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Thread: Panasonic DMC-LX3
08-03-2009, 09:16 PM #1
Is unpossible to find.
I want this camera. Anyone seen any for sale by a reputable shop?
08-04-2009, 10:50 AM #2
Why not buy the current model, the DMC-ZR1: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002IKLJTQ/ref=asc_df_B002IKLJTQ872280/?tag=dpreviewbuybox-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B002IKLJTQ&linkCod e=asn"]Amazon.com: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 12.1MP Digital Camera with 8x POWER Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Blue): Camera & Photo[/ame]
Edit - Nevermind. No RAW for the ZR1
Last edited by Tippster; 08-04-2009 at 11:44 AM.
08-06-2009, 04:44 PM #3
Don't get me wrong, I love me some Panasonic PAS, but the DMC-ZR1 isn't in the same league as the LX series.
08-06-2009, 10:22 PM #4
You're right - better lens, better chip, no RAW.
Why Panny has no interest in producing multiple RAW P&S cameras I do not know.
08-07-2009, 12:17 AM #5
They do, you just gotta look around. I have an LX2, but the shape/size and the lens cap kinda foiled the whole point and shoot experience for me. It's a pain in the ass to one-hand on the slopes. I picked up the FX500 a couple of years ago. Great camera, nice wide angle, pimp touch screen controls, including manual settings. It also shot raw. That one ate shit with me in Escalante. I'm currently rocking the FX150. Great camera, also shoots RAW.
08-07-2009, 01:52 PM #6
I sit corrected.
08-07-2009, 03:00 PM #7
I'm (or was) in the same boat.
I was torn between the LX3 and GX200. I always loved the old Ricoh GRD, but the GX200 seems to have a sensor that sucks at anything above ISO 100. Despite that, I still went for the GX200 since it was in stock and handles better. I really wanted a camera that can be operated with one hand. I should have it in a few days and I'll let you know if it is even worth considering. I really needed a high-end "pocketable" camera for a couple climbing trips coming up, but if it is really as terrible as its made out to be I'll probably return it. Keep in mind, we are likely on the cusp of the next product cycle for both the LX3 and the GX200, so if you can, you might consider holding off for 6 months.
BTW, B&H had a demo model of the LX3 a few days again for $479, but demos are more sketchy to me than buying used off FM.com
08-19-2009, 12:29 AM #8
Just got the GX200. And my reaction is its great...except for the photos it spits out.
Wide lens on a really compact body (the thing is about as big as an iPhone in a bulky case)
Completely operable with one hand (power on, shutter, aperture, mode dial, menus, etc)
I can actually operate it with insulated leather gloves
Handles amazingly well
Good to great IQ at ISO 100 and below
Shoots in RAW (and in DNG at that!)
Anything above ISO 200 is unusable w/o significant work in PP (actually worse than my old Nikon 4200); ISO 400 forget it
Electronic viewfinder is junk
In the end I think I will end up returning it since its delivery missed a major climbing trip and the low light (or just marginal light) capability isn't there. I really want to like this camera and I'm going to play a bit more with it, but I don't think it's worth $450 simply to get raw files from a compact.
12-29-2009, 07:53 AM #9
Finally got my LX3- it will be here in 2 days.
B&H has them going for $398, down from $499 when I checked last. Sweet.
I would expect to see a new mind blowing P&S from Panasonic really soon, cause I haven't seen a price like this on the LX3 anywhere. Can't wait to try it out on New Years.
12-31-2009, 02:45 PM #10
Good choice on the LX3. One downside is the LX4 will most likely be here at anytime. My DSLR has been shelved most of the fall due to a broken AF-S motor on my nifty fifty and no other glass. In steps the LX3 and it kills it. While noise is pretty apparent above ISO 400 a lil help from software makes it manageable. The new firmware update v2.1 improves AF by 20% and has a few other nice menu tweaks. Enjoy your new wundercamera.undergoing a phase change.