Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review
Features & Controls
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.
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.
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.
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
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
AC power adapter or external battery pack can be connected to the DC IN port.
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
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.)
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Recording Modes & Menus
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