10.1-megapixel compact camera with plenty of style and substance.
Good Gear Guide.au
14 June 2010
Summary: The Leica C-LUX 3 is a deluxe compact camera steeped in style and elegance. Unfortunately, its premium price tag is slightly beyond reason, especially given the existence of Panasonic's similar Lumix DMC-FX38. As such, its appeal will be limited to cashed-up members of the glitterati.
Pros: Excellent picture quality, loads of automatic features, HD video recording, eminently stylish
Cons: Prohibitive price tag, it's a bit too (s)wanky
Excerpt: Few brands in photography enjoy a reputation as strong as Leica’s, but the C-Lux 3 is a far cry from the company’s traditional fare. So how does this compact point-and-shoot fare?
Pros: A compact worthy of the name, the C-Lux 3 is tiny enough to slip into your jeans pocket – but you may want to use the uber-swanky white leather case instead, just for show-off purposes. In fact, this camera looks utterly gorgeous, with a glossy white lacquer finish that helps justify the price tag. The shots it delivers are almost as delectable, thanks to a top notch 5x zoom lens and quality 10.1-megapixel sensor. Macro close-ups work well, as do basic portrait and la...
Cons: The C-Lux 3 lacks any kind of manual controls, so it can’t match the flexibility of the Canon G10, Nikon P6000 or Panasonic DMC-LX3. Its small size also makes it slightly harder to hold steady than these bulkier cameras.