Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 Camera review | Storage and Energy
Panasonic is one of the driving forces behind the SD format, and it is for that reason that the Panasonic LUMIX LX3 supports the SD platform fully. At present, the SD platform consists of a standard SD card with a storage capacity of 2GB and the SDCH format with a maximum capacity of 32GB. For the current compact and DSLR cameras, 32GB suffices greatly; however, we can already reveal that this is not the end. A new SD platform will be announced by the end of this year or the beginning of next year, at which 64GB storage and higher capacities will be announced, this much we can tell you.
Panasonic LX3 - SDHC memory card
The Panasonic LX3 is delivered including around 50MB of internal memory. A nice gesture and perhaps convenient for a few moments, however, if you want to get on with serious shooting, then obviously you will purchase a memory card. RAW enthusiasts have to consider some 16MB per image, and if you shoot in a combination of RAW+JPEG you will have to take into account that some 20MB has to be stored per image. A high quality JPEG picture takes up 4MB. To be honest, you will get the maximum out of the Panasonic LUMIX LX3 when shooting in RAW, so we stick to that for now. Our advice is to purchase an SDHC card with a minimum of 4GB storage capacity, although 8GB and higher holds more space in reserve while photographing.
Video Resolution VGA - 30 fps - 4:3 - 44 min 20 sec
Video Resolution VGA - 10 fps - 4:3 - 2 hours 11 min
Video Resolution QVGA - 30 fps - 4:3 - 2 hours 11 min
Video Resolution QVGA - 1- fps - 4:3 - 6 hours 22 min
Video Resolution 16:9H - 30 fps - 16:9 - 16 min 40 sec
Video Resolution 16:9H - 15 fps - 16:9 - 33 min 20 sec
Video Resolution 16:9L - 30 fps - 16:9 - 38 min
Video Resolution 16:9L - 10 fps - 16:9 - 1 hour 53 min
Speediness of the digital camera
2.5 images per second in the highest JPEG quality with a maximum of 4 images sequentially makes the Panasonic LUMIX LX3 an average speedy camera. The Panasonic LX3 does not aim for the action photographer, although operation of the camera is quick. If you shoot in RAW you have to wait for more than 4 seconds before the file is stored on the card. In the meantime you are allowed to carry on shooting or to change settings while the buffer of the camera takes care of a few things.
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
Panasonic has adopted the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface as a standard interface by now. Striking is the fact that Panasonic took the initiative on many occasions, for example a wide angle zoom lens and optical stabilizer whereas the company left out a feature like a USB interface. The current Panasonic assortment is indeed equipped with the Hi-Speed version which ensures the highest speed. If you are in possession of a computer featuring a fast USB 2.0 High Speed interface, you will also be able to use a fast USB 2.0 High Speed card reader which does not require connecting the camera.
Panasonic CGA-S005A 3.7V 1150mAh battery
The Panasonic LUMIX LX3 compact camera gets its energy from a Panasonic CGA-S005A 3.7V 1150mAh battery. According to CIPA standards, this capacity lets you make approximately 290 pictures or lasts around 145 minutes. Charging the battery through a battery charger takes around 120 minutes. This will probably suffice for the average user. However, in situations where more pictures need to be taken, such as holidays, birthday parties etc or in circumstances with lower or higher temperatures than 23 degrees, the CIPA measurement will deviate and the capacity will decrease. A second battery will come in handy in that case.