Review: Panasonic Lumix LX3 £329

19th Aug 2008 | 11:54

Review: Panasonic Lumix LX3

Panasonic's new leading compact camera gets the TechRadar treatment

TechRadar rating:

4.5 stars

A brilliant camera at a good price

Like:

Excellent build quality, sharp lens, good image quality even at high ISOs

Dislike:

Fairly pricey, limited 24-60mm zoom span, AF can be slow to aquire subject

Panasonic's flagship digital compact camera for the last two years has been the DMC-LX2. But two years since it was announced in 2006, a replacement was starting to look slightly overdue.

But fear not, because the long-awaited, highly-anticipated LX3 has arrived, and it doesn't disappoint. It appears to deliver on the promise of luxury as-per every LX series camera, whilst not moving too far from the successful formula demonstrated in the LX1 and LX2.

The resolution of the LX3 is the same as the camera it replaces – 10 million pixels. Whilst this is a little surprising, Panasonic appears to have taken photographer's comments about elevated noise levels to heart. And consequently it has gone down the route of 'quality not quantity' – a refreshing change, and one that pays off.

Panasonic claims that the new camera offers a 40 per cent increase in sensitivity, and around 35 per cent more saturation than other 10 million pixel compacts, as a result of increasing the size of the photosites on the LX3's sensor.

Not only does this increase the quality of images taken at high ISO settings in low light, it should also improve tonal gradations in especially light or dark areas of a picture

Read our full review of the Panaxonic Lumix DMC-LX3

panasonic review
Share this Article
Google+

Apps you might like:

Most Popular

Edition: UK
TopView classic version