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CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Panasonic LX3 daily round-up Part III

We continue with Part III of the LX3 Daily Round-up. To catch up here is Part I and Part II.

Updates continue
The updates continue in Part IV of the LX3 Diary.

Mon Sept 22
We continue with the review-a-day pace with Camera Labs reviewing the LX3. The review was just posted, check it out! If you can't wait, check the "Verdicts" tab to see their conclusions! Spoiler follows:

...indeed our High ISO Noise results page reveals the LX3 enjoys around a one stop advantage over the Canon PowerShot G9 from 100 ISO to its maximum sensitivity.

One has to wonder what DCI was smoking :)

Sun Sept 21
And a new review, this time at Let's Go Digital! As always, no spoilers here, don't want to introduce bias into the initial readings.

Video samples of the LX3 discussed at Neutral Day, and new b+w street photography at Burn Blue.

Oops! They are the same.

Sat Sept 20
A new first impressions with lots of samples pictures at Anak Brunei. The photographer decided on the LX3 ahead of three others! Read on to find out more!

If you haven't bookmarked LightScrape, it is high time you did! Lots of new updates with pictures, including a very positive update on battery life, blurring backgrounds, MegaOIS, and lots more!

A text-based first impressions and discussion at the Serious Compacts flickr group. What did the author find ...underneath the LX3 skin?

And a discussion for the camera geeks. What camera did you have before the LX3?

Fri Sept 19
Another day another review! This time by Photo Review Australia, which is one of the fastest websites in reviewing new digital cameras and providing measurable findings. Lots of measurables as Photo.Review.Au uses Imatest. This looks like a much more thorough/technical review than the previous "review" that got dissected like a frog in the forums (see Sept 18 entries). But don't spend too much time looking for a traditional "conclusions/verdict", there isn't one :)

You can use dcraw with the LX3 says one flickr user and provides details on how to refresh to version 8.88.

In the on-going LX3 experience at LightScrape, the question is asked: is it too complex?

Doonster got hsi LX3 and posts his first impressions.

An update on RAW files and BreezeBrowserPro at the Breezesys forums.

Thur Sept 18
The aforementioned DCI review is getting dissected in the Panasonic forum. Dissected is putting it politely. A number of different forum posters are pointing at various items that "lower" the credibility of the review. Memo to camera review sites: If you are going to review a serious digital camera, you should spend more time with it. You don't review a $500 camera with RAW the same way you review a $100 point and shoot!

Thanks to Lightscrape for the heads up! Posted today is a brand new LX3 review at DCI (Digital Camera Info). Be sure to check it out! Haven't read it yet, but this looks like the most bearish LX3 review to date!

More real-world pictures and hands-on impressions of the LX3 at Lightscrape. Be sure to check the night pictures post where the author discovers that a 25-year old generic manual flash is recognized by the LX3. Nice!

Also shipping from Adorama for $480 with free shipping and handling.

Wedn Sept 17
Now shipping! OneCall.com has it in-store and shipping for free for $356 $380. (price went up on Thursday)

Tue Sept 16
New LX3 arrival! LightScrape has received the new LX3 and posted their first impressions. Stay tuned to Lightscrape for lots more!

A new hands-on first impressions review of the LX3 has been posted at Burn Blue. What did the photographer think? And what were the two minor issues pointed out? Read on to find out!

Sun Sept 14
J&R World is inviting temptation again, this time with a $50 pre-order discount on both the black and the silver models. Check it out at J&R World.

A full-size (click on the picture) challenging ballroom sample at Sputnik Scribbles.

For more on the LX3, be sure to check all the Wordpress.com blogs having the LX3 tag.

Sat Sept 13
Those who pre-ordered their LX3 thru J&R World's special discount at the end of August are starting to receive it - on a first-come first-served basis. It looks like people who ordered on 9/1 or earlier are getting their cameras shipped. For everyone else, patience is a virtue :-)

Fri Sept 12
It's here! It's here! An in-forum discussion after a photographer receives his LX3!

Thur Sept 11
Another review is out, this time a short and sweet review at Pocket Lint.

Caught between the LX3 and the G9? CNet Asia has the answer courtesy of L.Goh.

Wedn Sept 10
I got it on eBay? Reputable online retailer 17th Street Photo has 97 LX3 units listed on eBay for $475 with $14 standard shipping. This is on their eBay store, so it is a Buy-It-Now transaction, not an auction.

The LX3 has received another review, this one at e-photo-zine.

People are slowly but steadily starting to receive their pre-ordered LX3 and posting first impressions and sample/real-world pictures. See more and more at the dpreview Panasonica forum.

Tue Sept 9
We have two short LX3 reviews posted in the last few hours, the first one at the Herald Sun and the second one at NST Online. These are a short experiential one-page reviews, so please don't expect a 30-page dpreview technical analysis :)

If you pre-ordered your LX3 from J&R World, these LX3 fans at dpreview are reporting that it is starting to ship. That's for pre-existing pre-orders. For new buyers, the J&R website lists the two LX3 colors as coming soon and temporarily out of stock.

Mon Sept 8
A great step by step showcase of the LX3 extended optical zoom feature.

All work and no lunch for the LX3? Well, not quite. The LX3 is having "dai pai dong".

Sun Sept 7
Plemix has posted an interesting visual comparison between the GX200 and LX3. More details.

Sat Sept 6
Great first impressions article on the LX3 at the Nargalzius.com blog. Includes a gallery of pictures. This is a great write-up on the LX3, be sure to check it out. But it's not a bed of roses, it includes four cons.

The LX3 discovers a cat.

A discussion and some samples on page 2 at the Pinoy Photography forums. Mabuhay!

Fri Sept 5
DIWA Labs has just published their Panasonic LX3 tests. Ideal for technical people and pixel peepers! Peep! Peep!

Thur Sept 4
A discussion in the forums on LX-series and RAW vs JPEG.

Wedn Sept 3
Eight sample pictures from various users and discussion at Club Snap.

Tue Sept 2
Out of stock in Finland? One of the stores is says Lightscrape.

Don't forget the special $100 instant discount on both the black (LX3K) and silver (LX3S) bodies at J&R World. This brings the pre-order price down to $400. The special discount expires on September 6.


Juha Haataja said...

Thanks for keeping an eye on the developments. I caved in and ordered a LX3. Within a week or so I should be able to report on the first impressions.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Thanks! Looking forward to your first impressions! The LX3 is a temptation!

Juha Haataja said...

I got today my LX3, haven't yet had much time to test it out but here are a couple of thoughts...

The construction is robust (the slim battery cover doesn't matter too much). The buttons are small but metallic and will probably survive even rougher handling.

The 24 mm lens is really wide compared to what I was used to. I will have to get much closer to the subject when taking photos. For landscapes this brings new possibilities.

There is some noise at ISO 400, and increasingly at ISO 800. Thus a LX3 is by no means a substitute to a DSL with a much bigger sensor.

But I haven't yet tried out the settings, so I'm not quite sure what is the best quality you can get with this camera. There is so much to try out, it will take some time.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Congratulations on the new purchase! Thanks for the early updates!

Juha Haataja said...

I have written some futher notes on the camera, including some (minor) annoyances.

One of the biggest positive suprises was that my 25-year old cheap manual external flash unit worked like a charm with the LX3.

Juha Haataja said...

There is a new review of LX3 at Digitalcamerainfo.com.

The review is quite negative in tone. I do agree with many of the points, but I don't feel that they are such a drawback as to make me regret having the camera. The complex and partly illogical menu system does take some time to learn, though.

1001 noisy cameras said...

Thanks for the updates!

Juha Haataja said...

It was interesting to note how the Let's Go review praised the logical structure of the LX3 menus.

For me the experience was not quite as straightforward, I actually got lost in the menus quite a few times. But now after using the camera for a week the structure is becoming quite easy to navigate, although I don't master all the details yet. So the LX3 may pose a bit of a challenge for those who have never used a Panasonic camera before.

1001 noisy cameras said...

That is a great point. The usability is also a matter of where the user is coming from as different menus are structured in different ways.

william said...

Digital Camera Review has just opened up a flickr gallery for their readers to check out what they've been up to. Among other things there we find a nine picture gallery of LX3 pictures! Hooray!
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