Re: I'm uncomfortable with Panasonic...Don't be
Hi, Bo, thanks for advice
actually not many know about the RAW auto proceesing until recently, and if you don't dig into forum like this, u probably will never know.
and it's not an industry standard to manipulate raw like this
Compared with other models, LX3's image is distinctively soft to my eyes, I'm not sure if this could be caused by the excessive distortion correction. But I'm pretty sure removing distortion has a bad effect...
I'm perfectly fine with distortion, I'm not ok with HUGE distortion
I used a number of wide angles, and never saw things like this
and even the distortion of some lens is severe, I still got to know from RAW, so I can make right decision if I will purchase.
but for LX3, I looked the raw sample from my friends in silkpix, thought it was good, and went out to get one. neither of us knew panasonic did the modification, as silkpix suggested lens correction was 0.
even if panasonic could maintain the IQ (not likely, distortion correction is always worse than you directly get it right), the IQ alone doesn't justify panasonic's attitude, by depriving users the rights of getting unmodified data, as what RAW means.
BTW, in panasonic's advertisement, it says the camera produces minimal distortion...
While you do have a point, its not exactly a secret and I don't think
its reasonable to call Panasonic deceptive.
Besides and more important, the files print great. I have printed
13x19 on my epson and the prints look great. This is what I bought
the camera for and it is delivering what I had hoped.
I have great wideangle lenses, all of which cost significantly more
than this camera, it is simply not reasonable to expect a distortion
free for usd 400.
Go take some pictures and stick them on the wall. Im pretty sure you
will enjoy the results and agree with your self that it really do not
matter how they were captured now that they are on the wall.