Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

  • 10 MP
  • 4x f/2.8
  • 1/1.8" CCD
  • 2.8" LCD
Released July, 2006
Overall quality is okay, though not fantastic (there are visible compression artifacts), and is helped a great deal by the steadying effect of the MEGA optical image stabilization.
by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

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Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Back view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
If you really want to go big you can shoot 'HD resolution' 1280x720 pixel movies, but as these are restricted to 15 frames per second they look jerky.
by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

megapixels

0 MP
24.2 MP

10 MP
24.1 MP
30 MP
And now, a year later we have the LX2, which adds a 16:9 widescreen LCD to match the sensor, ups the pixel count to 10.2 megapixels and upgrades the processor to the latest Venus Engine III.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 and the eight megapixel Canon PowerShot S80 - a fairly representative example of the current crop of 1/1.8" 8MP CCD cameras, and one that also sports a 28mm wide lens.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

sensor size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
Nikon D5100
Nikon D7000
We have included samples at each camera's lowest ISO setting (LX2: ISO 100, LX1: ISO 80) and ISO 400.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
Like the LX1 before it, the long list of 'pros' saved this camera from an Above Average rating, plus the fact that at ISO 100 the output is excellent.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
I, personally, love it, but if you don't use it (in other words if you use the 3:2 or 4:3 modes) there is little, if any point buying the LX2; you lose the wide angle lens and may as well look at less expensive, less noisy 7 or 8MP alternatives.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
Designed with the photo enthusiast in mind it offered the world's first 16:9 widescreen CCD sensor, a useful 28-112mm 4x wide angle zoom lens (with optical stabilization, naturally) and full photographic control.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

aperture size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
Despite its diminutive dimensions the LX2 puts a class-leading level of control at your fingertips, offering direct access to virtually every aspect of picture-taking, from white balance to ISO to shutter speeds, apertures and file size / quality.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
Because we don't always want a 'panoramic' shot the LX2 has an ASPECT switch on the top of the lens barrel that lets you swap between three different picture shapes; 16:9 (widescreen), 3:2 (same as most print papers) and 4:3 (same as most compact cameras and computer screens).
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

zoom range

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50x

4x
35x
50x
Overall Mode 2 is still the most effective, allowing handheld shots at the wide end of the zoom down to around 1/15th of a second (if you're fairly steady-handed).
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
From the rear the LX2 bears a close resemblance to the 'FX' series of cameras, and has a similar control layout to the latest 'FZ' super zoom models.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

body size

106 x 56 x 26 mm
123 x 87 x 106 mm
132 x 105 x 77 mm
As mentioned above, the LX2 is a beautifully constructed camera with a real 'quality' feel and just enough weight (around 220g / 7.8 oz) to feel sturdy and stable in the hand.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
That said, it's a tribute to Panasonic's designers that such a small camera maintains such a usable level of control.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

shutter lag

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
Nikon D7000
Canon EOS 650D
Our advice when the shutter speeds falls below about 1/15 sec would be to take a few shots - at least one of them will be sharp enough to be a 'keeper.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
Shutter speed was kept above 1/160 sec during these tests.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)

battery life

300 photos
1,050 photos
660 photos

max continuous shooting

The LX2 offers a slower burst rate than its predecessor, and the buffer doesn't hold as many shots.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
The buffer clears very quickly, and most of the delay between bursts is due to the fact that you cannot just hold down the shutter and wait - you have to take your finger off the shutter and press it again.
Lumix DMC-LX2 by DPReview (Oct, 2006)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1280 x 720 @ 15 fps
  • Optical
  • 26 mm
  • 106 x 56 x 26 mm
  • 220 g

cons

  • Jul, 2006
  • 207 k dots
  • f/2.8
  • 1280 x 720 @ 15 fps
  • 1/1.8"
  • 2.8"
  • 3,200 ISO
  • 600 ms
  • 2 fps
  • 10 MP
  • No automatic HDR
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • No automatic stitching
  • None
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Won't have that film look
  • 1/2000 s

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Editions Editions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

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1/1.8" 207 k dots 28 mm 10 MP
 
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