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My Panasonic LX5

I bought my Panasonic LX5 in September of 2010.  It’s been nearly 4 years and I’ve taken over 2,100 photos with it.  That camera has been with me everywhere, across the country and across the world.  Although it has a small 1/1.63″ sensor (8.07 x 5.56 mm) compared to my m4/3 cameras or my big full frame Canon, it takes very nice photos.  The best thing about it is how small it is.  I can put this camera in my jacket pocket if required.  It’s perfect in a briefcase or small backpack.  When you want to be discrete, it’s the one.

The styling is classic as well and has received many compliments.  Battery life is phenomenal, even after 4 years.  It takes excellent videos as well.  Besides my phone, it’s pretty much the camera I always have with me.  Although my iPhone 4S does a very admirable job, it doesn’t come close to the quality of the LX5, especially in low light situations.  You can just tell immediately that there’s huge quality difference.  It’s hard to miss.

Panasonic has released an update to this camera in 2012, the Panasonic LX7.  Reports are that it’s just quite as good as the LX5 and better in some respects such as camera operation.  It has a slightly inferior sensor but a slightly better lens so it balances out for most users.  If you’re buying now, no reason not to get the latest unless you can get a steal on a gently used LX5.  I really enjoy my LX5 and would recommend it heartily.  Here’s one I took the other day of a gorgeous pink sunset:

Gorgeous pink sunset from downtown La Mesa, CA

Coronado at dusk

Here’s one of my favorite shots of the summer… it’s Coronado at dusk.  I had taken my scooter out for a nice summer ride and had decided to head out to the island.  I took this shot of the beach right by the Hotel del Coronado:

Coronado at dusk