Panasonic LUMIX LX3

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It has being two weeks since I got this camera. After fiddle around the with the settings and snapping around with it for a period of time, here’s a simple conclusion I got for this superbly great camera.

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The box is bigger than the FS6.

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What’s inside the box?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 black unit
User manual and warranty card
driver and software CD & User manual CD
USB connection cable
AV cable
AC cable (3pin and 2pin)
Battery pack
Battery charger
Battery case
Shoulder strap
Lens cap
Lens cap string

Freebies:
Lumix hard case
Toshiba 4GB Class4 SDHC
Screen protector
Mini tripod

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Would get a higher capacity and higher class of SDHC in near future, until then I’ll use this first.

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The shoulder strap and screen protector.

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Cheapo mini tripod…

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This Lumix hard case is very good but not very convenience. When you have your shoulder strap on your camera, its a pain when you need to zip up the case with the camera in it.

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LX3 looks extremely sexy with its black finish. The metal construction gives a solid and quality feel when you hold it. At least you’ll feel that you’re actually holding what your money worth of.

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I’m a newbie in photography, so I only know that it is a great lens. F2.0-2.8 maximum aperture. 24-60mm which equivalent as 2.5x zoom, well, kinda short range of zooming… but I’m okay with that.

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1x

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2.5x

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I love the way that they put the slider at the lens barrel. This slider allows us to choose between Autofocus, Macro Autofocus and Manual focus.

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Another slider is located on top of the barrel, which allows us to choose from 3 different aspect ratios. 4:3, 3:2 and my favourite 16:9.

The mode dial is a bit loose that once I accidentally switched the shooting mode. Otherwise the buttons and controls are very neat.

LX3 have a hot shoe, which means we can attach an additional flash on it. GREAT!

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The controls are pretty standard. Panasonic gives LX3 an additional joystick to boost its controllability.

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Pops up the built in flash by simply switching the open switch.

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Opening the right side cover reveals the connectors. AV/USB connector, component video output connector, and DC-IN connector.

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The battery and memory card resides under the camera.

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3inch, 3:2 ratio and 460k dots resolution screen is absolutely great.

Test shots

Here’s some test shots taken on LX3.

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Conclusion

Pros: Too much to be list. One word, Masterpiece.

Cons: Lens cap on a compact… please make a Ricoh-like self-retractable lens cap. – Loosy mode dial. – Shutter button a bit loose (or just me?) – Hot shoe cover please.

Overall, its a great camera. No wonder it has won bunch of awards, called as King of Compacts and bla bla bla…

2 thoughts on “Panasonic LUMIX LX3”

  1. verycurious says:

    i must say it’s a smart choice to get this baby, great purchase john!
    my 2bro got the lx3 too and he loves it..
    so i’m looking forward to go photo shooting with you sometime k? hehe

    1. John says:

      Oh that would be great. We could also organize an event for all of us “shooters” to share our shooting experience.

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