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More than Just a High Pixel Count
The Highest-Quality Images Ever from a Compact Digital Camera

At the heart of the DMC-LX3, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD. Making the intentional choice to limit the number of mega pixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. As a result, sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent, when compared to Panasonics 10 MP digital cameras*, giving the DMC-LX3 outstanding image quality and a wide dynamic range, and meeting the demand for a camera that works optimally in low-light environments. The CCD is also capable of reproducing images in three aspect ratios 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. The new Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing you to choose the version that best suits their needs.

Large Aperture F2.0, 24mm Wide-Angle

Another major upgrade to the DMC-LX3 is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens. The F2.0 is about twice as bright as a F2.8 lens and can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture clear, blur-free images in dimly lit environments. In addition, the 24mm lens captures approximately a 213% larger viewing angle than a normal 35mm camera and 136% larger compared to a 28mm wide-angle lens. The lens unit consists of eight elements in six groups with four aspherical lenses with four aspherical surfaces. As a result of the F2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring.

I’ve been using LX2 for a year now. I like its manual control flexibility and compact size. The biggest drawback was the high noise level. Anything beyond 200 ISO is just pitiful (I mean seriously, and I am not even picky when it comes to image quality), which is a big problem for me since I like shooting indoors. From the looks of it they seem to have addressed that, instead of cramming in more useless pixels.

Aperture F2.0 and 24mm lens… need I say more? Yeah, ok I will elaborate on that.
F2.0 basically means it’s awesome for low light condition. Normally you only get F2.8 or F3.5, which are one or two levels below.
People usually call 32mm lens wide-angle, and 28mm ultra wide-angle. So I think 24mm is uber wide-angle. Great for outdoor or you can use it for close-up shots to get interesting effects, like disproportionally large faces.

The only downside I see on the specifications is the low optical zoom (only 2.5x I think). Personally I don’t think it’s too big of an issue.

Anyone looking for a new camera?