Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review

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Review posted 12/7/2005

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The 8.4 megapixel Lumix DMC-LX1 is the first digital camera to have a true 16:9 ratio CCD imager for capturing wide aspect pictures for display on a HDTV big screen. The LX1 features Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilization, the key to removing unintentional shaking from the picture-taking experience. This ultra-compact camera also features a 4x wide-angle optical zoom with a 28 to 112mm equivalent coverage.

For high-speed image processing, the LX1 utilizes the Venus Engine II LSI. It boasts quick responsiveness that realizes best-in-class level release time lag of 0.01 seconds. Still images can be saved in standard JPEG compressed format in two quality levels or in uncompressed TIFF or RAW format. The LX1 is also the first digital camera that can record moving images at 848x480 16:9 Wide VGA, at the smooth 30 frames per second framerate.

The LX1 offers manual focus and exposure, with both adjustable by an easy-to-use joystick. A switch on the side of the lens barrel lets users quickly change the focus mode. Another switch lets users choose between 16:9 wide image mode, 3:2 image mode, and 4:3 image, in case a more traditional aspect ratio is desired.

The LX1 offers an array of exposure modes including fully Automatic, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (P mode) and two Scene modes each settable for: Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night, Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky and Candle. Exposure metering options include intelligent multiple, center-weighted and spot. Image adjustments include contrast, sharpness, saturation and color effects include cool, warm, black & white and sepia.

The 2.5 inch LCD monitor is perfect for reviewing still images, movies, and up to 25 thumbnail images for quick review, turning the LX1 into a digital photo album as well as a fun image capture device.

Powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery that delivers up to 240 shots per charge, you're always ready to capture that special moment. USB connectivity with Windows and Mac computers and PictBridge compatible for direct printing with any PictBridge enabled photo printer.

Major DMC-LX1 Features:

  • 8.4-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 2.5-inch high-resolution TFT color monitor
  • Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual, Movie and 14 scene modes
  • 3fps Burst, Unlimited Consecutive, AE Bracketing and Timelapse modes
  • QuickTime movies, 30fps or 10fps 848x480, 640x480 or 320x240
  • 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
  • Intelligent Multiple and Spot exposure metering
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 5 presets and custom set
  • 32MB Secure Digital card
  • Plug-n-Play USB, Mass Storage compliant
  • PictBridge Direct-Print compatible
  • Powered by rechargeable Li-ion battery

Physical Views

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

The DMC-LX1 compared in size to a standard CD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

The DMC-LX1 and the 6-megapixel DMC-FX9.

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Lumix DMC-LX1 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/1.65" CCD, Primary Color Filter
8.61 Total Megapixels
8.4 Effective Megapixels
Lens Lumix DC Vario 4x Optical Zoom
f=6.3-25.2mm (35mm equivalent: 28-112mm)
F2.8 - F4.9 max. aperture (Wide-Tele)
4x Digital Zoom (up to 16x when combined with 4x Optical)
9 Elements in 8 Groups (3 Aspherical Lenses)
Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F8
Tele: F4.9 - F8
Focusing Area Normal:
Wide: 19.7 in. (50cm); Tele: 3.94 feet (120cm)-Infinity
Wide: 1.97 in. (5cm); Tele: 11.8 in. (30cm)-Infinity
Focus TTL Contrast-Detect AF System
Normal/Macro, 9-area-focusing / 3-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Spot-focusing

Continuous AF and Manual focus

AF-assist lamp for low light

Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2)
Image Processor Venus Engine II™ LSI
Recording Image Size (Pixels) 4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
2880 x 2160
2304 x 1728
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960

3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3248 x 2160
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360

16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)
3840 x 2160
3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080

Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
640 x 480, 320 x 240

Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
848 x 480

Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
30 or 10 fps (320 x 240 pixels), (640 x 480 pixels)

16:9 Aspect Ratio:
30 or 10 fps (848 x 480 pixels)
Length of movies depends on available memory.

ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400
White Balance Auto/Daylight/Cloudy/Halogen/White Set1/White Set2
White Balance Adjustment
(except for Auto WB)
Exposure Modes Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Program Shift (P mode)
Scene Modes SCN1 and SCN2 is user-settable for:
Portrait, Sports, Food, Scenery, Night Scenery, Panning, Night Portrait, Fireworks, Party, Snow, Baby, Soft Skin, Starry Sky, Candle
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Auto Bracketing AE +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot
Shutter Speed 1/4 - 1/2000 sec.: Auto
1 - 1/2000 sec.: Program AE
8 - 1/2000 sec.: Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE
60 - 1/2000 sec.: Manual
Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
Image Quality RAW/TIFF/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 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 seconds
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: 1.97 - 13.45 ft. (0.6 - 4.1m)
Tele: 0.98 - 7.55 ft. (0.3 - 2.3m) at ISO Auto

External Flash No
Real-time Histograms Yes
LCD Monitor 2.5" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD
Display (207k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode
Viewfinder LCD monitor
Built-in SD Card Slot Yes
Recording Media 32MB SD Memory Card (SD) or Multimedia Card (MMC)
Microphone yes
Speaker yes
Conversion Lens Compatibility No
Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom
Quick Review 1x/4x/8x
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
Favorite Pictures
Trimming, Protection
DPOF Setting
Direct Print Yes, PictBridge compatible
Interface DC Input, Video Output (NTSC/PAL), USB 1.1
Power Supply Lithium-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 1150 mAh)(Included)

Battery Charger/AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Included)

Battery Life Up to 240 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Dimensions (H x W x D) 2.20 x 4.16 x 1.01 inches
Weight 0.48 lbs
Included ArcSoft® Software ArcSoft PhotoImpression
ArcSoft Panorama Maker;
ArcSoft PhotoBase
Other Included Software Lumix Simple Viewer
USB Driver
Photo Fun Studio
Included Accessories Battery Pack, Battery Charger, 32MB SD card, lens cap Audio-Video & USB Cable, Strap, CD-ROM

(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)

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