Panasonic LX5

Panasonic LX5

Panasonic LX5

I’ve been trying to decided on a point and shoot camera for myself lately and I’ve been having a hell of a time with it. I finally narrowed the choices down to two….Panasonic’s LX5 and Nikon’s P7100. Both are awesome cameras but since I’m pretty sure I won’t get away with buying both, I had to choose between them.

Fortunately, I could borrow both from the store and give them a good test run. (I love my job!) So over the next few days I’ll show you what I shot and then tell you about my pick and why.

First, the LX5. Check out all the specs and dpreview’s take on the camera here:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/panasonic/compacts/panasonic_dmclx5

I took both cameras on a little photowalk on a cloudy day so the shots from both will be fairly comparable but this is still my usual unscientific comparison.

LX5 ...a shot from the 'Tree' project.

LX5

The LX5′s f2.o lens is awesome. If you are a lowlight shooter you will love this lens…

LX5 f 2.0  1/8

LX5 f 2.0 1/8

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The Good Stuff:

- f 2.0 lens – super sharp and good for low light photos

- aspect ratio can be changed via a switch on the lens

- 16:9 screen

-16:9 shots are high resolution instead of a lower resolution crop

-Smaller size

-wider lens 24mm

-faster frame rate, 2.5 fps max 5 shots

The not so good:

-only one control dial for manual shooting….and an awkward one (to me) at that

-labels marking the controls on the back are hard to see when in bright light

-no viewfinder

-no flip out screen

-SOOC appears more magenta to me. Others have said the pictures appear colder.

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2 thoughts on “Panasonic LX5

  1. I have to say, I think it is more cold too. However it is winter and nothing is really bursting with color there yet either. I love how clear that low light shot is though. I don’t see a bit of noise in that baby & I have to say that impresses me! Pictures are really clear. I would never guess that you are shooting with a P&S because the quality is there. Can’t wait to see the examples from the other camera. I am wondering if the images will be a little warmer or not.

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