Summary: For the size, this camera is great. Easy to pack on hikes, and easy to pull out and put away quickly! I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for something high quality to be used for everything. It only lacks some optical zoom, but I knew that going into it.
Excerpt: I did a lot of research while looking for a new camera to replace my Canon SD1000 point-and-shoot, and because of the limitations of my camera needs - a lens capable of large, wide-angle shots, yet housed in a package small enough to take with me on backpacking trips into the mountains - and numerous favorable reviews, I decided on the Panasonic Lumix LX-3.
Excerpt: This camera totally destroyed the magapixel wars going on. While every other manufacter decided to increase their megapixels to sell their cameras panasonic took a step back , but actually a step forward in this regard. They realized that after a point megapixels matter litte. It was a misinformed public belief that the higher the megapixel the better the camera. This is simply not true!
Excerpt: I am a semi-pro dSLR user, but I wanted an easy-to-carry compact camera next to it. The Panasonic LX3 is just the right camera for me. I still have the opportunity to change multiple settings and due to the Leica zoom lens the quality of the photos is just great. Recommendable!
Summary: I wanted a pocket camera I could make hand held HDR exposures with, so fast EV bracketing and wide bracket EV range were a must. The LX3 with the 2.0 firmware will take 3 exposures with an EV range of EV4 in under a second! Because it has a hot shoe I can use radio remote triggers so strobes can be up to 100' away. Fast lens at f2 gives twice the light as an f2.8, which helps with the noise level. It shoots in RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG.
Summary: Almost an exact replica of the Leica D-Lux 4. Very lightweight, and compact, with an incredibly bright 2.0 lens that makes a flash unit almost unnecessary in a majority of typical "snapshot" style photos! This camera does not have a lengthy zoom feature (only 24mm to 60mm), but for the individual that wants to capture a wide angle view of a lake scene, or a sunset with a truly panoramic view of the horizon, this is a great choice.
Pop Photo mag "probably the best point and shoot" ever
22 November 2010
Summary: Prints look perfect. Though zoom sucks. Reviews are terrific. I love the flexibility of the different apps. The grip is horrible, you can barely handle it without smudging up the lcd screen. The black and white feature is superb. Truly in a class by itself. I decided to buy the camera for its lens. Leica is one of the world's best when it comes to lens. After all, the quality of a photo depends upon the quality the lens produces.
Summary: First and foremost, you have to appreciate and be able to use a wide angle lens to appreciate this camera. That is what this camera is all about. A trade off for sure, but a brilliant one. At 24mm wide angle, you can turn around inside a car and get driver and both rear passengers in the same picture... it has that much field of view. It lets you get pictures other cameras simply can't get. The serious down side of this is that maximum zoom is 60mm...
Summary: Though there's a dizzying array of settings, the camera offers an exciting choice of picture-taking options, including three aspect ratios, black and white and several color interpretations. Shooting in RAW allows for the highest resolution images, far superior to .jpg. The camera has quick shutter response, a nice feel and weight, great optics and superb image stabilization. Panasonic and Leica make a great team and sell a quality product.
Summary: I wanted the best camera for my money. So, I spent some time researching and comparing this camera to every other in it's price range. Go to [@] and do the comparisons. It even beat out the canon g11, which is over $100 more. It also has a classy look and feels great in the hands.
Pros: Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, The zoom is OK not great