The LX3 is an example of a species so endangered that the we were beginning to worry it had become extinct – a compact camera that photographers can get excited about.
I’m used to expecting compromises in quality from the smaller sensors on digicams. They’re always good enough for small enlargements. But they fall apart if you zoom in too closely. At a 25 percent screen view, I thought I was seeing everything the camera had captured. Nope. The image held up very nicely as I zoomed in to 100 percent.
As we’ve seen across the entire range of Panasonic cameras, each generation of cameras in the Lumix lineup seems to provide clear improvements in resolution, screen quality, lens performance, and image processing, all while keeping these upgrades within the same MSRP as the previous generation.
Imaging Resource has published a hands-on preview of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1.
Even with the rather preliminary firmware that exists at this time, the camera seems to perform quite well, and image quality frankly appears higher than I had anticipated.
For more news and reviews, visit Photography Bay’s Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Reviews and Resources.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is an ideal compact for enthusiasts who demand full manual control and specialist features in a small and light package. Crucially, the LX3 also addresses some of the issues concerning image quality which faced its predecessor.
I don’t about you, but I sure thought that smaller would mean cheaper. Even though Panasonic kept it under wraps in their press release, it appears that the new Micro Four Thirds system G1 will come in at $799 retail in the US.
I understand that Panasonic is the first to market with a Micro Four Thirds camera, but 800 bones is a lot for a camera that doesn’t do anything more than an entry-level DSLR – other than “be smaller.”
The LX3 is a very expensive point-and-shoot camera. It has a list price of $500, and while we absolutely love the body and feel of the camera, it has too many downsides for the price. Its test scores were average or below average in most cases, and even its high scores in Color and Manual Noises weren’t far from its much cheaper cousin, the Lumix TZ3.
Imaging Resource has posted a review of the Panasonic Lumix FX500. The FX500 is a 10.1 megapixel point & shoot camera with a 5x wide angle lens. It also features Panasonic’s O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization).
A fun camera with a few overkill features, the Panasonic FX500 captures very good color and detail marred only by a tendency to over-optimize flat color, and a tendency for noise even at the lowest ISO setting.