Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 First Look: Review. (Updated 22/7/...
16 May 2009
Summary: There’s too much to go into in any detail here particularly as Panasonic were so nervy about the camera being a pre-production model and so they feared, perhaps, it would not be quite up to scratch.
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 was introduced with grandeur during an international press meeting. The decision to not go for a higher resolution amount, but instead for improvements, was received positively.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix LX3 is a capable prosumer camera that’s got very good image quality traits in almost all respects (Except for some noise and detail issues); thumbs up to Panasonic for tackling the issue of image quality which used to exist a few years back.
Pros: Very good image quality; automatic color fringing and redeye removal, Very fast and very wide-angle stabilized 24 mm zoom lens, Nice 3 inch LCD and rangefinder-like camera design, Expandable: super wide conversion lens, external flash, external viewfinder and filters, Customizability: 2 custom mo...
Cons: Some detail loss from noise reduction (use RAW mode or turn NR down), No red-eye removal or image brighten features in playback mode, Lack of white balance bracketing and color tone control, Not enough telephoto reach; no telephoto conversion lenses, Can’t operate zoom while recording a movie
Summary: There’s little doubt that the Panasonic LX3 is a serious alternative to any other enthusiast compact. While its retro styling appeals to the traditionalist, on the inside we see a whole heap of features to keep the discerning user happy.
Pros: Solid build, Impressive image quality, Design, Great LCD screen, Impressive AF performance
Cons: Ineffective grip, Limited zoom range (though potentially this is beneficial to image quality)
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ($499) is not your typical compact camera. Other cameras offer more pixels, more zoom, and bigger LCDs. So what makes the LX3 so interesting? It has a fast, 24 - 60 mm Leica lens with optical image stabilization.
Summary: We’ve seen something of a renaissance in advanced compact digital cameras over the last year. These cameras are reasonably compact and are much easier to carry than a DSLR with interchangeable lenses.
Pros: Consistent auto focus across the lens range, Nice bright lens with f/2.0 aperture, Amazing wide angle performance, Retro-compact design, Excellent range of automatic and manual controls
Cons: Nostalgic mode seems to be the only neutral color mode, Limited optical zoom, High ISO noise reduction smears fine detail, The hard plastic grip should be replaced with soft rubber, A little expensive compared to entry-level DSLRs
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is an ideal compact for enthusiasts who demand full manual control and specialist features in a small and light package. Crucially, the LX3 also addresses some of the issues concerning image quality which faced its predecessor.
We’ll kick-off with the sensor.
Pros: 24mm coverage, OIS and f2.0., Full manual, RAW and hotshoe., HD movie recording., Screen with 460k pixels.
Cons: Maximum coverage only 60mm., Lens cap can be inconvenient., 3:2 screen but max resolution at 4:3., Better IQ than LX2, but still some noise.
Excerpt: There are some compelling reasons to own a Lumix LX3. The first would be the divine Leica wide-angle zoom lens. This DC Vario-Summicron may only cover the equivalent of 24-60mm (2.5x) and be built under license by Panasonic, but it has all the hallmarks of a lens fresh out of Germany.
Pros: Wide 24mm zoom lens, Fantastic build quality, RAW file + JPEG + HD movie, 16:9 aspect ratio