Panasonic® Lumix LX5 Digital Camera, 10.0 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
We recently wrote a post about the Canon G12, a popular, high-end point and shoot camera, and now we’d like to introduce you to another popular point and shoot camera, the Panasonic Lumix LX5. The G12 caught our eye because of some of its specs like its ability to capture images in RAW mode and record videos at a speed of 24 fps. Now, the Panasonic Lumix LX5 has captured our attention because of some of its more noteworthy specs. Of course, there are a few categories in which the Panasonic Lumix LX5 misses the mark, but that’s to be expected from practically any camera. Here are a few things you should know about this Panasonic camera when it comes to its strengths and weaknesses:
Panasonic Lumix LX5 Strengths
- This camera’s sensor is larger that most point and shoot cameras’ sensors. This means the Lumix LX5 captures more light than many of its competitors and thus produces better images.
- Like a few other premium cameras, the Lumix LX5 allows image capture in either RAW or JPEG mode. Images captured in RAW mode tend to be better quality and more suitable for editing on computers.
- The Lumix LX5 has an above average battery in comparison to other point and shoot cameras. Its battery allows users to capture up to 400 shots before needing to recharge.
- This camera has excellent macro focus abilities. It can capture detailed images of subjects that are just 1 cm away from the camera’s lens.
- Reaching long shutter speeds of up to 60 seconds, Lumix LX5 users are able to capture long exposure photos of things like the movement of cars on a highway at night.
Panasonic Lumix LX5 Weaknesses
- This camera can only record videos in 720p. If you’re looking for a camera with 1080p HD video capture abilities, the LX5 won’t meet your needs.
- The Lumix LX5 takes 2300 ms to start up. This means there’s a bit of delay between turning your camera on and when you can start taking pictures.
- With only 3.8x optical zoom, the Lumix LX5 isn’t the best camera for taking close-up pictures of far-away subjects.
- The Panasonic Lumix LX5 can only distinguish 19.6 bits of color, which is a little below average. This means that pictures and videos are less vibrantly colorful on this camera than they are on other, similar point and shoot cameras.
If optical zoom, 1080p HD video capture, and image color depth are what you’re after, the Lumix LX5 may not be the most suitable choice for you. However, it’s a popular camera for a reason. If you’re not too disappointed with its weaknesses, you will probably find here’s a lot to love about the Panasonic Lumix LX5.