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Very high quality award winning compact with Leica lens.
Discontinued recently in favour of the LX5 between which there are only tiny differences in picture quality.
Was £499 when it came out and was around £379 in most shops recently.

Cracking metal construction and lovely picture quality with f2 lens and wide angle to 24mm (35mm equiv.)

Also lovely leather rangefinder case available - I got one on ebay cheap :)

In store only. I found one in johnlewis at home in poole. They have two left.
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#1
Camera gets good reviews, but be aware that an external flash gun for it can cost as much as the camera itself. Might be worth investigating costs of whole system before jumping at this (very good) price for the camera if you're thinking of building up a system.

Voted hot for camera price.
#2
shilohpyte
Camera gets good reviews, but be aware that an external flash gun for it can cost as much as the camera itself. Might be worth investigating costs of whole system before jumping at this (very good) price for the camera if you're thinking of building up a system.

Voted hot for camera price.


The camera has a pop up flash built in. Of course some will prefer something a little stronger.
#3
Fantastic camera, amazing photo quality - the camera I carry around when the DSLR is too big! Bought a TZ10 for a friend recently which felt like a toy in comparison - build quality is excellent.

Only niggle is the small zoom range, but for the majority of people's needs, it is fantastic.
#4
Mmm! will read description next time.Right hand side of description was not visible on my screen when viewing this deal on my mobile.




Edited By: jon67 on Dec 29, 2010 20:55: Simples!
#5
jon67
Anyone got a direct link . Can't see it on the site.


Panasonic LX3 only £219.99 @ John Lewis clearance in store only - Not so simples for some peoples
#6
jon67
Anyone got a direct link . Can't see it on the site.

hence the title saying clearance instore only
#7
Not too keen on the “cracking metal construction”.
#8
Same as the Leica D-Lux4 that I have, well slightly different firmware, but for this money its a fantastic deal!!
#9
2.5x optical zoom?!
#10
You can pick up the superior LX5 for about £70 more online which means no trip to JL to search for an "in-store" bargain. The LX3's zoom is utterly pathetic rendering it almost useless as a say-to-day camera - even though the PQ is SLR-level.
#11
timesq1003
2.5x optical zoom?!


In the market for a more advanced camera, so interested to know how this can be decent with only a 2.5x zoom?
#12
any sample pic of this camera???
#13
SpamJavelin
You can pick up the superior LX5 for about £70 more online which means no trip to JL to search for an "in-store" bargain. The LX3's zoom is utterly pathetic rendering it almost useless as a say-to-day camera - even though the PQ is SLR-level.

The cheapest I can see the LX5 is for 305. Thats 85 more, which is 38%. A significant increase. Trusted reviews even indicated the noise on the LX3 was slightly better

Edited By: colonel on Dec 29, 2010 21:17: quote
#14
hbc1981
timesq1003
2.5x optical zoom?!
In the market for a more advanced camera, so interested to know how this can be decent with only a 2.5x zoom?

Not sure what you mean. More zoom means less quality as more lens defects and interactions between elements. The super-zoom compacts are all aweful. The best compacts for quality have prime lens - i.e. no zoom at all.


Edited By: colonel on Dec 29, 2010 21:16
#15
hbc1981
timesq1003
2.5x optical zoom?!


In the market for a more advanced camera, so interested to know how this can be decent with only a 2.5x zoom?


Basically... extra zoom does not equal good pic quality. Zoom is irrelevant. In the zoom range of this camera it will take stunning photos. I assume for this cam you can also get a different lens too if you want to increase the zoom... not sure though.
#16
SpamJavelin
You can pick up the superior LX5 for about £70 more online which means no trip to JL to search for an "in-store" bargain. The LX3's zoom is utterly pathetic rendering it almost useless as a say-to-day camera - even though the PQ is SLR-level.


The LX3 takes better pictures than the LX5

The LX5 has a couple of additions but that does not make it the better camera
#18
shilohpyte
Camera gets good reviews, but be aware that an external flash gun for it can cost as much as the camera itself. Might be worth investigating costs of whole system before jumping at this (very good) price for the camera if you're thinking of building up a system.

Voted hot for camera price.


Presumbaly this takes the same type of flash and Panasonic and Olympus DSLRs. If thats the case you can get a brand new Metz flash that does TTL metering and everying for £75. Or £45 or so second hand.
#19
If you're worrying about zoom then this camera obviously isn't for you - i'd say it great for street photography and the f2 aperture is perfect for low light and creating nice dof.

Voted hot ( actually tempted to get one along side my 5D now)




Edited By: skidu on Dec 29, 2010 23:24
#20
hbc1981
timesq1003
2.5x optical zoom?!


In the market for a more advanced camera, so interested to know how this can be decent with only a 2.5x zoom?


Very high picture quality but, like the majority of people, you may be better off with a TZ10 (and save money too). Picture quality a little lower but still excellent, massive zoom, (large) pocket size and well under £200 with rebate.
#21
I've had this compact for about a year now.
It's a peach.
Ditched my Digital SLR. The lens, on this, is stunning for the money
(Ignore the Zoom quibbles, more zoom generally equals terrible results on all Compacts)

However, can't remember what I paid, compared to this Sale price, but highly recommended nonetheless
#22
Golaboots888
shilohpyte
Camera gets good reviews, but be aware that an external flash gun for it can cost as much as the camera itself. Might be worth investigating costs of whole system before jumping at this (very good) price for the camera if you're thinking of building up a system.

Voted hot for camera price.

Presumbaly this takes the same type of flash and Panasonic and Olympus DSLRs. If thats the case you can get a brand new Metz flash that does TTL metering and everying for £75. Or £45 or so second hand.

Yep, that's correct as it works fine with the Olympus FL-36/FL-50 although the LX3's small size makes it handle a bit awkwardly.

Great little camera which I'd highly recommend, I bought one at launch and never regretted it as the camera's had extensive use. Although Panasonic now have the GF1, it's nowhere near as compact as it looks and doesn't fit in a pocket as well as the LX3.

John
#23
hbc1981
timesq1003
2.5x optical zoom?!


In the market for a more advanced camera, so interested to know how this can be decent with only a 2.5x zoom?


20 years of taking pictures for a living and the best lesson I ever learnt at university was dont waste your money on expensive zoom lenses, stand closer to what you want to see.

Good deal for a really nice piece of kit.

If you want whistles and bells go for a TZ10 for around the same pennies.
#24
You don't need a big zoom most of the time.
If you take pictures of wildlife for example, you would need a big zoom, but also a large dSLR sensor in order get the shot of a moving animal with no blurring- and that requires a rucksack, not a pocket.

The compact cameras that do have a big zoom rely upon electronic trickery to correct defects in the image caused by the lens at the extreme end of the zoom- ie it is only digital image processing technology that allows the 'compact super zoom' class of camera to exist. That said, they are good for many people's needs, and the Panasonic big-zoom-compacts (TZ series) are highly rated (and half the list price of the LX series when new)

This camera's chief strengths are its fast lens, allowing it capture good images in low light without a flash (so good for street photos, parties etc), its wide angle lens allowing you to capture more of the scene ( so good for landscapes and groups of people), its full manual controls (those who need them will know what they are) in a compact, robust body.
The only cameras that compete are either larger (Canon G11, 12 etc, Fujifilm, Micro 4/3rds like PEN-1 GF1 etc) or else have no zoom at all (Ricoh). Actually, you can make a Micro 4/3rds camera about the same size, but only by fitting an expensive 'pancake lens' with no zoom at all. Even so, this is a desirable option.
Samsung have a competing camera; it is a touch bigger than the LX3 but has a similarly modest zoom range.
Sony have a different twist with their NX series, but again, they are only pocket-able when fitted with a lens without any zoom at all.
The Canon G series cameras have a 5x optical zoom, and an optional extra screw-on lens adaptor for greater zoom ranges. But it is a bigger camera to begin with (coat pocket not trouser pocket) and takes shots of roughly the same quality.
#25
wright2dave
(snip)...The only cameras that compete are either larger (Canon G11, 12 etc, ... The Canon G series cameras have a 5x optical zoom, and an optional extra screw-on lens adaptor for greater zoom ranges. But it is a bigger camera to begin with (coat pocket not trouser pocket) and takes shots of roughly the same quality.

Well really I'd say, from the Canon stable, the S95 was the nearest competitor to the LX3/5
1 Like #26
milkmanchris
20 years of taking pictures for a living and the best lesson I ever learnt at university was dont waste your money on expensive zoom lenses, stand closer to what you want to see.
Zoom lenses are not just about making objects bigger, they offer more creative control it that way and more, as can be seen in this example:
http://newarts.com/images/DOFComparison.jpg
#27
DubDriver
milkmanchris
20 years of taking pictures for a living and the best lesson I ever learnt at university was dont waste your money on expensive zoom lenses, stand closer to what you want to see.
Zoom lenses are not just about making objects bigger, they offer more creative control it that way and more, as can be seen in this example:http://newarts.com/images/DOFComparison.jpg

I always get worried comparing FF to compact sensors. You basically can't get much DOF out of compacts.
I have a 5Dii and the LX3 has no cross-over, believe me
#28
Maybe but what I was highlighting by my example was in reference to the comment "don't waste your money on expensive zoom lenses, stand closer to what you want to see". I'm merely pointing out that there is more advantage to having a zoom lens than just saving you from moving closer to an object. I'm talking about the way in which the longer the focal length, the more objects at different distances appear closer together (the red car appears closer to the snoopy thing in the 100mm picture) and can be used for creative effect.
#29
I am not sure. I think the picture quality is on par with TZ series compact cameras. However, the low light photography would be definitely better on LX3.

I got TZ8 and low light is awful but when there is enough light, it outshines others.
#30
DubDriver
Maybe but what I was highlighting by my example was in reference to the comment "don't waste your money on expensive zoom lenses, stand closer to what you want to see". I'm merely pointing out that there is more advantage to having a zoom lens than just saving you from moving closer to an object. I'm talking about the way in which the longer the focal length, the more objects at different distances appear closer together (the red car appears closer to the snoopy thing in the 100mm picture) and can be used for creative effect.


Thats not in doubt, however comparing a 100mm prime to a compact zoom lens is a little chalk and cheese.
#31
It has nothing to do with quality, it merely demonstrates the effect that focal length has on the image.
#32
milkmanchris

20 years of taking pictures for a living and the best lesson I ever learnt at university was dont waste your money on expensive zoom lenses, stand closer to what you want to see.

As Robert Capa once famously never said "If your leg is shredded round your ears, you're too close."
#33
have some heat! got the last one in bristol cribbs this morning and really liking it so far.
#34
I have a Nikon D70 - lovely camera but it's awfully heavy to lug around and can be an advert to would-be crims that to decide to take a shine to it. I decided to buy my wife the LX3 and to be honest i've not used my Nikon since - the picture clarity and colour are amazing, it's easy, solid and the battery life is way longer than my DSLR. This is a peach of a camera - and for the price you won't get anything better.

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