Panasonic LX-5 Firmware Update

Slightly off-topic, but a decent camera is a key part of an outdoor bloggers armoury.  I purchased the Panasonic LX-5 last summer just before the trip to the Alps and it rewarded me with some great pictures.

One year on it’s common for camera models to have been superseded once, maybe even twice, so it’s a welcome change to see a manufacturer investing in supporting it’s products well into their life-cycle.  Panansonic seem to have a more measured approach to their premium compact camera’s.  The LX-5, the successor to the well-regarded LX-3, was launched last year and has just been updated with a new v2.0 firmware revision, which includes:-

  • Improvement in Auto-Focus speed  (though it was already fast!)
  • Improved Noise Reduction at high ISO’s (1600/3200)
  • Improvements to Auto-White Balance in low light situations
  • New ‘Active’ stabilisation for when recording video
  • New ‘Miniature’ Colour option, which mimics tilt-shift technique to simulate a miniaturised scened
  • Max. shutter speed increased from 60 secs to 250 secs
  • New brightness/contract/colour tint settings for the LCD screen



I haven’t tested the the improvements extensively, but have had a quick play with the new Miniature colour option (see above), which looks fun.   For some great examples click here

My DLSR has largely sat in the cupboard since I got the LX-5, a subscriber to the oft-used saying “the best camera is the one you have with you” being a real truism.  Image quality has not been a concern – I tend to get positive comments from friends – but I am sorely tempted by the versatility of the Panasonic G-series mico four-thirds camera’s.  I considered the GF-1 but that was close to being replaced at the time and has since been replaced by the GF-2 and GF-3, though these have somewhat sacrificed features and handling characteristics lauded by enthusiasts, in favour of size and touch-screen convenience.  There is talk of a spiritual successor to the GF-1 in the new year, so I may well hold on till then.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy my LX-5 and it’s new firmware.  If you are looking for a decent compact camera, with a larger sensor than standard compacts and with quality Leica lens then I can highly recommend the Panasonic LX-5.

2 Replies to “Panasonic LX-5 Firmware Update”

  1. Great post Nigel and spot on about taking photos, don't worry about what you have just get out there and get clicking. Been tempted with a DSLR but like you went for a small quality compact (Canon S90) for me. More than happy with the current set of results I'm getting, reminded me I must look for an update of the Canon Firmware as well. Tend to find myself using Aperture priority or full manual though, what's your preference?

  2. Hi Gareth, I also use Aperture Priority (Av) mostly to control depth of field – I can still easily adjust the exposure in 1/3 steps while in Av mode too, so it saves me going full manual. I only tend to switch to Shutter Priority if I'm trying to capture something specific in relation to movement (e.g. a jump, or a waterfall). If I'm being really lazy I may occasionally leave in Auto mode but it sometimes over-exposes slightly.

    I found I loved using my DSLR but hated carrying it, so the LX5 get more use and I get more pic's. I can see me going for something like the Panasonic GF or Olympus PEN series in the new year, without sacrificing much in terms of portability.

    The S90 is a great little camera – more pocketable than the LX5, though I havent noticed a firmware update?

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