Like the LX3, the new LX5 features a larger than average sensor (8x6mm rather than the standard 6x4mm), a very wide aperture of f/2.0 and 720p HD video (now with AVCHD).
The LX5 has a few key improvements:
- More zoom: 3.8x (24-90mm) vs 2.5x (24-60mm)
- Faster burst (6fps with some limitations vs 2.5fps, even up to 10fps at lower resolutions)
- Uses the new AVCHD codec (in addition to Motion JPEG)
- ISO up to 12,800 (vs 6,400) which hopefully indicates some image quality improvements in the new sensor
I expect it will retail initially for about USD $500, and will be available in both black and white in the US. See Panasonic’s specs page for more details.
Here are some preliminary details about the LX5 at Snapsort:
- View details about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
- Compare the Panasonic LX5 vs LX3
- Compare the Panasonic LX5 vs Canon S90