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Panasonic DMC-LX3S 10.1MP Digital Camera with 2.5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)
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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)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 1.06 x 4.29 inches|
|Item Weight||0.58 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,150 Milliamp Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0 - F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||60 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,648|
|Memory Storage Capacity||50 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in||2.7 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.06 x 4.29 x 2.36 in||1.34 x 4.37 x 2.52 in||3.28 x 4.37 x 3 in||0.91 x 3.66 x 2.05 in||4.4 x 1.62 x 2.64 in||3.67 x 1.05 x 2.37 in|
|Item Weight||0.58 lb||0.53 lb||0.94 lb||4.32 ounces||0.71 lb||4.16 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.1 megapixels||18.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||1280 x 720||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||4k||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Viewfinder||None||LCD||fixed LCD||None||electronic viewfinder||LCD|
Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the 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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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 Panasonics 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 Panasonics 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.
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Really sharp lens at f/2.0. It is one of the best lenses on the market. Period. One of the drawbacks of digital P&S is the relatively large depth of field. It is difficult to isolate the main subject from the background. At wide open aperture of f/2.0 (or f/2.8 at the long FL end), the LX3 has a relatively shallow depth of field. It is one of the best features that makes it really stands out among higher end P&S.
It has an extremely powerful and easy to use manual focus. With the magnified area, it is easy to do manual focus. Furthermore, it is possible to choose the focus area. This feature is especially useful for macros. I have never used short FL for macros before, using the macro feature opens up an entirely different possibilities.
It has a usable ISO range up to 400. At ISO 100 or below, it is hard to find fault. Noise is visible but acceptable at 400; it is comparable to ISO 1600 on my DSLR. Beyond 400, noise is too high for me. This is an unfortunate fact about small sensor P&S. LX3 has a bigger sensor than most P&S and so its noise performance is already better than most. With a fast lens and built-in stabilization, it is not always necessary to use high ISO.
It is possible to export RAW images but I have not yet tried it; btw I use RAW exclusively for my DSLR. IOW, I might be able to squeeze still a little more out of the LX3. The option of using filters (polarizer, IR, etc) is usually not possible for most P&S. LX3 let you do just that. You can buy an adapter to use a variety of add-ons. It is a system that you can grow.
Now on to the not so great part. I really don't care about the different aspect ratios. I can crop on a computer. I prefer to have the battery compartment separate from the SD card. Control during movie is non-existent. Zoom range is limited but it is not a big deal for me.
Overall, it is a great camera. It is not cheap, however. If you need a high quality camera that you can carry around easily, this is IT.
I won't reiterate the technical specification and superior performance of the LX3 because that has already been done by many novice and professional reviewers. There are a few features that I really like: 1) Ai mode, 2) Dynamic B&W, 3) 16;9 and 4) Macro function. There, short and sweet. My main gripe is that Panasonic OEM accessories are still hard to get and overpriced when you can find them. Don't buy the hot shoe viewfinder! I had one for my first camera and found it a waste of time and money.
These accessories for Panasonic Lumix LX3 that I highly recommend:
1) Two-piece leather case with strap from seller "linsaifeng" on the four letter site. Inexpensive, sturdy, excellent quality and perfect fit. Haven't had a chance to touch and feel the OEM case from Lumix but can't imagine the quality being better. And the price? Forget about it. If you really must have a case that says Lumix on it then go ahead and pay $100. If you could do with out the logo then this one will cost you $20.
2) CamGrip camera grip - This is a little 3" rubber hand grip that screws into the tripod mount. Sweet! I don't leave home without this. Adds tremendous stability and holdability. One handed video recording is a breeze.
3) Manfrotto ModaPocket - A tiny, adjustable stand that screws into the tripod mount. Small enough to leave on all the time (if you are not using a fitted case). Perfect for table top shooting and macro shooting. I love this and it's quality and beauty match the LX3. Oh, and it has a tripod mount so I can use the Cam Grip with it!
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.
5) Richard Franiecs hot shoe mount shutter release cable adapter. A little expensive for what it is but it allows you to use a shutter release cable for night shooting and Panasonic does not sell one of these.
6) Lowepro Rezo TLZ 10 Digital Camera Case Gadget Bag - I found this top loading bag to be perfect for the LX3 when used with the adapter on full-time. Also has enough room for an extra battery, the ModaPocket and the Cam Grip. Has a belt loop and top loading design so the camera can be stored and retrieved quickly. Perfect for hiking, or places where you don't want the camera hanging from you neck all the time.
7) Goby mini flexible tripod - This can be a little frustrating to use when you are trying to get level shots on a flat surface. However, I have the smallest one and have found an incredible amount of ways to use this. It really shines on uneven surfaces where it's flexible legs can adapt. I have used it at the tidepools on uneven, slippery rocks, have mounted it to fences and gates, have mounted it to the seatpost of my bike to make videos, it wraps around poles, hand rails, etc.
Hope you find this review helpful. Happy shooting!
I use the Lumix to take product shots and to take reference photos or videos of my customers parts that I will be repairing or reproducing. Almost all - 99% - of my photos are taken indoors and usually without a flash. I use it in Program Mode and set my Aperture accordingly. I don't need the telephoto; the wide angle is much more important for my needs.
While there have been some limitations, overall I am very pleased with the Lumix LX3. I like the large LCD for reviewing photos before I leave my customers facility. The photos are sharp, colors are good, flash is adequate when necessary, and is great in low light. I don't use the flash very often - usually just reflects off of the metal parts, making the shot worthless.
I do agree with other reviewers regarding the controls/menu system. It is a cumbersome method of achieving a decent shot.
I also own a Nikon D2Xs that I use for serious photography and a Canon G15 as a walk-around camera. I prefer the G15 over the Lumix LX3 as my walk-around because it has a viewfinder, has a better telephoto range and the controls/menu system is much better.