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Panasonic LX5 shows early with ISO 12,800, 3.8X zoom

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Sat July 17, 2010

Lumix LX5 spoiled by Panasonic itself

Panasonic has inadvertently given its plans away by posting details for the Lumix LX5 before its unveiling. Coming in both black and white versions, the pro compact camera would build on the LX3 by getting a much more sensitive sensor that can now handle ISO 12,800 versus the earlier model's ISO 3,200. The camera now has a much longer-ranged 24-90mm lens (versus 24-60mm) without sacrificing the bright f2.0 maximum aperture.

Video recording has been given a lift, as it now records 720p in AVCHD Lite (lower bitrate H.264) and captures internally at 60 frames per second, although it still outputs at 30 frames. The camera still shoots at 10.1 megapixels, but there should be options of electronic and optical viewfinders.

Such pre-release specs can occasionally be inaccurate as companies put up placeholders, but the similarity to the LX3 suggests they're accurate. Panasonic is widely known to be unveiling the LX5 on July 21, but in keeping with its recent practices it might not have a ship date or a price at the same time. [via 4/3 Rumors]

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  1. cal6n

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    Joined: Nov 2003


    LX3 owner


  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Camera makers have realized...

    That the average user have mostly gotten away from the print-mode. Instead of printing, they mostly share pictures on the web or send them to each other. A 10MPX file is more than ample for an 8x10 print, but then, how often does the average consumer make such enlargement?

    Canon's digression from G10's 14.5MPX (?) down to G11's 10MPX is a prime example. The G-series is the pocket camera most-often found in hands of professional photographers (to supplement their grab-shoot situations).

    What have happened in the last few years:

    1. Users have not been savvy enough to scale down images before sending, so the receivers either crash their computers or look at the forehead of a person on their 13" notebook screen.
    2. The camera cards, computers and hard drives are being clogged up by picture files. Not too many users are proactive about managing their image files.
    3. Those who need high-pixel-count cameras have other options.
    4. While computers are fast enough for most tasks, they are never fast enough for indiscriminate picture-taking and picture-dumping. Is there a computer fast enough to handle 1,000 pictures from a two-week vacation (transferring, opening, editing, and saving)? Probably not and probably never will.

  1. revco

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    3.8x zoom


  1. cmoney

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    Same sensor size?

    Shame. but macnn completely missed the EVF which is kinda big.

  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000



    Ok they didn't miss it. Hope it's better than the lvf1 on the gf1

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