Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 camera £249 delivered (f2 / 24mm equiv. Leica lens) RRP was £449 - £249 @ Park Cameras - HotUKDeals
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Scorching compact with 24mm equiv. wide angle, takes near-DSLR quality photos - I did a lot of research and this is the camera for me. This is proper UK stock and the shop does free next day delivery.

Was originally £449, now very difficult to get for less than £300 (not including the Hong Kong 'grey' imports that are all over flea-bay and google shopping which take 10+ days to deliver and potentially a problem to return if there is a problem). At under £250 this one is a steal - I just ordered one.

Here's the usual product info:

Capturing Creativity with the New Panasonic DMC-LX5 Compact Digital Camera - With New High Sensitivity CCD and F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON LENS
Panasonic is pleased to announce the long-awaited DMC-LX5 - a successor to the DMC-LX3, acclaimed worldwide by photography enthusiasts. The premium compact camera is fully re-designed in the lens from its predecessor with changes in the CCD and the image processing engine, and with further improvements and upgrades to the camera, ensuring the new LX5 produces high picture quality and creative images.
Creative ‘Wide Angle’ Shots
The newly developed, super bright, F2.0 ultra wide angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimises distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. With the extra advantage of a 24mm wide angle, rare on a compact camera, the LX5 offers an extraordinarily large viewing space and with thanks to an extended optical zoom from 2.5x(60mm) to 3.8x(90mm) even more versatility and opportunity to capture the perfect shot. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.
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I have one and agree that it's a little marvel - especially at this price. These good quality compacts with decent zoom lenses and relatively speedy performance are all you need most of the time. I use it whenever I can't be bothered to carry my larger cameras. If you want to see a few of my samples, take a look at : http://flic.kr/ps/26RbGk

Mind you, if you're really watching the pennies, the Samsung EX1 at £219 in the same store, is an even better deal (but with a reduced zoom range). The SeriousCompacts site is worth a look for some good reviews of these cameras.

As for the Nex-5n, put a zoom lens on it and try to fit it in your pocket.

Edited By: polishpete on Jul 09, 2012 19:25

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#1
good camera.
1 Like #2
Wow, amazing deal, you're welcome to my heat for this.
#3
I placed an order with Park last summer when they had a deal on the sony nex-3 with 18-55 lense, only for them to cancell within a couple of days because they had no stock and offer me a used version for £10 less than brand new one. Don't think I'll be rushing to order anything off them any time soon.
#4
chill
I placed an order with Park last summer when they had a deal on the sony nex-3 with 18-55 lense, only for them to cancell within a couple of days because they had no stock and offer me a used version for £10 less than brand new one. Don't think I'll be rushing to order anything off them any time soon.

Thanks for sharing this. I did check on the phone and they have new LX5s in stock.
#5
They're a pretty genuine company and I've visited their shop and it all looked good. I do wonder if they advertise some items that they don't necessarily have in stock so worth a call before hand.
2 Likes #6
This is an amazing camera.......I have a nice DSLR too but time after time I chose to take the LX5 with me is it produces constant results in almost all scenarios. Best camera I have ever owned - heat from me !
1 Like #7
Dslr quality when the sensor is only 8.3mm x 6.2mm?
I don't think so!

I'd still stick with the nex-5n for £389 after cashback with its 23.4 x15.6mm sensor, 10fps burst and 1080p60p
6 Likes #8
I have one and agree that it's a little marvel - especially at this price. These good quality compacts with decent zoom lenses and relatively speedy performance are all you need most of the time. I use it whenever I can't be bothered to carry my larger cameras. If you want to see a few of my samples, take a look at : http://flic.kr/ps/26RbGk

Mind you, if you're really watching the pennies, the Samsung EX1 at £219 in the same store, is an even better deal (but with a reduced zoom range). The SeriousCompacts site is worth a look for some good reviews of these cameras.

As for the Nex-5n, put a zoom lens on it and try to fit it in your pocket.

Edited By: polishpete on Jul 09, 2012 19:25
#9
My last camera was a Canon S95, which I loved, although not enough to not leave it in a taxi, clearly.... Looking for a replacement - any comments on how this compares?
1 Like #10
cRuNcHiE
Dslr quality when the sensor is only 8.3mm x 6.2mm?
I don't think so!

I'd still stick with the nex-5n for £389 after cashback with its 23.4 x15.6mm sensor, 10fps burst and 1080p60p

No, you missed the point......I dont say the LX5 has better quality/IQ than a good DSLR, I said I usually chose the LX5 to use most of the time. Its a fantastic compromise between picture quality , size, features and consistent exposures. By the time I have got my DSLR out, selected the right lens, and fiddled with the settings..... I would have missed the pic...with the LX5 I whip it out of my pocket and use the iQ mode, and hey presto, a decent photo is there, whatever I point it at. Yes, If you need high quality images, for large prints, the DSLR it must be, but most of the time its good quality snaps ! Don't forget, the LX5 does have loads of manual setting too if you want to complicate things.
1 Like #11
@happy1 no I didn't . The OP says it takes near DSLR-quality
#12
In good light the files would look pretty much as good as a dSLRwhen filling a double page spread in a magazine. As too would files from many small sensor cameras. Low light is a different kettle of fish as too are frame rates etc.
#13
cRuNcHiE
@happy1 no I didn't . The OP says it takes near DSLR-quality

Yes, from what I have read, users often quote that it is near DSLR quality, and also the best from a compact with best features blah blah blah. For my needs it is the best camera at the best price - I really don't want or need a DSLR, I want something small and neat that allows a fair bit of creativity... and a decent wide angle.

So going back to your first post, I agree, it is not DSLR quality and it doesn't promise to be, but as it is very quick and light, many DSLR owners like happy1 say they get better photos on it than their DSLR because they are more inclined to be carrying it when they need to take a photograph!
2 Likes #14
Awesome Camera. I bought this for my girlfriend 2 months ago, and I paid nearly this much for it 2nd hand.

It honestly takes better pictures than my 7D when you put them both in auto mode.

The Leica D-Lux5 is basically the same camera with a Leica badge, and it still sells for £550+.

This case is also top quality.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Leather-Hard-Case-Cover-Bag-Guard-Protector-For-Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LX5-LX3-/251001935497?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Other&hash=item3a70e19689
1 Like #15
It depends which lens and DSLR we are taking about but anything with a Leica lens will produce results better than some DSLR's
#16
How this compare to the sony Sony hx30? Thanks


Edited By: madjid on Jul 09, 2012 21:10: .
#17
I love my LX3. Not sure if it's worth upgrading though.
1 Like #19
Taken loads of nice pics and vids with this cam...heres one I like !!

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab55/Gap101/Lawn.jpg
1 Like #20
How many Mega-Schnitzels has it got?
1 Like #21
Heat added, great price and Leica lense! 8)
#22
How does this compare to the new pani lumix TZ-30?
2 Likes #23
jasonh1339
How does this compare to the new pani lumix TZ-30?

Better in every way but zoom length. The LX-5 is the top of the range compact from Panasonic. It's basically the same camera as the Leica D-Lux 5

http://snapsort.com/compare/Leica_D-LUX_5-vs-Panasonic_Lumix_DMC-LX5

Edited By: Adidas Addict on Jul 09, 2012 21:00
#24
Sorrry to be a bit thick but looking for a new compact camera at the moment.

Ok the lens is ecellent giving wide angle at large aperture. Yes occasionally this would be useful.
However what does this camera give me at the other end in terms of telephoto performance? This is where I find compacts are limited for my requirements
#25
Adidas Addict
jasonh1339
How does this compare to the new pani lumix TZ-30?

Better in every way but zoom length. The LX-5 is the top of the range compact from Panasonic. It's basically the same camera as the Leica D-Lux 5

http://snapsort.com/compare/Leica_D-LUX_5-vs-Panasonic_Lumix_DMC-LX5
Thanks for the heads up fella.
#26
I am a complete novice when trying to compare zooms, my Canon PowerShot SX220 has a 14x zoom, to get the equivalent or more on this would it cost a bomb?
1 Like #27
Its 24-90mm equivalent. Tempted to go for this...
#28
polishpete
I have one and agree that it's a little marvel - especially at this price. These good quality compacts with decent zoom lenses and relatively speedy performance are all you need most of the time. I use it whenever I can't be bothered to carry my larger cameras. If you want to see a few of my samples, take a look at : http://flic.kr/ps/26RbGk

Mind you, if you're really watching the pennies, the Samsung EX1 at £219 in the same store, is an even better deal (but with a reduced zoom range). The SeriousCompacts site is worth a look for some good reviews of these cameras.

As for the Nex-5n, put a zoom lens on it and try to fit it in your pocket.



Great framing & low light performance but grainy images!
Just noticed low light images were shot with DMC-G1! so low my comment about low light performance is not valid.

Edited By: Capt Kirk on Jul 09, 2012 22:15: correction
1 Like #29
seems to be about this price at most places or am i missing something
1 Like #30
This camera ranks along the Canon S100, Fuji X10, and Olympus XZ1 as the best compact cameras currently available (there is an upcoming Sony which may be even better but at an even higher price).

Compared to travel zooms and other lesser point and shoot models. they add a few features which I find very important:
- Overall high quality and high aperture lens (F2.0 or similar at their wide angle settings)
- Ability to shoot in raw format and larger sensor (These features and the high aperture lenses make these cameras much better in low light situations)
- More photographic features (depending on model: ability to add a separate flash, exposure lock, control over aperture and speed, ability to add an electronic or optical viewfinder)
- Generally higher quality body (metal) and ergonomics (more buttons for direct access, wheels rather than push buttons, customisation ability. etc.), higher resolution screens, etc.

They include the best technology available at time of release in a very compact format. The tradeoffs being price and zoom range (but how useful is a megazoom in practice? a wide angle zoom is much more important IMHO).

I do have a Canon S100 (roughly equivalent to the LX5) and a Panasonic TZ20.... and the difference in image quality is very noticeable. DSLRs and APS-C format cameras are better, but not as compact.
#31
Are these grey imports?
1 Like #32
Great prosumer camera. I had one for a yr and then moved onto the Nex 5n.
#33
But for 249, your better off with a lumix gf3.
1 Like #34
FAMILYGUY
But for 249, your better off with a lumix gf3.

Not if you want a compact.
1 Like #35
FAMILYGUY
But for 249, your better off with a lumix gf3.

You try putting the GF3 (or any of the micro four thirds) in your trouser pocket! :-D

I have this camera as well. It has the largest sensor for a compact at the time (>1 year ago). Sensor not as big as the micro four thirds but this is the one of the best advanced compact at the time. I would only compare this with the Canon G12. If you have the cash and a bigger pocket Canon G1X is even better.

COI: LX5 and Nikon D300 user
#36
£5 voucher?
#37
RueFondary
This camera ranks along the Canon S100, Fuji X10, and Olympus XZ1 as the best compact cameras currently available (there is an upcoming Sony which may be even better but at an even higher price).

Compared to travel zooms and other lesser point and shoot models. they add a few features which I find very important:
- Overall high quality and high aperture lens (F2.0 or similar at their wide angle settings)
- Ability to shoot in raw format and larger sensor (These features and the high aperture lenses make these cameras much better in low light situations)
- More photographic features (depending on model: ability to add a separate flash, exposure lock, control over aperture and speed, ability to add an electronic or optical viewfinder)
- Generally higher quality body (metal) and ergonomics (more buttons for direct access, wheels rather than push buttons, customisation ability. etc.), higher resolution screens, etc.

They include the best technology available at time of release in a very compact format. The tradeoffs being price and zoom range (but how useful is a megazoom in practice? a wide angle zoom is much more important IMHO).

I do have a Canon S100 (roughly equivalent to the LX5) and a Panasonic TZ20.... and the difference in image quality is very noticeable. DSLRs and APS-C format cameras are better, but not as compact.

Thanks for the info :)
2 Likes #38
Plus £30 clearance fee and £38 postage - works out at £257!!
1 Like #40
ElBuc
cRuNcHiE
@happy1 no I didn't . The OP says it takes near DSLR-quality

.. many DSLR owners like happy1 say they get better photos on it than their DSLR because they are more inclined to be carrying it when they need to take a photograph!

So, they get better photos on this than their DSLR because they carry this with them rather than their DSLR??

That's like saying " My Mondeo is faster than my Porsche, when I leave my Porsche at home..... "

Well, Yes... it would be! Shakes head..................... ;-)

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