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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

alaTest has collected and analysed 644 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the image quality and performance are overall positive. The responsiveness and lens are also mentioned favorably, but ratings about the energy efficiency and shutter are different. There are some negative reviews about the contrast and memory.

portability, lens, responsiveness, performance, image quality

viewfinder, features, zoom, memory, contrast

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic LX5 review


Sophisticated compact offering great performance

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Panasonic Lumix LX5 review


Is this upgrade of the hit SLR replacement radical enough for Panny to stay ahead?

Suerb lens ; Idiot-roof HD video ; Advanced features

Loose asect-ratio slider ; Lens distortion in 16:9 mode ; Fixed rear LCD

If you don't need long telephoto reach, full 1080p HD video recording and a swivel screen, the Lumix DMC-LX5 is definitely worth considering. It's well made, generally well-thought-out and has a great lens. A great family camera or SLR replacement in...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review


Of the quintet of new Panasonic digital camera releases over summer 2010, the serious yet approachable-looking Lumix DMC-LX5, in succeeding the LX3, has been the one we've been keenest to get our mitts on to take a closer look. Why? Because it's...

Sharp images, decent lens, ease of use given the level of sophistication on offer, manageable dimensions, rock solid build, higher than average light sensitivity settings

Launch price overly expensive so shop around, Live View finder costs extra

A broader focal range and a cheaper price would make this non-interchangeable lens compact a potential world-beater. As it is, it's still hot stuff for those who enjoy pointing and shooting, but would like to raise their game at the same time


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 - First Look


The LX3 reborn

F/2.0 lens, focusing, HD video capture

While it’s hard to argue that the Panasonic LX5 doesn’t have everything you could ask for in a high-end compact camera, it does rather feel that you’re kept at arms length from it. It’s an obvious machine to use for point and press activity and there’s...

While it’s hard to argue that the Panasonic LX5 doesn’t have everything you could ask for in a high-end compact camera, it does rather feel that you’re kept at arms length from it. It’s an obvious machine to use for point and press activity and there’s...

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Stuff magazine


A powerful palm-sized compact with a fast Leica lens and HD movie recording, but do the pictures live up to the promise?

An impressive camera that's easy to love, but hard to whole-heartedly recommend


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5


The successor to the Panasonic LX3 is here at last

The much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX5 is expensive, but it is without a doubt one of the best compact cameras on the market, offering superb build quality, classic design and easy handling, with fast performance and outstanding photographic...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a compact and versatile camera that works well as a back-up for a dSLR, but it's too expensive.

Good build quality ; Very portable ; Decent controls ; Smaller than competing premium compacts ; Bright, sharp lens and display

Costs as much as a starter digital SLR with a standard lens

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 can't be considered a replacement for a dSLR, but its sharp pictures and portable dimensions make it a competent back-up. It's far too expensive, though, which loses the camera a star.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review


Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX3 was widely regarded as one of the best compact cameras at any price. We were so impressed with it that we gave it our highly coveted Ultimate award. The company recently launched its replacement, the Lumix DMC-LX5, and we've...

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LX5 replaces the LX3 as the ultimate enthusiast compact, but at around £400 it’s not cheap. If the LX5’s excellent high ISO performance, great video mode and versatile 24-90mm lens sound attractive, it’s the best compact in town,...

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 review


The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 digital camera is the new top dog in Panasonic's compact digital camera line-up, taking over from the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX3. It has a host of new specifications and features that make it a superior camera to its predecessor.

The new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 makes several improvements to the old flagship LUMIX DMC-LX3. It's an expensive product but its specifications look great.

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Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5


After two years, the company's top-of-the-line compact finally gets a successor. We tested the LX5 over a few weeks in various shooting conditions to see how it performs.

Better pictures compared with LX3; improved autofocus performance; redesign of button layout facilitates operation; accessory port for EVF and other peripherals

AF box gets resized each time camera is switched off; hassle to remove lens cap before shooting

There's no doubt the LX5 is a worthy successor to the LX3. Its improved performance and image quality make it one of the best compacts you can find on the market now. However, the retail price of S$799 is a tad steep considering you can buy an...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/1.63''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes