LX3 Too late?

Started Jul 21, 2008 | Discussions thread
viztyger
viztyger Veteran Member • Posts: 3,280
Re: LX2 vs LX3 Sensor Diagrams for Various Aspect Ratios

Hi Skip! Looks like the introduction of the LX3 has brought us both back to this neck of the woods.

skiphunt13 wrote:

The more I think about it... since I do tend to take my LX1 along
with my Nikon dSLR... and just use the LX1 for street stuff and
closeup textures, etc. Mostly street stuff... I'm usually all the way
out in wide. Given that, if that lens is sharp and Panasonic has
indeed given us higher/usable ISOs.. I will likely get one.

Sounds like a good plan. I sold my previous compact (the GX100) and didn't get a new one yet. So at the moment, I'm only using my D300. The LX3 has me interested in getting a compact camera that I can always have on me again.

I read somewhere that the LX3 is not a 16:9 sensor like the LX1 was.
Is this true? How will that effect/compare if you mostly shoot 16:9
like I do?

No it's not. If you shoot only at 16:9, the LX3 uses a slightly smaller sensor area than either the LX1 or the LX2. When all three cameras are set to 16:9, the LX1 uses 8.3 megapixels, the LX2 10.0 megapixels and the LX3 8.9 megapixels.

Rather than go through a long winded description of how the cropping method differs on the LX3, I've made some diagrams. The sensors are depicted in relative size to one another. I've used Panasonic's assertion that both the LX2 and the LX3 sensors have the same pixel pitch:
http://panasonic.net/pavc/lumix/lx3/high_image.html#no01

The LX1 has the same sized sensor as the LX2, so only the number of megapixels vary.

You can find larger versions of these diagrams here:
http://www.pbase.com/viztyger/test

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