A very good guess of what’s next for the Leica D-Lux 5

Panasonic’s website leaked the long expected Panasonic LX5 (replacement of the LX3) which should give us a pretty good idea of what the next Leica D-Lux 5 will look like (probably announced at Photokina):

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Main differences between the LX5 and the older LX3 version:

  • the LX5 has 3.8x zoom 24-90mm (the LX3 has 2.5x and ends with 60mm)
  • LX3 has 8 elements in 6 groups, 4 aspherical lenses and 4 aspherical surfaces. LX5 will have 10 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical lenses and 5 aspherical surfaces.
  • LX5 wit 80 to 12800 ISO (the LX3 80 to 3200)
  • Shutter speed of the LX5 is 1/4000 sec (up from 1/2000sec of the LX3)
  • It records in HD 60p (sensor output is 30p) AVCHDlite
  • Optional electronic and optical viewfinder
  • LX5 will have step zoom
  • both cameras will have almost identical weight, slightly bigger dimensions
  • LX5 will have a Orientation Detector
  • LX5 will add also Movie Zoom, Wind noise cut and a direct movie button

Those will be the Panasonic LX5 accessories (click for larger view):

Full LX5 specs after the break:

Camera Effective Pixels


10.1 Megapixels

Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter

1/1.63-inch / 11.3 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter


F2.0 – 3.3 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.0 – 8 (W) / F3.3 – 8 (T))

(F2.0 – 11 (W) / F3.3 – 18 (T) in movie recording)

Optical Zoom



Digital Zoom


( Max. 15.1 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)

(Max. 26.8 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)

Focal Length

f=5.1-19.2mm (24-90mm in 35mm equiv.)

(25-95mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)



10 elements in 9 groups

(3 Aspherical Lenses / 5 Aspherical surfaces)

Optical Image Stabilizer

Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)

Photo & Movie

Conversion Lens Compatibility


Focusing Area

Normal: Wide/Tele 50 cm – infinity

Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Wide 1 cm – infinity / Tele 30cm – infinity

Focus Range Display


AF Metering

Face / AF Tracking / Multi (23pt) / 1pt (flexible / scalable)


Normal / Macro Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off

AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Jog Dial), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking

AF Assist Lamp


ISO Sensitivity


Auto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400* / 12800* (* by pixel mixed readout)

High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-12800)

White Balance


Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Shade/Flash/Halogen/Color Temperature/ White Set 1 / 2

White Balance Note

(Selectable at Normal Portrait,Soft Skin,Creative Portrait,Normal Sports,Creative Sports,Objects Close-up,Creative Close-up,Baby,Pet,High Sensitivity,Hi-Speed Burst,Panorama Assist,Photo Frame mode)

White Balance Adjustment

2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias


Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE Mode)

Exposure Compensation


1/3 EV Step, ± 3 EV

Backlight Compensation

Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)

Auto Bracketing



+/- 1/3 EV ~3EV step, 3 frames

Light Metering

Intelligent Multiple

/ Center-weighted

/ Spot

Face Detection

Photo & Movie

Still Image Scene Mode

Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, High Sensitivity, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1/2, Pet, Sunset, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial photo

Movie Scene Mode

Portrait, Soft Skin, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, High Sensitivity

Movie Scene Mode Note

(Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)

Shutter Interval

approx. 0.5 sec

Self Timer

2sec / 10sec

Auto Review

1sec, 2sec, Hold, OFF

Picture Adjustment

Contrast +2steps

Sharpness +2steps

Saturation +2steps

Noise Reduction

Image Quality

RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard

4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

3648×2736(10M) / 3072×2304(7M)/ 2560×1920(5M) / 2048×1536(3M) / 1600×1200(2M) / 640X480(0.3M)

3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

3776×2520 (9.5M) / 3168×2112 (6.5M) / 2656×1768 (4.5M) / 2112×1408 (3M) / 2048×1360 (2.5M) / 640×424 (0.3M)

16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

3968×2232 (9M) / 3328×1872 (6M) / 2784×1568 (4.5M) / 2208×1248 (2.5M) / 1920×1080 (2M) / 640×360 (0.2M)

1:1 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

2736×2736(7.5M) / 2304×2304 (5.5M) / 1920×1920 (3.5M) / 1536×1536 (2.5M) / 480 x 480 (0.2M)

Motion Picture Recording 4:3

VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)

QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

Motion Picture Recording 16:9

WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)

Motion Picture Recording HD Movie

1280×720 pixels,60p(CCD output is 30p)

(AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps)

/ 30fps (Motion JPEG)

Aspect Ratio

4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1

Intelligent Exposure

Photo & Movie

Real-time Histograms


Composition Guide Lines

Yes (3 patterns)

Scene Mode Help Screen


External Flash



(optional OVF/EVF)

LCD Monitor

3.0″ TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating

Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle

AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode

High CRI (Color Rendering Index) LED backlight

Film Mode

Standard / Dynamic / Nature /Smooth / Vibrant / Nostalgic / Standard B&W / Dynamic B&W / Smooth B&W / My Film 1, 2 / Multi Film

*Works for movie recording

Playback Mode

Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback

OSD Language

English, Spanish

Recording Media

Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card


AV Output (NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed

Viera Link



ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 1250mAh) (Included)

AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)

Battery Life

400 pictures (CIPA Standard)


Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off,Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd

0.8 – 7.2m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 – 4.4m (Tele/ISO Auto)

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, QuickTime, Adobe Reader

Standard Accessories

Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable,USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM,Lens Ring Front, Hot Shoe Cover, Lens cap, Lens cap string



2-Speed Zoom


Step Zoom


Max Auto ISO Setting


Quick Menu


Continuous Shooting Mode

Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max. 3 img (Fine Mode)High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (img priority) approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) recorded in 3M for 4:3,2.5M for 3:2,2M for 16:9,2.5M for1:1)

Focus Icon Select

Yes (in Face Recognition only)

Optical Zoom in Motion Picture


Macro Zoom


Orientation Detector


Playback Motion Picture

Yes ( AVC HD Lite / Motion JPEG)

Slideshow Mode

All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)

Show Histogram


Show Highlights


Delete Image

Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites

Cut Animation


PictBridge Support

Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF



One-Touch Movie Button


Movie REC Guide


Wind-Cut in Motion Picture


Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode

Max. 5 images (Standard mode)

Continuous recordable time (Motion images)

AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] approx.140 min

MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] approx.140 min

Actual recordable time (Motion images)

AVCHD or AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [FSH or SH] approx.70 min

MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] approx.70 min

My Color Mode

Expressive /Retro / Pure / Elegant / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Dynamic Art / Dynamic B&W / Silhouette / Pinhole / Film Grain / Custom / Happy (only in iA mode)

*For movie recording

Intelligent ISO Control


Face Recognition


Intelligent Scene Selector

Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)

File Format

Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.3)

Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3) + QuickTime

Motion picture: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG

Mode Dial / Mode Button

Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Creative Movie mode, My Color mode, Scene mode, Custom 1,2

Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp

Yes / Yes / Yes

Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.32 x 2.58 x 1.69 in / excl. protrusions: 1.00 in


Approx. .61lb with Battery and SD Memory Card

Approx. .51lb without Battery and SD Memory Card

Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)

4.5x (4:3 / 7M), 5.4x (4:3 / 5M), 6.7x (4:3 / under 3M)

Shutter Speed

Still: 60 – 1/4000 sec

Movie Mode : 1/30 – 1/20,000 sec (1/8 – 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Movie mode)

Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.

Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)


Mode Switch

[Playback] button

Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume

No / Yes

Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback

12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x

Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback

Yes / No

Set Favorites / Rotate Image

Yes / No

DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection

Yes / Yes

Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling

Yes / Yes / No / Yes

Travel Date / World Time

Yes / Yes


Approx. 40MB

Microphone / Speaker

Mono / Yes

Touch Panel


Intelligent Zoom


AF Tracking


Intelligent Resolution Technology

Photo & Movie

Video Divide


Face Recognition Edit


HDMI output

Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p

Audio: Mono

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