UPDATE: Check out my Panasonic LX5 Review
I received a couple of emails asking which camera I’d prefer – the Canon S90 or the Panasonic LX5.
Put a gun to my head, and I’d recommend that the average person go with the Canon S90.
The LX5 goes 24mm at its widest vs. 28mm for the S90, and the hotshoe gives the ability to add an accessory flash or viewfinder. The LX5 might also have superior image quality given that it’s newer and has a fancy Leica-labeled lens).
But here some issues that may turn off potential LX5 buyers:
1) It’s $150 more expensive than the S90
2) It’s not even out yet (late August is current release date)
3) It’s bigger and heavier
4) It requires the use of a lens cap (LAME!)
5) It will be very hard to get at launch unless you pre-order
So overall, the S90 is a better camera for 95% of the picture-taking population. The S90 is also widely available right now from major retailers like Amazon, and it’s received rave reviews from everyone from Ken Rockwell to DPReview.
I may go for an LX5 because I’d like the hotshoe to experiment with external flashes, but the S90 is likely the better choice for you.
FYI – The soon to be phased-out Panasonic LX3 (a truly excellent camera) is discounted at Amazon.