Haha! I bet some of you who saw the title might have something else in mind eh? *winks* Well, all I wanted to mean was my latest gadget added to my family! Yes!!! I finally bought myself a new camera, after selling off my Panasonic Lumix LX3 recently. Why did I want to sell off my LX3, many people asked? The main reason was actually to upgrade it to an LX5! I heard about LX5’s release back in August, when it wasn’t even available in Malaysia yet. I got really excited with the news and I wanted to change mine to LX5 too! But I couldn’t afford to spend another thousand over for a camera, could I?
My new Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera box
So Saucer came up with a brilliant idea! He suggested that I sell off my LX3 first, before LX5 hits our shores, so that it could still demand a good price. Bear in mind, the LX3 price a few months ago was still quite good at around RM1.5-1.6k for a brand new one! And how much did I get it for last time? Only RM1.51k! Of course, I couldn’t very well sell it off at 1.5k, since I already used it for almost 2 years.
Inside the box – AV cable, USB cable, battery charger, Software CD, warranty card, manual, Camera, lens cap
Since it’s a good camera, I searched online and found that the second hand price was pretty good! Heck, some were even selling at 1.3k! LOL! I, on the other hand, placed my price tag at RM1.2k, complete with a 4GB memory card. If you read back my previous post, you would know that I had a free gift of a full-sized tripod (worth~RM50) from my previous purchase. I didn’t sell that off, so I guess I saved another RM50 from there. *LOL* I posted my ad online for a few days and very soon, I found a buyer who was keen to buy it for his brother! Amazing! I think he was very happy with the purchase too, since I kept all the things intact, including the original box. And I used a screen protector on the LCD, no scratches on the body – it looked as good as new! Oh, did I also mention there were about 5 months left on the warranty, so I’d say it’s a pretty good deal at 1.2k.
The new Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera
That was back in August/September period. After I sold it off, I heard that LX5 reached Malaysia from Merryn, but the starting price was way too expensive at RM1,999! My budget was circa RM1.7k, so that I only needed to top up another RM500 max for a new one. Since the price was out of my budget, I persevered and waited, while relying on Saucer’s Canon 500D DSLR. I have to admit though, while DSLR does give excellent images, it’s a chore during holidays! When we were in China, both of us didn’t feel like lugging the heavy camera around since we would go out from early in the morning until late night, walking most of the time. It could really be a tiresome thing on your neck! That was when I was getting more determined on buying the LX5 after returning to Malaysia.
Top view of LX5
We returned to Malaysia last weekend, and saw that there was a PC Expo happening at Mid Valley Megamall. Without further ado, we went there in search of the camera. Since it was a PC Expo, the exhibits were mainly on PCs, even though there were a few stalls selling camera. But we did not only visit the stalls in PC Expo, we also went to the camera stores in Mid Valley itself! That’s how we ended up stopping at Keycolor. Saucer got his Canon 500D from there previously so the lady recognized us. Upon asking her the price of the LX5, I almost thought I heard wrongly! I was expecting the price to be around RM1.6k or RM1.55k (cheapest I could find online) but she told me , RM1,499! Did I heard it correctly?
Bottom view of LX5 – Made in Japan!
She said she’s selling this at such a special price in conjunction with the PC Expo! The normal price that she was selling at is RM1,699. It was also the last day of PC Expo so it was the last day to buy the camera at RM1,499. What were we waiting for? Of course I immediately went to the ATM to withdraw cash and purchase it from her. Did I also say that she threw in an 8BG SD Card for free? Fabulous! I was really happy with my purchase. Best of all, I upgraded my almost 2year old LX3 to a new LX5 with just a RM30o top-up!
Front view of LX5 with lens cap
I tried the LX5 on the spot and found that it had less noise compared to LX3, and the zoom was slightly more. Also, this model is available in black and white. Since my LX3 was black, I chose a white model instead! And it’s GORGEOUS! Pearl and shiny finish.
Leica Lens as usual
I’m not going to bore you with the list of technical specifications which you could read from here. But the main highlights as listed on the Panasonic website are as follows:
- f/2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens with 24mm Wide-angle
- 1/1.63-inch, 10.1-megapixel High-sensitivity CCD – better shots at low light conditions
- Venus Engine Full HD featuring Intelligent Resolution Technology
- HD Movie in AVCHD Lite with Creative Movie Mode
- Intuitive Manual Control and Creative Option Featuring My Colour Mode
- Expandability with Optional Accessories
Back view of LX5
In terms of interface, I found myself going back to familiar grounds. It felt just like the LX3, except for the missing of the joystick, which was replaced with a click wheel. Of course, most importantly is the quality of the pictures taken with the camera. I did a few test shots at home and found it to be significantly less noisy compared to the LX3.
I’m sure you are keen to look at pictures taken with this camera, yes? No worries! Since I am bringing it with my for food reviews now, you’ll see more of the pictures taken by this gem.
Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera in white
Though the pictures will never be as nice as those from the DSLR, I’d say this camera has captured the best of both worlds – compact in size, customizable features and above-average quality photos! It’s perfect for traveling, when you want to travel light and yet take amazing photos. This is it!