Monday, January 12, 2009

Panasonic DMC-LX3, first thoughts


My Big Christmas Present To Myself (BCPTM™) this year was Panasonic's top-of-the-range compact. Having read various reviews, and downloaded and examined many sample images, I decided that it was worth trading my TZ3's huge zoom range for the LX3's promise of better quality pictures.

Having spent Christmas with my new toy, these are my impressions:

GOOD STUFF
- Image quality is superb, less noise, more dynamic range
- The f2.0 aperture allows 'blurry backgrounds'
- Aperture, shutter and manual control options
- Superb macro ability
- Very fast response times
- RAW capability

NOT-SO-GOOD STUFF
- I miss the zoom range of the TZ3
- Actually bulkier to carry than the TZ3
- It has a lens cap you have to remove by hand!
- Images get VERY noisy above IS0 800
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4 comments:

BJMonkey said...

Overall preferred or not?

brett jordan said...

Overall, yes, because image quality is so important to me that i'm willing to make compromises... however, the tz3 was a much more flexible camera for general-purpose photography, as i said, i am going to especially miss the long zoom range

BJMonkey said...

But not the compromise of carrying something... eer... 'luggy'?

brett jordan said...

Exactly... so many of the pictures that i capture happen because i have the camera with me at the time, although having spent some time with a nikon d3 before christmas, i am aware that there is a massive difference in quality between the lx3 and a hi-end dslr

 
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