Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Review posted 7/7/2003

Introduction & Physical Views

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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LC33 is a compact and lightweight 3-megapixel camera that features a high quality Leica DC-VARIO ELMARIT all-glass aspherical 3x optical zoom lens. The LC33 incorporates a newly developed digital signal processor that increases its processing speed and allows sequential shots to be taken quicker. Using this robust processor and its buffer memory, the camera captures up to 8 frames in high speed burst mode. To ensure the best image quality the LC33 employs the Venus Engine image processor and offers the user the ability to select from four white balance presets plus a manual custom mode, three levels of color saturation, three different color effects and two metering modes plus Auto Bracketing.

The LC33's 3-megapixel image sensor captures up to 2048 x 1536 pixel still images which are sufficient to produce up to letter size (8.5 x 11") photo-quality prints. Still images are saved in standard Exif 2.1 JPEG format as Fine or Standard quality. The LC33 can also capture 320 x 240 pixel motion video at 10 frames per second with audio. The length of these QuickTime movies is limited only by available memory on the SD card. The user can select to capture 5-seconds of audio with still images or during playback you can dub up to 10-seconds of audio caption per image.

Using the LC33 is very easy. The mode dial on top lets you select the desired operating mode from Simple, Normal, Picture, Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait or Movie. The Simple mode turns the LC33 into an easy to use Point-n-Shoot camera with a simplified menu that even the total novice can understand quickly. When you want more control just turn it to the Normal position and the full menu of options is at your disposal. The other modes let you quickly set the camera for capturing close-ups, people portraits, scenic landscapes and night portraits using a special slow-synchro flash mode and slow shutter speed.

Power is supplied by two standard AA batteries, alkaline or rechargeable type. Images and movies are stored on removable Secure Digital (SD) memory cards which are available in capacities up to 512MB. The data is easily transferred from the camera to the host PC via its built in USB port. Pictures and movies can also be replayed on a television set with the supplied audio-visual cable.

Lumix LC33 Features:

  • Compact (2-5/8" x 3-3/4" x 1-1/3") and lightweight (0.48 lbs)
  • 3-megapixel CCD for images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 3x zoom lens (35-105mm on a 35mm camera)
  • Macro focus as close as 3.9 inches in wide angle
  • 1.5-inch TFT color monitor with 114,000 pixels
  • Mega Burst, 4fps to 5 frames Fine/8 frames Standard
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • QuickTime Movie mode, 10fps w/sound, length limited by available memory
  • Record 5-sec audio with still image or add up to 10-sec audio memo later
  • Automatic shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds
  • Adjustable ISO speed: Auto / 50 / 100 / 200 / 400
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
  • Color saturation and color effect settings
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 4 presets and custom set
  • Secure Digital/MMC memory card slot, 16MB SD card included
  • Plug-n-Play USB connectivity with PC/Windows
  • USB Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries

Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

The Lumix DMC-LC33 compared to a standard CD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC33

The Lumix DMC-LC33 compared to the ultra-compact Pentax Optio S.

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Lumix DMC-LC33 Specifications

Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens 7 elements in 6 groups (3 aspherical lenses)
Camera Effective Pixels 3.2 Effective Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.5", 3.34 Total Megapixel CCD, Primary Color Filter
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels, 1600 x 1200 pixels, 1280 x 960 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels (Motion Image Recording)
Aperture (Iris) F2.8 - 4.9
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 3x Variable
Focus Distance f=5.8-17.4mm (35mm equiv: 35-105mm)
Focusing Area Normal: 19.7" (50cm) - infinity
Macro: Wide: 3.9" (10cm) / Tele: 19.7" (50cm) - infinity
Focus Auto Focus System, Normal/Macro (Dial), Spot AF On/Off (Spot Mode)
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 50 / 100 / 200 / 400
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Halogen / White Set
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing 1/3 EV-1 EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Spot (Spot Mode)
Shooting Modes Simple, Normal, Picture, Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Moving Image
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec
Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Image Quality Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White
Image Modes Fine/Standard
Image Formats Still Image: JPEG Exif 2.2 (design rule for camera file system)
Still Image w/ Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) & QuickTime (Still Image w/ Audio)
Motion Image: QuickTime (Motion Image with Audio)
Motion Image Recording with Audio Approximately 10 frames/second @ 320 x 240 pixels
(maximum recording time deponds upon memory card capacity)
Mega Burst Imaging High speed - 4 frames/second
Low speed - 2 frames/second
Max. of 5 frames (Fine Mode) / 8 frames (Standard Mode)
Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds
Flash Built-in, range 0.98 ft - 7.87 ft (W), 1.6 ft - 4.59 ft (T) at ISO 100
Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red Eye Redux, Slow Synchro/Red Eye Redux, Forced On/Off
LCD Monitor 1.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT Color LCD with 114,000 pixels & Adjustable Brightness (± 3 steps)
Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder
Built-in SD Card Slot Yes
Memory Types SD Memory Card (16MB Card Included)
MultiMediaCard (Optional)
Microphone Built-in
Speaker Built-in
Interface DC Input, A-V Output, USB
USB Port Yes, USB v1.1
Power Supply Batteries (x2): AA alkaline (included), lithium, NiMH
AC Adaptor (Optional)
ArcSoft Editing Software Package ArcSoft PhotoBase, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PhotoPrinter® Pro, ArcSoft Panorama Maker
SD Viewer for DSC Yes
Included Accessories 16MB SD Memory Card, AA Batteries (x2), A/V Cable, USB Cable, Strap, Software CD-ROM
Auto Review Image Automatically Displayed for Approx. 2 seconds
Delete Single Page Delete / Multi Page Delete / All Delete
LSI Type Venus Engine LSI
Multi-Task Image Processing Yes
Model Color Silver
Dimensions (H x W x D) 25/8'' x 33/4'' x 11/3''
Weight 0.48 lbs

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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