Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 13
Features 21
Size 87
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/1.63" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 27 mm
  • Weight: 265 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic LX2.
  • Replaced by Panasonic LX5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-LX3 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Nov 04, 2008. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product LX2 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one LX2.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #51 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #207 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-2.8
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 94
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has the following external dimensions 109 x 109 x 27 mm (42.91 x 23.62 x 10.63″) with the weight of 265 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 27mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 — 27 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 — 265 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.63" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 39 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.63" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Lumix DMC-LX3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-LX3 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-LX3 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 21. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (109 x 60 x 27 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/1.63"(8.07 x 5.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 can be called a 15 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (94)
  • Small size (109 x 60 x 27 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 29. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (265 g)
  • Small size (109 x 60 x 27 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 can be called a 54 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.63" (8.07 x 5.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.8)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (94)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-LX3
Announced Nov 04, 2008
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 8.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 39
DxO Color Depth 19.6
DxO Dynamic Range 10.8
DxO Low Light ISO 94
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.63"
Sensor Dimensions 8.07 x 5.56 mm
Sensor Area 44.87 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 265 g
Physical Dimensions 109 x 60 x 27 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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