Panasonic has announced the new Panasonic Lumix LX5 – an update to the LX3 – it features a new 24mm wide angle 3.8x optical zoom lens (24-90mm), with f2.0 aperture, 10 megapixel CCD sensor, 3″ screen with 460k pixels, 720p HD video, manual focus, flash hotshoe, EVF support, aspect ratio switch (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 with 1:1 also available), 400 shot battery life, optical image stabilisation, and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. It is available in black or white, for £353.
“The newly developed, super bright, F2.0 ultra wide angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimises distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. With the extra advantage of a 24mm wide angle, rare on a compact camera, the LX5 offers an extraordinarily large viewing space and with thanks to an extended optical zoom from 2.5x(60mm) to 3.8x(90mm) even more versatility and opportunity to capture the perfect shot. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.”