The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is very much a camera of two halves. In use, it can be an absolute dream with its wide lens, sensor and screen inspiring your creative side, and the decent build quality and high level of manual control satisfying the demands of enthusiasts.
In these and many other respects it’s an excellent product. It’s only once you get home and take a closer look at the images that you realise anything shot above 200 ISO is severely compromised by noise reduction and processing.
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is a midsize camera with three “wide” features. First you have its exclusive 16:9 widescreen, 10.2 Megapixel CCD. Yes, if there’s one thing the original Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 didn’t need, it’s more resolution. Next we have the wide-angle lens, which covers a nice range of 28 - 112 mm. Completing the puzzle is the 2.8″ widescreen LCD, something which was missing on the LX1. I found the LCD easy to see both outdoors and in low light.
The LX2 lacks an optical viewfinder. One of the other standout features on the LX2 is its optical image stabilizer. I found that it works well for both still and video recording. In terms of build quality, the LX2 is well put together. It’s made mostly of metal, and feels solid in your hands. You can buy the LX2 in either silver or black.
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