Yep - UPS guy just came. Not a whole lot to report here but…
The Panasonic LX5 is NOT going back. I can tell you that right now. I bet the farm on it being better handling and more responsive than the LX3 and guess what… I was right. This thing handles EXACTLY like the GF! and seems to focus not only as fast but FASTER. I will test this to make sure but my initial impressions are that it is faster. This is really good for a point and shoot. I will definitely give the full report very soon but I can tell you some very cool things right now.
- Great controls for such an itty bitty camera.
- Zoom step option is great. Click the little zoom control one way or another and you have instant 24, 28, 35, 50, 90 - Awesome.
- The manual focus and focus controls in general are unbelievably good. I wish the GF1 and E-P1 operated the same way or at least sort of the same way. More on this later.
- Built in image stabilization exceeds my expectation and give the few shots I made - carelessly - seems to border on greatness.
- Image quality is great at 400 (needs more testing at other speeds)
- Crazy macro capability.
- Fantastic screen.
- Very very solid little camera.
- Did I say the controls were great? How about awesome. Very well thought out. Very useable. I am sure I will find some annoyances and you will hear about them.
- Gorgeous! Beautiful little piece of equipment.
- RAW+JPEG does not lock up the camera. Hooray, I can take another shot IMMEDIATELY. I will push this to it's limits and let you know how it goes.
- The direct access to multiple sets of custom settings via the main dial is a great idea - one of the best things about the GF1. Identical on the LX5.
- New grip design is very comfortable.
- My giant sized hands can operate this thing and it is very very very very small by my standards.
Here is the very very first shot I took. Again my patented StupidCrap™ test target of whatever is in my pocket thrown onto the desk in bad light. Here are the specs - 24mm f/2.0 1/25 ISO 400 no fooling around strait "normal" camera settings across the board. Selected the focus point, made it tiny, jammed the camera up to it and snapped the image.
I will save you the gory full frame let's just look at the 100% crop.
Good enough? This is the 100% crop - pixel peeping, click on the image and then click on the little icon at the upper right to see all the pixels after having been re-compressed 19 1/2 times. Very cool!
Just as a note both the latest ACR/Lightroom and Aperture RAW converters support the RAW files and my initial impression is that they look worth shooting. Unlike a few years ago with itty bitty cameras. More later