Panasonic LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front

Panasonic LX5 summary

Panasonic LX5 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on December of 2011. It has a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/1.63" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.

Panasonic introduced this model in an effort to update the previous Panasonic LX3 (Read Full Comparison) and then introduced the more recent Panasonic LX7 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this camera.

The LX5 places at #52 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #791 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic LX5 history

The Panasonic LX5 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can look at all previous and more recent models along with key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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LX5 vs LX10
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LX5 vs LX7
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LX5 vs LX3

Panasonic LX5 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic LX5 based on criterias that are usually considered important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (24-90mm 3.8 x zoom)
comes with HDMI out
good aperture at full zoom (f3.3)
great max aperture (f2.0)
great minimum ISO (80)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
more heavy than others in class (271 grams)
no external microphone support
no headphone support
no phase detect AF
no Timelapse mode
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.63")
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Panasonic LX5 Sensor info

The Panasonic LX5 is run by the Venus Engine FHD processor. The sensor measurement in the Panasonic LX5 is 8.07mm x 5.56mm (1/1.63"). The 45 mm² sensor is able to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 80 - 12800. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below shows the LX5's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The LX5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic LX5 dimensions

Panasonic LX5 weighs 0.60 lbs (271 gr or 9.56 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Panasonic LX5 is heavier compared with other rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Panasonic LX5 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button arrangement on the LX5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 topview buttons dials

Panasonic LX5 Lens info

The LX5 offers a built-in lens and a focal range of 24-90mm giving it a 3.8 x zoom which might not be exceptional however it will probably be valuable in certain scenarios.

At the widest 24mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.0 which will be awesome in low light circumstances and getting good bokeh. It will also enable you to use a much lower ISO to have cleaner images. At the tele end, 90mm comes with f3.3 which is quite decent and allows you to maintain high shutter speeds.

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Panasonic LX5 Connectivity

The LX5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic LX5 Video info

The max video resolution in the Panasonic LX5 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in AVCHD Lite file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should aim for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not have a mic or headphone port which means you get no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find an alternative camera in case you want decent sound in your videos.

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Panasonic LX5 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Panasonic LX5 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Panasonic LX5 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic LX5 has a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Panasonic LX5 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be rather valuable.

Panasonic LX5 Shutter info

Panasonic LX5 is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Panasonic LX5 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic LX5 includes both integrated flash and also external flash support.

Panasonic LX5 Autofocusing info

Panasonic LX5 includes just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate compared with Contrast Based focusing.

It has 23 focus points to pick from. Panasonic LX5 has the ability to use manual focusing when needed for low light occasions or you require more exact focusing control.

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Panasonic LX5 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the maximum (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Panasonic LX5 for various forms of photography

The following chart shows a rundown of the Panasonic LX5 for various forms of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic LX5 Portrait photography factors

The Panasonic LX5 gets a score of 41 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
delivers RAW files
low MP (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")

Panasonic LX5 Street photography factors

Getting a moderate rating of 59, the Panasonic LX5 is reasonably suited to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
small sensor (1/1.63")
heavier than competition (271 grams)

Panasonic LX5 Sports photography details

A subpar sports photography points tally of 27 means the Panasonic LX5 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.63")
lacks phase detect AF

Panasonic LX5 Travel photography details

Weight is extremely critical in choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic LX5 gets a average 59 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suited to purchase for your travels.

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has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (271g)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen

Panasonic LX5 Landscape photography info

When you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic LX5 with it's reasonable score of 52 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate compared to it's competitors.

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has manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
missing Timelapse mode

Panasonic LX5 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should have a moving screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic LX5 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it receives a subpar rating of 29.

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pretty wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone port
more heavy than competition (271g)

Panasonic LX5 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the LX5, here is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph just below provides you a summary of the LX5 versus it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.

There are more cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW files
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-90mm (3.8x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
60 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
7.20 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
271 grams (0.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions
110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Launch price