The Panasonic DMC-LX5 might just be what the doctor ordered. Yes, I’ll be publishing a Micro Four Thirds review for one of Panasonic’s 4/3rds, but cutting to the chase, the LX5 seems to be better. As a “compact enthusiast” camera, you get more control than I had wit hthe G10, as well as better lens glass, higher ISO, and a classier, older look (like an old Leica).
- 10.1 megapixel sensor
- 1/1.63″ sensor
- 3.8x zoom on a F/2.0-3.3 Leica Summicron lens (zoom is improved over LX3)
- ISO 80-12800 (greatrange, also implies lower noise at normal ISO levels)
- HD recording at 720p/30 or 720p/60 (weird; sensor output limited to 30fps)
- 3″ LCD (480×320)
- Optional optical or electronic viewfinder (cool!)
The LX5 will officially be announced on July 21st, on which day depending on the price, which I hear shouldn’t be so bad, will make me a very, very happy boy. Perhaps it’s the 4/3rds I’m looking for?