Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know I've posted our full review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panas ... x_DMC_LX3/
Gordon thanks for another excellent review. I have had the LX3 for about a week and am very pleased with it. Reading this review made me aware of some features I had not used yet.
I have an E-3 and wanted a fully manual pocket camera (that I could actually carry in my pocket, for when I did not have my E-3 with me.) with a wide angle and which had some flexability to get pictures in lower light situations without too much noise. I had recently been on a holiday and found that I was using 24mm on my E-3 very often. I was willing to sacrifice the telephoto end, as long as I could also get pictures at least equal to a normal lens (50mm - 35mm equivalent). With the LX3 I figured I could get decent noise performance, for a compact camera, plus an extra f/stop which would allow me to use a lower ISO (e.g. 200 vs. 400). The stabilization would also help when taking non-action pictures. My limited experience and your review have confirmed that the LX3 meets my needs. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how well it handles highlights and with its resoution. I love the fully manual mode. It is really nice to see the results - before you take the picture - when you half press the shutter. Also, I am trying manual focus mode to see the graphical representation of the depth of field - focusing automatically by pressing the focus button-. Thanks Gordon, as I had not yet figured out that that the depth of field scale was there.
My only reservation was not having a built in optical viewfinder, but the LCD is much better than any I have used before and I am not sure I will miss the optical viewfinder. I think at this point I will have no reason to purchase the accessory viewfinder. Finally, I love the option to switch aspect ratios and get a true 24mm whichever aspect ratio I might choose. The fact that I lose a little resolution (a necessary result) does not bother me in the least.
So thank you again for a superb and complete review.