Panasonic Lumix LX5: A Camera for Advanced Photographers
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Panasonic Lumix LX5: A Camera for Advanced Photographers

See how Panasonic Lumix LX5, an advanced compact camera, works.

The author had the opportunity to buy a Panasonic Lumix LX5 two months ago in Japan. Selection of this camera was made after surfing the internet for a good quality camera which is light and works like a pro. Pro means the ability to take photos using user specified settings much like using the old single-lens reflex (SLR) camera that he once used to take photos of his favorite wildlife and landscape subjects. This is also with the end in view of uploading quality photos in his website as well as the desire to attain good picture quality of small subjects which are interesting if taken up close.

All of these requirements for photo quality were achieved using the Panasonic Lumix LX5 despite the fact that the author bought the camera with Japanese menus. He had no trouble understanding the settings because there are available English versions of the manual in the internet. Further, he bought a PDF version manual of Panasonic Lumix LX5 which explains the nitty gritty of the camera's settings. His familiarity with camera settings also helped reduce the anxiety of having to make some adjustments using the menus in katakana or hiragana.

The camera meets his expectations as revealed by the pictures he took using various settings of Panasonic Lumix LX5. Aside from taking landscape and wildlife photos, he likes taking macro or close up photos of small animals like insects and small plants. 

Here are samples of the superb photos taken using the camera:

Using the Zoom and the Shallow Depth of Field Function of the Camera

 talking mynah picture

The picture above of the talking mynah (Gracula religiosa) was taken through two layers of black and green plastic mesh that encloses the bird cage in Baker's Hill. Even at a distance of approximately two meters, the amazing clarity of the bird even surpasses what can be seen by the naked eye through the mesh nets. The picture was also made possible by zooming in on the subject and using a shallow depth of field. The lens goes through the mesh nets as if the nets are non-existent. It was taken at an aperture of 2.9 at shutter speed of 1/250. It is even possible to make the depth of field much more shallow at a setting of f 2.0 maximum aperture opening. 

Using the Macro Function of Panasonic Lumix LX5

Smaller objects also reveal interesting features once the macro shots of the camera are blown up. Uninteresting insects that people ordinarily encounter have dramatic features at close up. It is possible to focus on small subjects using the macro function of Panasonic Lumix LX5.

Here's a photo of a wasp published in Picable.com at close up. 

wasp picture

Image Source: P. Regoniel@Picable.com

The wasp is such a small thing but in the photo above, details on its devilish look is evident. The photo was taken at about 2 cm away from the subject. However, even at 1 cm distance from the subject, the camera can still focus with clarity. This makes possible taking photos of even smaller insects (than the wasp) like the two flies below using the macro function of Panasonic Lumix LX5.

two flies picture

These are just some of the photos taken using the Panasonic Lumix LX5 which satisfies the need of the author. This camera ranks among the top compact cameras that can even surpass professional single lens reflex (SLR) cameras in terms of picture clarity and excellent performance when taking pictures at night even without using the flash. And it looks good too.

panasonic lumix LX5

©24 March 2011 Patrick A. Regoniel Panasonic Lumix LX5: A Camera for Advanced Users

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Comments (7)

great shots, ill check out the price later of this equipment

Thanks for the info. Great photos! Looks like you will have some fun with it

This is very useful, thumbs UP kabayan!

A very sharp and trusted camera Patrick. I always like macro shots of small insects.

Love the pics, kabayan. I would want this camera but must be very expensive :(

Great review. I appreciate the zoom info and the depth you went to in covering the features.

I would love to have this. Is there upcoming successor of this one? 

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