We all know that Panasonic unveiled the LX3’s successor a few days ago, called the Lumix LX5. (Initially labeled as the LX5K, it is now simply the LX5.) If you’re wondering if this thing can take good photos, DPReview (as always) has a gallery of photos from a pre–production LX5.
Finally, the LX3’s true successor is finally here! Panasonic has taken the wraps off the DMC–LX5K, a new camera designed to improve on their bestselling LX3.
The LX5K sports a “high sensitivity” 10 megapixel CCD, no doubt based on the LX3’s class–changing sensor. In many ways, the new camera is still very much an LX3, though fitted with a longer zoom range that goes from 24mm to 90mm. This time, an optical and electronic viewfinder are available as addon options. Ergonomically, they also changed the handgrip that’s sure to help the camera’s feel.
Lumix LX3 firmware version 1.3 is now available, be sure to get it to make the most out of your wondercam.
Okay, these are not the first photos from the LX3 that you’ll see, but these are the ones that will make you consider buying it.
The photos are linked to their photographers, all credits to them. Wow, these makes me really want to get an LX3.
Everybody wants this camera: the Panasonic Lumix DMC–LX3. Not too long ago, the Ricoh GR and GX serious compacts made it into the bags of discerning enthusiasts. Now here’s a new camera that simply does the job well without the made–for–marketing features of its competitors. With a more than adequate 10 megapixel CCD sensor, the LX3 has a Leica 2.0-2.8 lens with an equivalent focal range of 24-60mm.
I’ve been trying to hard to resist the urge to buy this cam, and for the past few days I’ve been successful. Wish me luck as I continue to avoid another big spend. Now here’s some links to make you think about the Lumix LX3:
- Laurence Kim’s review (parts 1, 2, 3)
- DPReview’s take on the LX3
- PiPho’s thread on the LX3 (as reviewed by user Dave_D)
And if you’re wondering by now, the Lumix LX3 suggested retail price is USD $499 and it sells here in Manila in the 23-25,000 peso range, not bad at all. Unless of course you’d rather have a Nikon D40 for around 20k.