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LUMIX® LX5 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

Details
DMC-LX5
Features
  • F2.0 Leica DC Summicron Lens
  • 1/1.63" High Sensitivity 10 megapixel CCD with evolved sensor technology
  • Creative photography
  • HD Movie Recording - AVCHD Lite
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    LX5 Expert Review

Reviews

DMC-LX5 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best cameras in the world I would classify myself as a semiprofessional photographer. In addition to a non photography day job I earn a couple of grand a month as a stringer for local newspapers. My news related photos have also been published in magazines. I don't consider myself an artist but am very adept at pointing a camera in the right direction at the right time and understanding and operating all camera controls. For some strange reason people focus on camera specifications and IQ in tedious studio situations. The number one reason outstanding shots are missed is that the camera was not with you. The number two reason outstanding shots are missed is that you failed to set up the camera properly in time. The number three reason outstanding shots are missed is that the camera failed to focus or the shutter speed was too slow to overcome subject motion. With the exception of some older camera phones IQ and everything else camera reviews focus on is NEVER the reason great photos are missed Panasonic has the quickest and best camera operating interface on the market and at F2.4 one of the fastest lenses on the advanced compact market. Their white balance functions in auto mode flawlessly except under fluorescent lighting which is problematic. There is no lag on any control on the camera and focus is quick for this class of camera. I mostly use a 6 grand DSLR when stringing but only because they have the edge in low light and make me look more serious. Of the pictures I like best when not on the job professionally, the LX5 was used for 90% of them The ONLY reason I don't still own the LX5 is I traded up into an LX7 There are no cons, the LX5 is an outstanding camera and a joy to shoot. Full spread of manual controls. Many artistic controls. Very fast and responsive operation. Logical and quick user interface. Fabulous automatic modes. Fun to operate. Easy to customize.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little camera I am a photo enthusiast and I've used this camera for over a year and am constantly amazed at how well it's built and the quality of the pictures. I was looking for a small portable camera that can take high quality photographs in just about any situation. I mainly use the artistic selections which allows for wonderful color and black and white pictures. I recommend the viewfinder, a lens cap that opens when you turn on the camera and a lens shade. I sometimes shoot in raw with wonderful results. The main problem with the camera is that I'm still learning its features and benefits. I guess that's normal for a sophisticated camera as the LX5.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, affordable advanced compact camera After researching cameras with features I wanted and seeing some in person, I purchased the LX5 on the salesman's recommendation. I've owned lots of cameras over the years and I couldn't be happier with my new Lumix. It has full manual controls, pop-up flash AND a hot shoe, and lots of cool scene modes. It's lightweight, compact and easy to use, real plusses since I take my camera everywhere. It compares favorably with my previous camera that just died after 6 years and has additional features as well. It also takes great available light pictures - I went to an evening indoor party recently and got nice pictures without using the flash.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall, Especially at it's Current Pricing... ...it's STILL by far the best value, best performing, most customizable compact p&s camera w/ the firmware update (which has been available via a d/l since mid-September of 2011 in case your camera's firmware version is the older one) which you can find on Panasonic's website at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX5/index.html
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LX5 This is a superb camera, extremely easy to use, fits in your pocket, i am using the LX5 to take HDR images,the controls on the back of the camera, and with 4 custom setting make it easy to do this, I tend to leave my X100 at home, thanks
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Point and shoot ever I have had this camera for a year now and it is easily the best camera I have ever owned. I sometimes use it for digiscoping through a Celestron 100 mm Regal HD scope with a home mode PVC adapter. It takes great pictures in raw and other modes. I have taken some amazing macro photos with it.. The Silkypix software for developing the raw pictures is super versatile. I threw away the lens cover and bought the Lumix lens adapter DMW LA6. This allows you to install a optically clear glass filter to cover the lens. I did buy a extra battery and a high end memory card.
Date published: 2011-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Images, images, images. This camera just makes beautiful images. I don't even bother with RAW mode. I use Dynamic B&W and Vibrant color modes mostly - and they just look beautiful. I don't mind the lens cap - I don't think they could make the lens this good if it retracted all the way into the body. I rather have the high-quality lens. The cap comes with a little tether that attaches to a strap lug, so I won't lose it. The new 90mm tele length is very nice to have. The only thing I can think of to improve this little gem would be GPS. When I travel, I take so many pictures it's hard to keep track of where they were. I'd love a GPS in the next version - I will buy it!!
Date published: 2011-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but lost lens cap I like this camera, but lost the lens cap after only 2 weeks. Can't seem to find any replacement. Panasonic should build the lens cap into the next version of this camera and make the lens a little less bulky so that you can slip it in your pocket.
Date published: 2011-10-26
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Support

Firmware & Drivers FIRMWARE
FAQs
  • What support content is available for my product?

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  • I am a professional photographer who is seriously considering switching to the Lumix mirrorless cameras. Does Panasonic have, or can you suggest, a web site that demonstrates how professional photographers are successfully using the Lumix professional cameras?
    In conjunction with our Panasonic.com web site, our Sales and Marketing team also runs LUMIXLOUNGE.COM This site features work from Panasonic’s Luminary team of professional photographers who have migrated to the Lumx mirrorless cameras. The site also features schedules to live on-line and dealer events as well as convenient links to our latest firmware updates. Additional features to expand the site are already in progress.

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  • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • My camera won't power on. What can I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you dont have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • How long should my battery last?
    CIPA figures which range from 300-400 photos (depending on the camera model). CIPA measurement methods use a very controlled method to measure battery life. The procedure takes a specific number of shots at a fixed interval, with a fixed ratio of flash photos. While this method provides a standardized measurement that can be used to compare two cameras, it's far from how the camera is actually used. Life expectancy can be affected by any of the following: If the flash is used, the total number of photos can decrease by 30-40% If the camera has GPS, you can expect up to a 50% reduction in battery life. If the customer has no immediate need for GPS disable the feature in the camera's menu options. While the battery saver feature will turn the LCD panel off after a preset time (and place the camera into sleep mode) the camera still draws some power from the battery. We suggestion, turn the camera after each shot. At social gatherings, try and minimize passing the camera around the table to have others look at the photos. The LCD panel consumes ~30% of the total power.

    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • Why do I have spots on some of my photos?
    Spots can occur due to dust or dirt inside the lens, or when flash is used in a very dusty environment.

    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • What size SD Card can I use in my camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can only use Standard SD Cards (2GB Max).  Models manufactured from 2007 to 2009 can only use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards (32GB Max).  Cameras manufactured 2010 and later are also compatible to the SDXC memory card format. While your camera?s owner?s manual may state a maximum size, that size was the largest that was available when your camera was manufactured. Any currently available SDXC card, which will eventually increase to maximum of 2 TB is compatible. As the maximum size increases, to 2 TB, we do not anticipate any need for firmware updates. 

    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • Why am I unable to view the photos on my camera after I have deleted some files from the SD card using the computer?
    It is not recommended that you delete or modify any photos on your SD memory card using your PC if you plan to move them back to the camera. Doing so can damage the file allocation table and your camera will not be able to read the files. You should immediately copy the remaining photos from your SD card to your PC. After doing so, using your camera, reformat the SD card.

    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • What should I do to correct a "System Error Zoom", "System Error Lens", or "System Error Focus" message on my camera?
    We recommend you try removing the battery from the unit for approximately 60 seconds and reinstall the battery. If you still receive the "System Error *****" message you will want to consider having the camera serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • There are vertical/horizontal lines in my LCD screen. What do I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you dont have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
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