Dennis Hissink : January 4th 2006 - 17:50 CET
Panasonic Lumix DMC LS3
Panasonic Lumix DMC LS3 : Panasonic is introducing the incoming Lumix model 5.0 Megapixel Panasonic DMC LS3, incorporating MEGA O.I.S., an Optical Image Stabilizer that compensates the handshake, and 3x optical zoom lens, that runs on two AA batteries. MEGA O.I.S. is the image stabilization system against handshake that bears no picture deterioration. Panasonic is the first company in the industry to have succeeded in incorporating MEGA O.I.S. into a compact digital camera and now its benefit is strongly approved by the users of the world, considered to be the standard of photography. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS3 is a replacement for the Panasonic LS1 digital camera, but offers several upgraded features and is re-designed. |
Panasonic DMC LS3 - 5 Megapixel|
Compared with the DMC-LS1, the Panasonic LS3 has been externally redesigned into more compact and stylish form. For the performance, the LS3 speeds up its AF time by newly adopting 1-point high speed AF options. For more easy and comfortable shooting, scene mode options are also enhanced totally providing thirteen to fit wider-ranging situations. For the brain of the camera, the Panasonic LS3 incorporates continued Venus Engine Plus, which saves energy consumption to achieve long battery life while maintaining quick response and high picture quality.
Panasonic Lumix LS3 - Image stabilizer
As you recall, the blurred image caused by hand shake is the biggest problem of digital camera photography. Let us again mention our MEGA O.I.S. here for the introduction of our new product information. Normally, the compactness of the camera results in the good portability and shooting using LCD helps fine view, however, these advantages may stand in the way because they reduce stability on the other hand. However, MEGA O.I.S. solves those problems. The spur-of-the- moment for which you’re not ready enough to keep your posture and the low-lit indoor or night time, when the shutter speed tends to slow, and macro shooting in which even a slight move will spoil the picture, all those are common situations accompany blurry pictures. However, MEGA O.I.S. enables you to easily take clear, beautiful pictures in even in such situations. This capital feature is subsumed under no other cameras but LUMIX among the entry class models that run on AA batteries.
Panasonic Lumix digital camera - Venus Engine Plus
The high performance of Venus Engine Plus is evident with the quick response allowing you to take three frames per sec at full resolution and even to shoot successive photos until the memory card or the built-in memory reaches capacity in its Unlimited Consecutive Shooting mode. What’s more, the 14MB of built-in-memory is continued, which enables you to take pictures even when you do not have an SD Memory Card, and allows you to always have your favorite pictures in your camera wherever you go. Also, despite the high capability, the battery life achieves 250 pictures (CIPA) recording with included two AA OXYRIDE batteries.
Panasonic LS3 - Digital camera
The Panasonic DMC-LS3 is the perfect compact camera especially for the entry-level users thanks to its variety of supportive settings of Mode Dial and Scene Modes together with MEGA O.I.S., to easily take clear, beautiful pictures worth preserving. The number of recordable picture depends on the memory card and built-in memory size, battery life, picture size and compression.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS3 camera - Optical image stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), that Panasonic thinks it indispensable for all digital cameras, especially for compact models that lacks stability, is subsumed under LUMIX all line-up. Now this hand shake correction system, which accompanies no deterioration of image quality, is appreciated by the users of the world and positively getting to be the standard of digital camera photography.
Panasonic Lumix LS3 digital camera - Shutter speed and Nigh Shots
Every slight hand-shake movement is detected accurately with the sampling frequency at 4,000 times per second and will be compensated to render clear, sharp images. It also features two corrective modes, Mode 1 and Mode 2. Mode 1 constantly detects and follows movements and continuously compensates for them. In contrast, in Mode 2, the O.I.S. lens suppresses hand-shake only at the moment the shutter button is pressed. In this mode, the lens can move in all directions at the moment to maximize its effect, and higher-resolution image can be taken by capturing the image as close as to the center of the lens. In consequence, since MEGA O.I.S. enables a beautiful picture shot without blurring at slower shutter speeds of more than 3 steps compared to the conventional models without O.I.S.. You can enjoy shooting clear and beautiful pictures easily even in the situations using slow shutter speeds, like indoor portrait shots and nighttime scenery, as well as shooting of a delicate flower using macro mode.
Panasonic DMC LS3 - Image processor
The Lumix DMC LS3 incorporates the Venus Engine Plus LSI for high performance image processing in both speed and image quality as well as other Lumix models. For the burst shooting mode, it boasts the shooting at three frames per second at full resolution. You can start it the moment you want thanks to the independent button, allowing you to record consecutive images and select the best one afterward. And the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function allows limit-free consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD memory card. The industry-leading release time lag of 0.009 sec does not let you miss a shooting chance and helps you capture the spur-of-the-moments. The Venus Engine Plus reduces the power consumption to the 70% of that of Venus Engine II, enabling the long enough shooting per single replacement of batteries.
Panasonic LS3 digital camera - Optical zoom and LCD display
The lens part of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS3 is comprised of seven elements in six groups including three aspherical lenses. The 3x (equivalent to 35 mm to 105 mm on a 35 mm film camera) zoom ratio can be extended up to 3.8x in 3-Megapixel image recording mode thanks to Extra Optical Zoom function with minimal deterioration, by intentionally using the central part of the CCD. The High Angle LCD function, which is the first application to the digital camera LCD, makes the display extremely easy to view from bottom angle, for example, when taking photos raising a hand upward to shoot the subject over the crowd. This option can be set instantly by the independent button. The large LCD allows the display of images even in tiny thumbnail size. Playback of 9, 16 and 25 is possible on a multi-split screen in addition to the normal 1 frame playback. This helps you to search for the image you want out of a number of images stored on the SD Memory Card, even if the images are in bulk.
Panasonic Lumix DMC LS3 camera - Auto focus and Energy
In addition to the 5-point, 3-point high speed, 1-point normal speed and Spot, you can select 1-point high speed AF setting. In the 1-point high-speed AF, the AF time has been dramatically reduced by more than 50%. This makes the auto focusing even easier but very accurate quickly. Although screen-freeze in high-speed AF is now minimized, to take pictures of fast-moving subjects you can select 1-point normal-speed AF, which does not have any screen-freeze while focusing. Panasonic in-house comparison with 1-point normal speed AF in the previous model LS1and 1-point high speed AF in the Panasonic LS3. The Panasonic DMC-LS3 runs on 2 AA batteries, which can be purchased anywhere. Panasonic OXYRIDE AA batteries offer more than 1.6 times increased number of shots compared with the Alkaline AA batteries, allowing you to take up to a maximum of 250 pictures (CIPA) with the included two AA OXYRIDE batteries.
Panasonic DMC-LS3 - Scene mode
Panasonic Lumix LS series has a mode dial that shortcuts the selection of the scene mode that best matches the situation quickly and easily. The LS3 contains five new scene modes added to the LS1’s, providing a total of thirteen scene modes to assist your shooting according to the wide-ranging situations. Our unique mode “Baby”, allows easy growth recording in which the baby’s time of age according to the preset birthday would be automatically recorded onto the image, as well as maximizing the purity by giving a shade of soft focus on the subject. This mode has already been incorporated in other recent Lumix series and favored and now doubled for LS3 so that you can set two birthdays to apply to two children’s records of growth. Other included modes are: “Soft Skin” that makes human skin look bright and smooth, “Food” that helps capture food with its natural color and nuances regardless of lighting circumstance and “Starry sky” that helps you capture the beautiful star-filled night sky by securing shutter speeds as slow as max. 60 sec.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS3 - Memory
On the other hand, the Simple Mode offers easy shooting even to entry-level users by making most settings automatically. You just aim at the subject, zoom in or out, and press the shutter button, even compensating backlight if necessary. With 14 megabytes of built-in memory, you can take photos without missing a chance that may suddenly arise even when you do not have an SD Memory Card. You can also store your favorite photos like an album that you can enjoy viewing or showing at any time. Additionally, you can easily copy photos from the built-in memory to the SD Memory Card and vice versa.