Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic DMC LX3 iconPanasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a DSLR grade compact camera. LX3 comes with a fast F2.0-F2.8 24-60mm (35mm equivalent) Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, with comprehensive manual controls and a 1/1.63-inch 10.1 million pixels 16:9 CCD sensor.

Panasonic has upgraded every component of the Panasonic LX3 to achieve a camera whose performance surpasses that of any compact camera that has come before.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Photo Quality comes first

Panasonic DMC LX3 CCD
DMC-LX3 comes with a completely new sensor that balance pixel count and ISO sensitivity nicely, 1/1.63-inch CCD to 10.1 mega-pixels; the result is a CCD that provides a generous amount of space for each pixel while offering superb sensitivity and a wide dynamic range made possible by maximizing the size of the photodiode.

Panasonic also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to greatly improve imaging performance, boosting sensitivity by around 40% and saturation by around 35% compared with ordinary 10-mexapixel compact cameras.

Panasonic DMC LX3 Lens
Panasonic DMC-LX3’s ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens is a major step up from the LX2. The bright F2.0 lens is about twice as bright as the previous F2.8 lens, enable DMC-LX3 shooting stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images at higher shutter speeds, even in lower lighting conditions.

The super-high-quality Leica DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens is rare on a compact camera, users can get stunning beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail.

DMC-LX3 also comes with a optical Image stabilizer (MEGA O.I.S.), which employ lens shifting to compensate hand-shake movement and produce sharp, clear images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Sample Photos

Panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 1

Panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 1

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 2

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 sample photo 3: ISO100, 24mm, F8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 sample photo 3: ISO100, 24mm, F8

Panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 4: 60mm, F8, ISO100

Panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 4: 60mm, F8, ISO100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Photo Quality Test

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 test photo 1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 test photo 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 test photos, Right: 24mm, Left: 60mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test - ISO 100
ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test - ISO 200
ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test - ISO 400
ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test - ISO 800
ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test - ISO 1600
ISO 1600
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test - ISO 3200
ISO 3200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 2 - ISO 100
ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 2 - ISO 200
ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 2 - ISO 400
ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 2 - ISO 800
ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 2 - ISO 1600
ISO 1600
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 2 - ISO 3200
ISO 3200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 3 - ISO 100
ISO 100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 3 - ISO 200
ISO 200
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 3 - ISO 400
ISO 400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 3 - ISO 800
ISO 800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 3 - ISO 1600
ISO 1600
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO Test 3 - ISO 3200
ISO 3200

Why 24 – 60mm F2.0 – F2.8 Leica lens on DCM-LX3 ?

Some friends ask this question, and they are disappointed with DCM-LX3 because of limited zoom range. The answer is “photo quality comes first”. In DLSR world, 24 – 70mm F2.8 means “superior photo quality” and also means “very expensive”!

Here some examples:

  • Canon 24 – 70mm f2.8L = US$1,200
  • Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G = US$1,700
  • Sony SAL-2470Z 24-70mm f2.8 = US$1,750

So, you should be very happy that DCM-LX3 comes with a 24 – 60mm F2.0 – F2.8 Leica lens!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Sample Photos around the world

Here are some more Lumix DMC-LX3 sample photos that we find on asia websites.

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panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 5

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 6

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo 6

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - flash performance

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - flash performance

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - lens performance

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - lens performance

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - soft-focused background

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - soft-focused background

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - soft-focused background 2

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - soft-focused background 2

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - macro photo

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - macro photo

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - macro photo 2

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - 1cm focal length macro photo

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - dynamic range

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - dynamic range

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - dynamc range 2

panasonic lumix dmc-lx3 sample photo - dynamc range 2

Conclusion

I am impressed by the Lumix DMC-LX3 sample photos, the Leica f/2.0 lens is superb, the sensor is a big improvement over LX2. Lumix LX3 photo quality and high ISO noise control is as good as entry level DSLRs!

If you are choosing between entry level DSLR and Lumix DMC-LX3, you may find it is not easy to make a decision. The 24 – 60 mm f/2.0 – f/2.8 lens on LX3 is much better than any entry level DSLR kit lens, meanwhile sensors on entry level DSLRs are still better the one on LX3.

If you have DSLR already and looking for a daily carry-around compact DSLR-replacement, Lumix DMC-LX3 is a very suitable choice! Superb lens, good color reproduction, good dynamic range, good ISO 800 preformance … etc.

DMC-LX3 is one of the hottest digital camera! If you are planning to get one, better act fast, before it run out of stock. :-)

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Posted in Panasonic | 5 Comments » July 29th, 2008

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  1. lukeap69 Says:

    Impressive! This is really good for snaps and landscape. I still think the background blur/bokeh is far from the dSLR’s even compared to the entry levels. Other than that, it is brilliant!

    I’ll probably get one if the price here is within reach and reasonable.

  2. Jeff McDade Says:

    Yes, very good optical performance and low noise up to 800 ISO, but it doesn’t have an optical viewfinder, which is essential for me and many others.

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