Panasonic LX3: also returned

I returned the Canon G11 and got the Panasonic LX3. Quick thoughts on the LX3:

  • very small for a highend P&S
  • AF, shutter, and operation lags were better, but still not as quick as my Fuji f50fd
  • as expected, the lens on the LX3 was even better than that of the G11, and it’s also very fast, f/2 to f/2.8 in the whole range
  • wideangle is amazing, optical zoom is not quite long enough, but that’s not a huge problem for me, I’d rather have a fixed lens.

After about 300 frames, and a few 720p videos, I liked it, but not enough to keep it, so back Amazon it went.

Some LX3 snaps:

LX3 test

small dog HH

LX3 test

you can find all my LX3 snaps here:

The images are still very P&S like, it’s very hard to have any background separation on the camera, so I decided to return it and spend the money to upgrade my Canon 100/2.8 macro USM to the new 100L IS version. (samples from that lens in a later post). The Leica X1 samples I’ve seen have also been very disappointing, at this point I’ve given up on getting a small digital for now. I looked at the GF1 and it’s nice, but the lenses are terrible, the bokeh is so harsh that it reminds me of cheap Canon lenses.

If you still wanna pick up the LX3 or the GF1, you can get them here: 😉

2 thoughts on “Panasonic LX3: also returned

  1. PiBlondin

    You don't like the 20mm f/1.7 that's available for the GF-1? Can you point me to some samples of the poor bokeh? I'm not doubting you, just ignorant. I'm considering the S90 or the GF1 to complement my 20D and R8.


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