Compared to... Panasonic DMC-LX2

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and its predecessor, the Lumix DMC-LX2. We have included samples at each camera's lowest ISO setting (LX3: ISO 80, LX2: ISO 100) and, given that the LX3 is supposed to represent a low-light improvement over its predecessor, at ISO 800. For the LX3's higher ISO options please see later in the review. All LX3 samples have been taken in the 4:3 mode (i.e. using the largest area of the sensor available).

Studio scene comparison (LX3 @ ISO 80, LX2 @ ISO 100)

  • Panasonic DMC-LX3: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-LX2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-LX3
Panasonic DMC-LX2
ISO 80, 1/125 sec, F3.2
ISO 100, 1/80 sec, F4.9
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It's unusual to see much of a difference at the lowest ISO settings (where most modern cameras perform very well), but the results of the LX3 are visibly sharper and more detailed. Much of this additional detail is due to the LX3 using more of its sensor in its 4:3 aspect-ratio setting. What isn't down to the differening pixel-count, however, is the additional noise appearing in dark regions of the LX2's image. The LX3's edges don't perform as well as those crops taken from the center, with less fine detail visible in the watchface than the LX2's - this is is an ambitious lens, so we can forgive a little bit of corner softness.