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...