Panasonic has intentionally or otherwise published features and stats on the LX5, the successor to their popular LX3. (The D-Lux 4 from Leica is made through a partnership with Panasonic and is virtually identical.) The LX3/D-Lux 4 cameras have proven to be excellent choices for times when a big and heavy DSLR is undesirable. They are great second cameras. Personally, I have shot tens of thousands of images on the D-Lux4 finding it to be the best all-around pocket camera I’ve ever used. It’s traveled throughout the U.S. as well as performed flawlessly in Tibet, China, Thailand, etc.) So, all eyes are on the LX5/D-Lux 5 wishing a big and better success than ever before!
UPDATE: ZDNet is reporting that the official announcement is scheduled for July 21.
The physical attributes of the LX5 are what could be described as a “dead ringer” when compared to the LX3. There are, however, differences with a select few noted below.
<Stats below display LX5 info first.>
Effective resolution is 10.1 vs 10.1 megapixels.
Lens is 24-90mm f2-3.3 vs f2-2.8. Uses Leica glass.
CCD sensor is the same at 1.163″.
Top shutter speed is 1/4000 vs 1/2000.
Highest ISO is 12800 vs 3200.
Optional OVF/EVF viewfinder vs. optical Hot Shot Fixed.
Built-in Flash on both.
Inconvenient removable lens cap on both.
Body colors are black and white versus black and silver.
Number system jumps to LX5 from LX3. There is no LX4.
Pricing N/A vs Street Price of around $399.