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10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

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DMC-LX3K
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Intelligent Auto Mode

LEICA DC Vario-Summicron Lens

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A Pleasure to Own, a Joy to Use

Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, 10.1 mega pixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model.  By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3 is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

 

More than Just a High Pixel Count

The Highest-Quality Images Ever from a Compact Digital Camera

At the heart of the DMC-LX3, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD.  Making the intentional choice to limit the number of mega pixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation.  As a result, sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent, when compared to Panasonics 10 MP digital cameras*, giving the DMC-LX3 outstanding image quality and a wide dynamic range, and meeting the demand for a camera that works optimally in low-light environments.  The CCD is also capable of reproducing images in three aspect ratios 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9.  The new Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing you to choose the version that best suits their needs.

 

Large Aperture F2.0, 24mm Wide-Angle

Another major upgrade to the DMC-LX3 is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens.  The F2.0 is about twice as bright as a F2.8 lens and can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture clear, blur-free images in dimly lit environments.  In addition, the 24mm lens captures approximately a 213% larger viewing angle than a normal 35mm camera and 136% larger compared to a 28mm wide-angle lens.  The lens unit consists of eight elements in six groups with four aspherical lenses with four aspherical surfaces.  As a result of the F2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring. 

 

Shooting Functions that Invite Creativity

The DMC-LX3 features a Film mode with six color types and three types of monochrome selections.  Much like selecting from different film types, this function gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to take more expressive digital photos.  Also, when using the Multi-film mode, the DMC-LX3 produces a maximum of three images from a RAW file for you to compare the different textures.  Another new feature is the multiple-exposure feature, which lets you create artistic photos by overlaying up to three consecutive images; while still viewing the last image on the 3.0-inch LCD screen.  The LCD on the DMC-LX3 is new and improved with a 460,000-dot high resolution.

 

*Compared with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX35 with 1/2.33 CCD.

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    • Extra Optical Zoom
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    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focusing Area
    • Conversion Lens Compatibility
    • AF Metering
    • Focus
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • White Balance
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Backlight Compensation
    • Auto Bracketing ( AE)
    • Light Metering
    • Scene Modes
    • Advanced Scene Mode
    • Shutter Speed/Shutter System
    • Self Timer
    • Auto Review
    • Review
    • Picture Adjustment
    • Recording Format
    • Image Quality
    • RECORDING IMAGE SIZE ( Pixels)
    • 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • 16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
    • Burst Shooting Mode
    • Unlimited Consecutive Shooting
    • Intelligent Exposure
    • Digital Red Eye Correction
    • Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume/Motion Zoom
    • Still Image Recording with Audio
    • Audio Dubbing
    • Composition Guide Lines
    • Built-in Memory
    • Scene Mode Help Screen
    • Auto Angle Detection
    • Flip Animation
    • Travel Date/World Time
    • Title Edit
    • Text Stamp/Date Stamp
    • Built-in Flash Type/Mode
    • External Flash
    • Viewfinder
    • LCD Monitor
    • Film Mode
    • Playback Mode
    • OSD Language
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    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • Interface
    • Direct Print
    • Color
    • Power
    • Battery Life
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
    • ISO Limit Set
    • Multi-Exposure
    • Multi-Aspect
    • Rec Mode (Mode Dial)
    • Color Bracketing
    • Real-time Histogram / Highlight Display
    • Motion Picture
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
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Reviews

DMC-LX3K is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent professional Digital camera Having had this very compact camera for over a year now, I am still delighted in all the tremendous features. A big plus is that Panasonic keep adding to the features through their firmware upgrades. Plenty of automatic and manual features for profesionals to use, which go beyond the usual point and shoot camera features. The color of the images is awesome. Now I have a hard time upgrading to a new camera because this LX3 has set the bar so high, that I can't justify any other camera on the combination of quality, size, and price. It is so compact, I carry it on my belt whenever I go out, without compromising on quality pictures. The wide angle Leica lens with low-light capabilitiy allow me to take indoor shots without a flash, which improves the look of the images. Get it while you can.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love my New Camera I bought this camera because I needed to take very close up photos of my glass art work (I make glass beads) to post on the internet. I couldn't afford a SLR and so went over to the digital compacts. This camera is perfect. It is half the price of the cheapest SLR I looked at and the photos I have taken are incredible. I can get right on top of the beads to take the pictures. I am very happy. My only regret is that there isn't a case that can stay on the camera to protect it at all times. I already have a scratch in the LCD screen. Won't hurt my photos, but it hurts me!!!
Date published: 2009-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Panasonic LX3 Bugs?! i took a lot of (flash-)pictures with my lx3 during the last month. two things looking like bugs (or stupid feature): 1. the camera changes the manual whitebalance everytime to flash when i use flash (intern or extern). check the work around at dslr, manual presets are presets everytime. 2. there ist no live-histogram in manual exposure for the ambient light when i use flash (intern or extern). live-histogram would help a lot to balance flash and ambient light. pansonic should fix this in the next camera.
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding camera The best compact camera on the market today. Excellent quality.
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice small gem I got this camera for a single reason: I wanted a small camera with a wide angle lens, manual control and raw picture mode. The image quality is very pleasant and the raw software included does well the job. Not perfect, but works. Camera's controls layout is good. The only thing I'm not 100% pleased is the high noise above ISO 200. Panasonic should improve this matter.
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional quality at low iso At first I was a bit disappointed by the raw results. The sometimes plastic look and smearing of low contrast detail of the in camera processed jpg's was my main complaint (also at ISO 80 and turning in camera noise reduction down). The raw processing in silkypix was not giving the right improvements (perherps my skills with silkypix were limited?). All this changed when raw support became available from Adobe. The pictures turned into professional quality when I processed raw files in Adobe Lightroom. The raw quality from the LX3 (at ISO 80) now seems comparible with a semi pro SLR camera equiped with a high quality lens and shooting raw at 400 ISO. I think this is an impressive achievement for such a small camera equiped with a fast and wide lens (80% of my shots are at 24 mm). Watch out with the lens cap, it can swing against the lens while taking pictures in windy conditions (while hanging loose on the supplied strap). I will try a Ricoh auto lens cap that seems to fit to the LX3 also (with small modifications, see internet).
Date published: 2009-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proof that a product can evolve! The LX3 takes all the great things about the LX2 and makes significant improvements without going about reinventing the wheel. While it seems that many consumers are wowed by high numbers of pixels and whatnot, it's important to realize that the QUALITY of the picture is what matters. Panasonic seems to have grasped that concept and ran with it. The LX2 was 10 Megapixels and so is the LX3. So what's changed? Better low-light performance and fantastic-looking images from a fast, wide lens. The lens doesn't "reach" very far, capping at 60mm (35mm-equivalent) but if you really need that zoom, you should be considering a different camera. I'm perfectly okay with using the trusty old "foot zoom" (walking closer to my subject.) I use an SLR for when I need a nice long lens. The LX3 is easy to use, offers a variety of accessories and performs very well and does it all quickly. None of that lag you get from "cheap" cameras will be found here. This camera will produce truly printable images from ISO 80-400. ISO 800 is good, and 1600+ will work in a real pinch, but will be pretty grainy. Buy this camera. Read the manual from cover to cover and get to know this camera and you'll realize the full potential that it offers. Thanks, Panasonic, for not cramming more pixels into a small sensor and introducing more noise, but rather looking at what you already have and improving it.
Date published: 2008-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inadequate RAW processing disappoints I'm giving the LX3 less than stellar ratings for two very important reasons: 1) in-camera processing corrects lens distortion and 2) RAW images are pretty useless with the provided RAW processing software. I bought the camera because I believed it produced RAW images. Unfortunately, RAW is pretty useless due to woefully inadequate software and the lack of compatibility with third party RAW image processing software such as Adobe Photoshop. RAW should be RAW. Panasonic doesn't think so. They give us a processed RAW image file, one that has corrected the lens distortion. What other image processing are they doing that we don't know about. I'd rather have the truly RAW image and do the processing myself. This camera seems to be aimed at the photo enthusiast and professional, so let us handle the image processing according to our own workflow. As for the camera itself, it is gorgeous. A beautiful camera to hold and a joy to use. The build is very good. But without the ability to get the best image out of it, the quality goes to waste. That is a shame. I'm hoping Panasonic will see fit to correct their error and provide a robust means of developing the RW2 RAW image files while providing third party software developers access to the RW2 files for processing. Let us have the RAW images. As it is, the SILKYPIX software just cannot keep its promise of silky smooth images.
Date published: 2008-11-23
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  • I am a professional photographer who is seriously considering switching to the Lumix mirrorless cameras. Does Panasonic have, or can you suggest, a web site that demonstrates how professional photographers are successfully using the Lumix professional cameras?
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  • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.


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  • My camera won't power on. What can I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you dont have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


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  • How long should my battery last?
    CIPA figures which range from 300-400 photos (depending on the camera model). CIPA measurement methods use a very controlled method to measure battery life. The procedure takes a specific number of shots at a fixed interval, with a fixed ratio of flash photos. While this method provides a standardized measurement that can be used to compare two cameras, it's far from how the camera is actually used. Life expectancy can be affected by any of the following: If the flash is used, the total number of photos can decrease by 30-40% If the camera has GPS, you can expect up to a 50% reduction in battery life. If the customer has no immediate need for GPS disable the feature in the camera's menu options. While the battery saver feature will turn the LCD panel off after a preset time (and place the camera into sleep mode) the camera still draws some power from the battery. We suggestion, turn the camera after each shot. At social gatherings, try and minimize passing the camera around the table to have others look at the photos. The LCD panel consumes ~30% of the total power.

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  • Why do I have spots on some of my photos?
    Spots can occur due to dust or dirt inside the lens, or when flash is used in a very dusty environment.

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  • What size SD Card can I use in my camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can only use Standard SD Cards (2GB Max).  Models manufactured from 2007 to 2009 can only use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards (32GB Max).  Cameras manufactured 2010 and later are also compatible to the SDXC memory card format. While your camera?s owner?s manual may state a maximum size, that size was the largest that was available when your camera was manufactured. Any currently available SDXC card, which will eventually increase to maximum of 2 TB is compatible. As the maximum size increases, to 2 TB, we do not anticipate any need for firmware updates. 

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  • Why am I unable to view the photos on my camera after I have deleted some files from the SD card using the computer?
    It is not recommended that you delete or modify any photos on your SD memory card using your PC if you plan to move them back to the camera. Doing so can damage the file allocation table and your camera will not be able to read the files. You should immediately copy the remaining photos from your SD card to your PC. After doing so, using your camera, reformat the SD card.

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  • What should I do to correct a "System Error Zoom", "System Error Lens", or "System Error Focus" message on my camera?
    We recommend you try removing the battery from the unit for approximately 60 seconds and reinstall the battery. If you still receive the "System Error *****" message you will want to consider having the camera serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • There are vertical/horizontal lines in my LCD screen. What do I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you dont have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
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