Excerpt: I have owned this camera for about 1500 images, and I am starting to get the hang of its features. It is highly capable of taking good photos all by its self on Auto, and the scene functions helped me get some really neat campfire photos.
Conclusion: Reviewing the LX2 - the successor to one of the only memorable compact cameras of 2005 - has been a slightly disappointing, yet totally unsurprising experience. Like the FZ50 reviewed last month, the LX2 is an 'upgrade' that fails to address in any convincing way the single glaring problem with its...
Pros: Good resolution, sharp results with lots of detail (particularly at ISO 100), Unique 'widescreen' 16:9 sensor, 28mm wideangle (16:9 mode only), Comprehensive photographic control, High quality construction, lovely design, Good edge-to-edge lens performance and excellent, natural color, Feels fast...
Cons: Noisy sensor and excessive noise reduction at all ISO settings. Low NR setting not low enough, Underpowered flash, Auto flash mode tends to choose 1/30th second shutter speed (and a high ISO in auto ISO mode), Occasional exposure / dynamic range problems in very contrasty scenes, New control layo...
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix LX2 is a great compact (not in your back pocket though) camera. It can produce 10 megapixels of widescreen photos, a 28 mm wide-angle lens and of course has a lovely widescreen LCD on the back to show off your photos.
Pros: Widescreen CCD with wide-angle lens, Above average battery life, Widescreen high-resolution LCD, Fast performance, Unlimited continuous shooting at full resolution, Great movie mode
Cons: Above average noise with smearing and detail loss due to NR, Redeye, Sluggish frame rate at highest setting; no movie focus or optical zoom
Excerpt: DPNow reports from Barcelona where Panasonic Lumix introduced its new 2006 autumn range and provided a first hands-on opportunity for its DMC-L1 DSLR
Read the official model-specific press releases and technical specifications: DMC-FX3, FX07, FX50, FZ50, LX2.
Summary: Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX2 inherits a wide range of features from last years , like the same 4x optical zoom (equivalent to 28mm to 112mm on a 35mm film camera), MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), and user friendly exposure modes.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 comes close
to being the ideal compact digital camera that
many advanced photographers have been waiting
for. In its feature set, it is almost identical
to the FZ50, and provides full photographic control. It has fast performance with 1 sec.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 digital camera – a study in contrasts ( view large image There are quite a few compact/ultra-compact digital cameras that claim to be genuine photographic tools, but very few that really offer users anything near the level of creative control that most serious...
Pros: Elegant, ultra compact, User friendly, Excellent photo quality
Cons: No optical viewfinder, Images are too noisy at higher ISO settings, No USB 2.0 support
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is very much a camera of two halves. In use, it can be an absolute dream with its wide lens, sensor and screen inspiring your creative side, and the decent build quality and high level of manual control satisfying the demands of enthusiasts.
Pros: Unique wide sensor and screen, Sharp, wide lens with stabilisation, Widescreen movies including 720p at 15fps, Plenty of manual control and good build quality
Cons: Visible noise even at 100 ISO, Aggressive noise reduction at higher sensitivities