Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Lumix DMC-LX3 is an Economically Savvy Photographers Dream

By Matt Ryan

Panasonic has introduced a new product to their Lumix family - the Lumix DMC-LX3. This camera gives consumers the convenience of a point-and-shoot with professional grade functions and images. Regardless of your photography level of expertise, the Lumix DMC-LX3 is a grand addition to your camera collection.

This 10.1-megapixel camera, with 2.5x optical zoom, offers many standard features, along with a few advanced functions. Optical Image Stabilization, Intelligent Auto Mode, RAW support, and HD movies are just a few of the standard features you will find on the DMC-LX3. Like many point-and-shoot models, it will fit in your pocket with measurements of 2.34 x 4.28 x 1.06-inches. It is also lightweight, as it weighs less than a pound. Regardless of its size, you will still find a hefty 3.0-inch LCD screen, which displays images at 460,000-dot resolutions.

Auto face detection (also known as AF) is common in cameras today; however, the AF on the LX3 can detect up to 15 faces in one frame. The combination of AF and autofocus tracking make for exceptionally focused and exposed images. This model automatically focuses on moving objects along with setting proper exposure for the perfect image.

For advanced users - photographers - you can manually adjust ISO settings, aperture, and shutter-priority modes. ISO settings can be adjusted anywhere from 80 up to an extended 6,400 (High Sensitivity Auto mode). For user who are not as familiar with manual settings, there are numerous preset shooting modes. These modes cover a variety of settings and automatically adjust ISO, aperture, exposure, etc based on the atmosphere chosen.

Not only can you capture stills, with the DMC-LX3, but you can also capture video with sound. Video outputs are high-def with a resolution of 1,280 x 720. Resolution settings can be changed; the lower the setting the higher frames per second you can capture (1,280 x 720: 24fps).

Storage options are slim, but you do have options. You can store your files on the internal memory (50MB), on SD/SDHC memory cards, or even on multimedia cards. SD/SDHC memory cards are probably your best option.

Transferring files to a PC or external drive is easy with the use of the cameras USB 2.0 port. Or you can review you videos and stills directly on your television with the use of the NTSC video output or high-def component video output. Whatever form of connectivity you prefer, it is available.

Not much has changed, physically, from older Lumix models. Physical appearance is not necessarily attractive, but it does fit comfortable in the palm of any hand. It also provides easy access to the majority of buttons along with the LCD screen. The DMC-LX3 offers functionality not attractiveness.

On top of being ergonomic, it has a very solid build. With a metal body, firm buttons, and hidden ports, the LX3 can definitely withstand daily usage. Its durability will allow it to hold up under pressure and even the occasional fall.

For around $500, you can pick up the exceptional Lumix DMC-LX3. It is functional and easy to use. A point-and-shoot offers professional quality images and features. It is a perfect camera for user and purpose. - 16651

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