I’ve owned the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 for around a month now and have carried it with me at night nearly every day and captured over 550 images in that time.
I’ve been using it to be able to shoot mainly street photography at 28/35mm with manual focus, ISO 400, aperture priority and typically shooting from hip. The depth of field indicator whenever in manual focus mode is invaluable for this brand of shooting and I’ve been very impressed with the standard of the images the camera produces when used in such a manner.
I’ve also used it occasionally meant for more standard compact camera duty: family candids during a birthday party, spouse and children portraiture, etc. Speed from shot to shot left a small amount of to be desired in most cases, but I shoot RAW and am not getting a particularly fast memory card that is absolutely contributing to the lag I’ve suffered.
My general impression after 30 days to weeks of shooting is that this is just about the best compact cameras with this element set. I expect to continue to lug it with me and shoot each day.
Key complaints that keep me by rating it at 5 stars are actually:
- grip ergonomics are poor if you have large hands
- LCD display undergoes poorly in bright environments
- imaging performance at speeds over ISO400
Typically the Leitz lens is super sharp… “it’s interesting facts about the lens” is the old telling in film terms. My old traditional were Nikon lenses I loved blasting with, the 24mm f/2. 8, 55mm f/3. 5 macro as well as 105mm f/2. 8 short telephoto were iconic lenses known regarding sharpness. I shot a few times which has a film Leica M5 and that ended up being super sharp too, like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.
The 24mm (35mm equivalent) is your view of life – I helpful to live with the Nikon 24 f/2. 8 on my FM – a Panasonic camera and Leica lens is at least a sharp if not more so, with less distortion. No more fat arms or pulled cheeks around the edges, everything looks pretty normal given it’s a super wide. I can hold the camera for arms length and take good two-shots of my aunt and me in a dim elevator or dark restaurant and not using a glare-y harsh flash. Magical.
The 2. 0 maximum f-stop is fun for these two-shots. In the underwater room at the California Academy of Sciences this morning, I did the two shot of united states at 24mm @ f/2. 0 @ 1/30th from a pretty low ISO so the shot had no digital noise whatsoever but captured the weird color cast to be several feet underwater which wouldn’t have happened by having a flash – beautiful! All while holding the camera at arm’s length due to the wide angle could get we with fish above, perfect (no more asking strangers to take the our pic! ).
The Panasonic LX5‘s luxury and small size fit my hands the perfect solution. I’m getting older and now nearly at retirement cannot put up with the bulk of an SLR nowadays. At the same time, with my eyesight going and benefiting from arthritis is my finger joints, I not even am fond of the ultra-tiny digital point and shoots by their equally tiny controls that I’m constantly hitting by mistake. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a good compromise for my situation, mostly mechanical buttons and switches clearly marked therefore i can operate them without glasses – my own last two Panasonic point and limbs were more pocketable but this generated casual handling and subsequent droppage and even cracked LCDs. The LX5 is large and heavy enough to permit me to know that I’m carrying a authentic camera, not a piece of jewelry as well as a toy.
I carry the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and it’s really given me great photographs easily as well as really helping to capture my later years of life – great camera.