Panasonic Lumix LX3 Brief Review


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  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 2.5x optical zoom, 24mm ultra wide-angle lens
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • 720p high-definition movie mode
  • 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (6400 high sensitivity mode)
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Secure Digital memory card storage (50MB internal)
  • Release Date: 2008-07-22
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix LX3
10.1 megapixels; 2.5x optical zoom, 24mm ultra wide-angle lens; JPEG and RAW file formats; 720p high-definition movie mode; 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios; ISO 80 - 3200 (6400 high sensitivity mode); 3.0-inch LCD display; Lithium-ion battery; Secure Digital memory card storage (50MB internal)
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The LX3 is out of production and has been replaced by the LX5, a very worthy successor. Here's what we had to say about the LX3 before it was discontinued:

Meant for users looking for a high-end point-and-shoot or a supplement to their existing professsional SLR setup, the Panasonic LX3 emphasizes quality and power over everything else. Though it only has a very small 2.5x optical zoom, the LX3's image processing and design is tailored for advanced, high-quality shooting. It also comes with a 720p high-definition movie mode. This model is being replaced shortly by the soon-to-come LX5, so take a look at that before you pull the trigger on this one.

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