Panasonic are famous for their photography equipment, and the Lumix Range of digital cameras has established them in the brave new world of digital photography. The DMC-LX3 is aimed at the digital SLR market as a kind of mid-ranged support camera to compliment owners of other SLR equipment from Panasonic. It is designed to produce fantastic results in all conditions, even low light, and is aimed to provide the user with a simple interface that is also highly customisable, and to make shooting photos painless and fun.
Lumix DMC-LX3 Technical Specs
As a successor to the LX2, the LX3 adds many attractive aspects that will have photography fans drooling. Firstly there’s the 24mm wide-angle lens which may seem unusual to some but actually works to the LX3’s advantage. It gives the camera a wide focal range and allows pictures taken in quality lighting conditions to appear sharp and defined, and the 2.5xzoom will give you a whole new perspective on shooting. Many reviewers and users have commented on the way in which this lens allows users of the Panasonic DMC-LX3 to experiment and be creative with their photography in a way that a 35mm lens does not. The LX3 can take photos in 3 aspect ratios; 4:3, 3:2 and the wide angle 16:9 so there’s a perfect set up for every occasion available.
From a capture quality point of view the LX3 is also suitably endowed with 10.1 effective mega pixel resolution available, and on top of capturing pictures in high resolution the LX3 even has some decent video capturing capabilities. You can shoot in the HD resolution 720p with a 16:9 aspect ratio at 24 fps which as you may know is the same speed motion pictures are shot at. There’s also a component connection featured on this Lumix that will allow you to connect the LX3 to an HD TV and view your photos and movies on the big screen in high definition. This is a great feature, so it’s a bit of a pain that the cable is not included in the basic package and you’ll have to pick one up for yourself at additional cost.
Another key feature of the LX3 is its large 3″ LCD display that acts as view finder and menu on the rear of the camera. The resolution of the screen makes it a great way to set up shots and review past snaps, and the intelligent light detection system automatically increases the backlight intensity when you’re in low light conditions. This last feature is not only convenient but also helps save on energy and preserve the battery life.
The Lumix DMC-LX3 is an understated piece of equipment, with a black finish that allows it to fit in with other SLR equipment without looking garish. The design also incorporates the LCD screen into the overall package without making it look out of place and anyone who has used another Panasonic digital camera or indeed any digital camera will be familiar with the layout of the buttons on the rear. In addition to standard buttons there’s the joystick control which allows you to adjust the many options and functions of the DMC-LX3 and acts as a shortcut key for speedy access of the most frequently used functions for context sensitive adaptability. It’s hard to fault the aesthetic value or the interface of the LX3 because it is a camera that means business presented in a way that shows this.
Ease of Use
Though the Lumix DMC-LX3 can allow advanced users to set up shots just as they want them and adjust all the features to taste, if you want great shots but don’t want to spend lots of time agonising over the settings then Panasonic’s iA (intelligent auto) setting will impress. It basically allows the camera to do all the work in changing the settings for you to suit the type of environment with which it is presented. Everything from image stabilisation, ISO control and face detection is handled automatically and with intelligent digression by the camera, leaving you free to concentrate on getting smiles or catching the moment of the goal.
The Panasonic DMC-LX3 is a very impressive DSLR camera that will almost certainly find its place in the market thanks to its wealth of features combined with its ease of use. Thanks to their background in computing Panasonic have made a great camera that is powerful as well as practical and looks the part without overselling itself. Though some have complained that the price for the camera isn’t justifiable, over time prices will fall and even in the current market it is a good buy.