Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1



Features & Controls


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

The all-glass Leica DC VARIO ELMARIT 4x zoom lens is equivalent to a 28-112mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It has a F2.8 to F4.9 maximum aperture. This lens is constructed of 9 elements in 8 Groups (with 3 Aspherical Lenses.) A lens cap is provided for when the camera is powered down.

Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-LX1 has a built-in gyrosensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working-all you'll see are the outstanding results!

The TTL contrast-detect auto focus system has selectable 9-area-focusing, 3-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing and Spot-focusing and works in Single-AF or Continuous-AF mode with Manual focus possible. It has an AF-assist lamp for low light focusing. Focus range in Wide is from 19.7 in. (50cm); Tele: 3.94 feet (120cm) to Infinity in normal mode. The Macro focus coverage in Wide is from 1.97 in. (5cm); Tele: 11.8 in. (30cm) to Infinity.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

The large 2.5-inch color LCD has 207,000 pixels of resolution and is used for framing, review and menu operations. It offers 100% frame coverage and about 80% more pixels than previous Lumix camera LCDs. Press the Display button for more than 1 second to enable Power LCD mode to brighten or dim it. Real time histograms can be displayed when desired. There is no optical viewfinder.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

The popup speedlight features Auto, Auto Red-eye reduction, Slow-sync Red-eye, Fill and Forced Off modes. The flash range in Wide angle is from 1.97 - 13.45 ft. (0.6 - 4.1m), in Telephoto it covers from 0.98 - 7.55 ft. (0.3 - 2.3m) at ISO Auto. The flash output is adjustable in 1/3EV steps from -2 to +2EV.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Controls on the back:

The AF/AE Lock button allows you to lock focus and exposure values for re-framing the subject or to create multi-image panorama shots. The "joystick" is used for manual focus and manual exposure adjustments. The 4-way selector in Record mode toggles the flash mode when pressed "Right." When pressed "Up" it adjusts exposure compensation. Press "Left" to activate the Self-timer and press "Down" to use the Quick Review mode to examine the last image captured. In Playback mode the 4-way selector is used to select images and in both record and play is used to navigate the menu screens. The MENU button calls up the menu system. The DISPLAY button toggles the amount of overlay information shown on the LCD, when held for more than a second it brightens the display. The Drive mode button selects normal or sequential shooting mode, in playback it is for deleting images.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Controls on top include the Aspect Ratio switch on the lens; choose from the 4:3 PC screen ratio, 3:2 for perfect 4x6-inch prints or the 16:9 ratio for big screen TV viewing. The combination shutter release and zoom lens control ring. The zoom ring is used in playback to enlarge the image or display an index page. The button to the right of the shutter release turns the image stabilizer on/off. Below that is the Power on/off switch.

The Mode Dial has positions for:

    Movie - Capture motion JPEG with audio, length is limited only to available memory. 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio at 30 or 10 fps

    M - Manual exposure mode, up to 60 sec. shutter speed

    S - Shutter-speed priority mode, 1/2000 to 8 seconds

    A - Aperture priority mode, F2.8 to F8 in 1/3EV steps

    P - Program AE, also Program-Shift mode

    camera icon - The automatic point-n-shoot mode

    arrow icon - Playback of still images, movie or audio notes

    SCN1 - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle

    SCN2 - Scene: Settable for Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle





Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1




The A/V Out port sends the video to a television set, the video format is user selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. This is also the USB 1.1 data I/O port, it is Mass Storage compliant and also supports the PictBridge direct-print standard.

An optional AC power adapter or external battery pack can be connected to the DC IN port.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

The DMC-LX1 is powered by a proprietary 3.7v 1150mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. Fully charged it provides power for up to 240 frames with flash used 50% of the time (CIPA standard).



Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Still images and movie clips are stored on removable Secure Digital cards. Panasonic supplies a 32MB SD card. We tested it with a fast and spacious SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card.



Recording Capacities (approx.)

Aspect Ratio
Capacity
Still Image Motion Image
Image Quality
Pixels
6M
4M
3M
2M
1M
640 x 480
VGA
320 x 240
QVGA
10 fps 30 fps* 10 fps 30 fps

4:3
16MB TIFF 0 1 1 2 3
26 sec
6 sec
83 sec
26 sec
Fine 4 7 9 14 22
Standard 9 14 17 28 41
RAW 0 - - - -
32MB TIFF 1 2 3 4 7 59 sec 17 sec 175 sec 59 sec
Fine 9 15 19 30 46
Standard 19 29 37 59 86
RAW 1 - - - -
64MB TIFF 3 4 6 10 15 120 sec 39 sec 360 sec 120 sec
Fine 20 31 39 62 94
Standard 39 60 75 120 175
RAW 3 - - - -
128MB TIFF 6 9 12 20 31 250 sec 83 sec 740 sec 250 sec
Fine 40 62 79 125 190
Standard 79 120 150 240 350
RAW 6 - - - -
256MB TIFF 12 19 24 39 61 490 sec 165 sec 1,440 sec 490 sec
Fine 79 120 150 240 370
Standard 155 230 290 470 690
RAW 13 - - - -
512MB TIFF 24 38 48 78 120 980 sec 330 sec 2,870 sec 980 sec
Fine 155 240 300 480 730
Standard 300 470 590 940 1,370
RAW 26 - - - -
1GB TIFF 48 76 96 155 240 1,970 sec 660 sec 5,700 sec 1,970 sec
Fine 310 480 610 970 1,470
Standard 610 940 1,180 1,880 2,740
RAW 53 - - - -
2GB TIFF 98 150 195 310 490 4,020 sec 1,350 sec 11,700 sec 4,020 sec
Fine 630 970 1,220 1,920 2,920
Standard 1,220 1,860 2,360 3,610 5,120
RAW 105 - - - -


Aspect Ratio
Capacity
Still Image
Image Quality
Pixels
7M
3,248 x 2,160
4.5M
2,560 x 1,712
2.5M
2,048 x 1,360

3:2
16MB TIFF 0 1 1
Fine 4 6 10
Standard 8 12 19
RAW 0 - -
32MB TIFF 1 2 3
Fine 8 13 21
Standard 17 27 41
RAW 1 - -
64MB TIFF 2 4 6
Fine 17 28 44
Standard 35 55 84
RAW 3 - -
128MB TIFF 5 8 14
Fine 36 57 89
Standard 71 110 170
RAW 6 - -
256MB TIFF 10 17 27
Fine 70 110 170
Standard 135 210 330
RAW 13 - -
512MB TIFF 21 34 54
Fine 135 220 340
Standard 270 430 650
RAW 26 - -
1GB TIFF 43 69 105
Fine 270 440 680
Standard 540 860 1,310
RAW 53 - -
2GB TIFF 87 140 210
Fine 560 890 1,360
Standard 1,090 1,700 2,560
RAW 105 - -


Aspect Ratio
Capacity
Still Image Motion Image
Image Quality
Pixels
8M
3,840 x 2,160
5.5M
3,072 x 1,728
2M
1,920 x 1,080
848 x 480
10 fps 30 fps*

16:9
16MB TIFF 0 0 2
22 sec
5 sec
Fine 3 5 13
Standard 6 10 25
RAW 0 - -
32MB TIFF 1 1 4 50 sec 14 sec
Fine 7 11 28
Standard 14 22 54
RAW 1 - -
64MB TIFF 2 3 9 106 sec 33 sec
Fine 15 23 58
Standard 29 46 110
RAW 3 - -
128MB TIFF 4 7 18 215 sec 71 sec
Fine 30 47 115
Standard 60 93 220
RAW 6 - -
256MB TIFF 9 14 36 420 sec 140 sec
Fine 59 92 230
Standard 115 180 430
RAW 13 - -
512MB TIFF 18 28 72 840 sec 280 sec
Fine 115 180 450
Standard 230 350 860
RAW 26 - -
1GB TIFF 36 57 145 1,690 sec 560 sec
Fine 230 360 910
Standard 460 710 1,720
RAW 52 - -
2GB TIFF 74 115 290 3,450 sec 1,160 sec
Fine 470 740 1,800
Standard 930 1,420 3,410
RAW 105 - -




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