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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic LX5: New lens, sensor, processor for versatile compact (previewed)
(Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 02:01 EDT)

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today announced its Lumix DMC-LX5 digital camera, a followup to the extremely popular LX3 model that was launched two years ago, and we've just posted our Panasonic LX5 preview.

The Panasonic LX5 has an all-new lens, sensor, and image processor, among many other changes to the camera's image quality and handling. The new image 1/1.63-inch CCD image sensor offers 10.1 effective megapixel resolution, and includes dual microlenses. Compared to the chip from the LX3, the LX5's sensor has larger microlenses with smaller gaps on both layers, and also increases well depth for improved dynamic range and reduced high-ISO noise.

The Panasonic Lumix LX5 couples its imager with a more sophisticated Leica DC-Vario Summicron branded 3.8x optical zoom lens that has bright maximum apertures varying from f/2.0 at the generous 24mm-equivalent wide angle, to f/3.3 at the moderate 90mm telephoto. The Lumix DMC-LX5's lens is also said to offer improved corner sharpness, resistance to aberrations, and optical image stabilization performance. Autofocus performance in the Lumix LX5 has also been improved, with Panasonic aiming for a handy 0.3 second AF cycle time (precise specifications in this area are still preliminary).

The Panasonic DMC-LX5's new image processor, meanwhile, features three processing cores and now has the horsepower to consider chrominance and luminance noise not only separately, but also in terms of how they relate to each other. This is said to allow the Panasonic LX5 to better differentiate between noise of either type, and subject detail.

Further changes in the DMC-LX5 include a much more capable movie mode with manual exposure, the ability to use color effects and optically zoom during recording, and support for AVCHD Lite compression. There are also numerous ergonomic and feature changes to the body, including a new grip, jog dial, movie and playback buttons, support for the same external electronic viewfinder as the Lumix GF1, and a lot more besides.

The Panasonic DMC-LX5 goes on sale from late August 2010, with suggested retail pricing of around US$500, the same pricepoint at which the LX3 shipped two years earlier. Two body color choices will be available -- either black, or white. Much more detail can be found in our Panasonic LX5 preview.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeMid-Sized
Model NumberNorth America: LX5
Dimensions4.3 x 2.6 x 1.7 in.
(110 x 66 x 43 mm)
Weight9.6 oz (271 g)
Planned AvailabilityAugust 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/1.63" (approx. 0.61 in. diagonal)
11.30 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
3776 x 2520 (9.5 megapixels)
3168 x 2112 (6.7 megapixels)
2656 x 1768 (4.7 megapixels)
2112 x 1408 (3.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
640 x 424 (0.3 megapixels)
3968 x 2232 (8.9 megapixels)
3328 x 1872 (6.2 megapixels)
2784 x 1568 (4.4 megapixels)
2208 x 1248 (2.8 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 2.5 frames per second for 3 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON; 10 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements
3.8x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length5.1 - 19.2mm (actual)
24 - 90mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.0 (wide) / f/3.3 (tele) - f/8 (up to f/11 (W) / f/18 (T) in movies)
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-12800), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400*, 12800* (* by pixel mixed readout)
Shutter Speed60 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Halogen, Color Temperature, White Set 1, White Set 2
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off, Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Range: 0.8 - 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Scene ModesCreative Movie, My Color, Custom 1,2; Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo
Digital Zoom4x ( Max. 15.1 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
Self TimerYes, 2, 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVCHD Lite / QT Motion JPEG with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatRAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input, Mini HDMI with Viera Link
Battery Type3.6V 1250mAh Lithium Ion echargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory40.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesPower OIS, 720p movies, hot shoe with socket for Live View finder (same DMW-LVF1 finder as for the GF1).
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Panasonic Lumix LX5, The Ultimate Compact High-Performing Digital Camera Aims For Superb Photo Quality, Especially In Low-Light Environments

Panasonic LUMIX LX5 Features New High Sensitivity CCD and F2.0 Leica Lens for Shooting Stunning Photography and Vivid High Definition Videos

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 21, 2010) –Panasonic today announced the LUMIX DMC-LX5, the ultimate compact, high-performing digital camera offering photo enthusiasts the ideal camera for capturing professional-quality photos and High Definition (HD) video. With an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, the LUMIX LX5 minimizes image distortion, resulting in stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. The 24mm wide angle lens offers extraordinarily large viewing space and now the optical zoom is extended to 3.8x(90mm) making the LX5 even more versatile.

“The Panasonic LUMIX LX-Series cameras have been extremely popular models for us with professional and enthusiast photographers, who understand and value the superb image quality such a compact, affordable digital camera can offer,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “We expect the same enthusiasm, if not more, for the LUMIX LX5, which features improvements to the lens and processing – resulting in even better images.”

The Panasonic LUMIX LX5 is a unique compact digital camera in that it offers superb image quality along with a super-bright lens and increased creative modes. The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as a F2.8 lens, making it easy to produce beautiful photos with a soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light. In addition to the newly-designed lens, the LUMIX LX5 features an image processing engine that combines technologies resulting in professional-quality photos, especially in low-light situations. Like its predecessor, the LUMIX LX5 features the highly-acclaimed 10.1-megapixel CCD, but it has an expanded dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity and the saturation.

The newly developed Venus Engine FHD image processor enables higher-speed, higher-performance while compiling the Intelligent Resolution technology. The triple CPUs in this imaging engine dramatically speeds up processing while achieving exceptional noise reduction performance. With its high-sensitivity CCD and the brightness of the lens, minimum illumination of the LUMIX LX5 is as low as 3 lux while shooting video.

In addition to capturing high-quality still photos, the LUMIX LX5 can record HD videos in AVCHD Lite, a format that allows almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. Creative video shooting modes include Creative Movie mode, where users can set shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. My Color mode and Film mode are available for more extended expression not only in photography but also in videography. The LUMIX LX5 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio and the 3.8x optical zoom is available while shooting video.

The LUMIX LX5 has also been redesigned externally – with a thicker grip making it easier to hold and a newly-incorporated turn-and-push jog dial achieves various selection and setting more quickly. The LUMIX LX5 also features a hot shoe, which allows for the attachment of a wide-variety of accessories, such as an optional Live View Finder which helps shooting under strong daylight with high visibility or an external flash. The 1:1 square format setting is added in the aspect ratio option which can be selected with the switch at the side of the lens barrel.

Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX LX5, include:

  • The 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high resolution Intelligent LCD also redesigned by adopting High CRI (Color Rendering Index) backlight LED to greatly increase the color reproduction, making it more visible both in shooting and playing back images in any conditions from at dark night to under bright sunlight.

  • Battery life is extended to shoot 400 photos (CIPA) per a single charge.

  • A wide-variety of accessories, including a Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), External Optical View Finder (DMW-VF1), Wide Conversion Lens (DMW-LWA52), Conversion Lens Adaptor (DMW-LA6), MC Protector (DMW-MC52), ND Filter (DMW-LND52), PL Filter: DMW-LPL52, External Flashes, Leather Case (DMW-CLX5) and a Battery Pack (DMW-BCJ13).

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 will be available in late-August 2010 for a suggested retail of $499.95 and will be available in black and white models.

  • Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

  • The LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company's quality standards.

  • The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. The "AVCHD Lite" is a subset of the "AVCHD format" for HD digital video cameras with HD video recording restricted to 720P. The new "AVCHD Lite" Logo and the "AVCHD Lite" License are restricted to devices within the AVCHD Video Camera category. Digital cameras have been added to the AVCHD Video Camera category.

  • The "AVCHD Lite" and the "AVCHD Lite" logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

  • AVCHD Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.

  • Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

  • HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

  • YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.

  • All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

  • This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)

  • Some accessories are not available in some countries.

  • The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.

  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In its commitment to provide consumers with extensive imaging resources, Panasonic LUMIX established the Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide workshops designed to instruct consumers how to optimize the features on their digital cameras and produce high-quality photos.

Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company’s http://www.panasonic.com/environmental/ecoideas.asp.

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