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Old Oct 14, 2010, 6:36 PM   #1
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Default Amature snapper wants just a little more, help! (Panasonic LX3 a right one for me?)

I've been using Canon Ixy 10 for 2 years now and wanting to replace to a new camera. I do not think DSLRs are for me as I want a compact, easy to carry and also, easy to use Camera.

Since I am an amature and been using point and shoot camera, I want a little more for better pictures. Usually I take pictures of family, scenary of surroundings, and my dog (want to capture fast moving pics)!

I am thinking to get Panasonic DMC-LX3, as this is on clearance and I don't think puting $500 or more on a camera is worth for me. but the thing is LX3 is a 2 year old camera, is this going to be a problem?

I look forward to hearing from you all!
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 6:44 PM   #2
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The lx3 is a very good camera, and has a larger point and shoot sensor like the canon s90, s95, g11,g12, nikon p7000 and nikon lx5. So it will give you a better low light performance and higher IQ. Nothing wrong with the LX3 for being 2 years old. It is nice that you can select different aspect rations beside 3/2. It also has a fast f2 lens that adds to it's low light shooting when not zooming.

The only down side of it is that really short 2.5x zoom. But if you can deal with the short zoom, you gain IQ over all the little sensor pns camera's on the market with tht 1/2.23 sensors. But most compact with the larger sensor do not have a long zoom. Only the larger g11, g12 and p7000 have longer lenses.
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I agree with S/T on this one-

The Panasonic LX3 is still a good camera (Fast lens, High ISO capable) with a very short zoom. But, if you can get it at a good price. It sounds like it would be a good camera for you.

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also it has a hot shoe mount so if you need better flash range, you can just mount one. And you can even mount a ttl flash to it for simpler ease of uses.
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Old Oct 14, 2010, 7:39 PM   #5
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Wow! Thanks for all the responses!!!

One more thing is, how do you compare these two cameras considering the price difference?

Panasonic LX3 $350+tax=$400 CAD
Olympus EPL1 $550CAD (On sale, reg price is $600) Olympus E-PL1 12.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 14-42mm Lens - Black

And, is LX3 a good deal?
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The epl-1 is a great camera, it is becoming my favorite camera. It will give you even better IQ then the LX3 as it has a sensor 4x larger the the lx3.

Also you can add lens from panasonic and olympus m4/3 systems. You can all longer zoom, fast primes, macro and wide angles lenses.
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would anyone recommend any other cameras that are fairly newer and in the same price range(under $400)? I would like to compare before I make my final decision.
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With the larger sensor, there is only s95, s90, g12, g11, p7000, and the samsung ex1. Anything with the smaller sensor will not match the lx3 in image quality.
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Thanks S/T!

Here are a brief comparion of those you mentioned:

Canon S95 10MP 3.8Zoom $430 (Aug, 2010)
S90 10MP 3.8Zoom $370 (Aug , 2009)
G12 10.4MP 5.0Zoom $570 (NEW-Avail Oct 2010)
G11 10MP 5.0Zoom $470 (Aug 2009)

Nikon P7000 10.1MP 7.0Zoom $480 (NEW-Sept 2010)

Lumix LX3 10.1MP 2.5Zoom $350 (Sept 2008)
Lumix LX5 10.1MP 3.8Zoom $500 (NEW Sept 2010)

Which one would you recommed?
How do you see s90 vs. lx3?
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You get a little more ability with the lx3 as it has a hot shoe so you can add a ttl flash. So if you are in low light, you can actually get allot of reach with a ttl flash and you can get creative with bounce flashing also.

The S90 is smaller and more compact the the LX3, and it has a little bit more reach 2.5x vs 3.5x.
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