Another new camera from Panasonic – the Lumix DMC-LX2. It’s the successor to the DMC-LX1 and retains some of the features of this successful model and at the same time giving a few others a boost.
The DMC-LX2 inherits the f/2.8 28mm wide angle Leica DC lens, 4x optical zoom and MEGA O.I.S.(optical omage stabiliser), but gets an enhanced CCD capable of 10.2-megapixels, along with a larger 2.8-inch 16:9 wide LCD. The camera is slightly different from other cameras by using full manual controllability. It also features the Venus Engine III high performance image processing LSI, which considerably reduces noise, offering image recording at max. ISO 1600 high sensitivity setting at full resolution.
The aspect ratio is easily selectable between 16:9 wide, 3:2 and conventional 4:3 with a switch located on top of the lens barrel to shoot in the framing aspect that best suits. In addition, the DMC-LX2 is capable of recording wide 16:9 high definition (1280 x 720) motion image at 15 fps. Other features include 13 MB of built-in memory, an extended battery life of up to 300 pictures on one charge and 17 scene modes.
Price and release date to be confirmed.