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Panasonic DMCLX3 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 2.5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

by Panasonic
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • High-Sensitivity 1/1.63-inch CCD with 10.1 Megapixels
  • 24mm Wide Angle f/2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens with 2.5x optical Zoom
  • Full Manual Operation
  • Intelligent Auto Mode with AF Tracking
  • 3.0-inch (460,000-dot) 3:2 Ratio Intelligent LCD
  • HD Motion Images and HD Output
  • Venus Engine IV
  • Up to ISO3200 at Full Resolution

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.7 x 5.9 cm ; 290 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: DMC-LX3EB-K
  • ASIN: B001D2NHE0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 July 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,162 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Multi Award Winning Lumix Digital Camera - The DMC-LX3 produces outstanding results and offers exceptional low light performance thanks to its new electrical circuitry and high sensitivity CCD. With the combined efforts of the CCD and Venus Engine Ⅳ, the LX3 has managed to achieve a performance gain of 3dB in S/N ratio while resolving a high level of detail even at high ISO sensitivities.

The f/2.0-2.8, bright Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens guarantees premium quality with minimal distortion and edge-to-edge sharpness. Even at the 24mm wide angle, the DMC-LX3 displays less distortion than competitive models.

The joystick control gives the LX3 its intuitive and highly precise, full manual operation. Simply move the joystick vertically or horizontally to adjust the exposure and focus (during Manual focus mode). The joystick can be easily operated by the thumb while holding the camera to prevent any interruption to your shooting rhythm. This lets you smoothly optimize the settings as soon as you finish framing the shot, whether you are capturing the proud stance of a single magnificent flower, the gentle flow of a stream, or a bird taking flight.

The LX3 can also record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps) and supports the HD Output function (1080i output). Simply connect the camera to an HDTV with an optional HD component cable (DMW-HDC2), and you can easily view HD Photos on any HDTV. The HD Output also makes it possible to enjoy both HD motion images and slideshows of your LUMIX still images, complete with music.

The Intelligent LCD screen is new and offers a high resolution (460k) 3:2 for easy framing in this aspect. The Intelligent LCD function allows you to view images or compose your shots from many angles. Under bright sunlight, the Auto Power function increases the backlight brightness in nine steps according to the ambient light intensity. In dimly lit locations, it adjusts the frame rate of live images in two steps according to the ambient darkness.

All in all, a well composed camera for perfectly composed images.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem 23 April 2009
The Panasonic LX3 comes out consistently as a 'winner' in even the most serious tests and reviews, globally. However, with many years of experience with the disappointing LX1 in mind (extremely noisy sensor), I was sceptical at first. Hence, I was more favourably predisposed towards the similarly priced Canon G10.

Three considerations made me choose in favour of the LX3, however: portability, the beautiful LEICA wide-angle lens and the reported mediocre low light performance of the G10. It turned out to be a good choice. The camera slips more or less easily in your pocket, and the pictures are simply stunning - even in very low light conditions.

From amateur ('just-press-the-button' in the Intelligent Auto setting) to semi-professional (full manual control), most will find it easy to use this little gem.

One word of caution: you won't get the 'normal' zoom. If you want that, please consider buying something else ... However, if you are not scared of embracing a creative challenge, this incredibly light sensitive wide-angle lens will soon make you forget about a potent zoom.

For me, it brought the fun back into taking pictures, and I was delighted to hear people again ask me what camera I was using upon seeing my pictures - something last witnessed when still shooting on film with my LEICA camera.
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145 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Cracker!!! 14 Dec 2008
I decided to treat myself to this camera as a Christmas present after using a Canon Powershot G7 and G9 and I am seriously impressed! I was tempted by the G10 but in the end I felt the extra 4MP of the G10 were not worth it for the price when you see how Panasonic have improved quality over quantity. More megapixels does NOT make a better camera.

What I DON'T like about the LX3

The door for the battery/SD card is a bit flimsy and I have a feeling that it could get broken easily.

Zoom range -- I knew it was v.short before I bought it and yes it IS very short at just 60mm and only 2.5x from the 24mm wide end. But...if you are willing to drop the MP you can get up to 4.5x optical zoom from it. Granted you will not be making poster size prints from the resulting 3MP images. There is a digital zoom but even looking at them on the playback screen you know it isn't even worth taking them off the card. For emergency use only.

The shutter speed is not showing up in the EXIF information in PhotoShop. I hope Adobe/Panasonic will correct this. I have been using the SilkyPIX software which came with the camera to look up the info after the fact. The info does show up in the camera replay but not in CS3.

um...that's it!

What I DO like about it:

Size --- it IS important and this camera fits easily into my jacket pocket. Much lighter than the G7/G9's I have been using and much less bulky.

Handling -- complaints on the web about the fiddly joystick are exaggerated IMHO, it is easy to use and I am a big lad with big hands. The controls are well laid out, the menus are easy to navigate and it only took me about 15 minutes to get used to everything having come from a Nikon/Canon background.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine lens 1 July 2009
I bought the Panasonic LX3 instead of TZ7 for my holiday snaps. I was worried that the limited zoom range of LX3 may be limiting. But I have no regrets. The quality of the fast 2-2.8 lens is excellent matching a variety of challenging lighting conditions to produce satisfactory images. The i-auto mode does a great job and I hardly use the flash. Images up to iso 800 are very good but anything above this is too grainy for me. The size is a bit awkward, the need to use a switch every-time to get back to photo from review mode rather cumbersome and I still haven't found a suitable pouch. In summary, an excellent camera that I would unreservedly recommend.
I have just returned from a holiday to Alaska and western Canada. I found this camera extremely versatile producing high quality images every time. The intelligent auto mode works for a variety of lighting conditions. I found exposure compensation program extremely useful. Thoroughly recommended.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Gorgeous 7 Feb 2009
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Fabulous. Just the most gorgeous camera I have ever owned. I dabble in amateur photography and have owned the usual range of SLRs including, latterly, digital. But the reality is that the photography I love is the spur of the moment stuff. Especially photographing people without being intrusive. Whether out and about and I spot a special moment, or wanting to capture how my friends look around our dinner table by candle light, it is unlikely I will do well with a big, heavy DSLR.

This beauty of a joy of a camera is one I always have with me in my handbag. It is small, light, unobtrusive and ready in an instant. It reminds of an old Leica from the 1960s.

Best points:
Super fast lens - just amazingly good. Took photos of the snowy landscape at night today - moonlight only. They're fantastic. Also brilliant for photographing people indoors without flash.

Quality of lens - Gorgeous stuff. Outdoors, in bright light, the Canon G10 marginall has the edge. But this is darn close and in other circs it wins.

Super Wide Angle. Amazing outdoor, nature and architectural stuff. Also very useful for interiors ( I am a passionate at creating beautiful homes).

Looks and feel. Small, dark, solid, old fashioned, iconic, great build quality.

I adore it.

Only down sides:
Silly lens cap is a pain. And the manual focus not great. But it is a classic and has CERTAINLY set a new bench mark in "bridge" type cameras which had the ease and size of point and shoot, but the quality and versatility of an SLR. It ain't as good as a good SLR - but it comes surprisingly very close.

Buy and fall in love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This camera produces exceptionally good images even in poor light. You have to be prepared to work with a limited zoom range but for portraiture and architecture this is not a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Its Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMCLX3 Digital Camera
This superb camera is a pleasure to handle and to own. Even though it is an earlier model the picture quality and the ease of use is second to none.
Published 18 months ago by michael j lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I had broken a couple of lenses on my old SLR and decided that, rather than break any more, I needed to get something that would give me the same control as a SLR whilst also... Read more
Published on 5 July 2012 by token socialist
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost faultless camera.
I bought this camera as a replacement for my Canon A640 (which got smashed) after a lot of research a little bit of luck in finding it for almost half the usual price in a... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Byzantian
4.0 out of 5 stars LUMIX DMCLX3
In the face of adversity and with the risk of smart*** comments.

Owned about a year now. Using the camera on this bright sunny day prompted a review. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by LWN
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance ... still continues to surprise!
So these reviews should ideally be 75-300 words but I'm waiving that... For the reasonably significant investment of around 400 this is the sort of thing I'd have wanted to know... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by Mr. Peter S. Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMCLX3 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 2.5x Optical Zoom) 3.0...
1 star taken off for flimsy packaging but camera lives up to its reputation and the macro shots are fantastic for a small camera. No filler for hot shoe mount. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera - now obsolete
This is a great enthusiasts compact camera. Very high quality images, noticeably sharper than my (admittedly old) Nikon DSLR. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by A. R. T. Ormsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic...just great!
Firstly, I own the camera for around 1,5 years.

I never expected that a compact camera will deliver so good results in terms of quality. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2011 by A.T.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars great colors
For a camera this size and this price, the colors are great.
Its not a professional camera, of course, but when traveling, it allows you to take great pictures without the... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by rkeijo
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