Capturing Creativity with the New Panasonic DMC-LX5 Compact Digital Camera - With New High Sensitivity CCD and F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON LENS
The newly developed, super bright, F2.0 ultra wide angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimises distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. With the extra advantage of a 24mm wide angle, rare on a compact camera, the LX5 offers an extraordinarily large viewing space and with thanks to an extended optical zoom from 2.5x(60mm) to 3.8x(90mm) even more versatility and opportunity to capture the perfect shot. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.
The highly acclaimed 10.1-megapixel CCD in the LX3 has been redesigned to achieve the expansion of dynamic range by increasing the sensitivity and the saturation. Modifications to the Venus Engine FHD provide advanced signal processing in both photo and movie recording. The high sensitivity, made possible by the alternations in the new sensor and signal processing, elevates the picture quality to capture stunning clear, sharp and blur-free images in even low light situations.
For movie recording, the DMC-LX5 is now compatible with long time high quality HD movie recording in AVCHD Lite, in addition to the conventional motion JPEG format. A host of creative options, including Creative Movie mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subject. Further modes featured are My Color mode and Film mode available for more extended expression not only in photography but also in videography.
Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in movie recording. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Face Detection, and Intelligent Scene Selector support shooting beautiful movie with ease. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality while the Intelligent Exposure also optimises the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part from occurring.
Design of the LX5 has also been improved to pursue high operability - the thickened grip for easier hold and the newly incorporated turn-and-push jog dial achieves various selections and setting more quickly. Situated on the top of the camera, the hot shoe allows attachment of advanced accessories such as an optional Live View Finder, which helps shooting under strong daylight with high visibility.
The 3.0-inch large 460,000-dot high resolution Intelligent LCD is also redesigned by adopting High CRI (Color Rendering Index) backlight LED to greatly increase the color reproduction, offering remarkable visibility both in shooting and playing back images in any conditions from at dark night to under dazzling sunlight. Despite the high performance and the maintained size of the camera body, the battery life is extended to shoot 400 pictures (CIPA) per a single charge.
The latest version of Panasonic’s editing software, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, comes bundled with DMC-LX5. With quick start-up and fast reading of images, the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition makes it possible to sort and organise photos. The Face Recognition function recognises any registered faces in your pictures. It automatically sorts the photos by these registered faces, enabling easy access to pictures of specific people. You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader, even in HD (High Definition) quality. It also lets you create a 360-degree rotation panorama file in MOV, which is especially easy if Panorama Assist mode in the camera is used. Experience and feel the outstanding benefit of the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition. It will surely allow you to view, edit and archive your captured photos and motion pictures with greater ease and fun.
As a pocket camera for professionals and high amateurs, or an advanced camera for step-up users, the DMC-LX5 promises none-the-like picture quality and creativity backed up by reliability of Panasonic’s state-of-the-art optical and digital technologies. Leading the way for expressive possibility of compact cameras, the DMC-LX5 promises to starts its history