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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1S 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom (Silver)
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- 8-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16-by-22-inch enlargements
- 4x optical zoom Mega Optical Image Stabilization; 2.5-inch LCD display
- Power LCD function termporarily boosts backlighting by about 40% for ease of use in sunny conditions
- Unlimited Consecutive Shooting allows you to shoot 3 frames per second at full resolution until your memory card is full
- Powered by Lithium-ion battery pack (included); stores images on SD memory cards (16 MB card included)
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Panasonic's Lumix Digital Camera automatically starts with an edge. A LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens delivers superior optics and an astouning 28mm (equivalent) focal length for a wider visual angle than most other digital-camera models offer. The DMC-LX1 features a 4x optical zoom with a 28 to 112mm capability (35mm equivalent). This and a 1/1.65" diagonal CCD with 8.4 million effective pixels give you superb image quality over a wide shooting range. The Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 5x zooming power. Normal hand jitter is a common cause for blurred results. The DMC-LX1 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working--all you'll see are the outstanding results. Multiple aspect ratios result in different still picture resolutions - 4 - 3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) up to 2880 x 2160; 3 - 2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) up to 3248 x 2160; 16 - 9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) up to 3840 x 2160 Video movie capture up to 640x480 2.5 Bright TFT LCD screen with easy to follow menu operation 2 Self-timer modes PictBridge mode allows printing images without a computer Audio with movie and still capture modes (up to 5 seconds per still picture) Uses SD Memory Storage (32MB included) (J&R suggest purchasing an optional SD memory card of 256MB or higher for practical use) Includes Rechargeable Battery - Up to 240 pictures per charge (CIPA Standard) and AC Charger, Data Transfer Software, USB and AV Cables, Lens Cap, Strap Unit Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.20'' x 4.16'' x 1.01'' / Weighs about 8 ounces
From the Manufacturer
The LX1 features a 4x optical zoom with a 28 to 112mm wide-angle capability (35mm equivalent). This and a 1/1.65-inch diagonal CCD with 8.4 million effective pixels give you superb image quality over a wide shooting range. The Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 5x zooming power. Plus, the 4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom can be used together to produce a maximum of 16x zooming power.
2.5-Inch Diagonal High-Resolution LCD for Brighter Viewing
The LX1 features a 2.5-inch diagonal high-resolution LCD monitor--surprisingly large for such a compact camera. This high-quality, 207,000-pixel display makes it easy to see your subject. For easier viewing when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, press the Power LCD button to boost the backlighting by about 40%.
Easy-to-See, Easy-to-Understand LCD Indications
In addition to displaying the settings in large, easy-to-understand text, the large, 2.5-inch diagonal screen with 230,000-pixel resolution lets you show up to 25 thumbnail images at once. This makes it easier to search for, and organize, the photos you take.
Choice of Aspect Modes
A switch at the top of the lens barrel lets you choose an aspect ratio of normal 4:3, wide 16:9, or the 3:2 used in film cameras. A 16:9 image is obtained using the wide-angle lens and large CCD, instead of the conventional method of cropping the top and bottom of a 4:3 image.
Flexible, Single-Switch Focusing
A switch on the side of the lens lets you match the focusing operation to your shot. Choose from 1-point AF (normal or high-speed), 3-point high-speed AF, 9-point AF, Spot AF, AF macro to focus from as close as 0.16 feet (5 centimeters) from the subject, or manual focus using the joystick. Focusing is also made easier by the Manual Focus Assist function, which lets you enlarge the center of the LCD image to check the focus, and the AF Assist Lamp for focusing in dimly lit places.
Super-Fast Shutter Response and Mega Burst Consecutive Shooting
Thanks to the Venus Engine II's release time lag of around 0.008 second and shutter interval of around 0.4 second, the LX1 is super-fast. You can snap off consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. And with Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, you can keep shooting until the memory card is full.
Manual Exposure and Manual Focus Using the Joystick
The joystick on the back of the camera lets you manually adjust the exposure and focus. You can set the aperture, shutter speed, and focus with your thumb while viewing the LCD monitor to compose the photo. By pressing and holding the joystick, you can also set four parameters (white balance, ISO sensitivity, recording image size, and image quality) instantly while viewing the subject, without having to switch to the menu screen.
Flexible Shooting to Match the Scene
Take beautiful photos even if you're using a camera for the very first time. The camera does all the work, so you can just aim and press the shutter button.
Program AE Mode
This mode determines the optimal aperture and shutter speed settings for you.
Aperture Priority AE Mode
You can set the aperture between f2.8 and f8.0 to create a softer focus.
Shutter Priority AE Mode
Set the shutter speed between 8 seconds and 1/2,000 second to freeze or express movement.
Manual Exposure Mode
You can manually set both the aperture and shutter speed. Enjoy full manual control plus a Manual Exposure Assist function.
Pressing the left of the cursor button opens a help screen that explains what each mode is for. Select two of the following 14 modes according to the shooting conditions.
- Starry Sky Mode
- Candle Mode
- Portrait Mode
- Night Portrait Mode
- Night Scenery Mode
- Party Mode
- Sports Mode
- Scenery Mode
- Fireworks Mode
- Snow Mode
- Self-Portrait Mode
- Baby Mode
- Soft Skin Mode
- Food Mode
- AF/AE Lock Button for locking focus and exposure at particular settings
- Auto Angle Detection rotates vertical shots 90º for easier viewing when connecting with an AV cable. This function may not work on some TV/LCD monitors.
- TIFF compatible for saving images without compressing data
- RAW format for saving images as unprocessed CCD data
- PictBridge-Compatible for direct printer connection
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1S 8MP digital camera, battery charger, battery pack, battery carrying case, SD memory card (32MB), AV cable, USB connection cable, strap, CD-ROM
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Having just returned from a trip, I find this a dandy little camera. I shot about two hundred photos with it. The issues with low light sensitivity (high ISO settings) are certainly there. I would limit use to 80 or 100 ISO. There is another issue general to all these little cameras. Because of their light weight, it can be difficult to maintain a steady grip so that images are not blurred. I also prefer to shoot through a viewfinder, not the back of an LCD screen - but that is the trade off for size. The LX1 has optical image stabilization to help you, and I found its use essential. The 16:9 aspect ratio, the same as for high def TV, is very pleasing in many exterior and interior situations. You can also pick two other, narrower aspect ratios through a switch on the lens. The sensor is a true 16:9 sensor, meaning you get full resolution, up to 8 mp, at all aspect ratios.
There are a number of camera friendly aspects to this camera. For one, it will fit easily into the inside pocket of a light outdoor jacket or the inside pocket of a suit. The battery recharger is tiny and light with no cord. Just insert the battery (about the size of a thick postage stamp) and plug the recharger directly in the wall. So it's easy to pack for a trip. If you start the camera without removing the lens cover, the camera notifies you to remove the lense. This has the effect of training you to always replace the lense when the camera is not in use, protecting the excellent Leica optics. It has several modes for common situations, such as shooting at parties (I found it worked well to capture both the subject and background using flash).
It has a very easy to use auto shoot mode that let's you get into the picture. It is located on a button in the back, so you don't have to hunt through menus to find it. Because you can use manual focus as close as 5 cm in a wide angle format, you can shoot a picture of a group of people at your table - just place the camera on an overturned glass at the end of the table and wait for it to click. The auto shoot mode can also be used to deal with low light and less than steady hands. It has full manual mode capability so you can adjust parameters to you liking. It has a 2 or 10 second delay. Using the 2 second delay and bracing the camera on a nearby support or on your chest (hold your breath), you can capture excellent indoor pictures without flash. I used this several times to capture sharp, well saturated color panoramas of church and monument interiors. They look like picture postcards.
The camera is one of the few, or only, to shoot in RAW mode, allowing complete control of the picture when you download to your computer for printing.
If you are a fairly serious amateur, or a professional like Mr. Reichmann, you will find this camera a handy and fun traveling companion to your Canon or Nikon. Or just take it alone, as I did, when you don't plan on doing any serious shooting.
-TRUE 16:9 videos (848x480 pixel MOVs, not the cropped kind. Product description was wrong stating that it can capture only up to 640x480).
-Lengthy 20min video captures if you have a 2GB SD card.
-28mm wideangle focal length
-Excellent outdoor photos
-Indoor video/photo is grainy
-Video captures have less than stellar audio.
-Cap Lens cover
Overall: Despite is downfalls, its uniqueness compensate for it and sets it apart from many cameras.
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