Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review
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|If you do have to enter the menus, you'll find plenty of settings to play with (the Record tab runs to five pages). You'll find detailed settings covering the behavior of most shooting parameters in here.||Image settings are controlled using 'Film modes.' There are six basic color 'films', plus three mono ones each of which can be modified and saved in one of the two custom memory positions.|
|White balance can be fine-tuned (with a live preview), from the White Balance sections of both the Record menu and the Quick menu.||Turn the main mode dial to the SCN (scene) position and you're given a choice of 24 scene modes. Entering the menu lets you hunt for the most suitable one. Pressing the display button brings up an explanation of the Scene mode.|
|There are four main playback methods, including a dual play mode for comparaing image side-by-side. Even with its large, hi-res screen, it's hard to see either image in detail and zooming in on one appears to prevent you reverting to the other image.||The three-page playback menu offers the usual array of printing, erasing, protecting and slideshow options. There's also the option to add sound to saved files, as well as crop (trim), and resize them.|
|Like the record mode, you can choose the amount of information displayed in playback mode - from nothing at all to full data (as shown here). Histograms and highlight warnings are menu options.||Repeatedly pushing the zoom control to the left (W) allows you to view a page of 9 or 25 thumbnails, or this 'calendar' view, by date.|
|Moving the zoom to the right (T) enlarges the playback image. The arrow keys navigate around the image and, usefully, pushing the joystick left or right selects a different image but retains the zoom level - allowing focus comparison.||The setup menu - accessible from either playback or record mode - has six pages of basic camera-related settings, from monitor brightness and auto review settings to power management, sounds and date and time settings.|
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