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Panasonic LX2 Review

Review Date: Nov 1, 2006

Panasonic LX2
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 features a real wide 16:9 Aspect Ratio CCD with 10.2-Megapixel 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 LX2 is choked full of features: 60-1/2,000 sec. shutter speed range (in Manual 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 2.8 in. high resolution (207K 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.).

New is Intelligent ISO Control that analyzes speed of subject movement and automatically adjusts ISO (up to ISO 1600) and shutter speed to help reduce blurring caused by sublect movement.

The Panasonic LX2 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.

Other improvements over the Lumix DMC-LX1 that it replaces are: negligible shutter lag, longer battery life (300 shots per charge), faster AF, selectable AF Area, 2 Axis White Balance adjustment, and a 2.8-in. LCD monitor to adequately display 16:9 scenes and which automatically increases the brightness level of live images according to the level of ambient darkness.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is targeted to serious and advanced 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.

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Panasonic LX2
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2Home
Lumix Site
  Camera Effective Pixels 10.2 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/1.65" (16:9)
10.4 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
4.4x for 6 Mega, 5.5x for 4 Mega, 6.2x for 3 Mega, 2Mega, 1 Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
4.4x for 7 Mega, 5.6x for 4 Mega, 3 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
4.4x for 8 Mega, 5.5x for 5 Mega, 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom (*1) 4x
(Max. 16x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 24.8x combined with Extra 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 AF
AF Macro
MF switchable
Continuous AF On/Off
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 /1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)  
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /
Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 /
White Balance Adjustment (150K step, -1500 +1500K) (except for auto WB)
  Exposure Auto
Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
  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, P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, SCN (Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-Portrait, Soft Skin, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Starry Sky, Candle Light, Beach, Aerial photo, High Sensitivity), Motion Picture, Playback, Print
  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/Fine/Standard  
  Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels
30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect: 848 x 480 pixels
30 fps, 10 fps
1280 x 720 pixels
15 fps
(Max. recording time depends on memory card capacity. Max. 2GB for a motion picture.)
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3168 x 2378
2880 x 2160
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3568 x 2376
3248 x 2160
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 4224 x 2376
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
1280 x 720
  Mega Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 5 images at 2 or 1 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 3 images
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting (*2) Yes  
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histograms Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 13MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Travel Date No  
  Built-in Flash Mode Auto
Red-Eye Reduction: Auto, Slow-sync, Forced Off
Forced On/Off
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD Monitor 2.8" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High Angle LCD Mode
  Playback Mode 25 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Favorite Pictures
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Print Setting
  OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French  
  Recording Media SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
Multimedia Card
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Supply

Included: Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 1150 mAh)

Optional: AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)

  Battery Life (*3) Up to 300 pictures (CIPA Standard)  
  ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™ Yes  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Photo Fun Studio Yes  
  SILKYPIX® Developer Studio Yes (Ver. 2.0 SE)  
  Battery Charger Yes  
  Battery Pack Yes  
  Battery Carrying Case Yes  
  SD Memory Card Not included (13MB Internal Memory)  
  Lens Cap Yes  
  Cables AV & USB  
  Strap Yes  
  Dimensions (H x W x D) 105.7 x 55.8 x 26.3 mm /
4.16 x 2.20 x 1.04 in.
(Not including protruding parts)

187g / 0.41 lb (Body)

217 g / 0.48 lb (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

  MSRP US $  

1- As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.
2- Number of shots may vary depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression. The consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or the built-in memory.
3- Shooting conditions: 73.4°F with 50% humidity;LCD On; Using an SD Memory Card; Starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; Shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; Changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; Temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature. For DMC-LC1: Shooting once every 30 seconds, flash in operation for every shot, 77°F(25°C) ambient temperature.

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