Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 review

Started May 26, 2006 | User reviews
Kerry Swartz
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 review
May 26, 2006

I have been using the camera for about a month and am pretty underwhelmed. It's considered to have a bit of "bling" among other professionals but I am not overly impressed.
I like the 16:9 format but find the image quality, even at 80 is a bit disappointing. The controls are kind of counter-intuitive and the interface is a bit clunky.
Much of what I don't like about this camera is more about shooting style and actually working with it, rather than faults or shortcomings with the camera itself.

Problems:

Some of these are problems, others are "would be nice if" things.

- Image quality: noise, finging, etc really bothersome, even at slow ISOs.
- Huge RAW files, would be nice to stop jpgs being made at the same time.
- I'd like to dial in reduced flash out output - no control except black tape.
- RAW files understood by only the lastest versions of software.
- Super, super slow USB download rate.
- Battery won't charge in camera while plugged into AC source.

In sum, to get good images out of this camera, there is quite a workflow one has to develop, even for "snaps".

Yes I bought it but would seriously think twice about it for future purchases.

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