Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Panasonic LX3 - sold out already?

One of the two shops here in Finland which was selling the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has now a notice that it is sold out, and you have to wait for deliveries. Is this an indication of a huge demand, or (perhaps more believably) a question of initial lack of supply from the factories?

In any case, until we know more about the upcoming Canon G10, the LX3 is the best small compact on the market in terms of photo quality (if you discount the Sigma DP1, which really is not in the same class of cameras). And I don't have much hope that Canon really has invested in high-ISO performance on the G10.

2 comments:

Emmanuel said...

Hi,

What about the Panasonic FZ28K vs theLX3?

Emmanue

Juha Haataja said...

Well, LX3 has a 1/1.6 inch sensor and FZ28 has a 1/2.3 inch sensor - the difference in sensor area is about 2, so the sensor in LX3 gathers twice as much light as FZ28. Thus, I would think that LX3 is much better. And additionally, it has a f/2.0 lens (vs. f/2.8 in FX28) which gives it a one-stop advantage.

In all, LX3 probably has about two stops advantage over FZ28 in low light. On the other hand, FX28 is much more versatile if you need a long zoom.