Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera – some street shots

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

With London seeing a large protest against the visit of the Pope yesterday, we thought we’d take our new Lumix LX5 along and grab a few shots.

We were positioned on top of railings, hanging on to a traffic light, so a lot of the shooting was one-handed – a good test for the camera’s optical stabilisation (and our balance!).

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

With the weather changing rapidly from sunny to overcast, we kept the camera on iAuto and it pretty much handled the conditions perfectly.

We shot in high quality JPEG rather than RAW for the sake of speed- we wanted to get the pics up quickly so used ACDSee and Photoshop to batch process the files, ready for uploading to our photo report page.

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

Anyone who’s used a LX3 will feel right at home with the LX5, although there has been a few changes, with the joystick control being replaced by a control wheel and a new movie button on the top plate.

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

Photos of the Protest The Pope march through central London, 18th September 2010

The biggest different between the LX3 and the LX5 is the improved zoom range, which now extends from the fabulously wide 24mm to 90mm which makes a bigger difference than you might think.

This pretend pop took to a balcony some considerable distance from us, so a mix of the extra zoom length and come cropping at least gave us a usable photo.

See more photos here.

Best high end compact?

We’ll be giving the camera a full test over the coming weeks, but our initial impression remains positive.

We made the LX3 our high-end compact camera of the year in 2009 and the LX5 is already a serious contender for this year’s prize.

We’re not the sort of site that does ‘pixel-peeping’ analysis – we’re just enthusiastic photographers – but if you’ve any questions about the camera, send them in and we’ll do out best to answer then.