More than Just a High Pixel Count. The Highest-Quality Images Ever from a Compact Digital Camera
At the heart of the DMC-LX3, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD. Making the intentional choice to limit the number of mega pixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. As a result, sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent, when compared to Panasonics 10 MP digital cameras*, giving the DMC-LX3 outstanding image quality and a wide dynamic range, and meeting the demand for a camera that works optimally in low-light environments. The CCD is also capable of reproducing images in three aspect ratios 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. The new Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing you to choose the version that best suits their needs.
Large Aperture F2.0, 24mm Wide-Angle
Another major upgrade to the DMC-LX3 is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens. The F2.0 is about twice as bright as a F2.8 lens and can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture clear, blur-free images in dimly lit environments. In addition, the 24mm lens captures approximately a 213% larger viewing angle than a normal 35mm camera and 136% larger compared to a 28mm wide-angle lens. The lens unit consists of eight elements in six groups with four aspherical lenses with four aspherical surfaces. As a result of the F2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring.
Shooting Functions that Invite Creativity
The DMC-LX3 features a Film mode with six color types and three types of monochrome selections. Much like selecting from different film types, this function gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to take more expressive digital photos. Also, when using the Multi-film mode, the DMC-LX3 produces a maximum of three images from a RAW file for you to compare the different textures. Another new feature is the multiple-exposure feature, which lets you create artistic photos by overlaying up to three consecutive images; while still viewing the last image on the 3.0-inch LCD screen. The LCD on the DMC-LX3 is new and improved with a 460,000-dot high resolution.
*Compared with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX35 with 1/2.33 CCD.
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Comments about Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3S 10.1MP Digital Camera (Silver):
I was sold on the fast, wide angle lens, manual controls and good image quality, and I have not been disappointed. I typically use a DSLR, but wanted something smaller without losing much image quality. The LX3's images aren't as smooth and sharp as my DSLR, but they are very good. The wide angle and fast aperture have been great for shooting cars, but the LCD screen is hard to see in bright sunlight which makes careful framing difficult. The controls and menus are not as intuitive or direct as my DSLR, but I'm getting used to them. Overall, I very good camera.