Conclusion: Panasonic continues to offer innovation where most manufacturers have become content with an endless round of 'me too' product and minor upgrades. The LX1 is a perfect example; a camera designed for serious photographers, a camera that has the potential - on paper at least - to be the ideal replacement for a digital SLR when you don't want the bulk, or weight hanging round your neck.
Pros: High resolution, very sharp results with lots of detail, Unique 'widescreen' 16:9 mode, 28mm wideangle (16:9 mode only), Comprehensive photographic control, High quality construction, lovely design, Good edge-to-edge sharpness, Excellent white balance, Feels fast and responsive, Fast focus and low shutter lag, Big, bright, high resolution screen screen, Reliable exposure and focus, Image stabilization, Excellent on-screen menus and control system, Raw and TIFF modes, ...
Cons: Noise, noise, noise, Occasional exposure / dynamic range problems in very contrasty scenes, Supplied raw converter useless, Default settings a little over-sharpened, a little too contrasty, Quite expensive
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix LX1 is a one of a kind camera with a 16:9 CCD. The wide 4x lens is also better than most competition, the 28 mm covers wide open scenery and indoor shots while the 112 mm of the telephoto side can easily cover most zoom shots. The LX1 has optical image stabilzation which can help in telephoto, indoor and low-light shooting. In addition, the LX1 can shoot indefinitely at 2 FPS using its infinite continuous mode and take some excellent "wide" movies.
Pros: Compact, Nice concept: Wide 16:9 CCD and 28 mm lens, Optical image stabilization, Excellent LCD (Sharpness AND visibility), Extremely fast (Except startup), Unlimited continuous shooting, Excellent wide movie mode, RAW mode, Full manual controls
Cons: Average battery life, Photo quality not impressive, Not good for high ISO shooting, "Standard" 4:3 LCD (It needs a 16:9 one), No movie zoom, No built-in lens barrier, Slow startup
Excerpt: Physical Views The DMC-LX1 compared in size to a standard CD disc. The DMC-LX1 and the 6-megapixel DMC-FX9 . Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-LX1 Specifications Image Sensor 1/1.65" CCD, Primary Color Filter 8.61 Total Megapixels 8.4 Effective Megapixels Lens Lumix DC Vario 4x Optical Zoom f=6.3-25.2mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm) F2.8 - F4.9 max.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 ($599) isn't just another midsized camera. In fact, it has two features that make it stand out from most of the other digital cameras on the market: image stabilization and a 16:9 CCD (and an 8.4 Megapixel one at that). I'll take each of these separately.
Pros: 4X zoom lens starts at 28 mm, Unique 16:9 CCD allows for near-panoramic landscape shots, Optical image stabilization, Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card, Full manual controls, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, LCD usable in low light, Support for RAW and TIFF format (though see issues below), Great continuous shooting mode, Widescreen, high res movie mode (with sound), Live histogram in record mode
Cons: Images are too noisy, especially at high ISOs; some jaggies, Widescreen sensor, but no widescreen LCD, Some redeye, No RAW image manipulation software included, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, Small memory card included
Summary: Supersize your shots with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1. This compact features the world’s first consumer wide-screen sensor and the wideangle lens opens up a whole new perspective. Superb handling, great ease of use and comprehensive feature set are sadly let down by noise at higher ISO sensitivities.
Summary: : The Panasonic Lumix LX1 is in the unique position of being the only digital camera to offer a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio with wide angle at 8 megapixels (other Panasonic digital cameras feature a 16:9 aspect ratio but not at the full resolution). This in itself will sell this camera to people who love this aspect ratio. The camera is also the only digital camera to record videos with a 16:9 aspect ratio (as far as I'm aware).
Pros: Very good image quality, Very compact and stylish with a solid metal body (will fit in trouser pockets), Built in "Mege Optical Image Stabilisation" allows blur free low-light photos., 2.5" screen is good with a high resolution (207,000 pixels), Unique wide-angle / 16:9 aspect ratio - some people love this aspect ratio! (Including me), 16:9 aspect ratio video recording at 30 fps, Fast continuous shooting mode, Very good detail, Leica wide angle 4x optical zoom lens
Cons: High noise (ISO200 and above practically unusable), Screen isn't widescreen, Expensive compared to other compact 8 megapixel digital cameras, Video doesn't "gain-up" in low-light, Some purple fringing
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is a unique, innovative and intriguing
camera. It's the first ever model to offer a choice of image
aspects, from widescreen 16:9 to the more conventional 4:3.
If you are interested in panoramic photography, but also want
to take "normal" images, then the Panasonic Lumix
DMC-LX1 is the only choice at the moment.