Panasonic DMCLX3 Digital Camera - Silver (10MP, 2.5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
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- Type: Type - Compact camera - Pixels: Sensor - 1/1.63" with 11.3 megapixels (10.1 effective) / Resol
- Optical: Viewfinder - External (optional) / LCD display - 3" screen - 3:2, LCD TFT (460,000 pixels)
- Focal length (in mm) - 5.1 - 12.8 - 35 mm equivalent focal length (in mm) - 24 - 60 - Stabiliser - O
- Storage: Image formats - RAW, JPEG / Memory Card Type - SDHC, MMC / Included Memory Card - No / Inte
- Extras: Power sources - 3.7V - 1150 mAh li-ion battery pack (included) 110-240V AC adapter (optional
Top Customer Reviews
Panasonic have really tried to come up with a compact that can genuinely be used by professionals as a pocketable, carry anywhere, wide to standard length lens.
The camera has all manual controls (which actually are very easy to use compared to other supposedly fully-manual compacts I have tried), a bright 24-60mm equiv. f2.0-2.8 lens developed by Leica, a larger, optimised 10MP sensor (for better signal to noise ratio, and other picture quality benefits), large internal memory (50mb I think) for good buffering, a great wide LCD with high resolution (460k pixels), hotshoe on top for off-camera flash, serious low-light performance, and RAW file capture.
Many other great features like an HD 16:9 movie mode (don't expect camcorder quality though), voice notes for pics, fast continuous burst mode, 2 custom settings switches on the mode dial, intelligent auto mode for ease of use with all the modern advances like face recognition, intelligent contrast control etc., and more.
This camera has many rivals, but none come even close. Except, I would say, the Canon G9 which is quite a different camera anyway so they are not directly comparable.
The G9 has a more common lens that is actually used on other canon models, no wide angle but more telephoto reach (it does have a wide adapter though), the sensor is not optimised but it has 12MP.
The G9 is a little bulkier and the thing I noticed most was how much lighter the Panasonic was. If you had the G9 in your pocket, you would not forget about it, in fact you may actually be walking lop-sided!Read more ›
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.
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.
As an aside I have bought the Panasonic Case D MW CLXA1E which is not always described as being suited to the LX3 on websites or in camera shops. However a helpful online conversation with Bristolcameras established that the LX3 does indeed sit (albeit somewhat snugly) in this semi-rigid case (It is also available through Amazon). It is certainly a cheaper -though less classy alternative to the DMW-CLX3E-K case.
It kills the opposition. I have compared with the G9 from Canon and the Nikon P6000.
As mentioned in other reviews the zoom is only short to keep quality up, but this is my only gripe. Manual focus works very well and is a doddle to use.
Nice one Panasonic.Dont buy the Leica version, this ones better and cheaper.
(Note: The RAW Files it creates are not yet compatible with MAC Photoshop so you have to use the supplied software. Which is good, but not as good as Photoshop. I'm sure the plug in will arrive soon tho.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have dreamt for years about a media that I will express 'me' - this little chunk of technology is getting scarily close - the Results are what memories are made of...Published on 30 Aug. 2009 by Mr. G. Wyness
Can't fault it really. Does exactly as advertised, the camera can be controlled specifically and has many professional features. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2009 by John Alexander
In full agreement with everything positive that has been said about LX3,black,silver as well as on Amazon US. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2008 by Sam-Theo