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Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 Review
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Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 Conclusion

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 Conclusion

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 was introduced with grandeur during an international press meeting. The decision to not go for a higher resolution amount, but instead for improvements, was received positively. The expectations were high up, while the camera still had to prove itself in practice. The paper specifications Panasonic revealed looked excellent. In addition, the Panasonic LUMIX LX3 has all a compact camera needs to appeal to the enthusiastic photographer. You name it: a bright LEICA DC-VARIO SUMMICRON f/2.0-f2.8 wide angle zoom lens, a solid and nicely finished housing and versatile setting possibilities.

Zoom range of the Panasonic Lumix LX3
In practice, the camera lives up to its expectations. It is a nice camera to shoot with; it is perfect to work with on the street, relaxed shooting, being one with the camera and the object. The optical range might be of minor importance to the masses, for what is a camera without tele? The purists among us will not go for the tele range, but in fact for the 24mm wide angle and appreciate it. Deciding for the 2.5x zoom range is a therefore a choice based on an eye for quality. To maximize the optical performance of the LEICA lens, it was a rightful decision to optimize the range to the determined quality.

Panasonic LX3 incorporates a Leica lens
The lens is of excellent high quality, with hardly any distortion or vignetting, with high central sharpness even towards the edges. And although the LEICA lens unfortunately suffers from visible chromatic aberration, we take that for granted. The Panasonic LX3's resolution is high and suffices greatly to be able to get the most out of the camera. The improvements related to the pixel quality are noticeable, even more so when compared to the LX2, however, for now, they are still somewhat scarce. Improvements have been made, that is for sure, and concerning the ISO sensitivity it is now possible to use up to and including 400 ISO without a problem, with 800 ISO as an emergency stop. Around 800 ISO and higher ISO remains a problem and image quality drops visibly.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 image quality
Color reproduction is extremely accurate and the vivid colors offer a fresh result rich in contrast. The combination of a bright lens and an optical image stabilizer enable low ISO use which prevents the image quality from getting damaged by noise. Add to this the improved dynamic range and you're fine with ISO range up to and including 400. It might not be perfect yet, however; the improvement is huge.

Panasonic LX3 - Beautiful digital camera with potential
Panasonic has dealt with criticism of Megapixel race opponents in a serious way, and leaves a positive impression with the LX3. This is an impression with which Panasonic once again distinguish themselves from the crowd. The improvements are visible or at least measurable, and do not lead to the absolute top compact camera, but Panasonic clearly started something that should be continued as far as we are concerned. It's a beautiful camera with a lot of potential; a camera that lets you shoot how it was meant in the first place. Or are we wandering off now?... In any case: the LX3 is absolutely recommendable!

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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.

Considering 4GB of storage capacity:
10 Megapixels - 3648x2736 pixels - RAW - 4:3 - 250 pictures
10 Megapixels - 3648x2736 pixels - RAW+JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 204 pictures
10 Megapixels - 3648x2736 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 770 pictures
10 Megapixels - 3648x2736 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 1520 pictures
7 Megapixels - 3072x2304 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 1090 pictures
7 Megapixels - 3072x2304 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 2150 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2560x1920 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 1560 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2560x1920 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 3010 pictures
3 Megapixels - 2048x1536 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 2410 pictures
3 Megapixels - 2048x1536 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 4640 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 3770 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 7090 pictures
Resolution VGA - 640x480 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 17240 pictures
Resolution VGA - 640x480 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 24130 pictures

9 Megapixels - 3648x2432 pixels - RAW - 3:2 - 360 pictures
9 Megapixels - 3648x2432 pixels - RAW+JPEG Fine - 3:2 - 272 pictures
9 Megapixels - 3648x2432 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 3:2 - 870 pictures
9 Megapixels - 3648x2432 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 3:2 - 1720 pictures
6 Megapixels - 3072x2048 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 1230 pictures
6 Megapixels - 3072x2048 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 2410 pictures
4.5 Megapixels - 2560x1712 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 1740 pictures
4.5 Megapixels - 2560x1712 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 3350 pictures
2.5 Megapixels - 2048x1360 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4:3 - 2680 pictures
2.5 Megapixels - 2048x1360 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 4:3 - 5020 pictures

7.5 Megapixels - 3648x2056 pixels - RAW - 16:9 - 380 pictures
7.5 Megapixels - 3648x2056 pixels - RAW+JPEG Fine - 16:9 - 268 pictures
7.5 Megapixels - 3648x2056 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 16:9 - 1030 pictures
7.5 Megapixels - 3648x2056 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 16:9 - 2010 pictures
5.5 Megapixels - 3072x1728 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 16:9 - 1450 pictures
5.5 Megapixels - 3072x1728 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 16:9 - 2800 pictures
3.5 Megapixels - 2560x1440 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 16:9 - 2040 pictures
3.5 Megapixels - 2560x1440 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 16:9 - 3890 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1920x1080 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 16:9 - 3540 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1920x1080 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 16:9 - 6700 pictures

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


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