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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 352 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and usability. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the features and storage. Reviews about the battery and shutter are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC- LX1


Shoots at true 16:9 aspect ratio. Zoom lens starts at true wide angle. Excellent LCD. Impressive battery life.

Pricey for a compact camera. Flash is too strong (though adjustable). Images noisier than expected. Some pincushion distortion. Noticeable shutter lag.

A versatile camera for those who want something smaller than a D-SLR, with lots of pro features and controls, but the images are noisy and you'll find the shutter lag irritating.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1


Expensive, attractively styled point-and-shoot camera offers multiple aspect ratios, but image noise is a problem.

The DMC-LX1 provides lots of advanced features, along with plenty of point-and-shoot capabilities. The aspect-mode options will also appeal to photographers who want to escape the ordinary, but the noise at higher ISO settings makes the camera unsuitable

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1K Digital Camera


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Choice of aspect ratios ; Many advanced features

Digital noise is a problem at high ISOs

Offers a choice of aspect ratios and many advanced features, but image noise is a problem at highest ISO settings.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Digital Camera Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 enters the compact market with 8.4 effective megapixels and a nice Leica Vario-Elmarit DC 4x optical zoom lens. The lens is complemented by Panasonic's Mega Optical Image Stabilization system, which has two modes and shuns...

- 16:9 movie mode - Nice LCD screen - High quality Leica lens - Durable aluminum body - Decent burst mode - User friendly exposure controls - Thorough software package

- Expensive - Images are extremely noise (ISO 200 setting is pushing it, 400 is unusable) - Rickety pop-up flash - placed off lens axis - Slippery zoom toggle - Small controls - Poorly translated scene help screens

With 8.4 megapixels, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and a Leica 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has a lot to offer consumers. That is, consumers with lots of money to offer Panasonic. The LX1 retails for $599,...

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Panasonic DMC-LX1


Panasonic continues to offer innovation where most manufacturers have become content with an endless round of 'me too' product and minor upgrades.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 reviewed


We were pretty stoked when we heard about the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 a couple weeks ago because of its relatively thin size and fully 16:9 wide-angle CCD, and it looks like HardwareZone's among the first we've seen with a review. Besides that 8.4...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1


The 8.4 megapixel Lumix DMC-LX1 is the first digital camera to have a true 16:9 ratio CCD imager for capturing wide aspect pictures for display on a HDTV big screen. The LX1 features Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, the key to removing uninte

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a difference - it's the first compact digicam to feature a 16:9 ratio CCD sensor, perfect for viewing on your widescreen TV or...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is a unique, innovative and intriguing camera. It's the first ever model to offer a choice of image aspects, from widescreen 16:9 to the more conventional 4:3. If...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1


The Panasonic LX1 is a pretty unique digital camera. It packs a 4x zoom lens into a surprisingly compact body and mates it to a 16:9 sensor with options for 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratios, too. Panasonic throws in their excellent Mega OIS Optical Image Stabiliz

16:9 aspect ratio sensor for stills and moviesOptical stabilization helps greatly for hand-holding the camera in dim lightingUnique joystick controller is a hitVery high quality lens, lower than average distortion, very low chromatic aberration, excellent

Higher than average image noise, visible even at ISO 80. ISO 400 images only usable for prints to about 5x7 inchesRather limited flash rangeOnly a 4x zoom lens, many current competing models offer moreLow contrast setting could go a little lower yet, prov

While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is an undeniably competent--even exciting--point-and-shoot digicam, we quickly came to appreciate it as something more like a rangefinder. It's as playful and friendly as any point-and-shoot, but it can also be as...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1


The LX1 uses the same optical image stabilization system as Panasonic's other cameras. This handy features helps counter the effects of "camera shake", giving you sharper pictures at shutter speeds that are unusable without a tripod on other cameras....

4X zoom lens starts at 28 mm ; Unique 16:9 CCD allows for near-panoramic landscape shots ; Optical image stabilization ; Robust performance, especially with a high speed SD card ; Full manual controls ; AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing ; LCD...

Images are too noisy, especially at high ISOs; some jaggies ; Widescreen sensor, but no widescreen LCD ; Some redeye ; No RAW image manipulation software included ; No USB 2.0 High Speed support ; Small memory card included

I'm sort of on the fence about recommending the Lumix DMC-LX1. There is much to like about the camera, but the image noise is quite bothersome. If you're going to be printing at smaller sizes, I'd say go for it. If you plan on making larger prints,...

Product Specifications

The DMC-LX1 features a 4x optical zoom with a 28 to 112mm wide-angle capability (35mm equivalent). This and a 1/1.65" diagonal CCD with 8.4 million effective pixels give you superb image quality over a wide shooting range. The Extended Optical Zoom, which minimizes the image degradation that normally occurs with digital zooming, gives you up to 5x zooming power. Plus, the 4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom can be used together to produce a maximum of 16x zooming power. The DMC-LX1 features a 2.5" diagonal high-resolution LCD monitor - surprisingly large for such a compact camera. This high-quality, 207, 000-pixel display makes it easy to see your subject. For easier viewing when shooting outdoors on a sunny day, press the Power LCD button to boost the backlighting by about 40%. Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. We don't expect everyone to have hands of stone when taking pictures - that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-LX1 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working - all you'll see are the outstanding results! In addition to displaying the settings in large, easy-to-understand text, the large, 2.5" diagonal screen with 230, 000-pixel resolution lets you show up to 25 thumbnail images at once. This makes it easier to search for, and organize, the photos you take. A switch at the top of the lens barrel lets you choose an aspect ratio of normal 4:3, wide 16:9, or the 3:2 used in film cameras. A 16:9 image is obtained using the wide-angle lens and large CCD, instead of the conventional method of cropping the top and bottom of a 4:3 image. A switch on the side of the lens lets you match the focusing operation to your shot. Choose from 1-point AF (normal or high-speed), 3-point high-speed AF, 9-point AF, Spot AF, AF macro to focus from as close as 0.16feet (5cm) from the subject, or manual focus using the joystick. Focusing is also made easier by the Manual Focus Assist function, which lets you enlarge the center of the LCD image to check the focus, and the AF Assist Lamp for focusing in dimly lit places. Thanks to the Venus Engine II's release time lag of around 0.008 second and shutter interval of around 0.4 second, the DMC-LX1 is super-fast. You can snap off consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. And with Unlimited Consecutive Shooting, you can keep shooting until the memory card is full.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby / Candle / Fireworks / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:25.2mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.65"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.4 mm ( 1/1.65 ) / 15.4 mm ( 1/1.65" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.4Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Cool / Noise / Saturation / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None