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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 807 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and screen. The usability and lens also get good views, but many are negative about the features and memory. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability and value for money.

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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-LX2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2


The 10-megapixel Lumix DMC-LX2 ($410 as of February 15, 2007), the most recent Panasonic model we've tested, has the same image stabilization feature found on many other Lumix cameras, but it dispenses with those cameras' long zoom in favor of a...

Very accurate exposures ; Takes photos in widescreen format

High price ; Must pop up flash manually

High image quality and widescreen format are this camera's best attributes, though some controls could be easier to use.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

High megapixel count. Can quickly and easily change aspect ratio. Excellent still image quality. RAW capabilities. High ISO. Large 2.8-inch LCD.

Very slow recycle time. Shutter lag. Video has a grainy quality, and the high-def mode shoots at only 15 fps.

This 10MP enthusiast camera has some great qualities, but it's plagued by performance issues.

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Lumix DMC-LX2


Coming on the heels of its release of the LX1, the first digital camera to shoot 16:9 wide-angle aspect ratio natively in addition to 4:3 and 3:2, Panasonic brought the DMC-LX2 into the market earlier this year with a few notable improvements over its...

Native 16:9 aspect ratio CCD ; Logical menu design is great for beginners ; Extensive manual control options- New image processor- Quick burst mode (but short buffer)- Noise levels were MUCH lower than predecessor ; Wide zoom lens with optical image...

Poor color reproduction (less accurate than predecessor)- Images heavily sharpened in camera's default setting- More than .6 second shutter lag- Long start-up time- Limited frame rates available for higher resolution video capture- Manually opening of...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is a great addition to the compact market if only for the unique 16:9 native 10-megapixel CCD. Photographers should keep in mind that the megapixel count will drop when shooting in other aspect ratios and when shooting at...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2K (Black)


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 also uses a 10-megapixel CCD as the G7 does. There's one significant difference in the implementation, however: the LX2's sensor has a native 16:9 aspect ratio instead of 4:3. To produce 4:3 or 3:2 aspect photos, the LX2...

Great lens; nice design; lots of manual controls.

Generally soft photos; mediocre movies; no optical viewfinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is a good choice for an enthusiast looking for a powerful camera that can fit into a jacket pocket.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2


The Lumix LX1, announced July 2005, was a camera that proved just how commited Panasonic is to shaking up the digital camera market with innovative, often quirky products rather than taking the easy (though unimaginitive) 'me too' route followed by so...

Good resolution, sharp results with lots of detail (particularly at ISO 100) ; Unique 'widescreen' 16:9 sensor ; 28mm wideangle (16:9 mode only) ; Comprehensive photographic control ; High quality construction, lovely design ; Good edge-to-edge lens...

Noisy sensor and excessive noise reduction at all ISO settings. Low NR setting not low enough ; Underpowered flash ; Auto flash mode tends to choose 1/30th second shutter speed (and a high ISO in auto ISO mode) ; Occasional exposure / dynamic range...

Reviewing the LX2 - the successor to one of the only memorable compact cameras of 2005 - has been a slightly disappointing, yet totally unsurprising experience. Like the FZ50 reviewed last month, the LX2 is an 'upgrade' that fails to address in any...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2


The DMC-LX2 is further distinguished from other cameras by its full manual controllability including manual focus via a joystick allowing users to easily enjoy creative shooting. Its Venus Engine III high performance image processing LSI dramatically...

Panasonic's revolutionary MEGA O.I.S. is incorporated into the entire line of LUMIX cameras. The worldwide debut of the revolutionary new Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) feature on Panasonic's LUMIX cameras signals the arrival of a new level of...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Review


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is the second-ever compact digital camera to feature a 16:9 ratio CCD sensor, following on from the original LX1 model that was released back in 2005. The 16:9...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Digital Camera - Review


The Panasonic Lumix LX2, like its predecessor the LX1, is clearly inspired by the surging popularity of widescreen (16:9) televisions. Employing a unique set of "triple-wide" features, the Lumix LX2 combines a 28mm wide-angle Leica lens, a 16:9 wide...

Triple wide feature set of 16:9 lens, 16:9 image sensor and 16:9 LCD is a hit, Sporty compact design combines classic rangefinder elements with contoured modern style, Very speedy all-around performance with virtually no shutter lag when you...

Images shot at 1,600 and above too noisy for printing, Weak dynamic range in images shot in anything but the softest of light ; some shots lacked "pop", Slow playback of full resolution images on LCD, Oversaturated reds and blues in images more...

Panasonic made quite a splash last year with photographers (and reviewers) when it released the LX1, a rangefinder-style shooter with a boatload of features that Imaging Resource's own Mike Pasini called "an excellent little camera, and clearly one of...

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Camera Test: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2


Panasonic could have impressed us just by fixing the faults we found in last year's compact Lumix DMC-LX1. But with its new Lumix DMC-LX2 ($500, street), it delivers a whole lot more. A pocketable alternative to a digital SLR, the 10.2MP LX2 packs a...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2


Some features that haven't changed include the wide-angle 28 - 112 mm lens, optical image stabilizer, full manual controls, and support for the RAW image format

Unique 16:9 CCD captures a nice widescreen image ; Wide-angle, 4X optical zoom lens ; Optical image stabilization ; Widescreen 2.8" LCD display; good visibility in bright outdoor light as well as dimly lit rooms ; Robust performance, especially in...

Over-aggressive noise reduction noticeably reduces fine details in images ; Above average noise levels; drop in color saturation at ISO 800 and above ; Unimpressive high sensitivity mode (and I'm being generous here) ; No optical viewfinder ; Choppy...

If you're shooting at ISO 100 and not making huge prints then I recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2. If you've got the patience to shoot in RAW mode, you'll likely be more satisfied with the photos you get out of the camera. If you want to run around...

Product Specifications

The 16: 9 aspect ratio CCD provides wide-screen expression. Capturing intricately detailed images in full 10.2-megapixel resolution, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2S opens new doors to the world of photography. Blur compensation performance has evolved even further. Now you can capture clear, sharp photos in almost any shooting situations. LUMIX's popular MEGA O.I.S. suppresses the blurring caused by handshake, and Intelligent ISO Control minimizes blurring caused by subject movement when photographing children, animals, or other moving subjects. So you get less blurring and more beauty. Venus Engine III, the newly improved image processing LSI, inherits the conventional Venus Engine II's quick response and high-quality image output, yet dramatically reduces noise levels. This makes it possible to shoot at ISO 1600 with full resolution. Equipped with a joystick for fingertip operation, the LX2 makes sure you get the shot you want. Enjoy fast and easy joystick operation for setting the aperture, shutter speed, MF and direct exposure compensation. This joystick further provides operation shortcuts to frequently used settings like white balance, ISO, light metering, etc. The wide 16: 9 LCD provides a dynamic view for both shooting and viewing images. The High Angle mode makes it easy to view the LCD image when holding the camera high above you. The mode dial makes it easy to take beautiful shots in almost any situation. Even first-time users can take great photos. Together with previous scene mode settings such as Candle Light and Starry Sky, new Beach, Aerial, and High Sensitivity modes have been added, giving you a choice of seventeen modes in all. You can take motion pictures at 30 fps (frames per second) with WVGA or VGA resolution, or at 15 fps with high-definition resolution, for dynamic viewing on a wide-screen TV. You'll find new ways to explore the fun and creativity of photography.

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 / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky


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:10Megapixel

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):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None