|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 lens
The front of the Panasonic LUMIX LX3 carries a nice lens. It is an extremely bright tele lens (f/2.0-f2.4) with a focal length of 24-60mm which might be rather short for the spoilt amateur photographer. Nevertheless, the 2.5x zoom range offers an excellent wide angle range with 24mm and lets you get close to your subject. It is the ideal range for reporting jobs with, of course, landscape and architect photography. On top of the lens, a small switch functions to select the image ratio (16:9/3:2/4:3) and on the side, a switch serves to select the focus. The lens features screw thread for mounting a lens adapter. Once equipped with the adapter it is possi-ble to enhance the focal length with a wide angle converter to 18mm!
Panasonic DMC-LX3 navigation set-up
On top of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX3 we find a hot shoe to place an external flash. Unfortunately, the GN22 flash unit was not yet available during this test, although it will become available shortly. The optional DMW-VF1 optical viewfinder can also be mounted on the hot shoe. This is a nice accessory which saves energy while the LCD monitor is not being used as viewfinder. The range of the optical viewfinder supports up to 24mm. The internal flash is standard hidden in the housing and has to be manually folded out through a small switch. The familiar command dial is placed on top of the camera and offers direct access to main programs such as aperture and shutter priority, scene mode etc. The shutter release is placed more into the corner and features a ring around it that serves to operate the optical (and digital) zoom. The shutter release button has a nice pressure point and feels perfect under your finger. Also very convenient is the focus button that lets you place the AF field very precisely to focus without having to change the composition.
|Camera compartments and interfaces
The small grip of the camera on the side contains a small cover hiding a number of interfaces such as electric mains, USB, and A/V out connectors. The Panasonic LX3 also features an HDMI connection following the trend that was started by the High Definition organization. The bottom of the camera shows a universal (metal) tripod that is placed in a spot where you can still change a memory card or battery without having to remove the camera from the tripod. The compartment for the battery and card is covered by a small lid and is equipped with a safety catch so that the battery won't drop upon opening the compartment door. The Panasonic LUMIX LX3 supports SD and SDHC memory cards.
3" LCD monitor on the Panasonic LX3
When we check out the back of the Panasonic LX3, we find the control center in this spot. A large sized format 3 inch monitor with high resolution of 460,000 dots. The intelligent display shows a beautiful reproduction and adjusts automatically to the brightness of the environment. The large viewing angle is a fine alternative to the optical viewfinder that lacks on the LX3 just as it did on its predecessor. On the right of the monitor, some buttons are placed, for example for Menu, AF/AE lock and of course the navigator that lets you switch quickly between various settings.