One of the things that I missed when I started using my DSLR was the portability factor. I was envious of people with point-and-shoot cameras because it was so light and it could fit in their small bags or purses.
Of course, I would rationalize and eventually say that the quality of the photos are way way better if I’d use an SLR compared to a point-and-shoot. But I swear, there are times that I wish I have a nice point-and-shoot so that I don’t have to sacrifice quality.
Here comes the Panasonic Lumix LX3. I got this about 3 weeks ago and it has brought me back to the fun days of the point-and-shoot – being able to just snap a photo wherever you are without the weight of an SLR.
Will this replace an SLR? Of course not, but it takes great photos and the thing that I love most about this is its ability to be able to capture depth of field. Other things that I like include:
- great for low light: it has an f2.0 Leica lens and it really works great in low light! You should see it to believe it!
- macro focus: you can stick the camera as close to the subject, and it will still focus!
- ability to capture HD movie (720p)
- different formats for photos: 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9 ratio — I have a lot of photos using the 16:9 ratio because I thought it was nice if it’s wide, but I later realized that it looks weird on the computer! :)
- old-school pop-up flash: remember the old times when the flash is hidden and it pops-out of the camera? This is exactly what’s in here! The good thing about this is (unlike canon point-and-shoot), it doesn’t turn on the flash automatically when you shoot in low light.
As with any gadget, there are still some things that could be improved:
- no viewfinder: although this is not really a big thing for me, it impacts the next complaint I have
- short battery life: battery life isn’t that great and I think it’s mainly due to the fact that it uses its LCD screen most of the time. In order to combat this, I bought a spare battery and then used the power-saving options (including the LCD screen) via its menu
I’ll post some of my photos taken with the LX3 soon but for now, I’d like to share with you some of the accessories I have for the LX3. The original Panasonic accessories are a bit too steep for me, but I’m glad to find some 3rd party add-ons that work well with the LX3. I got the whole set below for around $50, compared to around $170 to the Panasonic set.
In the photos below, you will see the wide angle lens attached to the LX3.
Photos were taken using my iPhone
With the attached wide angle lens + adapter, the LX3 looks like a mini-SLR. It has caught some attention when I brought it to Boracay the other day! People are wondering what kind of camera this is! :) I think it’s a good thing! Hahaha!
Anyway, I have not tried the original wide angle lens of Panasonic but I’ve heard from people that they behave the same as the 3rd party that I have (ROWA Optics). The only benefit for having the 3rd party one is the compatibility with the generic filters for SLR cameras. The lens adapter is 52mm in diameter while the wide angle is 67mm. The original Panasonic one is 46mm, not usually found in camera shops.
So, if you want a great point-and-shoot camera, the LX3 is the way to go. I know that a lot of photographers here in the Philippines went crazy when this camera came out. I have convinced around 3 people to buy this already. :)
What are you waiting for? Go and buy one! You can get one at amazon.com for around $400.