Pros Good image quality, good low light performance, low noise at high ISO, Classic Design, fantastic iA mode. good F2.0 wide angle lens
Cons Zoom Range, Camera Cap, Protruding Lens barrel even when switched off.
Summary Have been using this camera for a month now and even took it to India, found it's performance to be the best so far and I have used so many compact cameras over the years from all major brands like, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Leica, Casio, Olympus. I think this is the best so far as far as compacts are concern and is a good second camera to the regular DSLR when you do not want the bulk, Excellent low light performance aided by the f 2.0 and also the excellent sensor, mega OIS and software, good that Panasonic did not join the rest of the other manufacturers in increasing pixel count, manufacturers should understand that consumers are smarter now and it is not only pixel count that counts in a good photo. After all most people print the usual 4R hence there is no need for lots of pixel.
Pros Compact with lots of nice standard features
Cons The flas was a little bit awkward placed.
Pros Image quality
Level of control
Cons No viewfinder
Summary I bought this camera a week ago as a replacement for my canon 500d with 18-55 lens. This is because I wanted a more compact and lightweight camera to take walking/sailing/cycling. I also wanted a camera that had a wide angle lens as I like scenic shots. I was prepared to 'trade' these features against a drop in image quality compared to the DSLR. The benefits of this camera to me have been fully realised - the portability is fantastic and the range of options and film modes and control over the image recording is better than the Canon.
What really surprised me though is that there has been no (to me) discernable reduction in image quality - infact I prefer the images from the LX3 which are punchier and deal better with high contrast scenes. This is after comparing the results of images of the same scene from both cameras. I am really delighted with this and its got me thinking.............
I am sure that there are many people who would disagree after anally scrutinising the images to a level 99.9% of us would find irrelevant for our day to day needs. I feel a little annoyed with myself for having gone to the time and expense of DSLR ownership - I was suckered into the 'must-have-a-dslr' state of mind, where we obsess over the latest lens/body combination and specification hike. Lets face it - like most things in our world, its all about money and how much the Corporations can get out of you. You won't find a magazine that dares to suggest what I am saying as it would challenge the status-quo and we'd stop buying them and the over-priced equipment they hype.
Anyway, thats my rant for the day so back to the camera - if you are thinking of getting an LX3 then get on and get one.......... from my experience it's better than I imagined and more than enough for what I need
Pros designed by photographers, not some tech guys.
Cons availability - it's November 2009 and I'm shopping for one for upcoming holiday season. Everywhere I look either they're selling over MSRP price or they're out of stock. This item is HOT!
Summary great quality picture lots of functions on this little baby loving it. I am hoping Panasonic continues to produce quality camera like this.
Pros Great color and sharp pics. Gotta love the 24mm on the wide end. The zoom is modest but for my needs, more than enough. Love the 1280x720x24fps HD video. You can't zoom while recording but it is still respectable.
Cons Detached lens cap. It is a little pricey but I consider the LX3 to be the best point and shoot (nondetachable lens) camera there is.
Summary This camera takes excellent pics, has a fast/wide angle lens and takes 720p video.