Friday, September 12, 2008

LUMIX LX3 announced

Panasonic has announced the LUMIX LX3, a compact that aspires to be like its big brothers and sisters in the DSLR family.

DMC-LX3

Specification (brief):
  • 10.1 Mega pixels
  • RAW/RAW + JPEG format, 2.5 frames/sec for up to 3 frames in RAW
  • Video Mode - 640 x 480 30 fps; 1280 x 720 24 fps
  • 1/1.63" sensor
  • 2.5x optical zoom
  • LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON 8 elements in 6 groups (4 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
  • 12.8mm (35mm Equiv.: 24-60mm) lens F2.0 - F8.0
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2) optical image stabiliser
  • Face / AF tracking / multi-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / spot metering
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 8 - 1/2000 sec shutter speed Program Mode; 60 - 1/2000 sec Manual Mode; 15, 30 & 60 sec Astronomy Mode
Available now at @ £359.99 inc. VAT, it is being touted by some as a rival to the excellent Canon G9 (street price @ £299.99 inc. VAT). The G9's sensor size is 1/1.7", so its slightly bigger than the LX3's. How this translates into which has the better image quality remains to be seen. The G( also has the edge on resolution with its 12.1 MP compared to the LX3's 10.1.
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