Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 Review

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Review posted 2/28/2006

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 features a 5-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom lens with MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, and a 2-inch color LCD. This easy to use compact digital camera takes great pictures and is priced so that it's affordable for all consumers.

As with all of the models in Panasonic's Lumix digital still camera line, the DMC-LS2 features the top rated MEGA Optical Image Stabilization. With MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, the lenses inside the camera actually adjust their position to compensate for any hand movement at the time a picture is taken. This significantly decreases the likelihood of blurry pictures, one of the top complaints among photographers. With MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, pictures come out clear, even when using the zoom feature or in low-light situations.

The 2-inch LCD on the back of the DMC-LS2 is also an impressive feature of the camera, with a high-angle LCD function, which makes the display easy to view from all different angles. This high-resolution LCD lets users view pictures in thumbnail form as well, with playback of one, nine, 16 and 25 pictures at a time in a multi-split screen, so searching for one special image among many is easy.

In addition to the 5-point, 3-point high speed, 1-point normal speed and Spot autofocus, the LS2 can be set to 1-point high-speed autofocus. This setting reduces autofocus time by about 50 percent compared to previous models in the LS series of Panasonic Lumix digital still cameras.

The LS series has a mode dial for easy shortcuts to scene modes and Simple Mode. The LS2 contains five new scene modes compared to the previous model, bringing the total now to 13. The special "Baby" mode puts a time stamp on every photo that tells how old the baby is by day, month and year (and this mode appears twice to keep two babies' birth dates in memory). Simple Mode offers easy shooting to the most novice photographer. Simply turn the dial to set the mode, aim the camera, zoom in or out, press the shutter button and a picture is taken. Lighting conditions are compensated for automatically.

The Venus Engine Plus processor controls all the image capture and functions of the DMC-LS2, and also manages energy use to extend battery life, which means more opportunities for users to get that perfect shot. The LS2 comes packaged with Panasonic's own Oxyride AA batteries, which feature longer life and power than alkaline batteries. With Oxyride batteries, the LS2 can take up to 250 pictures. The LS2 comes with 14 megabytes of built-in memory, so it is ready to take pictures right out of the box. For additional picture-taking capacity, the camera takes SD Memory cards. Pictures can also be transferred to a computer using the included USB cable which can also be connected directly to any PictBridge compatible photo printer.

Major DMC-LS2 Features:

  • 5-megapixel effective CCD for images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • 3x optical zoom, equivalent to 35-105mm on a 35mm camera
  • Optical image stabilization to help prevent camera shake and blurring
  • 5-point AF with 3 point, 1 point and Spot options
  • 2.0-inch TFT color monitor
  • Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait picture modes
  • Burst mode captures @ 3fps up to 9 frames
  • 320x240 QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps w/out audio
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 8 seconds (Shutter priority and Manual modes)
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow synchro and red-eye reduction modes
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • 14MB internal memory plus Secure Digital memory card slot
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries

The Lumix DMC-LS2 has a suggested retail price of $199.95 and comes with two AA batteries; Video cable; USB connection cable; carrying strap and software on CD-ROM.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2

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The DMC-LS2 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2

The 6-megapixel DMC-LZ5 and the DMC-LS2

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Lumix DMC-LS2 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD, Primary Color Filter
5.36 Total Megapixels
5.0 Effective Megapixels
Lens Lumix DC Vario 6x Optical Zoom
f=5.8-17.4mm (35mm equivalent: 35-105mm)
F2.8 - F5.0 max. aperture (Wide-Tele)
4x Digital Zoom (up to 12x when combined with 3x Optical)
7 Elements in 6 Groups (3 Aspherical Lenses)
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F5.6 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.0 - F10 (2 steps)
Focusing Area Normal:
19.7 in. (50cm) - infinity
1.97 in. (5cm) - infinity
Focus TTL Contrast-Detect AF System
Normal/Macro, 5 points / 3 points high speed / 1 point / Spot-focusing / 1 point high speed
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2)
Image Processor Venus Engine II™ LSI
Recording Image Size (Pixels) 4:3 - 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480

3:2 - 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360

16:9 - 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1080

Motion Image 4:3: 320 x 240

Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 30 or 10 fps with audio
Length of movies depends on available memory.
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/Flash/White Set
White Balance Adjustment
(except for Auto WB)
Exposure Modes Program AE
Scene Modes SCN1 and SCN2 is user-settable for:
Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle, Soft Skin, Baby1, Baby2
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Auto Bracketing AE +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Picture Adjustment Natural, Standard, Vivid
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Image Quality JPEG - Fine/Standard
Mega Burst® Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 9 images at 3 or 2 frames/sec. Fine Mode: Up to 5 images
Still Image Recording with Audio no
Audio Dubbing no
Built-in Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Forced On/Off
Flash Output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 +2EV)
Wide: 0.3 - 3.7m (ISO Auto)
Tele: 0.3 - 2.1m (ISO Auto)
External Flash No
Real-time Histograms Yes
LCD Monitor 2.0" Diagonal TFT LCD Display (85k pixels)

Field of view: approx. 100%
Viewfinder LCD monitor
Built-in SD Card Slot Yes
Recording Media 14MB internal memory + optional SD Memory Card (SD)
Microphone no
Speaker no, beeps only
Conversion Lens Compatibility No
Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom
Quick Review 1x/4x/8x/16x
OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, French
Playback Mode 25, 16 or 9-Thumbnail Display
Zoomed Playback (16x max)
Image Rotation
Slide Show
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Setting
Direct Print Yes, PictBridge compatible
Interface DC Input, Video Output (NTSC/PAL), USB 1.1
Power Supply Included: Two Oxyride™ AA Batteries

Optional: AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries, AA Alkaline Batteries

AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)

Battery Life Up to 250 pictures (CIPA Standard) with included Oxyride batteries
Up to 390 pictures with NiMH or 175 pictures with alkaline type.
Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.11" x 4.35" x 1.22"
Weight 0.3 lbs
Included ArcSoft® Software ArcSoft PhotoImpression
ArcSoft Panorama Maker;
ArcSoft PhotoBase
Other Included Software Lumix Simple Viewer
USB Driver
Included Accessories Two AA Oxyride™ Batteries, Video & USB Cable, Strap, CD-ROM

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)

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