July 22 2008 - Photo Jottings

July 22 2008


Panasonic unleashes a few cameras today, and I like one of them, see below.  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is being replaced by the FZ28 adding a 10mp sensor making the zoom range 27-486mm, plus a bigger LCD.  The Lumix DMC-FX100 is being replaced by the FX150, adding a few million more pixels (14.7) for good measure.  But the one I like is the Lumix DMC-LX3.  It sports a fast F/2.0-2.8 lens that spans 24-60mm.  That’ll get you one to two stops faster and keep you out of the high ISO mess you get sometimes with the compacts.  In the press release it looks like it has some sort of advanced manual focus option too, but we’ll have to wait and see on that.  It also has a nice and sharp LCD.  This baby isn’t cheap though, $500!  Check out the specs below.
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3
  • 10.1mp CCD 1/1.63 sensor.
  • 3.0″ LCD with 460,000 pixels.
  • 24-60mm F/2.0-2.8 lens!!!!
  • ISO 100-3200 full res.
  • CCD shift IS..
  • Venus engine IV.
  • 50mb built in memory.
  • Full manual controls plus RAW.
  • Lots of conversion lenses etc-down to 18mm.
  • Priced at $499, Silver or Black.
  • Available (US) in Aug ’08.
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