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Panasonic LS2

Review Date: Feb 6, 2006

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Panasonic Lumic DMC-LS2


The Panasonic LS2 is a digital camera targeted to beginner amateur photographers. It has 5.0 effective megapixels resolution on a 1/2.5 in. image sensor. The lens is a Lumix DC Vario 35-105 mm (35mm format equivalent) F2.8(W)-F5.0(T), 3x optical zoom.

We find the overall image quality of the Panasonic LS2 to be average.

3x Optical Zoom
Wide-angle 35mm Tele 105mm
Wide-angle 5.8mm
(35mm, 35mm equivalent)
Telephoto 17.4mm
(105mm, 35mm equivalent)

In the above pictures, we show the coverage for 35mm and 105mm.

35mm, Macro mode, Intelligent Multiple, AWB
1/100 sec., F2.8, ISO 80

The Panasonic LS2 can focus in Macro mode (selected on the Mode Dial) to as close as 5 cm (2 in.).

Auto White Balance Indoors
AWB Manual WB
AWB Manual WB

As the above picture shows, the Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a slight colour cast under fluorescent artificial light. Fortunately, there is Custom (Manual) White Balance. AWB works well in natural light.

ISO Comparisons
ISO 80
ISO 80
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 100 ISO 200
ISO 400  
ISO 400  

The 100% crops above (area delimited by the white square, lower right) demonstrate the noise at the available ISO Speeds of 80, 100, 200 and 400. Noise is visible at all ISOs, becoming increasingly visible as we go up the ISO.

Chromatic Aberrations
CA (Purple Fringing)

There is CA in everyday high contrast shots. In the high contrast shot above, there is CA at the corner delimited by the red square at middle (reproduced at 100% crop at bottom right).

The Panasonic LS2 allows the use of a slow shutter speed of only up to 1 sec. in Normal Picture (Programmed Auto) mode, so we are not able to bring you our regular long shutter speed picture.

The Panasonic LS2 has a flash that is effective up to 3.7 m at max. wide-angle and 2.1 m at max telephoto. It does not throttle down at close-up range and will result in severely overexposed close-up images.

The last feature we will mention is the histogram. The histogram can be displayed live in Record Mode. You can see the histogram by pressing the DISPLAY button until the histogram displays. The histogram is invaluable to give an indication of under- and over-exposure (don't rely on the LCD/EVF since the brightness is adjustable and may be misleading).

The pictures in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 Gallery page provide a good sample of what the camera is capable of. I have provided samples at 800x600 pixels (compressed to Quality 60/100 in Photoshop Elements) as well as the 2560 x 1920 pixels original size (click on the image for the original version).

You can safely assume that most macro shots and slow shutter speed shots required the use of a tripod. Any image that is adjusted for levels in Photoshop has "_adjusted" appended to the file name.

I have defaulted the image size to 800x600 pixels. For those who have their monitor resolution set to 1024x728 pixels, everything should snugly fit and you should not have to scroll to see the whole image. If your monitor is set to 800x600 pixels resolution, start the slide show and then scroll to the right to position the image within your screen width. Then, press F11 (if you are using Internet Explorer) to switch to full screen mode, and the image should fill your screen nicely. Press F11 again at any time to switch your monitor display back to normal mode.

To return to this page from the Photo Gallery, click on the animated graphics of the camera.

Please open and download the original size version only if you need to and only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!


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