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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can connect Lumix DMC-LX3 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Nov 04, 2008|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||39|
|DxO Color Depth||19.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||94|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|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|
|Physical Dimensions||109 x 60 x 27 mm|
|Storage Type||SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal|