Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Last updated: (16 July’09)
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a 10.1 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 2.5x Optical Zoom (35mm Equivalent: 24-60mm) with Optical Image Stalibilization, Intelligent Auto Mode, RAW support, HD movie, ISO 80-1600, and a 3.0″ Intelligent LCD screen. The camera measures 2.34” x 4.28” x 1.06” and it weighs 0.5 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Reviews

DigitalRev compares the Fujifilm F200EXR to Panasonic LX3 and writes;
“The F200EXR truly stands out in High Dynamic Range mode, and given the price difference between the two cameras, its performance is really excellent value for money. However, for those who prefer to take control of their settings, the Panasonic Lumix LX3 would be the best bet.”
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DigitalTrends reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“The hype surrounding this camera is not hyperbole but reality… this 24-60mm lens is wonderful. It is a bit limiting on the telephoto end, though, so if you really want to bring your subjects up close, this camera may not be for you. We would pass on that pleasure for the chance to own one. The LX3 is a winner.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“The bottom line: Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has its share of passionate fans, we think the JPEG quality should be more consistent for the price.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TechRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“Overall, in the LX-3 Panasonic has delivered a cracking digital compact camera, and one that will not only satisfy the majority of ‘enthusiast’ point and shoot photographers, but also a lot of DSLR photographers who hanker for a lightweight, compact backup. “
Rating: ★★★★½

DPInterface reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“I’ve had no problems recommending the Panasonic Lumix LX3 to some friends and family shopping for an all-rounder digital camera and I would gladly recommend it to anyone out there as well. “
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InfoSync reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“…you know you’ve got a good camera. Every tiny dot is accounted for and the colors are top notch. The text on the top and bottom is slightly blurred, but the art is captured almost flawlessly. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“It is a superbly designed and immensely capable all-purpose compact that will satisfy any keen photographer, but is also capable of producing good results in the hands of a novice. Build quality, performance and versatility are all of the highest order, and image quality is as good as ever gets.”
Rating: ★★★★★

ByThom compares the Panasonic LX3 VS Nikon P6000 VS Canon G10 and writes;
“If you need pixels, you need the Canon, hands down. If you need the fast, wide, defect-free lens, you need the Panasonic. You don’t need the Coolpix…. For my mark, the Canon comes the closest for my types of use, though the Panasonic provides capabilities that I sometimes need and stays in the bag, too. The Nikon will get sold off and I’ll go back to waiting for Nikon to design a decent compact.”
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WhatDigitalCamera reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“There’s little doubt that the Panasonic LX3 is a serious alternative to any other enthusiast compact. While its retro styling appeals to the traditionalist, on the inside we see a whole heap of features to keep the discerning user happy. Panasonic has struck a fine balance between what the camera offers and what it achieves – and what it achieves are quality results.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“The image held up very nicely as I zoomed in to 100 percent…These looked sharp with my nose rubbing up against the screen.And the price is very reasonable… Yes, the Panasonic LX3 is a five-star Dave’s Pick and puts Mike’s piggy bank on the endangered species list, too.”
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ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“t’s a great camera with a nice design and good build quality. One of my first digital compacts was a Panasonic and a lots changed in terms of layout and ease of use which shows a constantly evolving mind-set. If you’re looking for a back up and you could only see the G9, give this camera a try before you get your money out. “
Rating: ★★★★½

60hzproductions compares the Panasonic LX3 VS Canon G10 and writes;
“he LX3 has better dynamic range, even with i-exposure turned off… Either of these cameras would be an EXCELLENT choice for those wishing to buy a compact that can produce excellent results. Really, you can’t go wrong with either”
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Luminous-Landscape reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“This camera’s combination of high build quality, a terrific lens, wide angle coverage, a wide aperture second to none, and extensive and easy to use manual controls, makes it quite appealing to the serious photographer looking for a pocket camera.”
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DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“Camera performance was very good in most respects. The DMC-LX3 turns on and is ready to take the first shot in around 1.8 seconds — not terribly quick. Focus speeds are snappy, hanging around 0.3 seconds in the best case scenarios, to under a second in the worst.”
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LaurenceKim reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“I thought the LX3 would just be my casual point-n-shoot for family snapshots. I was wrong. This is a serious photographic tool. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this camera on a paying gig, particularly if I needed the use of high speed flash sync..”
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DCR reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“At a street price of $500 or less, the LX3 provides solid performance and capability, but comes dangerously close to the price of entry level DSLRs… the LX3 outperforms many other compact cameras, it is a solid little camera with a great deal of photographic potential.”
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“Color reproduction is extremely accurate and the vivid colors offer a fresh result rich in contrast…the improved dynamic range and you’re fine with ISO range up to and including 400. It might not be perfect yet, however; the improvement is huge. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“Shots taken with the test camera contained plenty of detail and appeared sharp to the corners of the frame. The dynamic range recorded in outdoor shots was substantially wider than average for a small-sensor digicam. Colours appeared natural and saturation was well-controlled in JPEG images “
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“if you’re satisfied by the image quality, you’ll be very happy with the camera… The Lumix LX3 may not be perfect, but it’s one of the best compacts for enthusiasts to date and if its feature set and focal range suits your style of photography, it comes Recommended.”

Rating: ★★★★½

DCI reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“it has a quality Leica lens, and its design is a wondrous nod to its past. The LX3 has excellent manual controls, expandability, and a solid feel we wish was in more point-and-shoot cameras. Yet, at the same time, it scored poor to average on most of our tests.. “
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“Shots taken with the test camera contained plenty of detail and appeared sharp to the corners of the frame. The dynamic range recorded in outdoor shots was substantially wider than average for a small-sensor digicam. Colours appeared natural and saturation was well-controlled in JPEG images “
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-Lint reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“Shadow and highlight detail are very good thanks to the better dynamic range, as is colour saturation, and because you can shoot RAW – key for the enthusiast market – it competes well against competitors such as Sigma’s DP1, Canon’s G9 or Ricoh’s GX200
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET.AU reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“The good: High-resolution multi-aspect ratio image capture, F2.0 optics, Highly customisable modes which can be saved, Better-than-average image quality. The bad: Unable to capture full-resolution images in 16:9 format, Use of lens cap may be an issue to some, Bundled RAW image-processing software not up to the job. The bottom line: The LX3 is a good camera with an excellent feature set that positions it way beyond any conventional point-and-shoot on the retail shelves today. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
” The speed of the LX3 was average. Its 0.09 second shutter lag is fine but nothing to write home about; the same is true of the 2.5 second start-up time…Noise performance was about what we expected. Everything up to ISO 400 was usable and suffered only minor graininess. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
” There is virtually no discernible noise at the slowest settings of ISO 80, 100 and 200, and ISO 400 also looks fine, with some noise creeping in. More obvious noise and slight loss of detail is apparent at ISO 800, particularly in the shadow areas..”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint has a preview of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 is a beautiful little camera that offers a host of features including Panasonic’s optical image stabilising technology and a superb lens. …at last a manufacturer has created a sensor that is designed to provide high image quality, not noise.”
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Press Release

Panasonic is pleased to introduce the DMC-LX3, the long-awaited addition to the popular Lumix LX series of high-end, compact digital still cameras.

Designed for easy, creative shooting, the new LX3 comes two years after its predecessor, the LX2, which earned an enthusiastic following among both professional photographers and serious amateurs for its exquisite image rendering, superior operating ease, and unique triple-wide system comprising wide-angle lens, 16:9 CCD and LCD. Panasonic has gone a big step further in the new LX3, upgrading every component to achieve a camera whose performance surpasses that of any compact camera that has come before. Simply put, the LX3 smashes all previous perceptions about the limitations of a digital compact camera, setting a lofty new standard in performance, quality and creative capabilities.

At the core of the LX3 is a large, ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specially for the new model. The old formula equating pixel count with image quality does not always hold true. In general, if two CCDs have exactly the same physical size but different pixel counts, the one with more pixels is not necessarily better – in fact, it’s likely to generate more picture noise, especially in low-light parts of the image. This poor low-light image quality has been a source of great dissatisfaction for compact camera users. In the LX3, Panasonic responds to this problem by boldly reversing the industry trend of pushing toward ever-higher pixel counts. Rather than cramming in the maximum number of pixels possible, it has limited the LX3’s 1/1.63-inch CCD to 10.1 megapixels. 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 further minimize noise generation. These enhancements greatly improve imaging performance, boosting both sensitivity and saturation by around 40% compared with ordinary 10-mexapixel compact cameras.* The CCD in DMC-LX3 can reproduce images shot with the lens set from 24mm to 60mm in any of three aspect ratios; 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9, so you can always capture dynamic, richly expressive shots with a wide perspective. The newly added Multi-aspect bracketing mode allows the camera to take a image in all 3 aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing the photographer to choose the one that best takes the advantage of the scene after shooting.

The LX3’s F2.0 24mm ultra-wide-angle* LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens also represents a major step up from the LX2. The F2.0 lens is about twice as bright as the previous F2.8 lens, itself generally considered a bright lens. With the new F2.0 lens, the LX3 can shoot at higher shutter speeds and capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images even in lower lighting conditions. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with a pleasing soft-focused background. Also, the 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens – rare on a compact camera – gives photographers a wider range of composition possibilities. The super-high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimises distortion even at the wide end, so users can get stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail.

The LX3 is equipped with Panasonic’s advanced image processing LSI, the Venus Engine IV. This high-speed high-performance imaging engine makes it possible to capture clean, beautiful, low-noise photos even when shooting at high sensitivity settings. Separating chromatic noise from luminance noise and low-frequency noise from high-frequency noise, and applying the optimal noise-reduction processing to each, the Venus Engine IV provides superior noise control and minimization of colour bleeding.

The LX3 is packed with features that enhance photo-shooting fun, ease of use and creativity. An easy-to-use Manual mode gives the user greater shot-making flexibility and control – ideal for those who want to explore the creative side of photography. The auto focus function lets the user select the number of auto focus points in the frame by pressing a button on the camera top. Pressing the same button after taking the shot enlarges the area surrounding the point of focus, giving the user a convenient way to check the focusing accuracy. The LX3’s customized setting function lets the user assign functions to an independent button on the camera back. In addition, up to 4 settings can be stored in memory and instantly retrieved using the Mode dial. The colour temperature can be set when adjusting the white balance, which works with the conventional 2-axis compensation to allow even finer adjustment.

The LX3 offers a Film mode with 6 colour types and 3 types of monochrome to choose from. Much like selecting different film types with a film camera, this function gives the user the flexibility to produce more interesting and expressive images. A newly added multiple-exposure function also lets the user create artistic photo productions, overlaying up to three consecutive images while viewing the most recent image in the monitor.

The LX3 boasts a large 3.0-inch LCD with a 3:2 aspect ratio and high 460,000-dot resolution. Performance is outstanding for both shooting and viewing. A new LCD panel provides bright, easy-to-see images over a wider viewing angle. The Intelligent LCD function, standard on all Lumix models, assures comfortable viewing in virtually all conditions by automatically adjusting the backlighting of LCD as the ambient light level changes.

One key advancement over previous models is the LX3’s superb expandability. Mounting the optional Wide Conversion Lens** brings the maximum wide angle all the way to an incredible 18mm. Other optional equipment such as the ND Filter** and new PL Filter** also broaden image-creating possibilities. The high-end aluminum External Optical Viewfinder provides bright, clear viewing without wearing down the battery. And the optional GN22 Compact Flash mounts to the hot shoe newly added to the LX3. These and other accessories let users build around the LX3 to create a powerful, versatile camera system that can take them as far into photography as they want to go.

This full set of functions draws a distinct line between the LX3 and ordinary compact cameras. The LX3 stands alone as a compact camera whose image-creating capabilities rival even digital SLRs. It’s a camera that gives users the ability to capture beautiful, richly expressive images every time they shoot.

Available in black or silver*** the DMC-LX3 is an excellent choice as a compact partner camera for users who own an SLR. It is also an outstanding long-term camera solution for high-level users who want the best in image quality, operating ease, flexibility and creative freedom.

6 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3”

  1. Gomes says:

    The link to download the User Manual of Lumix DMC-LX3 give us the manual of DMC-LX2, instead.

  2. Link has been updated. Thank you for your note..

  3. ArtInvent says:

    This camera has very advanced HD video movie mode. Yet there is not ONE comment on how this feature plays out. What gives people? The age of the no-excuses hybrid still-video camera is pretty much here, yet no one has seemed to notice. I would LOVE to have a great little camera like this that takes really good video as well. Reviewers need to wake up to the video aspect.

  4. Jason Ross says:

    The best compact camera I have used, great fast lens, good layout of buttons, Raw photos almost match with full size digital SLRs. I would recommend buying the leather case to protect the LX3 as your want this great little camera to last, if you don’t have a LX3 you must have big pockets to carry a full size SLR to out match a LX3.

  5. Max Moon says:

    Dear ArtInvent,
    No one says anything about HD video because it isn’t matter. No one buys a digital still camera for its HD video. If I want a good HD video camera, I go and buy a good HD video camera; and if I do, I won’t care about still picture quality of that camera. It is like cameras on mobile phone, anyone cares about them?

  6. daniel says:

    o site da dmc-lx3 mudou e o postado não abre. o atual é:

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