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Panasonic Launches Four New Digital Cameras

In a lavish PR event in Monte Carlo last week, Panasonic announced four new digital cameras to update its range for this summer. All four cameras are new top-of-the-range models, updating four crucial product lines and further reinforcing Panasonic's large and growing share of the digital camera market.

The model that caused the most excitement among the several hundred camera journalists attending the event was the Lumix DMC-LX3, an impressive high-spec compact camera aimed at enthusiasts and semi-professionals.

The LX3 has a number of unusual features. The most noticeable is its superb ultra-fast, ultra-wide-angle f/2.0 24-60mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens. This is, as far as I'm aware, the widest-aperture lens on any compact camera currently available. The last camera to have a lens this fast was the popular Canon PowerShot G6, from 2004, and it's pretty clear that Panasonic's new flagship is designed to take on Canon's current top compact, the G9.

Panasonic has taken a bold and hopefully successful decision with the LX3. Abandoning the usual megapixel escalation as unproductive in terms of final picture quality, it has instead opted for a 10.1-megapixel CCD, but one of an unusually large size, 1/1.63-inchs, fractionally larger than that in the previous LX2 model. In theory this should result in lower image noise, greater colour depth and increased dynamic range. As well as this the circuitry inside the photocells on the chip has been made less obtrusive thanks to more advanced manufacturing techniques, leading to an increase in effective photocell area. Again, this should have tangible benefits in terms of image quality.

The high-quality lens and improved sensor are matched by Panasonic's Venus Engine IV image processor, which features more advanced two-stage noise reduction and increased sensitivity to 6400 ISO. It can support 2.5fps shooting at full resolution in continuous mode, or 6fps in 3-megapixel burst mode.

The LX3 is designed for creative manual use, but also features many advanced automatic features such as intelligent exposure, intelligent ISO selection, autofocus tracking, and a face detection and tracking mode that can follow faces even when they are turned in profile to the camera.

Other features include a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of 460k dots, and the ability to shoot in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 widescreen mode. It can also shoot HD video at 1280 x 720 resolution and 24fps. A range of accessories is also available, including a very nice leather case, a clip-on optical viewfinder and a range of filters and conversion lenses.

The Lumix DMC-LX3 will be available in either black or silver. The UK launch price will be £399.99, and the camera should be available in August.


July 22, 2008, 2:16 pm

The article says that UK pricing is not yet available, but DP posted them along with their info about these new cameras:

DMC-LX3 - &#163400

DMC-FZ28 - &#163330

DMC-FX150 - &#163300

DMC-FX37 - &#163250

Please come here to discuss the launch of these cameras:


The Pope

July 22, 2008, 2:23 pm

Damn - I was interested in the LX3, and had a sinking feeling it would be pricey, but &#163400?!? I know it's a different market, but you can have a 400D for that money (and I do!)

Luan Bach

July 22, 2008, 4:03 pm

I'm going to get a new compact at xmas, hopefully the FX37 will drop down to the current FX35 price by then as it was on top of my short list.


July 22, 2008, 5:03 pm

Panasonic IS The Best In The Market Now ( Non-DSlrs ) .. i hoped to see the Fz60 .. any news about it ?

Cliff Smith

July 23, 2008, 4:45 pm

No news on an FZ60 yet, but the big Photokina camera show is coming up in September, so they'll probably keep some big launch for that.

Cliff Smith

July 23, 2008, 4:54 pm

UPDATE: I've just received an email from Panasonic confirming the prices that Spider quotes above:

FX150 - &#163299.99

FZ28 - &#163329.99

LX3 - &#163399.99

FX37 - &#163249.99

I've updated the article accordingly.


July 24, 2008, 2:22 am

no fz60, but FZ28 :) http://www2.panasonic.com/w...


August 21, 2008, 4:36 am

Much as I find the LX3 appealing, I have difficulty considering anything without a viewfinder (small format) to really be a camera and I also think The Pope makes a good point.

Geoff Richards

August 21, 2008, 11:56 am

Well, having said that Frank, a friend of mine lusted after the LX3 and bought one this week. He's over the moon with it! Why? It has great performance but without the bulk of a dSLR - that's what he wanted. Horses for courses.


August 21, 2008, 6:00 pm

Fair point Geoff, that your friend is delighted, but these are not horses and though the LX3 has some great attributes, , , ,It does not have a viewfinder.

Or am I the one, flogging a dead horse ?


August 30, 2008, 8:34 pm

I was keenly awaiting the arrival of the LX3 but after seeing sample images on another site it's obvious Panasonic haven't cleared up there noise problems. I did read yet on another sit that the images were fine to ISO 400. On paper it all looks good, and the convenience of having a camera around almost all the time isn't something that can be achieved with a DSLR even though at the price one wants to try.


August 31, 2008, 8:01 am

Well after searching for images worthy of the F2 lens on this camera I found some interesting posts at flickr, comenting on the early firmware and the fact that these early pictures taken during a press tour wern't not intended to be released. It does hold hope that the release of the production LX3 will clear up the noise issues and hopefully offer images a little sharper than what we've been seeing. Oh and the specs vs price on the D90 are looking inviting.

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