I wouldn't know, but my gut says no. There are guides on drying moistened hardware using rice that have been VERY helpful for mobile phone users, where the contacts on the internals are close together. Give a search around.
I do not own the LX5 however, the optical zoom is 1:3.8....24 - 90 mm or Leica 3.8 x x Zoom lens - 5.1 mm - 19.2 mm - F/2.0-3.3 .
I have several other compact Lumix cameras and am quite happy with them.
It does come with a Cable- that has USB outbound-to
connect to your Computer or Printer.
Why would you ever need to "load" information INTO a Camera?
It captures information- doesn't "process" it!
FWIW- a Sandisk Ultra II SD card that's foldable can be inserted directly from
the camera into a Mac-etc to save/edit/send your images-
when you don't happen to have the cable w/ you.
On Ebay, I think you'll find the LX3 is cheaper. On Amazon, a new LX3 is hard to find since it's a much older model. Also, the LX7 just came out so they are lowering the price of the LX5 to get rid of the stock. Once it's gone, the price will go back up.
If you don't mind doing some post-processing on the pictures you take, here's a way:
Adjust the camera to take pictures in RAW mode, then use the Silkypix application (provided on the CDROM that came with the camera) on your PC to read/adjust/save the RAW image. That way, you can surely get rid of the yellow tint.
Hope this helps.
Just a novice here, but I have researched the purple streak issue and it seems it's not a defect. The fastest way to get it explained is a quick keyword search on youtube and they even show/explain what settings to use to get rid of it.
It is also dealt with on pg 207 in the pdf version of Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5: Getting the Most from Panasonic's Advanced Digital Camera.
Hope this helps :)