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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Editor's Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 improves on the popular LX1's widely-loved feature set, and is one of the first digital cameras to provide a widescreen LCD. Widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratios are all the rage these days, and digital cameras are no different. With a 28mm wide-angle Leica lens, a 16:9 CCD for capturing those extra-large images, and 16:9 LCD display so nothing is overlooked, the LX2 will offer stunning panoramas and ensure that nobody gets left out of the shot. The LX2's movie mode can also handle 16:9, capturing video in high definition (1280 x 720) resolution (though only at 15 frames per second). Settings are easily switched to allow for typical 4:3 or 3:2 aspects. Despite it's wide format ambitions, the LX2 is still and ultra-compact, and of course, features Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. image stabilization to reduce the shimmy and shake of natural hand movement. Oh, and did we mention its 10.2 megapixel sensor is perhaps the largest ever crammed into such a small camera?

Specifications

  • 10.2 megapixels
  • Movie mode with sound (in 4:3 [VGA] and 16:9 [1280x720 @ 15fps] "high definition" modes)
  • 4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO 100-3200
  • Auto focus, auto and manual exposure
  • Secure Digital memory
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • 2.8-inch LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Part Number: DMC-LX2
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2006

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
Definitely a P&S on Steroids-Not for the Non-Post-Processor Types for Sure! (Jerry Brendle — 02/07/2007)

In my ongoing search for the perfect little carry-it-with-me 2nd camera, I've finally settled on this one (reluctantly) after going through Sony's N2 and Canon's SD900 (both of which were decent but without adequate manual controls).
I was really needing RAW capability, image stabilization & complete manual over-ridability.
This solid little box pretty much does all that but surely has its share of image noise. I was getting far smoother results with both the other cameras!
If you're willing to always shoot at ISO 100 or 200 at the max, use RAW mode exclusively, tweak each image extensively & individually with Panasonic's included SilkyPix RAW developer software (which is really awesome for sure), Then take the image back into Photoshop for the functions that SilkyPix can't do, you can end up with a pretty incredible picture. I even sometimes run the final edited PhotoShop image through yet another good noise reduction program called Neat Image using a specific noise reduction profile created specifically for the LX2 to really polish it! If you're a real tech weenie with lots of time to tweak, you can make this little camera look good! It's definitely "high-maintenance" though!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best P/S camera on the market!!! (Douglas Dubler — 12/05/2006)

I am a seasoned professional with more than 30 years in the business. The Panasonic DMC-LX2 to my knowledge is the only compact P/S 10 MP camera on the market that offers the raw file capture option. This affords the user the opportunity to adjust processing parameters in Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop CS2) and end up with a 16 bit final file. This is probably lost on the amateur but of great importance to the advanced amateur or professional. I only use the camera on ISO 100 and further reduce the noise with Noise Ninja. I have made prints on my Epson 9800 up to 24"x36" which are quite remarkable considering they were shot with a camera that costs less than $500. The overall design is great; quick autofocus with close macro capability; a huge (2 3/4") LCD screen and image stabilization make it my constant companion. This camera deserves serious consideration if you are looking for superb quality in a minimalist form factor.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent camera, but good for point and shoot... (Jack Schneider — 11/27/2006)

I'll start this by saying I'm not a seasoned photographer. I enjoy learning and this camera has presented me with the opportunity to do so. I have been playing around with the manual settings as I go and find that often I can get a better shot when I take control of the picture. This is not a point and shoot if you don't want to learn how cameras work or do not already possess this knowledge. I love this camera, but I do feel the need to learn how to be better as a photographer to use it to it's potential. I think this camera is geared more towards the serious amateur. (I do run most of my pics through photoshop elements which I think cleans up pictures wonderfully.)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Many improvements over my LX1 (Jeff Greene — 09/22/2006)

In all fairness this is a superb camera. All of the issues others cited in its predecessor(me as well)have been more than adequately addressed. The new Venus III engine now allows low light work to ISO 1600. Images produced are not noise- free, but compared to the LX1, which I also own, are easily addressed by Noise Ninja. And the quality of the images are truly striking. I also own a Canon DSLR and an Epson RD1 and honestly feel that this little camera is a great back-up given its small sensor drawbacks. Bokeh, of course, is not comparable, but the crispness of the lens will win you over.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera! (Scott Marshall — 09/20/2006)

I've taken just under a hundred shots so far and even though there is no manual available yet have had little problem understanding anything. The switches and buttons are arranged about the camera in a manner that lessens the chance of mistaking one or its' function from another. I work in the graphic arts/design field and often don't need a large camera and lens system for my work.

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