Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LX5 is a much anticipated update to the relatively old enthusiast compact camera, Panasonic's LX3. This latest camera looks very much like the previous model but is much more advanced, especially under the hood. This camera includes a new sensor which has a larger zoom range, perfect for taking on vacation and to sporting events. It has improved noise reduction quality and much better video quality. Similar to other large sensor compact cameras, Panasonic Lumix DMX-LX5 also sticks to a CCD rather than a CMOS sensor. Even though the resolution has not changed the camera has an upgraded sensor and a slightly larger micro lens arranged in a way so that it converges more effectively with the light and prevents reflections and leakages of light. It also has larger volume photodiode which improves the highlight capture allowing better response in low light. The auto focus and start-up speed has received definite improvement over the previous versions mainly because of Sonic Speed auto focus. The DMC-LX5 allows you to shoot video in 720p resolutions and in 30 frames per second. This means you can play the video on your High Definition and enjoy the amazing video quality. You can also easily upload your videos to share online. You can also zoom in the movie mode now which was not possible with earlier models and you can also use manual exposure modes. This is great for someone who wants to get more experimental with their photography.
The image quality of this camera is great. The color accuracy is maintained very well and the photos look great printed out. The camera’s RAW quality images are also very good so these photos are great for editing in programs like Photoshop. The video capabilities of this camera is where it really stands up, putting it up there above dedicated video cameras like the Flip Ultra. The files are very easy to upload to your computer, especially if you have a Mac, where video formats from other cameras can often be a pain. Whether you're looking for a camera to take on vacation, want to start photography as a hobby or simply want a camera to chart your special occasions and share these photos online with your friends and family, you'll love the performance of the Panasonic’s Lumix DMX-LX5. Buy it today and start capturing memories.
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