Panasonic have introduced the Lumix DMC-LX2, successor to the DMC-LX1,
received high acclaim worldwide for its unique 16:9 wide CCD, plentiful
functions, and smart design. The DMC-LX2 inherits the f/2.8 28mm wide
angle LEICA DC lens, 4x optical zoom (equivalent to 28mm to 112mm on a
35mm film camera) and MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) system in
addition to an enhanced CCD capable of 10.2-megapixels and larger
2.8” 16:9 wide LCD.
The LX2 is
further distinguished from other cameras by its full manual
controllability with a joystick allowing users to easily enjoy creative
shooting. The DMC-LX2 also boasts Venus Engine III high performance
image processing LSI to dramatically reduce the noise that challenged
the predecessor, realizing image recording at max. ISO 1600 high
sensitivity setting at full resolution.
fight against the major cause of blurred images, Panasonic invented the
MEGA O.I.S. system taking advantage of its superior lens technology to
compensate for handshake – a feature which has long been
incorporated into the LUMIX range of cameras. In addition, to also
compensate for the other major cause of blurred images –
movement of the subject – the LX2 is also equipped with the
world’s first* Intelligent ISO Control (hereafter I.I.C.)
within the advanced image processing LSI Venus Engine III. When set to
the I.I.C., the Venus Engine III detects the subject’s
movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the
subject movement and the light conditionautomatically.
Panasonic’s excellent image stabilizing system allows users
to take clear, crisp images in any situation automatically, leaving
everything to the camera.
LUMIX LX series are distinct from other compact cameras in the way they
feature extensive manual controls including manual focus and manual
exposure which can be smoothly operated with a joystick. This joystick
further provides operation shortcuts to the frequently used settings
including white balance, ISO, image size, compression format, light
metering and AF mode by simply pressing and holding it. It also allows
exposure compensation and selection of one out of nine focusing areas.
aspect ratio is easily selectable between 16:9 wide, 3:2 and
conventional 4:3 with a switch located on top of the lens barrel to
shoot in the framing aspect that best suits the subjects’
composition or image’s purpose of use. In addition, the
DMC-LX2 is capable of recording wide 16:9 high definition (1280 x 720)
motion image at 15 fps.
other features that elevate the DMC-LX2 is the incorporation of 13 MB
of built-in memory while the battery life is extended up to 300
pictures on one charging, not to let you miss those great
spur-of-the-moment shots. A print mode has been added to the mode dial
so that you can print the images quickly and bundled software allows
users to edit and develop RAW files.
unique 16:9 wide CCD and 28mm wide angle LEICA DC lens provide a unique
view of the world and which is refined by the Panasonic’s
excellent image stabilizing systems of MEGA O.I.S., the high
sensitivity recording and the I.I.C.
LUMIX DMC-LX2 is like no other compact camera, enabling both high-end
amateurs and entry-level users to explore the creativeness that surely
enhances the joy of shooting.
16:9 aspect CCD and f/2.8 28mm wide angle 4x optical zoom LEICA DC Lens
DMC-LX2 features a 10.2-megapixel 16:9 aspect CCD and f/2.8 4x optical
zoom 28mm wide angle* (equivalent to 28 mm to 112 mm on a 35 mm film
camera) LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens. Incorporating three aspherical
lenses provides high optical performance while preserving the
compactness of the unit. The aspect ratio can be easily selected
between 16:9 or 3:2 in addition to the conventional 4:3 with a switch
on the lens barrel on a shot-by-shot-basis to best suit the composition
of the image. Even after shooting, the 16:9 ratio can be converted to
3:2 or 4:3 with the camera according to your purpose of use.
Extra Optical Zoom, made possible by using the center part of
10.2-megapixel high resolution CCD, further extends the zoom ratio to
5.5x for 5-megapixel image recording in 16:9 aspect with minimal
More than just a MEGA O.I.S., LUMIX’s image
system further evolves
advantage of its superior lens technology, Panasonic invented the MEGA
O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) to fight against the major cause of
blurred images. It compensates for handshake and is now featured on the
entire LUMIX range, and having been highly evaluated and appreciated by
the users across the world. Every slight hand-shake movement is
detected accurately with the sampling frequency at 4,000 times per
second and will be compensated to render clear, sharp images. In
addition, movement of the subject, the other major cause of blurred
images, is suppressed by the advanced image processing LSI Venus Engine
III with the Intelligent ISO Control (hereafter I.I.C.) and max.ISO1600
high sensitivity recording capabilities. The world’s first
incorporation of this I.I.C. allows the automatic adjustment of the
suitable ISO setting and shutter speed that best suits the situation by
analyzing the speed of subject movement. If the subject is moving, the
ISO setting would automatically rise to allow high shutter speed. On
the other hand, if the subject is still and no movement is detected,
you can take beautiful natural images with a low ISO setting.
the new LUMIX automatically takes the best countermeasures against any
causes of blurred images with MEGA O.I.S. compensating for hand-shake
and the I.I.C. compensating for movement of the subject. Image
stabilizing system is further evolving with LUMIX.
Dramatically reduced noise with Venus Engine III
DMC-LX2 adopts the Venus Engine III to realize high sensitivity
recording at max. ISO 1600 at full resolution. The noise reduction
system is greatly improved by removing noise at the processing stages
in series. First, critical noise is roughly undraped and the chromatic
noise and the luminance noise are separated to respectively go through
the supplemental noise reduction process so that the remaining noise is
the significantly increased performance of the camera, the Venus Engine
III consumes only 80% of the power utilized by the Venus Engine II and
is able to achieve a longer battery life of 300 pictures (CIPA) on a
single charge. With its multi-task image processing capability, the
Venus Engine III also boasts outstanding response time with a shutter
release time lag of as short as 0.009 sec. minimum and the shutter
interval of 0.6 sec*. The DMC-LX2 enables easy capture of those
spur-of-the-moment shots. The DMC-LX2 also allows unlimited consecutive
shooting up to the capacity of the SD/SDHC memory card.
intuitive full manual control
easy-to-use joystick operation and good design, which were part of
the highly acclaimed trademarks of the predecessor, are
inherited by the DMC-LX2. The joystick was incorporated to facilitate
operational ease and thereby get the best technical advantage of the
multitude of functions offered by the camera. With the
joystick it is possible to set focus and exposure manually, and also
quickly shortcut to frequently used variables by just pressing and
holding the joystick even while monitoring a subject on the LCD. The
predecessor LX1 contained white balance adjustment, ISO setting, image
size setting and compression format in its shortcut menu, and the light
metering and AF mode settings are now added for the new LX2. It also
allows the exposure compensation and selection of one out of nine
switch on the side of the lens barrel lets you quickly change the focus
mode between MF, AF or Macro AF. When you focus in the Manual Focus
mode, not only the focus distance but also the DOF (depth of field)
according to the zoom range and aperture is displayed. An MF assist
function enlarges the center of the image to make focusing easier. The
focusing area can be enlarged up to 4x and is movable, which also
contributes to easy and comfortable manual focusing.
large 16:9 wide 2.8-inch LCD
express the best of the extensive 16:9 wide image recording, a
2.8” wide and large 207 k high resolution LCD is newly
equipped. The pixel mixed readout method performed at the CCD achieves
high sensitivity to offer sufficient brightness for easy shooting even
in low-lit situations. The Power LCD function boosts the
brightness level by 40% to secure clear view even in sunny outdoors.
High Angle mode makes the display extremely easy to view from low
angles, for example, when holding the camera up high to take pictures
over a crowd and can be accessed easily and quickly by using the
High definition 16:9 wide motion image recording
DMC-LX2 is capable of recording the 4:3 VGA(640 x 480) and 16:9 wide
VGA(848 x 480) motion image recording at 30 fps. Shooting is one thing
but viewing is another, and you will be suitably impressed by the 16:9
moving image when it is displayed on a wide screen TV. In addition, the
LX2 can record motion images even in high definition (1280 x 720)
format at 15 fps. The pixel mixed readout method assists the bright
motion image recording even in low lit situation.
AF mode can be selected according to the shooting situation: 9-point,
3-point high speed, 1-point high speed, 1-point normal speed and Spot.
In the 1-point and 1-point high speed AF mode, the AF area is
selectable from the nine focusing areas with the joystick to best fit
the composition of the subjects. Also, the AF assist lamp helps quick,
accurate focusing in situations where focusing is difficult due to the
lack of light. The AF/AE lock button is also succeeded from the
A Variety of Scene Modes and Other Features to Enrich
even larger variety of scene modes are contained — a total of
seventeen scene modes to assist you in a wide range of photographic
situations. The newly incorporated “Beach” mode is
perfect for shooting in strong sunlight and the
“Aerial” mode assists with shooting through the
windows of an aeroplane. “High Sensitivity” mode
is made possible by the pixel-mixed readout method by the CCD, is ideal
for shooting moving subjects clearly without blurring at a maximum
sensitivity setting of ISO 3200.
additional improvement, the Print mode is also added to the mode dial
of the LX2 so that you can make prints by just connecting the camera to
Pictbridge -corresponding printers via included USB cable. Of course
you can get plural prints of a image or print only those you have
selected as your favourite.
DMC-LX2 includes 13MB of built-in memory to serve not just as a tool of
shooting images but also as a digital album, to enjoy seeing and
showing your favorite pictures.
to edit and develop RAW files, “SILKYPIX Developer Studio
2.0SE” software application is included with the DMC-LX2.
With that, you can freely adjust various setting such as exposure,
white balance, and so on afterward with the RAW files to take maximum
advantage of digital camera photography enjoyment.