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Now I can talk about the LX3

Pete > Pete Blog > Now I can talk about the LX3
22/07/2008 - 10:49 AM



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Just over a week ago I was invited to see a new camera...a compact. I rarely get enthused about compacts, but this one was different.

I'm talking about the new Panasonic Lumix LX3 that we announced yesterday. As members of the press we are often given previews of embargoed products. SLRs are usually exciting and we cannot wait to break the news and get our hands on them, yet compacts, launched in their hundreds, tend to be "me too" cameras offering the same features as the last one with a few more bells and whistles.

The LX3 really knocked me for six. It's tiny yet is crammed with features. I was trialling it on a boat. I pointed at a view of a hill top. There was a white castle in amongst the dark foliage. The camera has a spot meter but the metering zone can be moved all over the screen so I could set it to a zone and know it would sort the exposure. And it did, admirably. I shot directly into the sun on a backlit juggler. Hardly any flare and a brilliant photo in such difficult light. I shot in bright contrast and used iA Intelligent Auto and it created incredibly well exposed shots.

Best of all you can have all the sophisticated automation, but there's aperture priority, exposure compensation etc so a real photographer can use it too. It also has a decent wide-angle zoom lens, but the only let down is the short tele end.

What's frustrating is I can't show the results at anything other than VGA as we signed to say we would not use the pro production pics. Pre Production usually means the shots may be flawed, while the manufacturer get the bits all correctly fine tuned. If I was Panasonic I wouldn't be worried. I have some outstandingly sharp shots!

Bottom line is I want one! And I haven't felt like that about a compact for many years! I'm now eager to get my hands on a review product so we can show you what it's capable of. And again...this urge doesn't happen often with a compact!

Tags: Lumix, Lx3, Panasonic, Remarkable

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84170 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2008 - 10:55 AM

For you to be impressed, it must be good. But, what sort of price are we talking about for this little miracle!?!

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2008 - 11:05 AM

That's still to be confirmed. The mag editors had a little competition and price point was guessed between 250 and 350. My thought was about 320. We should know soon.

conrad
conrad  910870 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2008 - 1:20 PM

Sounds like a compact with bonus points. Interesting.

MediumSizeUnavailable

doesn't have a swivel screen by any chance, does it ?

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2008 - 3:26 PM

lol...no!

MediumSizeUnavailable

Sad Sad

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84170 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2008 - 5:26 PM


Quote: Doesn't have a swivel screen by any chance, does it ?

Lol!!! Grin

Don't knock it - I love my swivel screen.

MediumSizeUnavailable

I would like a swivelscreen Sad
The only reason I'm not buying one of the top tier compacts is because for some reason these are exactly the ones that end up without a swivelscreen Sad

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