On my last trip to the USA and in fact Los Angeles I also had a quite similar camera with me… the Panasonic LX-3. Which out of very strange reasons just disappeared all of a sudden mid-trip. A big shame as I really loved my LX-3. Well that led to my purchase of the Panasonic GF-1 which I still use very often and would not trade in easily. I use it mainly for filming, but the photos that come out of this small camera are just wonderful.
So I was very delighted when Panasonic agreed to lend me a LX-5 for my trip to the US. I wanted to see how the successor of my LX-3 felt and worked and also how the differences, besides the fixed lens, would be.
So especially in the first few days on the Mercedes benz F-CELL World Drive it got a lot of use. Filming and taking photos. Even though it is a very small camera body it feels good in my relatively big hands, the Button design is not far off, if at all from the LX-3 which is a bonus.
The Lens goes from 24-90mm and starts at an aperture of 2.0 and goes up to 3.3. This provides a lot of light for a camera this size and enough versatility with its zoom. That is something I sometimes miss with my GF-1 as I always have the 20mm Pancake on it, or my Nikkor 50mm via the Novoflex adapter.
the ISO is better as in the LX-3 for sure, but I would say, quite similar to the GF-1. In the LX-5 it goes up to a theoretical 12800, but I would stop at around ISO 1000 or 1600 max.
In a time where cellphones are used for everything, for some its hard to justify a camera like the LX-5, especially at its price point, but here is were it shines and shows its perfect field of use: A great manually adjustable camera in a small formfactor that lets you play with depth of fild while shooting photos and video, give you a lot of creative choices and even a failsafe mode when playing around with your kids for example.
and with the small weight and size it fits perfectly in every pocket. a perfect companion for the creative mind that excels any cellphone camera and most is not any competitors.