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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 7.29 (out of 10)
Aside from its 8-megapixel resolution, the compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 justifies its premium price with a tasty array of too-cool-for-school features, including world's first incorporation of a 16:9 CCD imager, a crisp 4X Leica zoom lens that starts at a commendably wide 28mm, and a nimble optical stabilization system that steadies your camera reliably at slow shutter speeds. It also has an enthusiast-friendly collection of features such as full manual control over focus and exposure, robust burst modes, and both TIFF and raw file formats.

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Photography Blog 9.00  12-06-05 Read Full Review
"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a difference - it's the first compact digicam to feature a 16:9 ratio CCD sensor, perfect for viewing on your widescreen TV or just for a more panoramic effect. The DMC-LX1 also offers more conventional 3:2 and 4:3 ratio images via a switch on the lens barrel, achieving these sizes by removing 1 megapixel and 2 megapixels respectively. In addition to the unique widescreen image format, the Panasonic DMC-LX1 has a wealth of options that will appeal to the more serious photographer. A 4x optical zoom lens from Leica which starts at a wide-angle 28mm, a large 2.5 inch LCD screen, optical image stabilizer, full range of manual exposure controls, compact all-metal body and RAW, TIFF and JPEG image formats are all on offer. These features do come at a price, with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 costing almost as much as an entry-level digital SLR with kit lens, so does the DMC-LX1 have what it takes to persuade you (and me) that it is the perfect, take-anywhere compact camera?"
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Imaging-Resource 8.60  04-27-06 Read Full Review
Review: "While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 is an undeniably competent-even exciting-point-and-shoot digicam, we quickly came to appreciate it as something more like a rangefinder. It's as playful and friendly as any point-and-shoot, but it can also be as serious as any high-end digicam.

The Panasonic LX1 is an excellent little camera, and clearly one of the best bargains on the market in light of its resolution, color, and rich feature set. Its wide angle lens and 16:9 aspect ratio will make it an excellent landscape and vacation camera, making your photos feel like stills from a movie. Hikers should take note. With a Leica lens and a solid built, it is a strong value, and a "Dave's Pick" to be sure. There's really nothing else quite like it."

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DPReview 8.56  09-30-05 Read Full Review
Announced alongside the FZ30 in July, the Lumix LX1 is the world's first compact camera with a 'widescreen' 16:9 ratio CCD sensor, combined with a 28-112mm (equiv.) wideangle 4x Leica-branded zoom lens. As with all Panasonic cameras, the LX1 features a two-mode MEGA OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) system, plus a wealth of real 'photographic' features, including fully manual exposure and focus options. Obviously designed to appeal to serious photographers, the LX1 also features more external controls than any previous Lumix compact, has both raw and TIFF capture modes and a high quality all-metal, traditionally-styled body.
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DCResource 8.24  11-04-05 Read Full Review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 ($599) isn't just another midsized camera. In fact, it has two features that make it stand out from most of the other digital cameras on the market: image stabilization and a 16:9 CCD (and an 8.4 Megapixel one at that). I'll take each of these separately. The LX1 uses the same optical image stabilization system as Panasonic's other cameras. This handy features helps counter the effects of "camera shake", giving you sharper pictures at shutter speeds that are unusable without a tripod on other cameras.
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PC Magazine 8.00  03-20-06 Read Full Review
Review: "If you're looking for a compact landscape shooter, consider Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX1 ($599.95 direct). Although it's not a perfect all-around camera, it gets big props for being the first digital camera with a true 16:9 CCD. Other cameras can shoot at this aspect ratio, but they achieve the result by cropping, reducing the number of pixels in the image. The LX1 is the first camera of its kind with a true 16:9 CCD. As a result, you get the full 8.4MB of information in every panoramic shot. Still, the images show more noise than we'd like from a $600 camera, and the camera isn't particularly speedy."
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Trusted Reviews 7.67  02-20-06 Read Full Review
"The Lumix DMC-LX1, launched toward the end of last summer, is a high-end zoom compact which is aimed squarely at the field dominated by the Canon S series. It features a superb 4x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens equivalent to a 28-112mm lens on a film camera, and a maximum aperture of F2.8-F4.9.

The Lumix DMC-LX1 is an interesting camera, with several nice features and the ability to take a decent picture, but its image quality isn't really high enough to compete in the kind of market that its price would suggest. For £100 less it would be a bargain, but there are better cameras around for less."

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DigiCam Review 7.50  11-15-05 Read Full Review
The Panasonic Lumix LX1 is in the unique position of being the only digital camera to offer a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio with wide angle at 8 megapixels (other Panasonic digital cameras feature a 16:9 aspect ratio but not at the full resolution). This in itself will sell this camera to people who love this aspect ratio. The camera is also the only digital camera to record videos with a 16:9 aspect ratio (as far as I'm aware). The camera is very good, with good image quality and very good features. There are only two or three problems that let this camera down, and they may unfortunately put you off buying this otherwise excellent camera - they are: very high noise, visible even at the lowest ISO settings, high price compared to other 8 megapixel cameras, and the video modes inability to "gain up" in low light. However, the prositves outweigh the negatives so I would still recommend this unique digital camera!
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Megapixel 7.50  03-16-06 Read Full Review
"The Panasonic DMC-LX1 has an 8.4 megapixel resolution, a 4X zoom and a 2.5 inch LCD monitor, but more interestingly, it is also the first camera in the world to use a 16:9 aspect ratio CCD, a format compatible with HDTV.

Indeed, the LX1 is unique in terms of the flexibility it offers. No other camera currently offers a choice of 3 aspect ratios, each with a variety of image resolutions and formats, giving the user the possibility of tailoring their images to their intended final use.

The DMC-LX1 is a "first", and by definition breaks new ground. Its use of a cinema-like aspect ratio makes it a very attractive camera to anyone who enjoys composing an image. Moreover, it is a responsive and well-crafted camera that not only offers new creative opportunities, but also is able to yield very good images. Overall, only its price point may prove to be a barrier."

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Digital-Lifestyles 7.33  01-22-06 Read Full Review
"The camera - available in silver or black - is the world's first compact camera to offer a panoramic 16:9 ratio CCD sensor -perfect for displaying on widescreen TVs - as well as 4:3 and 3:2 shooting ratios.

Despite its traditional appearance, the LX1 provides a class-leading level of control for digital photographers who like to wear the trousers when it comes to exposure (if you, err, get what we mean).

The only thing stopping us awarding the LX1 a frothing-at-the-mouth ten out of ten rating is its poor high ISO handling - but if you're prepared to work within the camera's limitations, you can expect to be rewarded with a camera capable of the very, very highest results."

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Digital Camera Info 7.13  11-05-05 Read Full Review
With 8.4 megapixels, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and a Leica 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has a lot to offer consumers. That is, consumers with lots of money to offer Panasonic. The LX1 retails for $599, which is a substantial amount of money for a compact digital camera. The camera body itself isn't especially gorgeous; it is more functional than sleek. The camera body has some good aspects to it: sturdy construction, a large LCD that can be viewed at just about any angle, and the compact dimensions; however, if consumers are expected to drop $599 on a point-and-shoot camera, noise should not be an issue.
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Luminous-Landscape -----  11-03-05 Read Full Review
I really like the Panasonic LX-1. To have a shirt-pocket-sized camera with a high quality Leica lens, optical image stabilization, wide-aspect ratio 8.4MP chip, and decent manual handling, is a pleasure. Anyone coming from a DSLR will find that the shooting is slower, and the need to use the LCD for composition and focusing less then ideal (though typical of digicams). But then there aren't that many DSLRs with 4:1 zoom lenses that will fit in a shirt pocket, so the argument is moot.
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