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Panasonic DMC-LX3 10.1MP Digital Camera with 24mm Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

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  • 10.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 2.5x wide-angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized zoom lens
  • 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD screen; HD video capture
  • Classic SLR-like manual operations include selectable AF spot/multi AF area, customization button, aperture, shutter, program and full manual modes
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Classic SLR-like manual operations include selectable AF spot/multi AF area, customization button, aperture, shutter, program and full manual modes
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-LX3 Black
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 10.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 2.5 x
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 1 x 4.2 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Item model number: DMC-LX3 Black
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,972 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 22, 2008

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the Panasonic DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, 10.1 megapixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model. By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3 is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

At the heart of the DMC-LX3, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD. Making the intentional choice to limit the number of megapixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. As a result, sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent when compared to Panasonic’s 10 MP digital cameras, giving the DMC-LX3 outstanding image quality and a wide dynamic range, and meeting the demand for a camera that works optimally in low-light environments. The CCD is also capable of reproducing images in three aspect ratios -- 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. The new Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing users to choose the version that best suits their needs.

Another major upgrade to the LX3 is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens. The F2.0 is about twice as bright as a F2.8 lens and can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture clear, blur-free images in dimly lit environments. In addition, the 24mm lens captures approximately a 213-percent larger viewing angle than a normal 35mm camera and 136% larger compared to a 28mm wide-angle lens. The lens unit consists of eight elements in six groups with four aspherical lenses with four aspherical surfaces. As a result of the F2.0 lens, the LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts -- such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring.

The LX3 also incorporates the Venus Engine IV, which provides more advanced signal processing technology for producing higher-quality images with reduced noise in both luminance signal and chromatic signal processing -- as compared to the Venus Engine III. The Venus Engine IV supports high sensitivity recording enabling the DMC-LX3 to record at up to ISO 3200 at full resolution and even up to ISO 6400 when using high sensitivity mode, enough to capture subjects in low lighting without using a flash. The Venus Engine IV also supports a faster response time, allowing the camera to shoot 2.5 shots per second at full resolution and six shots per second in High-Speed Burst mode.

The easy-to-use joystick operation which was featured in its predecessor continues with the LX3, as its intuitive design makes selecting different settings on the camera, including focus, aperture and shutter speed -- easy and quick. Other convenient design elements include a switch on the side of the lens barrel that allows the user to quickly change the focus modes between Manual Focus, Auto Focus and Macro Auto Focus. When choosing Manual Focus, the focus distance and the depth of field according to the zoom range and aperture is also displayed. For setting white balance, the LX3 provides a new color temperature display function, and still includes the Two-Axis white balance adjustment settings offered in previous models. Users can also customize and store their own personal settings of up to four unique functions and instantly recall them later using the mode dial.

Furthering its creative options, the LX3 also features a Film mode with six color types and three types of monochrome selections. Much like selecting from different film types, this function gives the user the flexibility and creative freedom to take more expressive digital photos. Also, when using the Multi-film mode, the LX3 produces a maximum of three images from a RAW file for the user to compare the different textures. Another new feature is the multiple-exposure feature, which lets the user create artistic photos by overlaying up to three consecutive images; while still viewing the last image on the 3.0-inch LCD screen. The LCD on the LX3 is new and improved with a 460,000-dot high resolution.

While the LX3 allows full manual control for more advanced photography, it also includes Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode (iA), including the new feature, AF (auto focus) Tracking. AF Tracking automatically tracks the image subject and locks it into focus, making it easier for anyone to capture sharp, well-focused photos. The AF Tracking technology also improves face detection accuracy, allowing for crisp, sharp-focused shots even if the subject moves or turns their face. Other iA technologies include Intelligent Exposure, Digital Red-eye Correction, MEGA O.I.S, Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection (up to 15 faces) and Quick AF.

The DMC-LX3 has the ability to record High Definition (HD) video in 1280 x 720p at 24fps. With the newly added HD component output capability, still and moving pictures can be viewed by connecting the camera to a TV via an optional component cable (DMW-HDC2). In addition, the LX3 features Image Leveling, so when a captured image "leans" to the right or left because the camera was held at a slight angle when the photo was taken, this feature rotates the image to straighten it and crops the unnecessary edges.

Product Description

Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the Panasonic DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, 10.1 megapixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model. By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3 is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

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* RAW files - with Lightroom 3 and 4, the image quality is superb. In "apparent perceptual resolution" (not actual MTF 10-lp/mm results), it makes prints that look as sharp… Read more ›
Based on price and quality, this is the best camera I've seen. The pictures are great. Read more ›
Ever. Low light shots are great, and with some photo-editing software...perfect. The macro function is astounding. Read more ›
I have been shooting for years w/ SLRs…The shots are crisp and clear with detail I could not have expected from a point and shoot (but of course, there is the Leica lense). Read more ›
4) Lensmate lens adapter. Priced maybe a little more than the OEM adapter but it's quality is excellent. I use this on my camera full-time with a 46mm filter. Read more ›
Also, you can't zoom when shooting video, and speaking of zoom, it could be a tad longer. But the important thing is that the picture quality is outstanding. It might be a… Read more ›
The camera cannot "zoom" beyond what the human eye can see. A 55mm lens is great for a DSLR, but on a point-and-shoot, you really need to have something longer than 60mm. Read more ›
No fixed-lens camera is perfect for all things, but this camera comes as close as anything I've ever used. Reviews have pointed out the 24mm wide angle to 60mm normal zoom… Read more ›
A little bit bigger than typical compact camera, but after all its has more manual setting allow you to create better pictures. The wide angle lens is amazing. Strong… Read more ›
You can take sharp photos in places where there was…The wide angle end of the lens is great for group shots in tight spaces or for getting an interesting perspective. T… Read more ›
What good I will say about the camera is that the f2.0 lens is great. The wide capapbilities are great. Read more ›
1. Low light ability. The LX3 has a f/2.0 lens and is great in low light. 2. Fast enough frames per second (fps) to handle taking photos of moving kids. Read more ›
Menu System…It's hard to judge weather the LX-3 menu system is good or bad, since everyone has their own preference, but I can definitely say that it's on the better side. Read more ›
The micro mode is excellent. I took a lot of pictures with my model diorama, so this feature ranges #2 in my wish list. Read more ›
I find the camera easy to work with at every level. Learning the menu system was easy. While there are lots of automatic features there is also manual features for those… Read more ›
You have a lot of control on the camera, but you can also set it in the automatic intelligent mode…The macro mode is excellent and it's set automatically when on iA mode. Read more ›
First of all, this is a…You can use iA mode for point and shoot, and most scene modes are good enough, but you can't get the most out of it by using it that way. There… Read more ›
The lens is super fast and very crisp, you can see the difference even in small prints and…The controls are easy to use and I think it's a "photographers Point and Shoot". Read more ›
Great camera at a great price. This is a versatile camera and great when in manual mode but is also easy to use as a point and shoot. Clear, crisp images. Read more ›
The picture quality is stunning at a wide range of light levels. Its pretty simple to use, but it has many features that allow you to do advanced things. I almost like this… Read more ›
The camera is very easy to use. I leave in iA mode for my wife and when I want effortless photos. Read more ›
It's not super compact. It's easy to use if you don't want to get complicated but no point in paying this much for a camera if you want to point and shoot. The lens isn't… Read more ›
This is a beatyful little digital camera with more features I will ever use in my life. Easy to use, offers yet a wide variety of settings for high quality pictures. I was… Read more ›
I am very pleased with the results. The camera is portable and fun to use. The OIS feature is very effective. Read more ›
The build quality is excellent. I'd say the only weakness is the door to the battery compartment which needs to be opened and shut gently as I could see that breaking easily. Read more ›
I love the manual control. The construction quality is superb. I dropped this camera on a concrete floor and it has a huge dent in one of the corner. Read more ›
I don't have to hassle with a DLSR's size, the zoom is enough not to compromise the quality of the image it produces, the build is lovely. Not a lot of frills but many… Read more ›
3. Plenty of manual settings for people who likes it, I sometimes did it too (see…4. Excellent build quality and materials, feels solid (even better than low end DSLR) Read more ›
More or less pinkies. LX3 looks great, it has an excellent body construction and ergonomics. Quality of both indoor and outdoor images are better vs. to S90. Read more ›
Very well made camera- good solid construction with a perfect weight. Made in Japan - many of its competitors are manufactured in China. Read more ›
Going to Aperture priority and just setting the camera on a rock allowed the most beautiful shots. Video is great. Camera is easy to use. Read more ›
Takes sharp pictures most of the time. HD video is nice. Not sure that it is worth 2X cost of other decent P&S cameras. Read more ›
I'm a little disappointed in HD video results because 24 fps isn't fast enough for smooth…As long as the camera is pointed in one direction, video quality is very good. A… Read more ›
This camera was exactly what I needed it to be! Incredible picture quality, stunning HD videos, compact and portable, performs VERY well in low-light. The only thing that I… Read more ›
It's a Leica in disguise (and a lot cheaper). Compact, solid, low light lens, extra wide angle, great flash, HD video (16x9) in a package that you can take with you anywhere. Read more ›
I love the LX3 video quality for movies. It's ideal for Youtube and even Youtube HD. Read more ›
I can fit it in my jeans back pocket with a little bit of care, it is tight, but it works! The small size is amazing for a camera that takes such great photos. Read more ›
I…I have a friend who is a professional photographer and this is the only camera he'll take along when not using his very high end full size digital sslr's and bulky lenses. Read more ›
This camera gets pretty close, with a fast lens, fast electronics, good size (not too small for my big hands or to induce a lot of shaking). The image quality is good, and… Read more ›
The 1cm focus range, the…Plus that compact size, there are a lot of general occasions people will find this camera extremely useful, especially when a DSLR is not present. Read more ›
3.5X could have been acceptable. And I was very disappointed by the huge video file size. It uses Quick Time JPEG motion, which is an outdated technology. Read more ›
-Multiple film 'modes'--different color and B/W options for a different looks, all with great results…-Solid body feel, compact size (but the lens does protrude a bit) -… Read more ›
It is also very easy to use. 4. Overall the camera menu and user interface is excellent and very logical. 5. There are a tonne of standard modes for capture that any… Read more ›
All external buttons are quick and strategically placed... still have not used manual control much AND I always shoot in RAW PLUS LO-JPEG with a 16 gig sdhc class 6,… Read more ›
* The controls are convenient and easy to use. The focus button is great in MF mode. The MF-AF Macro-AF switch saw a lot of use, as did the aspect ratio switch. Read more ›
Unfortunately, Panasonic did not go far enough in learning from Leica, who are famous for their simple, clean…The user interface is not well designed, busy and fussy. F… Read more ›
First let me start by saying that I have always wanted a Panasonic digital camera, most Panasonics have always had great lenses, a good interface, great built quality, and… Read more ›
User interfaces are personal. If you don't like the interface on the LX3, you won't like the camera. I like it fine. Read more ›
The LCD is sharp and has good resolution, however I don't believe that the color temperature is entirely accurate. It tended to render on the warm side. Read more ›
I love the fact that you can change the aspect ratio by simply adjusting a switch. Its LCD is gorgeous, macro and low light ability sensational. It still though has a… Read more ›
It has turn me into a Panasonic believer. The screen is amazing, and quick aspect ratio button on the camera is very handy. Love the fact that the flash does not pop up… Read more ›
The LCD is gorgeous. Everyone is wowed by it when I show them a shot. Read more ›
So I made this my Christmas present. I like its size and the crystal clear LCD screen. You might have to read up the instructions book before you really play with it… Read more ›
Having grown up on 35mm SLRs, I have no problem with the lens cap. It also has a very bright and clear screen, which is a pleasure to compose shots with, even in sunlight. Read more ›
The flash is reasonable for its tiny size, but works extra hard at ISO 200, and has very limited range. Its best use is as a fill flash for bright backlit daylight… Read more ›
I'll use this cameras at…I hate using a flash (bounced flash is lovely, but I'm lazy unless it's for work) so I'll use an slr if I really need great ISO indoors for people. Read more ›
Built-in flash is provided but the result of the image with flash is not good. Luckily it has hot shoe for external flash. Read more ›
Flash works well for it's size and the lens cap is really not an issue (compared to my Leica film rangefinders!). The close-up autofocus switch is also very helpful and I… Read more ›
Coupled with a sensor that's usable at reasonable ISO, and with auto-stabilization, the fast lens lets…The included flash is pretty powerful, but I almost never used it. Read more ›
I like the large LCD for reviewing photos before I leave my customers…The photos are sharp, colors are good, flash is adequate when necessary, and is great in low light. Read more ›
I really like this camera and mainly got it b/c of its low light performance (which is great btw!). It works great but my main gripe is that switching between video and… Read more ›
Takes great pictures, though not at the DSLR level (getting closer). Low light performance is great. Contrast-based focus is ok. Read more ›
When you combine the improved higher ISO performance with the extremely fast lens, you have a camera that can be used in virtually any level of light from bright outdoor… Read more ›
Performance - Excellent low-light performance, REALLY excellent daytime performance. The camera has a slew of useful preset Scene modes, but also allows you to tinker with… Read more ›
A…It's a good thing this camera has good ISO performance at 400, and acceptable at 800; with the f2.0 aperture, it can take pictures in VERY low light, and still look great. Read more ›
3. Improved auto focus performance. Read more ›
I have not taken pictures in all kinds of…In all cases, the white balance was good, the focus was very good, and most of the photos were taken Ai which works very well. N… Read more ›
The LX3 is a zippy performer too. While a little slow on the startup, the auto-focus is decently quick (could be better) and the shot to shot performance is quite good. The… Read more ›
Fortunately, with fast lens and image stabilization I almost never need to use ISO above 400. 2. The camera is very responsive and the autofocus is fast and seems accurate. 3… Read more ›
1. Aspect ratio dial = easy to change from 16:9 to 4:3 etc. 2. Focus dial = easy to focus manually in both normal and macro modes. 3. RAW = greater flexibility in… Read more ›
It does have…That said, it doesn't offer the fast autofocus of an SLR, the deep RAW buffers and fast frame rates of an SLR, nor high ISO performance anything like an SLR. Read more ›
2. Improved auto white balance performance. 3. Improved auto focus performance. Read more ›

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538 of 551 people found the following review helpful By Pseudorandom Parents on September 27, 2008
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In the last 6 years I've used a couple of compacts which I've since got rid of after upgrading to DSLRs (Canon XT and then 40D). For a while I was waiting for a compact that I could carry with me anywhere I want, and particularly to parties and other social occasions where bringing a DSLR is really not an option.
When this camera was announced it really looked like a dream compact for me. Fast, wide and optically stabilized lens is ideal for low-light indoor shots. The design is stylish and beautiful, the camera is quite compact and it has all the controls an advanced amateur would need.
Further the sensor is essentially as big as they get in compact cameras and with almost reasonable 10mp (still about 5mp too many but not as bad as 12-15mp you would get in any other compact with a comparable sensor).
I've had the camera for a couple of weeks now (and shame on Amazon for not having it in stock a month after it appeared in some other big stores). I like it a lot and the camera delivers on most of Panny's promises. Here are some of the experiences.
1. The image quality is certainly and noticeably better than the ulracompact cameras (like Panny's own FX series). It is however still a compact camera ... meaning there is visible noise even at ISO 80 and lots of noise at ISO 400. However noise reduction algorithms seem to be doing quite a good job and ISO 80 pics look very nice ... sometimes almost like a DSLR. And even at ISO 400 most shots are good enough to keep. In general the output from this camera is comparable to my 40D at 8 times the ISO (that is 80 on LX3 is about 640 on 40D and 400 LX3 is a bit better than 3200 on 40D). Fortunately, with fast lens and image stabilization I almost never need to use ISO above 400.
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173 of 178 people found the following review helpful By William V. Mcclung on October 28, 2008
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First let me establish some credentials. I have been making photographs for 57 years, for personal satisfaction and for work. For 24 of those years, I also ran a part-time wedding photography business. I have been using digital cameras since 2001 and have owned many Nikon digital SLRs (D100, D200, D300) and a number of compact digital cameras.

With that out of the way, let me simply say, "the Panasonic LX3 is the BEST compact digital camera I have ever owned and, in my opinion, there is nothing else currently in its class that even comes close." I feel so strongly about the merits of the LX3, I am purchasing another one to put up for future use. It's THAT good!

Yes, its a bit pricey ..... no, it will not replace a DSLR for some things ..... no, it is not for everyone. Because of the limited zoom range (35mm equivalent of 24mm to 60mm), I would not recommend the camera to those who might need more zoom for outdoor sports, etc. But, if you can live within the zoom limitations, you will find the 24mm wide angle, amazing low-light capability and VERY effective stabilization system to be priceless.

The "iA" setting (puts the camera on "fully automatic") is the best I have ever seen, allowing anyone to routinely make outstanding images. For experienced photographers, the LX3 opens up a whole new world for compact cameras, used when it is not possible or convenient to carry a DSLR or used as a back-up or companion camera for your DSLR.

I purchased my LX3 in September 2008. Since then, my D300 and other cameras have likely felt very neglected! I have posted some sample images on this page.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By P. Stripling on September 30, 2009
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Panasonic LX3

It's not a world-shaking camera, but it's a good one. I give it 4 stars.

I've been taking pictures for pleasure since the 70s. I've owned a Nikon rangefinder, a Yashicamat 124G, a Pentax 67, and a variety of Nikon SLRs since back in the ancient days of film. Most of my cameras have been fully manual: set the focus by hand, set the zoom by hand (if there is a zoom), set the aperture and shutter speed by hand. All those cameras have separate lens caps, too.

I've also owned several all-automatic point & shoots, and I now own a Nikon D-70, which is my main camera these days. I got my LX3 a couple of weeks ago, and I've devoted a good bit of time to reading the manual and putting the instructions to use on the LX3.

My understanding of most items is that they're all the product of compromises. Some of the compromises work for me, some I can live with, and some are deal breakers. The LX3 has its compromises: the zoom is 2.5X; when you take a video, the camera locks the zoom and focus when the recording begins. I'm more aggravated by this latter compromise - I'd prefer to be able to zoom in and out while making a video, but it's not a deal breaker for me.

The small things I like are the slides and dial for some controls instead of buttons or menus. A sliding switch to turn it on means I don't accidentally hit the power button when I meant to press the shutter release. The slide for the flash means I really have to mean to raise the flash -- it doesn't pop up accidentally because my fingers were in the wrong place. A slide fastener for the battery/SD access means (I hope) a more secure fastening of that door. There's a slide switch to select picture mode or view mode. I also like the rotating dial for modes.
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