Jul 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm #1230278
Ok, the ideal backpacking camera will never exist, but this could go into the 'worth a look" list.
Panasonic LX3. As the premium Pana model, the DMC LX3 has an F2/2.8 24-60mm lens and a larger than most 1/1.63-inch 10 MP sensor.
The F2 /larger sensor and not too many pixel combo, could make this one a possible SLR alternative, note the full manual controls. Just over 9 oz
Interestingly it has the CCD shift (Konica-Minolta ) image stabiliser and not their own in lens version.
FrancoJul 22, 2008 at 11:27 am #1443979
Rick DreherBPL Member
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
I've taken a little time to look at this and it does seem promising, not to mention mega-eyecandy. The lens is huge step in the right direction.
That giant LCD seems to have eliminated a lot of controls, making me wonder how many steps it takes to access frequently used settings. I also wonder whether the auxiliary finder zooms or uses framelines to accommodate the zoom lens?
More here:Jul 22, 2008 at 5:46 pm #1444055
It appears that the viewfinder covers the 24mm angle of view with a 60mm frame insert.
The 460k 3" LCD might be just good enough to operate in bright daylight (?)
Yes it does look rather delicious..
FrancoJul 23, 2008 at 3:08 am #1444109
@ianwrightLocale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
It's one new delicious toy after another!
My 'new' TZ2 is only a year old and hardly used so by the time I can justify a replacement, the DMC LX3 will have been replaced ! I hope so !
That hotshoe and viewfinder is wonderful.Jul 23, 2008 at 10:06 pm #1444266
Mark W HeningerMember
@heningerLocale: Pacific Northwest
I have the LX2 the preceded it and have *liked* this camera. The lens is great, the feature set was good (raw, 16:9 widescreen sensor) but it wasn't perfect – very slow with raw, noisy beyond ISO 100, did I mention slow?
This new version is interesting – faster lens, 40% better claimed sensitivity for better low light performance, hotshoe. I'm just hoping they gave it a bigger buffer to write those raw files – 8 seconds between images can be a drag.
Sometimes I just drag along the 5D and 24-105 L Lens – it weights more than my baseweight pack…Jul 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm #1444611
The media release list a "burst" mode at 2.5 frames a second at full resolution. Some have interpreted this to mean RAW, but I have been unable to ascertain this .
FrancoAug 9, 2008 at 1:03 pm #1446430
Michael SmithBPL Member
@miksmiLocale: MD, DC, VA
Wade, how do you carry your Canon 5D and 24-105 L? I'm looking for a way to attach a small camera bag or case to a ULA Catalyst, perhaps on a shoulder strap, for quick access to a Canon 10D.
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