Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review
Operation and controls
The LX3 continues the LX tradition of offering full photographic control with minimal need for diving into the menus. It's not quite as DSLR-like in its controls as the Panasonic G1 or recent Ricohs but once you're familiar with when to waggle the joystick and when to press it, you can get pretty quick at changing shooting settings.
Rear of camera
The back of the LX3 is a busy place with a slider, joystick, four-way controller and a smattering of buttons. The upside is that there is fairly direct access to most important settings (there's even a customizable function button), but it's difficult not to conclude that there might be an easier way to do things. It's interesting to compare the LX3's control system with that of Panasonic's new G1. The G1 has a control dial/button, rather than the LX3's joystick/button so might logically seem to have fewer controls to play with, yet the whole thing works in a much more straightforward manner and is much easier to acclimatize to. The LX3 is by no means bad but the G1 suggests that it might be time to look again at the simplest way of working, rather than adding to the way things have previously been done.
Top of camera
|The LX3's body is slim but both the lens and grip protrude enough for it to only fit in larger pockets. It's still a fairly svelte piece of kit, though.|
Display and menus
The LX3's menu system has remained pretty well laid-out but, like so many other contemporary cameras, is beginning to become overloaded with the number of options. The setup tab of the menu (pleasantly consistent between playback and record mode), has 26 options spread over 6 pages, which will take quite some remembering. Thankfully, most key settings are accessible either directly using their own buttons, or by pressing the joystick to enter the 'Quick menu.'
We spoke to Toshi Iida of Fujifilm about the future of his company's medium-format lineup, the challenges of 100MP and why Fujifilm will never make a full-frame camera.
Tiffen Filters has announced a new collection of drone filter kits for the DJI Mavic Air, Mavic Zoom 2, Mavic Pro 2, and Inspire 2.
Lexar has announced a new flash drive that features a fingerprint reader to protect its content from unauthorised access.
Following the release of footage showing what kind of damage drones can do to airplanes, DJI has responded with a critical open letter.
The Pixii camera uses the display of your mobile device for image review.
Celebrity photographer Manfred Baumann has been using a pre-release version of ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019, and in this article he shares his impressions of using the software.
As a stills camera the Fujifilm X-T3 is a pleasant update to one of our favorite APS-C cameras, significantly improving the autofocus. If you're interested in stills and video, though, it's knockout.
Photographer Peter Guttman was given some of Kodak's revitalized Ektachrome 100 film and took over Kodak Professional's Instagram page to share the images he captured.
We sat down recently with top Canon engineers to talk about the EOS R, and the delicate balancing act of experimenting with a new platform and the risk of alienating existing users.
Sony has updated its image sensor spec page and as expected, a few of the chips they make bear an uncanny resemblance to sensors found inside Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras.
This week Chris and Jordan are joined by renowned macro photographer Don Komarechka, who demonstrates a few simple techniques that can improve your macro photos in a big way.
The group that provides Canon users with programs to expand the feature set of their cameras has begun cracking the new EOS R mirrorless firmware.
The Pixel 3 represents another step forward in computational photography for Google's smartphone. We're just getting started with our testing – for now take a look at some sample images, including 'computational Raw' files available for download.
Lens Rentals Founder, Roger Cicala, has given the Canon EOS R one of his signature camera teardowns.
Nikon says firmware version 1.03 "Fixes an issue that in rare circumstances would delay the shutter release or the start of the autofocus operation."
The Kickstarter campaign for Yashica’s digiFilm Y35 camera has produced a wave of complaints about delays in shipping product as well as cameras that don’t work.
Pixelmator today released Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver, a major update to its image editing app for Mac.
Although Raw performance of the EOS R is very similar to the 5D Mark IV, Canon's done some tweaking on the JPEGs - take a look at our studio scene to see for yourself.
If you've backed one of the company's crowdfunding projects, the reward will not arrive and you won't get your money back either as Meyer Optik Görlitz's parent company, Net SE, is completely dead.
The importance of APS-C, a future a7S model in development and why customers want two card slots – read our full interview with Sony's Kenji Tanaka.
Google's Super Res Zoom technology uses pixel-shifting methods to achieve zoom results comparable to some optical solutions. Google has published an in-depth explanation on its AI blog.
CyberLink has release the latest version of its photo editing and design program PhotoDirector.
Toy manufacturer Tomy has launched a no-battery-required smartphone printer that is remarkably like the one Holga has been promoting via a Kickstarter campaign but which is already available for $40/£39.
A handful of Sony users have noticed a particular model of SanDisk SD cards is showing errors when used with Sony a7 III camera.
The Fujifilm X-T3's 4K video more than lives up to its impressive specification, making it one of the most capable video cameras we've ever tested.
VSCO has made it easier to find the right presets for your photos with a few interface changes to its smartphone app.
TinyMOS is back with NANO1, an all-new astrophotography camera that's one-third the size of the TINY1 it announced three years ago.
Huawei's latest flagship device comes with the widest range of focal lengths of all current smartphones.
After shaking up the Lightroom ecosystem with Lightroom CC last year, Adobe has released version 2.0 of the cloud-centric photo organizer and editor. We look at new features like People View, how far Lightroom CC has come in its first year, and where Lightroom is headed.