The new LUMIX DMC-LX3 digital still camera from Panasonic is designed to provide bright, clear images in a range of shooting conditions – with an ultra wide-angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens and a newly-designed 10.1 megapixel CCD.

The camera offers an ultra wide-angle 24mm LEICA lens – equal to a 24-60mm lens in a film camera – with f/2.0 brightness for outstanding performance. The new 1/1.63-inch CCD offers superb sensitivity and a wide dynamic range for excellent image quality and colour reproduction in low light. Images can be captured in three aspect ratios – 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9.

The DMC-LX3 allows full manual control for advanced photography; as well as allowing users to take perfect shots with outstanding ease using Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, where the camera makes settings intuitively.

The camera offers users greater shot-making flexibility and control with an easy-to use manual mode; and optional accessories such as a wide conversion lens for a maximum 18mm wide angle and filters to broaden image-creating possibilities.

Alternatively, in iA mode the camera does all the work, activating Mega O.I.S (Optical Image Stabiliser), Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Exposure. This leaves the user free to simply compose the shot and press the shutter button, knowing that the image will be clear and correctly exposed.

Large, high-performance CCD

At the heart of the DMC-LX3 is a key component, the 1/1.63-inch 10.1 megapixel CCD. The large CCD means it was possible for Panasonic to allow more space for each pixel, and also redesign the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimise noise generation. As a result, sensitivity and saturation is increased, providing outstanding image quality with a wide dynamic range and meeting the demand for a camera that offers optimal performance in low-light environments.

The CCD in the DMC-LX3 can reproduce images in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios. The newly added Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously so the photographer can choose the best shot later.