Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 high-end digital camera

Panasonic today announced the DMC-LX3, the long-awaited addition to the popular Lumix LX series of high-end, compact digital still cameras. At the core of the LX3 is a large, ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specially for the new model. Rather than cramming in the maximum number of pixels possible, it has limited the LX3’s 1/1.63-inch CCD to 10.1 megapixels. The result is a CCD that provides a generous amount of space for each pixel while offering superb sensitivity and a wide dynamic range made possible by maximizing the size of the photodiode. The newly added Multi-aspect bracketing mode allows the camera to take a image in all 3 aspect ratios- 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 simultaneously.The LX3’s F2.0 24mm ultra-wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens is about twice as bright as the previous F2.8 lens. With the new F2.0 lens, the Panasonic LX3 can shoot at higher shutter speeds and capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images even in lower lighting conditions.
The PanasonicLX3 boasts a large 3.0-inch LCD with a 3:2 aspect ratio and high 460,000-dot resolution. The Intelligent LCD function, standard on all Lumix models, assures comfortable viewing in virtually all conditions by automatically adjusting the backlighting of LCD as the ambient light level changes.

The LX3 offers a Film mode with 6 colour types and 3 types of monochrome to choose from. Much like selecting different film types with a film camera, this function gives the user the flexibility to produce more interesting and expressive images. The high-end aluminum External Optical Viewfinder provides bright, clear viewing without wearing down the battery. And the optional GN22 Compact Flash mounts to the hot shoe newly added to the LX3. Available in black or silver the Panasonic DMC-LX3 is an excellent choice as a compact partner camera for users who own an SLR.