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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 10.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - Black - DMC-LX3K

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Great Design and Value

on 6/2/2012

While many additional lens options, filters, and covers are available I found the resolution to be lacking and not being able to digitally zoom limits the depth of image data collected. Good as a standalone device, would not recommend purchasing accessories as they tend to be overpriced.

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Product Overview

A Pleasure to Own, a Joy to Use
Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, 10.1 mega pixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model. By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3 is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

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.


Manufacturer Panasonic
Mfg Part# DMC-LX3K
SKU 208898322
UPC 037988988136
UPC 14 00037988988136
Number of Batteries Support 1
Battery Include Yes
Battery Size Support Proprietary
Battery Rechargeable Yes
Effective Camera Resolution 10.1 Megapixel
Display Resolution 460000 Pixel
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
Total Camera Resolution 11.3 Megapixel
Screen Size 3"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Flash Modes Auto Flash / Flash ON / Flash OFF / Red-eye Reduction
Product Model DMC-LX3
Product Type Point & Shoot Digital Camera
Product Series LX
Product Name Lumix DMC-LX3 Point & Shoot Digital Camera
Manufacturer Part Number DMC-LX3K
Brand Name Panasonic
Manufacturer Panasonic
Product Line Lumix
Manufacturer Website Address
Maximum Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Image Formats JPEG / RAW
Optical Zoom 2.5x
Image Stabilization Optical
Digital Zoom 4x
Minimum Focus Distance 0.39"
Focus Modes Auto / Manual
Autofocus Points 1
Memory Card Support Secure Digital (SD) Card / Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card / MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Package Contents Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera Battery Charger Li-ion Battery Pack Battery Carrying Case Lens Cap Lens Cap Strap AV Cable USB Connection Cable AC Cable Shoulder Strap CD-ROM
Width 4.28"
Depth 1.06"
Weight 8 oz
Height 2.34"
Color Black
Flash Memory Capacity 50 MB
Maximum Frame Rate 30 fps
Video Formats QuickTime Motion JPEG
Maximum Video Resolution 848 x 480
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
Tech Specs
Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2)
Optical Zoom 2.5x
Image Sensor 1/1.63" 11.3 Total Mega Pixels CCD
Primary Color Filter
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3.8x for 5 Mega, 4.8x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 0.3 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3.8x for 4.5 Mega, 4.8x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3.8x for 3.5 Mega, 4.8x for 2 Mega
Digital Zoom 4x
Focal Length f=5.1-12.8mm (35mm Equiv.: 24-60mm)
Wide: F2.0 - F8.0
Tele: F2.8 - F8.0
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 50cm - infinity Intelligent AUTO / Macro: Wide 1cm / Tele 30cm - infinity
AF Metering Face / AF tracking / multi-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / spot
Focus Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off
AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 (High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 - 6400))
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Pinhole modes)
White Balance Adjustment (±10steps, except for auto set)
Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (auto in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE) +/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Scene Modes: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1&2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst, Multi Aspect
Self Timer 2sec, 10sec
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Zoom, Hold
Review 1x/4x/8x
Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW+Standard JPEG / RAW+Fine JPEG
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 8 images (Standard mode), Max 4 images (Fine), Max 3images (RAW)
Intelligent Exposure Off / Low / Standard / High
Digital Red Eye Correction Yes
Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume/Motion Zoom No/No/No
Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds
Built-in Memory approx. 50MB
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Auto Angle Detection Yes
Travel Date/World Time Yes/Yes
Title Edit Yes
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Flash Synchro ; 1st / 2nd Flash output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 - +2 EV) 0.8 - 8.3m (Wide/Macro/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 5.9m (Tele/ISO Auto)
External Flash Yes
3.0", 3:2 Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (460K dots)
Standard, Dynamic, Natural, Smooth, Vibrant, Nostalgic, WB/Standard, WB/Dynamic, WB/Smooth, My Film1, MyFilm2, Multi Film
English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese
Microphone Yes
Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB 2.0 High Speed
Direct Print PictBridge
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 1150mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life 380 pictures (CIPA standard)
ISO Limit Set Yes
Multi-Exposure Yes
Multi-Aspect Yes
Color Bracketing No
Motion Picture 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps/10 fps 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps
Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.34" x 4.28" x 1.06"
Weight .5 lbs
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Features Red-Eye Reduction
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 10.1
Closest Focusing Distance (m) 10
Color Black
Color Class Black
Digital Zoom (x) 4
Focal Length (mm) 5.1
Focus Mode Auto / Manual
Image Format Raw
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Max Shutter Speed o 1/2000
Maximum Aperture f/8
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 30
Memory Card Type SD
Min Shutter Speed 60
Optical Zoom (x) 2.5
Optical Zoom Range (x) 2.0 - 4.9
Product Line Lumix
Resolution 3648 x 2736
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