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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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polishpete 6 Likes
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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longbowassassin#1
good camera.
Adidas Addict 1 Like #2
Wow, amazing deal, you're welcome to my heat for this.
chill#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.
ElBuc#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.
spannerzone#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.
happy1 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 !
cRuNcHiE 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
polishpete 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
shawkins002#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?
happy1 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.
cRuNcHiE 1 Like #11
@happy1 no I didn't . The OP says it takes near DSLR-quality
Shine600#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.
ElBuc#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!
rags2riches 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
villan57 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
madjid#16
How this compare to the sony Sony hx30? Thanks


Edited By: madjid on Jul 09, 2012 21:10: .
superspod#17
I love my LX3. Not sure if it's worth upgrading though.
happy1 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
B0GiE 1 Like #20
How many Mega-Schnitzels has it got?

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