We recently bought a Panasonic Lumix LX3 to replace our really outdated Canon SD450 point and shot camera. Compared to the SD450, the LX3 is light-years ahead in every way you can think of. It is also costs a lot more than just a simple point and shot camera.
The most amazing thing about the LX3 is its lens. It has a 24mm equivalent Leica lens mounted. Though the zoom range is very minimal (2.5x) in today’s standard, it is well made up for by the F2.0 aperture. We went to Tokyo with it and we never looked back. It is an excellent camera and it is a very capable camera when you don’t want to carry your DSLR. We got this recommendation from Danny Choo. Thank you Danny!
With the manual mode, the LX3 is a photographer’s toy. It gives you full control over how you like a picture taken. Though it is not as fast and as convenient as a DSLR in terms of the controls, for a camera that fits in a small bag, you can’t ask for more.
But wait, you can actually ask for more. The upcoming LX4 is rumored to be a lot more than the LX3. If the rumor turns out to be true, LX4 will have a micro 4/3 system. This means it has a good size sensor with interchangeable lens. This technology is already applied to the Panasonic G1 and GH1. It is strictly not a DSLR because there is no mirror and viewfinder assembly. You will have to rely on the LCD, or the electronic viewfinder to compose your pictures. On the other hand, Olympus E-P1 is a pretty good preview of what the LX4 could be.
Let’s hope that the rumor will be true and that Panasonic will not price it outside of our reach.
Picture source: http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/viliaiporn/article?mid=124690
Updates: August 10, 2009
Got heads up from Dannychoo.com that the next Lumix Micro 4/3 would not be a LX4, instead it will be a GF1. Kind of make sense as the G series (G1 and GH1) are also Micro 4/3 cameras. There are lots of coverage of the leaked GF1 all over google. Have to say from the little information available, it looks like a very sweet camera.
Updates: Sept 1, 2009
Finally, a preview of the Lumix GF1 is published on dpreview.com. Can’t wait to try this new camera.
Updates: Oct 6, 2009
Danny Choo also has his GF1 review posted. Now I want one as well.
Updates: Oct 15, 2009