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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1261 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and image quality are overall positive. The performance and lens are also appreciated. Views about the memory and energy efficiency are different. There are some less positive reviews about the storage and zoom.

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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-LX3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 (black)


With its compact, elegant design and enthusiast-friendly feature set, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 certainly qualifies as the camera you want to carry when you need something more discreet than a dSLR. The replacement for the LX2, the LX3 has an almost...

Sharp, bright lens; compact but comfortable design; broad manual shooting feature set

Relatively nonresponsive Quick Menu button; proprietary connectors; artifacts under certain conditions; optical viewfinder is optional

Although the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has its share of passionate fans, we think the JPEG quality should be more consistent for the price.

Highly Recommended!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3


Panasonic's LX series has always been home to the company's most ambitious compacts, offering a range of photographer-friendly features in a small, stylish and solid body festooned with external controls. It's been two years since the launch of the LX2...

Good image quality at low ISO settings; Exceptionally bright F2.0-2.8 lens; 24mm wide angle; Decent high ISO performance (up to ISO 1600); Unique choice of aspect ratios at a consistent angle-of-view; Comprehensive photographic control; High quality...

60mm telephoto will be restricting for some; Noise reduction can impact on low-contrast detail; Underpowered flash; Auto flash keen on using 1/30th second shutter speed (but keeps ISO down); Dissappointing white balance performance (though has a...

The LX3 is an example of a species so endangered that we were beginning to worry it had become extinct - a compact camera that photographers can get excited about.

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Lumix DMC-LX3


The Lumix DMC-LX3 is Panasonic's newest high-end point-and-shoot camera. Marked by an eye-catching retro aesthetic, the LX3 is designed with photo enthusiasts and professionals firmly in mind. Priced at $500, the camera is armed with the new 1/1.63"...

Retro aesthetic and solid construction ; Good color, manual noise and video capture scores ; High level of customizability ; Large amount of control ; Ability to accept external flash and viewfinder

Poor resolution, auto noise, white balance, low light and dynamic range scores ; Small buttons ; Poorly designed menu system ; High price

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is a camera that frustrates us. It's made by a company that usually crafts excellent cameras, it has a quality Leica lens, and its design is a wondrous nod to its past. The LX3 has excellent manual controls, expandability,...


Highly Recommended!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review


The Lumix DMC-LX3 is the third compact digital camera from Panasonic to offer a 16:9 ratio image, following on from the original LX1 model that was released back in 2005 and the LX2 in 2006. The Panasonic LX3 additionally offers more conventional 3:2...

In summary the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 certainly fulfills its remit of being a premium system camera which challenges the likes of the Ricoh GR and GX series cameras, the Canon Powershot G9 and the Sigma DP1. The LX3 is a beautifully made and...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Panasonic Lumix LX3 has a sensor resolution of 10.1 effective megapixels from a newly developed 1/1.63" RGB CCD image sensor, which is said to offer 40% higher sensitivity along with a 35% increase in saturation, as compared to the company's other...

Classic, attractive design is also very functional ; f/2.0 lens with optical image stabilization is great for available light ; 24mm wide angle equivalent captures the whole room ; Hotshoe lets you use an external flash (off camera, too) ; Multiple...

60mm telephoto is well short of the more common 105mm equivalent ; Menu system is low res and quirky ; No zoom in Movie mode ; Slide show mode crops images ; Closest macro image is only sharp at the very center ; ISO 800, 1,600, and 3,200 have yellow...

ISO sensitivity ordinarily ranges from 100 to 3200, with the ability to extend this as far as ISO 6400 equivalent in High Sensitivity Auto mode. Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 60 seconds are possible, controlled automatically. The Panasonic DMC-LX3 uses...

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Lumix DMC-LX3


($499) is not your typical compact camera. Other cameras offer more pixels, more zoom, and bigger LCDs. So what makes the LX3 so interesting? It has a fast, 24 - 60 mm Leica lens with optical image stabilization. Three available aspect ratios, all of...

Very good photo quality, low noise though ISO 800 in good light ; Fast, ultra-wide 24 - 60 mm lens ; Optical image stabilization ; Fairly compact, well-built metal body; comes in silver and black ; Very sharp and bright 3-inch LCD display ; Full manual...

Noise reduction smudges details, even at low ISOs (though better than previous models) ; Camera tends to underexpose ; Some redeye ; No real telephoto power ; No fluorescent white balance preset, or WB bracketing feature ; No optical viewfinder;...

If you want a fairly compact camera with a host of manual controls, good photo quality, a very wide-angle lens, and a high definition movie mode, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is absolutely worth checking out. If you're a fan of telephoto shooting...

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Panasonic Lumix LX-3 Review


The Panasonic Lumix LX-3 is one of the hottest compact digital cameras on the market. This review will take a look at the good and bad of this popular digicam and who it is gear towards.

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Panasonic Lumix LX3 Review at Digital Photography Interface


The Panasonic Lumix LX3 is a capable prosumer camera that's got very good image quality traits in almost all respects (Except for some noise and detail issues); thumbs up to Panasonic for tackling the issue of image quality which used to exist a few...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3


Many will look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and wonder what all the fuss is about. $400 for a camera with only 10-megapixel resolution and a 2.5x optical zoom seems a bit strange. Camera enthusiasts, however, will see a camera with a wide-angle 24mm...

The LX3 has classic good looks that anyone who remembers cameras from thirty years ago will instantly recognize. The somewhat blocky body, protruding lens and metal construction lend it a retro feel. Although it's on the larger side for a...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3: New trix for Lumix


Panasonic officials made the very bold boast that the new 10.1 megapixel Lumix DMC-LX3 will produce "the highest image quality in compact digital camera history." We had seen prototypes of this new camera, the successor to the LX2, in Japan, and the...

Product Specifications

Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the DMC-LX3S features a F2.0 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, 10.1 megapixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model. By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3S is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography. At the heart of the DMC-LX3S, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD. Making the intentional choice to limit the number of megapixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. Another major upgrade to the DMC-LX3S is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens. As a result of the F2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3S produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring. The DMC-LX3S features a film mode with six color types and three types of monochrome selections. Much like selecting from different film types, this function gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to take more expressive digital photos. Also, when using the multi-film mode, the DMC-LX3S produces a maximum of three images from a RAW file for you to compare the different textures. Another feature is the multiple-exposure feature, which lets you create artistic photos by overlaying up to three consecutive images; while still viewing the last image on the 3.0-inch LCD screen. The LCD on the DMC-LX3S is improved with a 460,000-dot high resolution.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aerial photo / Baby1 / Baby2 / Beach / Candle / Film grain / Fireworks / Flash-burst / Food / Hi-speed burst / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Pin hole / Portrait mode / Scenery / Self-portrait / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.8
Max Focal Length:12.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:2.5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.63"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 mm ( 1/1.63 ) / 15.6 mm ( 1/1.63" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO auto (1600-6400)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None