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Panasonic Lumix LX3
Panasonic Lumix LX3

Hey! You should know that Panasonic has released a newer version of this product: the Panasonic Lumix LX5.

Panasonic Lumix LX3

We've given the LX3 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The LX3 is out of production and has been replaced by the LX5, a very worthy successor.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.


  • 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)
  • Part Number: DMCLX3K
  • UPC: 5025232485758
  • Release Date: Jul 22, 2008

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Panasonic Lumix LX3 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix LX3 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Wow you need to be a pro to use it (Mike — 12/23/2009)

The flash is weird and you cant believe that you need to pro to use it. This camera is not for the average person that doesn't want to learn the ins and outs of how to take a clear photo.

  • 5.0 out of 5
LX3 review (David Young — 02/13/2009)

better then the old LX1. Fast auto focus respond. great high iso picture (for upto 800). Fast and responsive flash. Lens cap design leave some improvement for the next model...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Professional family photographer (Peter — 01/06/2009)

Just 4 days of ownership of this luscious little camera. Very high quality feeling. The fully automated preset settings is great. Easy and very quick menus. The wide angle and the ease of use sets this camera off to be a partner for a long time and will for sure lead me to a more serious SLR in the future. But the LX3 fits in my pocket and my photos are 10 times better than those from the old Sony w120, which I actually thought was a descent camera up until now. This camera just set my new bottom line. Highly recommended. Unfortunately I can't compare it to the simplest SLR cameras cause I've never owned one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Complements a dSLR very well (Interested — 01/01/2009)

I purchased the LX3 to complement my Pentax dSLR especially on business trips, when taking a larger camera is not possible. The LX3 is slightly larger than the Canon SD500 (that broke after 5 years) that it replaces. The Canon fits easily into a shirt pocket, however the LX3 is too large, otherwise I have found that it is an outstanding camera. The 24mm lens is wide - very wide, while the f2 lens is very fast and bright - well suited in any low light setting. The noise so far is well controlled especially at and under ISO800.

The controls are easily used and the camera is a fun to use. The large screen is very viewable - and for me, even in bright sunlight (there is no viewfinder). Although not pocketable - it is a take everywhere unit. One very minor downside is for a camera this small, a wrist strap would be better than the included neck strap - I picked up one for 99 cents. The lens does protrude out from the camera body and uses a lens cap. Upon power-up, if the lens cap is still mounted, the user is notified. Also, to use a filter an extension tube is required.

The images from the camera are very good, even in the house in low light.

Overall the camera is a keeper!!!! I am very happy with it!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wow! (John Gier — 12/08/2008)

This is my first digital camera and I'm extremely impressed with it! It takes great pictures, has more options than a non-DSLR person would ever need, and still fits inside my front pants pocket! Wow! ...and if you need more than 2.5x zoom, you can sacrifice megapixels for additional zoom!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera (JavaBean — 09/04/2008)

Though this camera is not as compact as the others and that its' lens intrude, it fills up the gap of my needs. All the time, I was not satisfied with the noise, lack of hotshoe for proper flashlight, photo quality, Aperture/Speed Priority from the 'compact' DCs. This LX3 unit does serve all these almost perfectly (without going far into the DSLR field).