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When it comes to digital cameras you can go with the simple point-and-shoot camera or you can opt to go for the more difficult to use, but infinitely more flexible DSLR camera. For most users the point-and-shoot camera is the better option and many of the newer point-and-shoot cameras are starting to add features that were previously only found on DSLRs.
Case in point is the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital point-and-shoot camera. The camera has a 10.1-megapixel 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for the camera and can shoot RAW format images. Panasonic says that the special CCD used in the camera is 40% more sensitive and saturation is increased by 35% compared to other Panasonic 10.1-megapixel cameras. The CCD can also capture images in three aspect ratios including 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9. The camera also features a Multi Aspect mode that shoots images in all three modes at once and allows users to pick the one they prefer.
The lens of the LX3 is a F2.0 24mm LECIA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON unit with 2.5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. The aperture range at wide angle is F3.3 / F8.0 and for telephoto is F5.8 / F8. The camera has ISO settings of Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 in High Sensitivity mode. Other features include the ability to shoot image bursts at 2.5 frames per second for a total of 8 images in standard resolution, 4 images in fine resolution or 3 images in RAW format.
The camera uses a 3-inch LCD with a 460,000 dot resolution. HD video can be recorded at a resolution of 1280 x 720p at 24 fps. A full array of manual settings are featured and the camera has optical image stabilization built-in. The Lumix DMC-LX3 will be available in August in silver or black for $499.95.