Reviews are starting to trickle out for Pansonic's LX3
successor, the DMC-LX5
, and so far they all seem to echo similar sentiment. The form factor hearkens back to its Micro Four Thirds darling GF1
, at least from the top, with "dinky buttons" (in CNET UK's
words) on the back reminding you of its point-and-shoot bloodline. The pictures are solid if not characteristically warm -- and the ability to simultaneously produce RAW and JPEG files is a nice touch -- as is the choice of either Motion JPEG or AVCHD Lite video. The universal issue with this camera is the price; that £449.99 tag (the equivalent of $691 in US currency) doesn't quite seem to match the offerings, especially when it's about on par with entry-level DSLRs with interchangeable lenses (albeit without the slim look). As PhotographyBLOG
puts it, Panny's gotta hard case to make for a camera "that looks, at first glance to be very similar to a £299 model." Hey, a hardware switch for changing the aspect ratio (just above lens barrel; 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1) doesn't come cheap. Much more detail can be found in the reviews below.
It's worth mentioning that this camera can be had for $500 at Amazon right now. Still pricey, but not $700 pricey.
- CNET UK
- Trusted Reviews