- 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 12800
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
- 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
- Released December 2011
- Earlier Model is Panasonic LX3
- Renewed by Panasonic LX7
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #45 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #747 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should check our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
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.
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Panasonic LX5 Gallery
You can see the LX5 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a pic of the Panasonic LX5 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button arrangement on the LX5.
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.
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.
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.
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
Panasonic LX5 Sports photography details
A subpar sports photography points tally of 28 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.
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.
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 53 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate compared to it's competitors.
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.
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.