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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

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The Good 16:9 native aspect-ratio CCD; wide-angle lens; image stabilization; decent photo quality; versatile burst mode; TIFF and raw formats; 2.5-inch LCD.

The Bad No optical viewfinder; LCD difficult to view in dim light; no white-balance presets for fluorescent light; some image artifacts.

The Bottom Line The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has a broad set of manual controls, image stabilization, and a wide lens and sensor crammed into a compact package.

7.6 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7
  • Image quality 7

A sliding switch on top of the lens lets you change between 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratios. Another switch on the side of the lens flips from normal focus to macro or manual focus.

The LX1 has two--count 'em--four-way controllers.

Shooting speed in seconds (Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Continuous-shooting speed in frames per second (Longer bars indicate better performance)

In our test photos, the Panasonic Lumix LX1 produced very good exposures and colors (top), but on close inspection, we spotted processing artifacts such as demosaicing errors, which appeared in a yellow-green diagonal stripe pattern on light colors (bottom).

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