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The Lumix DMC-LX5 is a high-end point-and-shoot camera, set to be released sometime in late 2010.

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Pros

includes compatibility with optional accessories such as flashes and viewfinders

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fast continuous shooting of 2.5fps in RAW

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very compact and lightweight (271g) - especially compared to more expensive, and similarly performing professional P&S cameras from Nikon and Canon

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RAW format support

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great build quality

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hotshoe for flashes, electronic viewfinder

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capable of shooting video in 720p high definition with stereo sound

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HDMI output

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fully automatic or manual shooting options

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consistent and fast autofocus

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nice and fast 24-90mm f/2-3.3 (3.8x) lens

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higher than average 460k dot 3.0-inch LED backlit display

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compatible with the affordable, easy to find and capacious SD / SDHC and the latest SDXC memory card standards

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essentially the same camera as the Leica D-Lux 5

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fast startup time - about 1 second

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autofocus locks in at 0.3 seconds

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Cons

no viewfinder

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far from a full DSLR camera when it comes to low light noise / overall image quality

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sub-standard in camera JPEG engine compared to the competition - shoot in RAW!

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The Lumix DMC-LX5 is a high-end point-and-shoot camera, set to be released sometime in late 2010. As the successor to Panasonic’s DMC-LX3 from 2008, this model offers incremental optical zoom and sensor upgrades over its predecessor.

The DMC-LX5 features a 10 megapixel CCD sensor, a 3.8x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD display. While the image sensor and screen size are comparable to Panasonic’s DMC-LX3, the zoom has been marginally increased by 0.3x. The 24mm F-stop is set at F2.0, which is not as expansive as some competing cameras. This camera has a port for an optional electronic viewfinder (EVF), meaning users can hook the DMC-LX5 up to an external display to assist with photography work. The maximum ISO has been bumped to 12,800 from the lower ISO 3,200 on the DMC-LX3. Supported memory card formats include SDXC, SD and SDHC.

Features
  • 10 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 3.8x optical zoom
  • 3.0” LCD display
  • 24mm, F2.0 max. F-stop
  • Optical image stabilizer
  • 720p video recording (30fps)
  • EVF port
  • Mini HDMI out
  • ISO 12,800
  • Memory: SDXC, SDHC, SD
  • Colors: Black, Silver
  • Dimensions & weight: 109.7 x 65.5 x 42.9mm, 231g
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Shadowtech
12/24/2010 01:53

Thinking about getting the #panasonic_lumix_dmc_lx5 (on @Yale's recommendation) for my upcoming trip to #Japan
I don't want to spend $200 on a point and shoot I'm only going to use for one trip. This camera seems like a good option for those that want to learn how to shoot with manual controls and get better photos.

Unfortunately, I've only been able to find this camera for $450-500 in Ontario, yet it ships for $400 from Amazon.com in the U.S. - Is there is anyway to avoid the "Canada tax" and get the camera closer to it's actual value?

Yale

Yale

12/24/2010 02:34

See what it would cost you in Japan and pick it up there. Most cameras are exactly the same besides the default language setting.

Omar

Omar

12/24/2010 02:53

If it's $400 in the US, and you can get it for $450 in Canada, I think that's a reasonable price difference. There are options to ship to the US and then have it forwarded to you in Canada, but they cost about $10-$20 and then you add in the extra inconvenience/risk and the warranty hassles and it's just not worth it. Plus, you still have to pay tax/duties on them so you're actually not saving that much money other than rare cases.

Yale

Yale

12/24/2010 02:55

Looks more expensive there, just buy it here :(

Shadowtech

Shadowtech

12/24/2010 03:45

Yodobashi Camera is selling it for 41,300 yen, but that works out to $500 CAD - no deal to be found unfortunately. I'm going to keep my eyes open for any sales, deals or otherwise during the next 2 months. Even though $25-$50 (not including our 13% tax) more isn't terrible, it's the principal that bothers me.

http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/product/100000001001260029/index.html

Omar

Omar

12/24/2010 04:46

If it's principal then take solace in the fact that our taxes aren't that much higher than in the US and we get waaaaaay more services.

Anonymous

Anonymous

02/21/2011 04:00

I'd like to mention that Yodobashi Camera sells this exact camera with "japanese-only" menus for 39,000 yen. If you want one with English menus, it's the DMC-LXSG-5 model.. or maybe LX5SG... whatever, costs 62,000 yen. A major scam.

Yale
11/25/2010 02:07

if anyone would want a quality compact, this is my current recommendation. The Leica D-LUX 5 looks so much nicer, but that's (mostly) the only difference.

Omar

Omar

11/25/2010 03:21

This does look like a winner! Nice pick!!

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