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Panasonic DMC-LX5

Trusted Reviews Recommended Expert Reviews Ultimate Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 10.1 megapixel 3.8 times zoom factor camera
SLR 10.1MP CCD 1" Jul 2010
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Panasonic DMC-LX5 Review

With excellent reviews but average features, we have ranked the Panasonic DMC-LX5 number 362 across all digital cameras.
100
134 Reviews + 14 Awards
1
Not Currently for Sale
50
Good Features
20
7 Years Old
Overall Score
45
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 45?

It has great expert reviews and exceptional user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received 14 awards including a "Recommended" award from Dinside.no/data plus three other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from Macworld.co.uk plus two other sites. Canon digital cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Panasonic digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report excellent product quality, it is robust and is a good size. However they also report that it is expensive.
The DMC-LX5 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1" image sensor size
Has a built-in flash
Quite low megapixel
Very small optical zoom

Panasonic DMC-LX5 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

14 Industry Awards

Digital camera experts really like this digital camera and have given it 14 awards.

This camera received a "Recommended" award from review websites Dinside.no/data, Camera Labs, What Digital Camera and Trusted Reviews all of whom said that this digital camera was very good.

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by websites Macworld.co.uk, Cnetfrance.fr and Digicam Buyer.co.uk all of whom thought that this Panasonic camera was fantastic.

The author at website Ephotozine strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Top Class" award from Kamerabild.se, it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com and Magnus.de gave it a "Buying Tip" award.

The editors of three other expert review sites all thought that this Panasonic digital camera was very good. This digital camera received a "Good Choice" award from Pcforalla.idg.se, Pocket Lint gave it a "Hot Product" award and it received an "Ultimate" award from Expert Reviews.

Good Expert Reviews

65 experts from sites including What Digital Camera, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine have rated this Panasonic digital camera on average 84 out of 100. Experts think this camera is one of the better cameras.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

DMC-LX5 owners on average rated this digital camera as fantastic. 56 reviewers (81% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. Owners think this camera is one of the better cameras.

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Customers Report That it is Expensive

Three customers considered that the Panasonic DMC-LX5 was not good value for money.

Users Report Superior Product Quality

16 people wrote that it was good quality.

Panasonic Digital Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 11,202 owner and expert reviews (including 2,725 verified purchases), Panasonic has very good reviews for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has very good reviews specifically for its cameras compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report it is Robust

Six owners thought this digital camera was well made and two owners who purchased it concluded that it was strong and durable.

Users Report it is a Good Size

10 customers concluded that this digital camera was compact and three people who reviewed it thought it was a good body shape.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Seven owners wrote that the product was good looking, three people who bought it considered that it was retro and three people mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens and three owners who bought the product agreed that it had a good zoom.

Users Report Good Technical Features

Two customers said that the product had good features.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

24 owners who bought this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images and three people who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good in low light.

  • Capable of shooting some very nice photos…
    Cnet.com October 2010
  • The best photos are the ones you take when no one’s expecting it.
    Wired.com November 2010
  • It was a camera that offered user control, impressive image quality…
  • Without the expensive extras - the large sensor and interchangeable lens mount…
  • There are few cameras that most photo enthusiasts would agree upon…
    Imaging-resource.com September 2010
  • It is aimed at someone who is looking for a lot of controls for fine tuning their photographs in a compact body size…
    Cameras.co.uk September 2010
  • They've improved the image quality, zoom power, image stabilizer, movie mode…
    Dcresource.com September 2010
  • It can take high quality photos even…
  • Indoor pictures without flash are outstanding, as is the hi -def video mode - sound is not bad either…
  • You can't for example reduce resolution to speed it up…

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Six people said in their reviews that the Panasonic DMC-LX5 was good for video recording.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Eight customers considered that the product was easy to use, five customers who bought it concluded that it was easy to use the menus and three owners who purchased the Panasonic DMC-LX5 reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

  • As long as you're comfortable with using manual controls for photos…
  • It's the perfect choice to use when you don't want to lug around your heavy professional camera…
    Techolo.com September 2012
  • The only real criticism of its handling is that the silver thumb buttons have lightly en…
    Stuff.tv October 2010
  • It was a camera that offered user control, impressive image quality…
  • This is a camera that anybody looking for a great compact that still delivers excellent results, can shoot in RAW, offers full manual control and all in a stylish body should do well…
  • They're not always practical to lug around, though…
    CNET.co.uk September 2010
  • Making it a pleasure to use…
    Pete J (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2010
  • With it's fast, wide, sharp lens, easily navigable menu and smooth, fast operational time…
  • The settings are easy to understand…
  • Ability to change settings quickly) and "invisibility" when shooting (well, as much as possible…

Features

Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 10.1 megapixels, the DMC-LX5 has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other cameras. The lowest megapixel of digital cameras is 0.3MP and the highest is 80MP.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 231 grams, the DMC-LX5 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other cameras.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1|1/1.6" image sensor size, which is typical of many cameras.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 3.8 times zoom factor, the DMC-LX5 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras. The average optical zoom of digital cameras is 12x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The DMC-LX5 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras is 0.5", the largest is 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the DMC-LX5 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst cameras of this age.

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1/1.6"" Optical Sensor Size

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/1.6"". That's 88% more optical sensor size than a 1/3"" camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 8.08 x 6.01mm.

A 1/1.6"" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all cameras.

The worst optical sensor size amongst similar types of digital camera is 1".

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras.

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Features Face Detection

The DMC-LX5 features face detection. Most of the other cameras also feature face detection.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DMC-LX5 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has a Night Mode

The DMC-LX5 has a night mode. Most of the other digital cameras also have a night mode.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 has an external flash connector. Most of the other cameras also have an external flash connector.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The DMC-LX5 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The DMC-LX5 features multi-shot function. Most of the other digital cameras also feature multi-shot function.

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Features Calendar

The DMC-LX5 features calendar, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Fairly High Playback Zoom (max)

The average playback zoom (max) of cameras is 10x. When compared to other cameras, the playback zoom (max) of the DMC-LX5 of 16 times zoom factor is one of the highest.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The DMC-LX5 has an orientation sensor. Most of the other cameras also have an orientation sensor.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

The DMC-LX5 has a fairly small maximum aperture number (only 3) compared to most of the other cameras. The maximum aperture numbers of cameras range from 1.8 to 130.

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400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The DMC-LX5 is a digital camera that takes 400 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The DMC-LX5 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other cameras.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras range from 2.3mm to 2,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 300mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 90 millimeters, the Panasonic DMC-LX5 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst cameras of this age.

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Supports Full HD Video

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras also support Full HD video.

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Supports Video Capability

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras also support video capability.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-LX5 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras.

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Age

Released Over Seven Years Ago

This camera was released in July 2010.


Panasonic DMC-LX5 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic DMC-LX5 review we compared this digital camera to 100 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 303,840 product attributes, 186,051 digital camera reviews and 2,765,600 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmclx5k, panasonic dmclx5w, dmclx5egk, dmclx5efk
Barcodes 00738676504378, 00885170016170, 00885170016187, 00885170029637, 05025232579365, 05025232579389, 05025232579402

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