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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1


Panasonic LX1
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Panasonic LX1 wins DIWA Gold Award

Category: Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has 8.4MP resolution in a compact and elegantly designed black body. It features a 4x optical zoom with a 28 to 112mm wide-angle capability (35mm equivalent) that should allow capturing more of a scene (or group shot) than standard 35mm lens is capable of.

The Panasonic LX1 is choked full of features: 60-1/2,000 sec. shutter speed range (depending on exposure mode), real-time histogram, grid lines to aid in keeping the horizontal level, Scene Modes to automate exposure setting in various situations, an extra large 2.5 in. high resolution (235K pixels) LCD monitor (no viewfinder), and of course the image stabilized Leica lens all the Panasonic digital cameras have becomed famous for. Macro focus is at 5 cm (2 in.).

The Panasonic LX1 has full exposure flexibility with Program AE, Program Shift (P mode), Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, and full Manual. A long shutter speed of 60 sec. is available in Manual mode for night photography. It can save images in the RAW file format.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is targeted to serious amateur photographers desiring a compact digital camera, yet packed with professional features such as full exposure flexibility, a wide-angle lens, fast operations, and image stabilization.

Panasonic LX1 wins DIWA Gold Award...

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Panasonic LX1
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1  
  Camera Effective Pixels 8.4 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/1.65" (16:9)
8.61 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
5x for 4 Mega, 5.6x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 1Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
5.1x for 4.5 Mega, 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
5x for 5.5 Mega, 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 16x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 22.5x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)
  Focal Length f=6.3-25.2mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm in 16:9 aspect mode)  
  Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens 9 Elements in 8 Groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/3 Aspherical Surfaces)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8
Tele: F4.9 - F8
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )  
  Conversion Lens Compatibility No  
  Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50cm / Tele 120cm - infinity
Macro/Auto Mode: Wide 5cm / Tele 30cm - infinity
  AF Metering 1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
9 points
  Focus Auto Focus System
Continuous AF On/Off
Manual Focus
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400  
  White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/
Halogen/White Set1/2
White Balance Adjustment (except for Auto WB)
  Exposure Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Program Shift (P mode)
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, 2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at auto mode)  
  Auto Bracketing (AE) 1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot  
  Scene Modes Dial: Auto, Program Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Manual Mode, SCN1, SCN2:(Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle),Moving Image, Playback  
  Shutter Speed 1/4 - 1/2000 sec.: Auto
1 - 1/2000 sec.: Program AE
8 - 1/2000 sec.: Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
60 - 1/2000 sec.: Manual
  Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds  
  Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom  
  Review 1x/4x/8x  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction  
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system), DPOF corresponding
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality RAW/TIFF/Fine/Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time? Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels) 2(640 x 480 pixels)
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
30 or 10 fps (848 x 480 pixels)
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 2880 x 2160
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3248 x 2160
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3840 x 2160
3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080
  Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) 640 x 480, 320 x 240  
  Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio) 848 x 480  
  Mega Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 9 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 5 images
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histograms Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes  
  Built-in Memory No  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Economy Mode No  
  Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 +2EV)
Wide: 0.6 - 4.1m
Tele: 0.3 - 2.3m (ISO Auto)
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD Monitor 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode
  Playback Mode 25, 16 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Favorite Pictures
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Setting
  OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French  
  Recording Media SD Memory Card
Multimedia Card
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Color Black  
  Power Supply Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 1150 mAh)(Included)
Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Included)
  Battery Life Up to 240 pictures (CIPA Standard)  
  ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® PhotoBase™ Yes  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Photo Fun Studio Yes  
  Battery Charger Yes  
  Battery Pack Yes  
  SD Memory Card 32MB  
  Lens Cap Yes  
  Cables AV & USB  
  Strap Yes  
  Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.20'' x 4.16'' x 1.01''  
  Weight 0.48 lbs  
  MSRP US $599.99  

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