The GF1 And LX5 Are Here!

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.

  1. Great controls for such an itty bitty camera.
  2. Zoom step option is great. Click the little zoom control one way or another and you have instant 24, 28, 35, 50, 90 - Awesome.
  3. 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.
  4. Built in image stabilization exceeds my expectation and give the few shots I made - carelessly - seems to border on greatness.
  5. Image quality is great at 400 (needs more testing at other speeds)
  6. Crazy macro capability.
  7. Fantastic screen.
  8. Very very solid little camera.
  9. 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.
  10. Gorgeous! Beautiful little piece of equipment.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. New grip design is very comfortable.
  14. 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


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