Panasonic Lumix LX3

Panasonic Lumix LX3

A Pleasure to Own, a Joy to Use

Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, 10.1 mega pixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model.  By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3 is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

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.

Shooting Functions that Invite Creativity

The DMC-LX3 features a Film mode with six color types and three types of monochrome selections.  Much like selecting from different film types, this function gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to take more expressive digital photos.  Also, when using the Multi-film mode, the DMC-LX3 produces a maximum of three images from a RAW file for you to compare the different textures.  Another new feature is the multiple-exposure feature, which lets you create artistic photos by overlaying up to three consecutive images; while still viewing the last image on the 3.0-inch LCD screen.  The LCD on the DMC-LX3 is new and improved with a 460,000-dot high resolution.

*Compared with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX35 with 1/2.33 CCD.

Technical Specs

Camera Effective Pixels

10.1 Megapixels

Optical Image Stabilizer

MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2)

Optical Zoom


Image Sensor

1/1.63″ 11.3 Total Mega Pixels CCD
Primary Color Filter

Extra Optical Zoom

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 3.8x for 5 Mega, 4.8x for 3 Mega, 2 Mega, 0.3 Mega

3:2 Aspect Ratio: 3.8x for 4.5 Mega, 4.8x for 2.5 Mega

16:9 Aspect Ratio: 3.8x for 3.5 Mega, 4.8x for 2 Mega

Digital Zoom 1

(Max. 14.3x combined with Optical Zoom without Extended Optical Zoom)
(Max. 21.4x combined with Extended Optical Zoom)

Focal Length

f=5.1-12.8mm (35mm Equiv.: 24-60mm)


8 elements in 6 groups
(4 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)

Aperture Range

Wide: F3.3 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.8 / F8 (2 steps)

Conversion Lens Compatibility


Focusing Area

Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 50cm – infinity
Intelligent AUTO / Macro: Wide 1cm / Tele 30cm – infinity

AF Metering

Face / AF tracking / multi-area / 1-area high speed / 1-area / spot


Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off
AF/MF Switchable, Manual Focus(Joystick), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking

AF Assist Lamp


ISO Sensitivity

Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 (High Sensitivity Mode : Auto(1600 -6400) )

White Balance

Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Pinhole modes)
White Balance Adjustment (±10steps, except for auto set)


Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift(Program AE mode)

Exposure Compensation

1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV

Backlight Compensation

Yes (auto in Intelligent AUTO mode)

Auto Bracketing (AE)

+/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames

Light Metering

Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot

Scene Modes

Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1&2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst, Multi Aspect

Advanced Scene Mode


Shutter Speed/Shutter System

P:1-1/2000sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)
A/S:8-1/2000sec, M:60-1/2000sec?
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.

Self Timer

2sec, 10sec

Auto Review

1sec, 2sec, Zoom, Hold



Picture Adjustment

Contrast +2steps
Sharpness +2steps
Saturation +2steps
Noise Reduction +2steps
(can be adjusted in Film Mode)

Recording Format

Still Image: JPEG(Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), RAW, DPOF corresponding image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard)+ QuickTime
Motion picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG

Image Quality

Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW+Standard JPEG / RAW+Fine JPEG


4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

3648 x 2736
3072 x 2304
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480

3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

3776 x 2520
3168 x 2112
2656 x 1768
2112 x 1408
2048 x 1360

16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image)

3968 x 2232
3328 x 1872
2784 x 1568
2208 x 1248
1920 x 1080

Burst Shooting Mode

Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec Max. 8 images (Standard mode), Max 4 images (Fine), Max 3images (RAW)

Unlimited Consecutive Shooting 2


Intelligent Exposure

Off / Low / Standard / High

Digital Red Eye Correction


Easy Zoom/Zoom Resume/Motion Zoom


Still Image Recording with Audio

5 seconds

Audio Dubbing

Maximum of 10 Seconds

Composition Guide Lines

Yes (2 patterns)

Built-in Memory

approx. 50MB

Scene Mode Help Screen


Auto Angle Detection


Flip Animation


Travel Date/World Time


Title Edit


Text Stamp/Date Stamp


Built-in Flash Type/Mode

Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Flash Synchro ; 1st / 2nd Flash output Adjustment (1/3EV step, -2 – +2 EV) 0.8 – 8.3m (Wide/Macro/ISO Auto), 0.3 – 5.9m (Tele/ISO Auto)

External Flash



External OVF (Optional)

LCD Monitor

3.0″, 3:2 Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (460K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode

Playback Mode

REC/Play Selector Switch, 30 & 12-thumbnail Display, Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max), Playback of Fav Pics, Image Rotation, Resize, Trim, Protection, Aspect Conv. DPOF Print Setting Creating Still Pics from Motion Picture, Dual Image Playback

OSD Language

English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese(Traditional), Chinese(Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish

Recording Media

Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
MultiMediaCard (Still image only)






DC Input, AV Output (NTSC/PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB 2.0 High Speed

Direct Print


Power Supply

Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 1150mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)

Battery Life 3

380 pictures (CIPA standard)

Included Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer- 2.1E
ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker)
SilkyPix Developer Studio 3.0SE, QuickTime, USB Driver

ISO Limit Set






Rec Mode (Mode Dial)

Intelligent AUTO, P(Program) mode, A(Aperture Priority) mode, S(Shutter Priority) mode, M(Manual) mode, Custom1, Custom2, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close-up mode, Scene mode, Motion Picture

Color Bracketing


Real-time Histogram / Highlight Display

Yes / Yes

Motion Picture

4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps/10 fps 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps

Film Mode

Standard, Dynamic, Natural, Smooth, Vibrant, Nostalgic, WB/Standard, WB/Dynamic, WB/Smooth, My Film1, MyFilm2, Multi Film

Dimensions (H x W x D)

2.34” x 4.28” x 1.06”


.5 lbs

Some work of art by LX3:

(courtesy: JPCKemang and Panasonic)

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