and a reasonable size to carry around no matter what the occasion. I don't think I will or could slip this in my shirt… Read more ›
The…The LCD display is relatively easy to see in bright sunlight, better than that of D3200, but the D3200 has an optical viewfinder, which is orders of magnitude better. Read more ›
The LCD is very bright and sharp, with lush color. Excellent for reviewing and sharing shots. Read more ›
Simply, the movable LCD screen is a cool G12 feature. LX5 doesn't have it. Read more ›
I have no quarrel with the colors that the .jpgs from this camera produce. The screen is bright and colorful. I had seen some comments about all of these things and was a… Read more ›
The LX5 uses a traditional lense cap which I will probably loose one day when I…And although that 3inch LCD screen is beautiful, it still is hard to see in direct sunlight. Read more ›
It performs well in every conceivable lighting situation from bright sunlight to well…The LCD is exceptionally bright and the lens produces wonderfully precise images. A… Read more ›
The rotary mode dial on top of the camera operates easily and smoothly. The zoom lever is placed well and easily operated with your forefinger. The on/off control is a real… Read more ›
Zoom is nice but you need to realize anything under 35 mm will distort an image's near far relationship creating large noses - this is the same for all lenses, not a fault… Read more ›
I'm going on a weekend trip soon and feel confident that this will last the entire weekend without needing a charge. - As mentioned, the added zoom is terrific. It's… Read more ›
Otherwise, I like this little camera : + nice wide & fast zoom. The 90mm is decent for portraits. Read more ›
I've owned the ZS3 for 2 years and loved it. That was a really great camera with the superb zoom, wide angle and AVCHD video. I was tempted by the LX3 however didn't like… Read more ›
This was while we were in the car. The camera automatically smoothed out the zoom and the video quality rivals easily the Canon T2i that I have. For the average joe this… Read more ›
I bought this Thanksgiving of 2011 as a family camera and I'm still very happy with it. The picture quality is amazing, and the battery life is fantastic! In the beginning… Read more ›
I took some photos from the bus and most of them came out good. The battery is very powerful and the recharging is fast. I carried a spare battery but did not have the… Read more ›
For the battery, unlike other brands that have red light when the battery is…So, sometimes, you are uncertain whether the battery is full or the outlet is not working. Read more ›
Battery life is just great,however watch out for generic batteries they may power it up but you will get error messages and they will not last long when shooting. again… Read more ›
I used the "sunset" scene mode, well, at sunset to get saturation in…Battery life was great: I got 497 jpeg+raw files the first day and the battery was down to one bar. Read more ›
- F2.0 !! - Battery life is fantastic. Lasts for days (pix, videos). Read more ›
I also like that the flash only comes up if you push the flash button. The build quality is very solid and the Leica lens is amazing. Read more ›
The build quality is the best I have seen on a small camera. Pictures process quickly and more importantly can be taken with vertually no time delay. Read more ›
Pluses for the DMC-LX5 * Great solid build quality, the camera is a bit heavy but feels VERY sturdy with a lot of metal in the construction * Easy to use controls, pretty… Read more ›
Positive qualities: Good in low light (but often bad in daylight), Excellent build quality, design, zoom in video mode, dedicated video button, great low light… Read more ›
- Although I liked the pocket ability of the S95, I chose the LX5 because of the excellent build quality, wide angle bright Leica lens and the optical zoom & AF while… Read more ›
-Low light performance is great. -Sturdy and strong build quality -Options for hot shoe accessories(optical AND digital view finder, flash, etc) Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,664 of 1,698 people found the following review helpful By Mic Masterson on September 5, 2010
Color Name: Black
This camera is really fantastic and a nice upgrade from the LX3. That's not to say that everyone should upgrade, but I think there are some significant advantages.

For me, I really needed the additional zoom and was very excited to hear that this is exactly what the LX5 had, without sacrificing the f2.0 lens. My brother needed a new camera anyway and was happy to get my 2 year old LX3. (By the way that camera is in nearly perfect condition. Panasonic really build a quality product with the LX line and I think the LX5 is even better.)

Here are the major comparisons to the LX3. Decide if these are worth it to you:

- Better image stabilization. I am getting crisp photos at speeds as low as 1/10sec.
- Better sensor than the LX3. The colors are slightly more accurate and the auto white balance works better (I need to make less adjustments).
- Better low-light shooting. Perfectly usable up to 1600 out of the camera. Shots in ISO 3200-6400 can be used with some photoshopping. ISO 12800 won't be very good, but nice to have if you don't care about quality and just need a quick shot in the dark. With the LX3 I was getting usable shots at ISO 800.
- Faster autofocusing.
- Face detection.
- Autofocus tracking!
- Better processor. Faster startup and shot-to-shot time.
- Better battery life... this camera lasts almost twice as long!! And I always thought the battery life on the LX3 was already outstanding. I'm going on a weekend trip soon and feel confident that this will last the entire weekend without needing a charge.
- As mentioned, the added zoom is terrific. It's interesting to note that the overall size of the camera has remained roughly the same as the LX3 despite the upgrade.
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556 of 569 people found the following review helpful By Photo guy on September 5, 2010
Color Name: Black
Wow, I am so impressed by this camera! I am a professional photographer and have been searching for a quality point & shoot for casual use when I don't want to lug around my DSLR (Nikon D700 at the moment) but have never been happy with the compromises of a P&S. Some of the features that were most important to me for a P&S were:

- RAW files - LX5 can shoot RAW files to allow changing WB and giving maximum flexibility in editing images in my preferred RAW converter, Lightroom 3.
- Fast glass - f/2 lens!! Even at 90mm, it is still f/3.3!
- Wide-angle - 24mm (35mm equivalent) is awesome, the Canon S90 only goes to 28mm and most P&S no wider than 35mm.
- Decent zoom range - I wasn't interested in a 10x superzoom but wanted something at least to 70 or 80 mm. The zoom range of 24mm to 90mm is just perfect without compromising the quality and speed of the lens.
- Reasonable compactness - it is fairly compact without feeling like I'm handling a bar of soap. It handles well for a P&S and feels like a real quality piece of equipment. The controls are logically placed with controls for the most commonly used adjustments within easy and quick access. Not as pocketable as most compact P&S cameras, but has the best handling of a P&S I've ever used.
- Low light sensitivity - I almost never shoot with the on-camera flash, so low light sensitivity is really important to me. I've shot images up to ISO 1000 that clean up quite well in LR3. I even feel that ISO 1600 is usable in a pinch if you aren't going to blow it up too large.
- Manual controls - I love that I can set everything manually: aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the controls make it quick and easy to do so without digging into the menus.
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292 of 301 people found the following review helpful By Koytch on September 18, 2010
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I said "Depends on What You're Looking For" because everyone has their own expectations and needs. In my case, all my DSLRs have been Nikon, and all my small pocket cameras have been Canon. I was in the market for a new pocket camera since my others didn't have optical image stabilization. So I bought another small Canon, and for some reason, just not as pleased anymore (I ended up giving to my wife and she loves it). I must admit I'm picky on quality of the image, high ISO capability, and having some control over camera setting.

A friend of mine had been looking at DSLRs, but bought the LX5 and asked what I thought about it. The more I reviewed and analyzed it, the more I liked it. So I bought one. It's close to a pocket size camera, but a little larger. Though the specs say 4.3 inch x 2.6 inch x 1 inch, that is true, but just for the body itself. The lens with lens cap adds another inch sticking out. So the body is OK, but a little bigger than I previously would purchase for casual carry around shooting. But, it's still not that large overall, and fits in jacket pockets, larger pants pockets just fine.

So after using this camera, I changed my outlook. Why? Because this camera met my expectations of high quality images, high ISO capability, and having control over all aspects (but I found automatic mode produces outstanding images also, so it's a win-win on this camera). This camera is the first compact I ever owned that produces superb images which I don't find myself complaining about. The images actually look like the original scene. Exposure control is excellent, focusing is accurate, images look great, and the camera is easy to use. For being picky, I really haven't found a complaint yet. Lumix did a good job on this one.
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