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PANASONIC: LX5 LX3 LX2 FZ50 FZ100 FZ40/FZ45 FZ38/FZ35 FZ28
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ten things I like about the new Panasonic LX3

The Panasonic LX3 was officially announced today by Panasonic, and it has already generated a lot of buzz and excitement among the world of photographers, especially the ones interested in this particular segment of the market.

So here are ten things like about the Panasonic LX3 - on paper of course :)

  1. A 24-60mm f2-2.8 bright lens that trades off more light over zoom reach
  2. Moderation in number of megapixels - "only" 10-megapixels on the new 1/1.63" sensor (okay, it's an 11mp sensor with 10mp effective
  3. Allegedly bigger photodiodes compared to the LX2 sensor that will increase sensitivity and range
  4. RAW with SilkyPix included
  5. Venus Engine IV - The New Hope!
  6. Hot-shoe
  7. starts at 24mm wide!
  8. optional 18mm wide converter available
  9. reasonable 380 CIPA battery life number (higher if f2.0 lens makes flash unnecessary)
  10. reasonable $500 starting price


rpkphoto said...

A number 11 that outshines many of the first 10 is the accessory optical viewfinder. If the write speed of this camera is considerably faster than my LX2, then the finder will dramatically change the way people use P&S cameras.

1001 noisy cameras said...

That is a good point. There have been some pros/cons mentioned on the finder, but if it's seen as a pro as it is, then it's certainly a great alternative to the LCD live view only option.

Juha Haataja said...

Thanks for the list. It seems that LX3 has is still quite attractive even after the micro 4/3 standard and Nikon P6000 announcements. It still remains to be seen if the image quality and handling (autofocus and shutter lag etc.) deliver what is promised.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Indeed, the RAW situation and megapixel excess may have thrown cold water on the P6000 way too early.

As you pointed out, the big IF is the LX3 image quality. We all read too many "press release" promises from Venus and Friends, can they deliver this time?

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