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Best Compact Digital Camera for Interior Photos Under $450 with Manual Controls
By Fotoguy
Expert (27 Recommendations and 7 Compliments)
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September 28, 2008 Updated: September 29, 2008
Overview

For the photographer who is less “Auto” inclined, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 includes numerous manual options and overrides, a top-of-the-line Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f2.8/5.9, 28 - 112mm (equivalent) lens, a 16:9 format 10.1 megapixel sensor, and RAW for those who want the most out of an image. All this and more make this camera a “Best in Class” choice.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 continues the standards set by its predecessor, the LX1, with the same great, low distortion and sharp corner to corner Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens, built-in Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilization, but adds a new improved 10.0 megapixel sensor and a larger 2.8” 16:9 format LCD.

Additionally, there is the new improved LSI Venus Engine III image processor and Intelligent ISO Control which detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO and shutter speeds to suit lighting conditions for better blur-free images. And with ISOs from 100 to 3200, speeds from 60 seconds to 1/2000th, 18 Scene modes, 5 flash settings, plus Aperture/Shutter Priority and full Manual Exposure modes, and a reasonable price all make this little gem the perfect accessory for anyone’s pocket or purse.

Pros
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    Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens
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    Optical Image Stabilization
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    RAW mode
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    Build quality
Cons
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    No Optical Viewfinder
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    Overly noisy images and loss of fine detail at ISOs 400 and above
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    28mm view only available in 16:9 format
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 is the Best Compact Digital Camera for Interior Photos Under $450 with Manual Controls
Where to buy
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
  • Best Price: $594
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Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Wide-Angle Lens: 28mm (25% wider)
  • Resolution: 10.1MP
  • Aperture Priority Mode Available: Yes
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Website Reviews (6 reviews)
  • Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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