Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Review

4.5
September 6, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D) 109.7 x 65.5 x 43.0 mm / excl. protrusions: 25.5 mm / (4.32 x 2.58 x 1.69 in / excl. protrusions: 1.00 in)
Weight Approx. 271g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.61 lb) / Approx. 233g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.51 lb)

Optics

Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/1.63-type / 11.3 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture F2.0 - 3.3 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.0 - 8 (W) / F3.3 - 8 (T)) / (F2.0 - 11 (W) / F3.3 - 18 (T) in movie recording )
Optical Zoom 3.8x
Focal Length f=5.1-19.2mm (24-90mm in 35mm equiv.) / (25-95mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 4.5x (4:3 / 7M), 5.4x (4:3 / 5M), 6.7x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 5.0x
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON / 10 elements in 9 groups / (3 Aspherical Lenses / 5 Aspherical surfaces)
2-Speed Zoom No
Step Zoom Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Conversion lens Compatibility Yes
Digital Zoom 4x / ( Max. 15.1 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom ) / (Max. 26.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide/Tele 50 cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 30cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Normal / Macro Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off / AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Jog Dial), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Shutter Speed Still: 60 - 1/4000 sec / Movie Mode : 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Movie mode) / Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Shutter Interval approx. 0.5 sec
Viewfinder (optional OVF/EVF)

Recording

Face Recognition Photo
Optical Image Stabilizer Photo & Movie
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Detection Photo & Movie
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
AF Tracking Photo
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo & Movie
File Format Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3) / Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3) + QuickTime / Motion picture: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD Lite REC NTSC / PAL (Depends on Region)
Mode Switch [Playback] button
One-Touch Movie Button Yes
Recording mode (Mode Dial / Mode Button) Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Creative Movie mode, My Color mode, Scene mode, Custom 1,2
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, / Sunset, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo
Movie Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, High Sensitivity, / (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max. 3 images (Fine Mode) / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (image priority) / approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1)
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
Motion Picture Recording [4:3]VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG) / QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [16:9]WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) / [HD Movie]1280x720 pixels, / NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p) / PAL model: 50p(CCD output is 25p) / (AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps ) / 30fps (Motion JPEG)
AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] (Continuous recordable time) approx.140 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Continuous recordable time) approx.140 min
AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] (Actual recordable time) approx.70 min
MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] (Actual recordable time) approx.70 min
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~3EV step, 3 frames
Multi-Aspect Yes
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* / 12800* (* by pixel mixed readout) / High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-12800)
Max Auto ISO Setting Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1
Still Picture Recording [4:3]3648x2736(10M) / 3072x2304(7M) / 2560x1920(5M) / 2048x1536(3M)?/ 1600x1200(2M) / 640X480(0.3M) / [3:2]3776x2520 (9.5M) / 3168x2112 (6.5M) / 2656x1768 (4.5M) / 2112x1408 (3M) / 2048x1360 (2.5M) / 640x424 (0.3M) / [16:9]3968x2232 (9M) / 3328x1872 (6M) / 2784x1568 (4.5M) / 2208x1248 (2.5M) / 1920x1080 (2M) / 640x360 (0.2M) / [1:1]2736x2736(7.5M) / 2304x2304 (5.5M) / 1920x1920 (3.5M) / 1536x1536 (2.5M) / 480 x 480 (0.2M)
Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / RAW
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Flash / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Self Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst mode? / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
Quick Menu Yes
Color Mode / Color Effect (Film Mode) Standard / Dynamic / Nature / Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic / Standard B&W / Dynamic B&W / Smooth B&W / My Film 1, 2 / Multi Film / (My Color Mode) Expressive /Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Dynamic Art / Dynamic B&W / Silhouette / Pinhole / Film Grain / Custom / Happy (only in iA mode) / *Film Mode and My Color Mode are working for movie recording, also.
Picture Adjustment Contrast ±2steps / Sharpness ±2steps / Saturation ±2steps / Noise Reduction ±2steps / (can be adjusted in Film Mode)
Real-time histogram Yes
Composition Guide line Yes (3 pattern)
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / Yes
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Macro Zoom No
Orientation Detector Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)

Playback

Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Playback Motion Picture Yes ( AVCHD Lite / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Show Highlights Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation Yes
Video Divide Yes
Face Recognition Edit Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF

Setup

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Movie REC Guide Yes
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes

Others

LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3.0") TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coat / Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle / AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode / High CRI (Color Rendering Index) LED backlight
Touch Panel No
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd / 0.8 - 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash Yes
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in-Memory Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
Interface AV Output (NTSC/PAL, NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed
Viera Link Yes
HDMI output Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(576p for PAL) / Audio: Mono
Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 1250mAh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 400 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, / SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, / QuickTime / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, AC Cable, / USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, / Lens Ring Front, Hot Shoe Cover, Lens cap, Lens cap string

Further Specifications

NOTE Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in European PAL area.

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