It is a superbly designed and immensely capable all-purpose compact that will satisfy any keen photographer, but is also capable of producing good results in the hands of a novice.
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.
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.
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.