Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Review

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Review posted 11/3/2006

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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX2 inherits a wide range of features from last years LX1 , like the same 4x optical zoom (equivalent to 28mm to 112mm on a 35mm film camera), MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), and user friendly exposure modes. However, the LX2 is enhanced with a 10.2-megapixel imager and a larger 2.8-inch wide (16:9) LCD screen.

The DMC-LX2 is further distinguished from other cameras by its full manual controllability including manual focus via a joystick allowing users to easily enjoy creative shooting. Its Venus Engine III high performance image processing LSI dramatically reduces noise, realizing image recording at a maximum ISO 1600 high sensitivity setting at full resolution.

Panasonic's revolutionary MEGA O.I.S. is incorporated into the entire line of LUMIX cameras. The worldwide debut of the revolutionary new Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) feature on Panasonic's LUMIX cameras signals the arrival of a new level of photographic excellence. IIC allows high sensitivity recording at full resolution (1250 ISO maximum) made possible by the advanced image processing LSI Venus Engine III. When set to the IIC, the Venus Engine III detects the subject's movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit subject movement and light conditions automatically. Panasonic's unparalleled image stabilizing system allows users to take clear, crisp images in any situation, leaving everything to the camera.

The DMC-LX2 incorporates 13 MB of built-in memory, and the battery life has been extended to approx. 300 pictures per charge. There's also a new print mode on the mode dial that allows users to print images quickly, and the bundled software allows users to edit and develop RAW files.

Major DMC-LX2 Features:

  • 10.2-megapixel imager with 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • 4x wide angle zoom, equivalent to 28-112mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to prevent camera shake and blurring
  • 1-point and 3-point high-speed, 9-point AF system
  • Macro focus with autofocus down to 5 cm
  • Large 2.8-inch high-resolution TFT color monitor
  • Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual, Movie and 18 scene modes
  • QuickTime movies, 1280x720 (15fps), 848x480, 640x480 or 320x240 (30 or 10fps)
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 60 seconds in Manual mode (8 sec. max for Shutter priority)
  • Intelligent ISO Control (IIC)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • 13MB internal memory and Secure Digital card slot
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery

The Lumix DMC-LX2 is available in black or silver finish, with an MSRP of US$499.95.

Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

The DMC-LX2 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

The DMC-LX2 and the 6-megapixel DMC-FX3.

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Lumix DMC-LX2 Specifications

9 elements in 8 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2)
Optical: 4x
Extra Optical:
4:3 Aspect: 4.4x for 6.0 Mega, 5.5x for 4.0 Mega, 6.2x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 1.0 Mega
3:2 Aspect: 4.4x for 7.0 Mega, 5.6x for 4.0 / 3.0 Mega
16:9 Aspect: 4.4x for 8.0 Mega, 5.5x for 5.0 / 2.0 Mega
Digital: 4x ( Max. 16x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max. 24.8x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Distance f=6.3 - 25.2 mm (35 mm Equiv.: 28-112 mm in 16:9 Aspect Mode)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50 cm(1.64 feet) / Tele 100 cm(3.28 feet) - infinity
Macro / MF / Auto: Wide 5 cm(0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm(0.98 feet) - infinity
AF Metering 1-point / 1-point high speed / 3-point high speed / 9-point / Spot
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Camera Effective Pixels 10.2 Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/1.65"(16:9), 10.4 Mega Total Pixels CCD,
Primary Color Filter
Focus AF / Macro / MF switchable, Continuous AF On / Off
ISO Sensitivity Auto / I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Flash / White Set 1/2
White Balance Adjustment (150K step, -1500 - +1500K) (except for Auto WB)
Exposure Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Button - (Joystick Operation)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (at Auto Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing ± 1/3 EV -1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Scene Mode Dial:
Auto, P(Program) Mode, A(Aperture Priority) Mode, S(Shutter Priority) Mode, M(Manual) Mode, SCN (Portrait, Sports, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Self-Portrait, Soft Skin, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Starry Sky, Candle Light, Beach, Aerial photo, High Sensitivity), Motion Picture, Playback, Print
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/4 - 1/2,000 sec.
Program AE: 1 - 1/2,000 sec.
Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE: 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Manual: 60 - 1/2,000 sec.
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8.0
Tele: F4.9 - F8.0
Self Timer 10 sec. / 2 sec.
Auto Review 1 sec. / 3 sec. / zoom
Review 1x / 4x / 8x
Picture Adjustment Contrast: Low, Standard, High
Sharpness: Low, Standard, High
Saturation: Low, Standard, High
Noise Reduction: Low, Standard, High
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Recording Image Size
Still Image
4:3 Aspect: 3,168 x 2,376 pixels,
2,880 x 2,160 pixels,
2,304 x 1,728 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
1,280 x 960 pixels
3:2 Aspect: 3,568 x 2,376 pixels,
3,248 x 2,160 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect: 4,224 x 2,376 pixels,
3,840 x 2,160 pixels,
3,072 x 1,728 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Image Quality RAW* / Fine / Standard
Motion picture**
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels
30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect: 848 x 480 pixels
30 fps, 10 fps
1280 x 720 pixels
15 fps
(Max. recording time depends on memory card capacity. Max. 2GB for a motion picture.)
Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2 frames/sec. or 1 frames/sec.
Full-Resolution: Max. 5 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes (Depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Still Image Rec. with Audio 5 sec.
Audio Dubbing Max. 10 sec.
Real-time Histogram Yes
Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)
Built-in-Memory 13MB
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
Auto Angle Detection Yes
Flip Animation Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On / Off
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 - +2 EV)
Wide: 0.6 - 4.9 m, Tele: 0.3 - 2.2 m (ISO Auto)
LCD 2.8" wide Polycrystalline TFT LCD (207 K Pixels)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode, High angle mode
Playback Mode 25 / 9 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x max.)
Image rotation (except for RAW)
Slide show (duration is adjustable, also manual controllable)
Playback of favorite pictures
Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, DPOF print setting
OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Russian, Thai, Korean, Japanese
Varies according to the models of your sales area.
Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Microphone Yes
Speaker Yes
Interface DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC / PAL), USB
Direct Print PictBridge
Power Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,150 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life (Approx.) 300 pictures (CIPA Standard***)
Included Software LUMIX Simple Viewer, PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer-, SILKYPIX DEVELOPER STUDIO 2.0SE, ArcSoft Camera Suite (ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft PanoramaMaker), Adobe Reader, Quick Time, USB Driver
Dimensions (Approx.)
(W x H x D)

105.7 x 55.8 x 26.3 mm
(4.16 x 2.20 x 1.04 inch)
(Not including protruding parts)

Weight (Approx.) 187g (0.41 lb) (Body), 217 g (0.48 lb) (with Battery and SD Memory Card)

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