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PanasonicLumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 276 reviews)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Large clear LCD (168)
  • Easy to use (131)
  • Good in low light (124)
  • Image stabilization (112)
  • Great picture quality (88)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (96)
  • No viewfinder (28)
  • Short battery life (27)
  • Poor flash (15)
  • Lens cap (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (227)
  • Family photos (174)
  • Landscape/scenery (131)
  • Low light (109)
  • Fun (70)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (132), Semi-pro photographer (51), Casual photographer (50), Pro photographer (38)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best P&S on the market, so far

I have owned most of the P&S (or related) cameras most here will be looking at; it's a long list, but includes all the previous Panny LX model numbers; the...Read complete review

I have owned most of the P&S (or related) cameras most here will be looking at; it's a long list, but includes all the previous Panny LX model numbers; the Leica D2 and Panasonic LC-1 (two copies); Canons too many to enumerate; and sundry Olympus and Nikon models.

This camera is the best of the lot. Why, you may ask?

1. Low distortion, fast (ƒ2–2.8) lens. Never underestimate how often you will need to use ƒ2, rather than (for example) ISO 400. Faster lens is better than higher ISO, always.

2. Manual controls that *work*. All important controls (EV, ISO, aperture or shutter speed, recording format.... etc., either already have a dedicated control, or can be assigned to the Fn button.

3. A short, but accurate, zoom. Now, I may say that I would prefer a 24–85, but 24–60 (and low distortion at that) beats a 28–70, or a 35–100 every time, for me. YMMV, of course. Wide angle lenses rule on the street.

4. Price. I own a brace (is that two, or more?) of pro. DSLRs, but all are big and relatively heavy. I don't reach for any of them when I go for a walk. OTOH, the LX3 is with me *all the time*, so may just catch that "unforgettable moment".

5. *Only* 10Mp. Seriously, folks: when was the last time you printed 16x 20? Never? Yeah, me too. Get real. 10Mp is all anyone needs, for snaps. This one can print much bigger, if needed. Otherwise, pick up your $5,000+ body, $2,000 lens, and a back brace, and try to look inconspicuous. Lots of luck!

6. Simple controls for EV, and flash compensation that respect each other. I usually have mine (Flash EV) set to somewhere between -1.0–2.0EV: perfect fill flash (set to "forced" flash). Works a treat.

7. Only 'con' is the camera is not waterproof, and not 24–85/2–2.8.

Let's see that on the LX4, if anyone's reading in the Panny camp!

A brilliant little camera, all around.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

An excellent camera, but...

In many ways this is an ideal camera. I have been very pleased with the image quality of the JPEGs, the size, and its general feel when I use it when I use...Read complete review

In many ways this is an ideal camera. I have been very pleased with the image quality of the JPEGs, the size, and its general feel when I use it when I use it as a "dumb" Point & Shoot. But if I want to use the more advanced features such as RAW files and manual exposure (which is why I paid premium $ for this camera), I run into trouble.First, the RAW files it produces are not compatible with Adobe Camera RAW (CR). It appears that the main reason is that there is barrel distortion in the LX-3 Leica lens which is corrected automatically by the JPEG processor in the LX-3. It appears that Adobe will not build in this feature to CR, which is understandable given the philosophy behind RAW - let the user do what they want with the data - see [@]The other problem I have is with the manual controls for shutter/aperture. The joystick is not always responsive. so unless one is photographing a static scene, it is easy to become frustrated. Also, getting the lightmeter on the screen requires holding down the shutter button "just so", which has resulted in many unintended images as the shutter was accidentally released. I can't say I'm devastated by all of this, but I am definitely disappointed. If I knew of this beforehand, I would have held off in buying this camera.

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5.0

Hard to put down

By Simon Rodan

from San Jose CA

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Pros

  • 24mm wide angle
  • Good build quality
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

I've had my LX3 for a little over 3 years. Despite having just bought a LX7 for the faster and lens and longer zoom, I'm finding it hard to give up the LX3. It's gone everywhere with my for 3 years - I carry it wherever I go. It's a very solid camera - the build and controls feel slightly better the LX7. Its easy to use and versatile and has produced generally highly dependable high quality JPEGs. I hope the LX7 serves me as well.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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5.0

Hi-Fi in non-professional digital photo

By Arcady

from St. Petersburg, Russia

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time

Cons

  • Limited Zoom
  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

I use this camera for everyday shooting.

It has great lens that allow shooting without flash in almost all circumstances, so I have natural photos and great battery life. Interface it also good.

Camera has only few cons: its noisy at big ISOs (but lens allow lower ISOs than any other camera) and lens cap is not great for pocket-size camera.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 7
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  • No

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5.0

Excellent compact camera

By Old Zephyr

from Minnesota

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lens Cap is clumsy

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

The fast, wide lens is wonderful. Excellent for social situations (parties and get-togethers) -- fast lens permits available light and low light performance is good for a compact camera. The lack of a long zoom isn't a problem for me; even with my DSLR (and old film SLRs before that), I am shooting between 24mm and 55mm most of the time. And wide angle is a lot more useful to me while traveling than a long zoom.

I've had the camera for over 2 years now, and I've carried it all over, yet it still looks good, feels good, and works reliably.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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5.0

As good as everyone said it would be

By Ginny the mamarazzi

from Portland, OR

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

I'm a SAHM/freelancer/blogger who needed a compact camera that was borderline DSLR. I was close to buying the new Sony Nex-3, but couldn't fit the price into my budget. Based on reviews here, I instead bought the Lumix DMC-LX3 for half the price.

I thought the lack of viewfinder would bug me, but the large screen makes it a non-issue.

I love how well it performs in low-light conditions. The wide angle is awesome. And I'm really pleased with the quality of pics I've taken so far. One of my Halloween pics has gotten rave reviews from friends.

I haven't found anything I don't like about the camera yet.

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5.0

Great option for a non-DSLR

By Allison

from New York, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

I just recently made the move to digital after years of SLR use. I wanted to start with a more compact camera, but did not want to sacrifice quality. I have never been more impressed with a small camera. The pictures are impeccable, sharp and clear.

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  • Yes

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5.0

Excellent camera!

By jakexj9000

from Houston, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

    I used the product on my trip to Romania.
    It is small enough to be portable, yet give excellent quality photos.
    The settings are easy enough for a Novice to use, but there is enough functionality for a more professional photographer to be happy.
    It is pretty fast, but a digital SLR is much faster.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent camea, having lots of fun

    By PCFHO

    from Pittsburgh

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

    The most attractive feature of the Lumix LX3 is the hot shoe which allows you to couple any external flash and other accessories c=such as optical view finder. It allows me to use many old gears from the early mechanical age. First I used a 20-year old Metz 20BC4 with it in Manual mode. The pictures are stunning. It is a simple auto flash. I set it at ISO 100 f/5.6 then I manually adjusted the f-stop and shutter speed with the joy-stick. The camera can be controlled through the many switches and dials without diving into pages of menu.
    The 46mm filter adapter tube will allow you to connect the camera to many accessories besides filters. It let me connect a ring flash such as the Vivitar Macroflash 5000 Macro Ring Flash with Gudie# 18. I took some close-up images in f/8, 1/1000s. I used a Nikon AS-15 sync to fire the shots. It is simply fun. Most of these add-on are 20-year old from the Nikon F3 and Lecia M2. The LX3 or LX5 allow you to enjoy photography once again. I will bring it to the next dinner party coupling it with my Metz 45CL4 handle flash. I am sure there will be lots of "wow"....

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
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    • No

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    4.0

    small camera, great pictures

    By dr opc

    from Istanbul, Turkey

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good in Low Light
    • Good sensor size
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Accessory use not practic
    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Medical documenting
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

    I have been using LX3 for 2 years. I am so happy with it that I recommended to my friends and 4 of them already purchaed it.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    easy to use

    By Jenny Kane

    from brooklyn, ny

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

      I haven't gotten to play around with all the different settings, but this camera is great. It's easy to use and has really great manual capabilities. Also pretty good in low light situations.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      5.0

      I recommend!

      By carol

      from sao paulo - brazil

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light

      Cons

      • size

      Best Uses

      • Architecture
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

      - wide angle
      - leica lenses
      - verry good product for the price, if you bought the similar digital leica that is produced by panassonic, you will pay double the price.
      - good low light pictures

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Camera; Beautiful Lens

      By Pano

      from PDX, OR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color

      Cons

      • Lens cap
      • No Wrist Strap Included

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

      Aside from the standard point and shoot situations, I use this camera for landscape photography during back country excursions. Between the speed of the 24mm lens and quality of the image, by default (jpg)all the colors and tones are the best I have seen with such a small camera. The Leica lens captures the minute details. My only negative feedback would be the lens cap. But coming from 35mm SLR and realizing the quality of the lens, I can live with it!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Small-sensor Camera!

      By ulfie

      from USA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

        This was my very first digital camera after decades of Nikon film-gear use. Given its sensor size it's a real gem. The multiple features from RAW to scene modes, from full auto to full manual make it extremely versatile if one can live with the zoom range (24~60 mm. equivalent) which I can though, granted, others may not. It doesn't get much better than this.

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        5.0

        Nice & compact for low light

        By Mikhail

        from Russia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

          I have Canon SX10 IS and I've bought LX3 to use it like light force camera. Photos are pretty good, RAW, really high light force (2.0!), but rather slow optical zoom. Maybe LX5 would be more interesting.

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          5.0

          Excellent!

          By The Fledgling

          from Bergen, Norway

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor Flash

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Silver):

          What makes the Lumix DMC-LX3 so great is that it's user interface complements both the experienced and inexperienced photographer by having the simply navigated photo-options with premade settings for the beginner, while the more well traveled photographer can find, and create own solutions for an optimal picture for any situation. In short this Panasonic/Leika hybrid-camera is in my, and others opinion the best option for a compact camera. Of course, the downside to it is the quite small built in memory, making an extra purchase of a memory-card necessary for any and all who decide to make use of this specific model.

          For it's kind, i will give this camera a 9/10 possible stars. Just barely misses the top grade because of the lack of storage room within it.

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          4.0

          AWESOME

          By The Awesomest Chris

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

          The quality and ease of use on this camera are great. Plus it looks [word removed].

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome compact camera

          By Hopeker

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

          I use this camera when my DSLR is too big to bring, such as concerts. It takes great shots in low light. FAST lens 2.0-2.8. It also shoots RAW. Very easy to use. The only downside is the short zoom, so you have to buy front row seats to your favorite rock show. But hey, who doesn't to be front row anyway!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Impressive point and shoot

          By Freedog

          from Akron, OH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

          Great camera, very impressive F-stop of 2.0
          Fairly easy to use controls, good battery life and a nice size (not too large and not too small).
          Zoom is the only drawback in my opinion.
          Video/sound quality could be better - my iPhone 4 footage is actually more impressive in day light.
          Panasonic is definitely out-doing Nikon and Canon in this category.

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          4.0

          Great initial results

          By Nelson

          from Highland Park, IL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

              Just started using the DMC-LX3 with great initial results. Shooting in RAW, the clarity and color renditions were outstanding. Looking forward to further work.

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              5.0

              I would buy it again

              By Thiago Barros

              from Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

              I bought it because I wanted a compact camera to use in street photography and buildings / architecture. It´s perfect for this, fast lens, fast shutter and good in low light.

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              5.0

              great camera

              By don

              from lomita, ca

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Lumix DMC-LX3 Digital Camera (Black):

              when my friend showed me his lx3 camera, i was amazed at the size and the quality of the camera. also he had the barrel entension on with a uv filter. i always had uv filters on my 35mm camera lens to protect the lens. my other brand digital point and shoot camera has no provision for filters, so i was sold on the lx3. with the price drop of the lx3 due to the new lx5 i had to get the lx3 for myself.

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