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Lumix LX3 Test Drive

by Reedz on September 20, 2008

I’ve been looking out for a little range-finder style camera to substitute for Elektra during those times when discretion is required. After comparing the Canon G9, the Fujifilm F100FD, the Ricoh GX200, and most recently, the Lumix LX3, I finally decided on the latter.

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The LX3 comes with comprehensive manual controls and a fast, ultrawide F2.0-F2.8 24-60mm (35mm equivalent) Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens. Images are captured on a 1/1.63-inch CCD sensor sporting 10.1 million effective pixels.

A solid camera perfect for those official functions or discrete food reviews, or even for going walkabout. Here are some shots from my gerai ramadhan walkabout earlier today. Panasonic have made some bold claims about the LX3, stating that it offers “the highest image quality in compact camera history”. I’m beginning to agree 🙂

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More shots below. Click on the Keep reading ? link 🙂

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

CL September 20, 2008 at 7:39 pm

wowwieeeeee that’s definitely gonna be next on my list hehe….. :p

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Eleanor September 20, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Wow, nice. Can I play? E.

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GD September 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Wow! awesome! 😀

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tina September 20, 2008 at 10:59 pm

You HAVE to convince my husband to buy me one! My LX2 is getting lonely.

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J*Squared September 21, 2008 at 1:52 am

How do the high ISO images look like dude?

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anakbrunei September 21, 2008 at 9:37 am

CL: I think aaah, this camera very ngam for u orrr! hee hee!
E: Same goes to you! Sure u can play with it!
GD: awesome’s the word!
tina: bah let me talk to da man! heheh!
JimmyJoe: I shall test drive high ISO tomorrow night at the chinese temple outing but I’m managing my expectations bearing in mind this is still a compact camera 😀

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Ahim Rani September 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm

AB, oh I forgot! there is one model of Ricoh which is also good for photohournalistic works. The DOF effects is “Finger Lickin” good.

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Ahim Rani September 21, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Heii Jimmy Jo…Yo! Yo!

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anakbrunei September 21, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Ahim: you must be referring to the Ricoh GX200. Yup its verry nice, but a bit too expensive for me 😛

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CL September 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm

I think ah… you are light arh AB.. lets go shopping in Spore kekekkeeke

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Zul September 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Bro, cute camera, especially when it’s hanging around your neck … 😛

Wanna see samples from the shots you took at BE just now, galap jua tu … 😛

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RS September 22, 2008 at 11:12 am

No doubts on the quality of Leica lens. The metering however seems a little disappointing

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lisadragon September 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

It was kinda dark at BE last night.. I wonder how it looks like..

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SoulJah September 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Oh that girl… Reminds me… Need to buy more pulut panggang from her… Ah~

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JH September 23, 2008 at 12:49 am

I have been using a LX3 for a week now, and I have to agree: this is a great photography instrument for those who expect more from the compact cameras. Not an all-purpose tool, but excellent where it matters: handling, image quality, dynamic range, colors, noise control. Couldn’t be happier with my new camera.

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tina September 23, 2008 at 8:42 am

Wait! wait! I think I want the new Panasonic Lumix G1…just because 🙂

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anakbrunei September 23, 2008 at 8:46 am

haha tina, the G1, tempting as it seems, does not come with a built in f2.0 leica lens! Also, it somehow wouldn’t fit in my trouser pocket lah! heheheh!

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anakbrunei September 23, 2008 at 8:51 am

Zul/Lisa: The pics are at the Acar & Kayupuk post. Wat do ya think?

Souljah: pulut panggang yang satu cucuk kah yang dua cucuk?

JH: u and me both! heheee

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reorengga September 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

ahhhhh……must …have…LX3……and….. lens adaptor DMW-LA4
and…….Flash unit (GN22)….arghhhh…

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anakbrunei September 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm

reorengga: dont forget the optical viewfinder 😉

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reorengga September 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm

yeaaaa

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-27- September 28, 2008 at 1:14 am

how much is the Lumix LX3?

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anakbrunei September 28, 2008 at 11:07 am

-27-: The list price for the LX3 is 799

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babe November 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Price in SIngapore now is $680! Bought one! woohoo!

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AB November 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm

congratulations babe! how u liking it? awesome eh?

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d3xlabs November 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Hi AB. I think I’m sold. Will be heading to SG next week, and this will be the first purchase on my list. (Should be handy for my phone reviews too! LOL)
Did your’s come with a lil bag or sthg? See u around bro.

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AB November 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

Excellent choice which I am positive you will not regret! The Lumix LX3 is a work of art with the performance to boot! Yes, mine came with a little bag 🙂

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yulintara December 21, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Except teh last photo, the rest are badly taken

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AB December 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm

yulintara: thank you for your valuable feedback. I really appreciate honest feedback. I’d appreciate it even more if you could tell me why you think those pics are badly taken so I can improve on them?

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