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Old Nov 30, 2007, 2:26 PM   #1
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I'm looking for another camera for my wife. She has a FX01 now but the LX series has a 1.65 sensor and I'm wondering about the IQ vs, the FX series. It seems like it should take a cleaner picture. Tell me what you think.

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They're both great cameras. The LX2 went up to 10MP vs 8MP of the LX1, which made continuous shooting with the LX2 a little slower, but the LX2 accepts SDHC cards where the LX1 does not, and the LX1 does not have the Intelligent ISO option, but to me that (Intelligent ISO)isn't inportant. If you want the best quality from this camera and don't want to deal with RAW, you need to stay at ISO 100 or 200.

I would definitely consider this camera (either version)a step up from the FX series.

They both offer RAW capture, which is very nice. The LX1also offers TIFF, but I would never use that...it's a waste of card space.Aside fromthe differences above, the main thing you need to ask yourselfis if you want to shoot mainlyin 16:9 captureformat...to me, this camera is a waste if you don't.
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Thanks for the information Greg. I was looking at the ratios and think you are probable right. I'll have to take that into consideration.

With the larger sensor, Is the noise less on the LX vs. FX series?

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Here's a folder of LX2 images that were all shot RAW and processed in Photoshop's Adobe Camera RAW. They look very nice...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aftab/s...7600942379973/

I would get the LX2, if only because it will accept the higher capacitySDHC cards, and would be very tempted to use it as a fixed 28mm wide camera, carrying my TZ3 to do everything else I didn't want to shoot that way.

I would imagine once you go beyond ISO 200, noise will be equally bad on both.

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Old Nov 30, 2007, 7:15 PM   #5
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Don, have not used these cameras.

However from what I have seen the LX line seems to appeal to people who want some more manual control in a reasonably sized package and who like the 16:9 format and 28mm wide angle. I know of a number of people who use it in conjunction with DSLRs or other cameras as their pocket cam.

The FX line seems to appeal to people who want good enough uality in a nice neat package but are less demanding with manual controls etc. I believe the FX series only has Program Mode (whereas the LX also has Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual).


Agree with Greg's comments. I love aftabs work with this camera (the gallery Greg gave you) but you need to remember he gets good results with most of what he does.

I will give you some more places to look at photos. I love Bjorn's work

Here he is using an FX
http://www.pbase.com/viztyger/shape_of_water

and here are some using his Lx2
http://www.pbase.com/viztyger/calatrava

he also has some using the TZ3, but I will let you explore his wonderful site yourself.
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Don,

Well, you sent me over the edge....

I've been looking at the LX2 for a while myself. I've been carrying a TZ3 and like it very much, but having used DSLR's before, the control-ability the user has with the LX2, combined withRAW capture in such a small package finally became too great a temptation to resist, and last week I bought one.

Since receiving it, as you are well aware out there in Abilene, the weather hasn't been too good around hereto get out and give it a whirl.

The first night, I set up a resolution test in my apartmentto try out the RAW capture abilities and found the camera looks very useable up to ISO 400, and ISO 800 is even suprisingly good. I was able to get out a short while today and clicked a few pictures outside the office in the overcast ofdowntown Dallas. I've uploaded a few, including the resolution tests, here...

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/gallery/3986208#231773886

All of these can be viewed up to their full resolution size onlineand downloaded if you want to viewany in your own software.

I used the RAW converter Silkypix that came with the camera to process all these. I optimized the settings from the resolution testsat each ISOas best I could and saved the settings as ISO 100-800 profiles and used the ISO 100 profile in each of the pictures I shot today.Using profiles to start the process makes conversions very fast since you aren't messing with each and every setting on all files. There was a time or two I adjusted some setting, like exposure compensation and white balance, but I have to say I'm very impressed with the image quality when using RAW capture.

In the end it's still very important with this camerato get the exposure asaccurate as possible, even shooting RAW. Itmakes getting the most out of a file and limiting noisefrom a sensor this small much easier. As bad as some reviews of this camerasound, I was expecting little from this camera at ISO 800, but if I was in a position to HAVE to use it, I'll take the performance I've seen so farevery day.

I've founda new, primary"compact" to carry in the bag with my FZ50.
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Here's a link to a few more LX2 images..

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=26021464
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