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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Professional or Everyday Photos, the Lumix DMC-LX3 is the Answer

By Matt Ryan

Panasonic has introduced a new product to their Lumix family - the Lumix DMC-LX3. This camera gives consumers the convenience of a point-and-shoot with professional grade functions and images. Regardless of your photography level of expertise, the Lumix DMC-LX3 is a grand addition to your camera collection.

The DMC-LX3 is a 10.1-megapixel camera. It has a 2.5x optical zoom along with features such as Optical Image Stabilization, Intelligent Auto Mode, RAW support, ISO 80-1600, and more. Even though it only measures in at 2.34 x 4.28 x 1.06-inches, it still encompasses a nice sized display. The 3.0-inch LCD display allows consumers to view images - immediately - at a 460,000-dot resolution.

Auto face detection (also known as AF) is common in cameras today; however, the AF on the LX3 can detect up to 15 faces in one frame. The combination of AF and autofocus tracking make for exceptionally focused and exposed images. This model automatically focuses on moving objects along with setting proper exposure for the perfect image.

ISO settings, on the LX3, start at 80 and can be extended up to 6,400 (with High Sensitivity Auto mode). Panasonic has incorporated 24 preset shooting modes into the LX3. This eliminates consumers from having to manually adjust ISO settings. (ISO settings are to be adjust low and high based on natural light provided in a given shot.) With numerous presets there is no need for consumers to worry about proper ISO settings. For professional photographers; however, you can manually adjust aperture and shutter-priority modes.

The DMC-LX3 also allows consumers to record high-def video with sound. At a 1,280 x 720 resolution, you will only be able to record 24fps. However, adjusting the resolution to a lower setting will allow consumers to capture up to 30fps.

The Lumix DMC-LX3 comes with 50MB of internal storage, which typically is not enough for the avid photographer. It also accepts SD/SDHC and Multimedia cards. SD/SDHC memory cards typically work better with the LX3.

Transferring files is easy with the use of the USB 2.0 port. You could also view your files directly on your television with the use of the NTSC video output or high-def component video output. All of these connectivity ports are easily accessible and for your convenience.

Panasonic has kept the same body style for all of their LX models; this makes transitions between cameras seamless for consumers - after all - why fix it if it isn't broken. The body shape makes it fit comfortably in any size hand, and button locations allow consumers to effortlessly access different functions and actions. Additional options or settings are available via the LCD screen.

The Lumix DMC-LX3 is one of the most durable point-and-shoot cameras on the market - with its metal body, port doors, and firm buttons. It is safe to travel with and take to nearly any crazy event you want to photograph. Kids can even play with the LX3 without too much concern of them breaking it.

Panasonic has outdone themselves once again with the release of the Lumix DMC-LX3. They have provided photographers - of any level - with a functionally easy to use point-and-shoot camera. For only $500 you easily fit this model into your budget.

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