ROUND 2: Canon G10 VS Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 – Choosing A Point And Shoot Digital Camera.

by vitalbodies on February 4th, 2009

ROUND 2: Canon G10 VS Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 – Choosing A Point And Shoot Digital Camera.

Bought the Canon Powershot G10 and returned the LX3!

Just had see if the Panasonic really was the best. Did we make the right choice?

Panasonic DMC-LX3 VS Canon Powershot G10

G10: Shoots what a first glance appears to be sharper images. On closer inspection the images seem blown out in the highlights, too dark on the mid-range dark and less rich in the mid tones. Much less of the scene tends to be in focus and some time that amount is less than 1/2 an inch! This might be fine for an artistic shot where that is the goal but not otherwise. The camera can not compete in low light. Be aware that low light is any light other than flash and outdoor day light. So taking a photo in the house or office this difference really shows unless you have a very well lit home or office. Overall the photos just do not look as nice. They do tend to look “technically” better in a technical way which might work well if you are shooting technical things like machine parts. They also have a cleaner look which is nice for some types of photography. When it comes to shooting life this camera does not compete in our minds. The build of the camera is really excellent and the knobs are great but the overall user experience tends to be less intuitive other than the setting controlled by knobs. There is also a button right near where you place your thumb when holding the camera which is challenging to avoid pressing particularly if you pass the camera back and forth or pick it up and put it down a lot. The charger is bigger, as is the camera and battery.

IN SHORT:

  • Cleaner less grainy shots.
  • Bigger and heavier charger, camera and battery.
  • Less of the overall photo is in focus and the highlights tend to be blown out with a lack of richness of color across the low, mid and high tones.
  • Narrow aspect ratio and less on the wide angle are a deadly combination for landscape and wide angle shooting. Better on telephoto.

No combination AC/DC charger is provided which is strange for a high end travel camera. This is not ecological if all these folks have to buy two chargers just to travel. If we are expected to pay big bucks for name brand batteries one might think the charger should be a smart charger also that is capable of refreshing and discharging the batteries to prolong their life. This camera does not offer a built in way to have a hand strap that attaches at the top and bottom of the side of the camera wrapping around the back of your hand, so one generally has to use a long neck strap. That dangles in the sand or mud of you hold the camera low to the ground.

LX3: The wide aspect ratio (if you set the camera to that) automatically makes for more stunning landscape and wide angle shots! Having a switch to shift ratios is so nice! The camera can make an everyday shot an enjoyable photo to look at. On close inspection the images do look a bit more blurred if one is pixel peeping. If you are not peeping then much more of the scene tends to be in focus and because the highlights are not blown out the photos look clearer and more satisfying. The build of the camera is solid, trim and compact without large rough knobs sticking out.If you combine the wide aspect ratio and the wider wide angle lens shot for shot between the two cameras you feel like you are looking through a key hole on the G10. That is an over exaggeration but hopefully you get my point. The color on the LX3 in outdoor photos is beautiful thing; rich and full bodied! They do not look muddy as the mid tones are much better represented and balance with the highlights and darker tones.

IN SHORT:

  • Grainier shots. More enjoyable photos.
  • Smaller lighter charger, camera and battery.
  • More of the overall photo is in focus with a richness of color across the low, mid and high tones.
  • Wide aspect ratio and more on the wide angle are a winning combination for landscape and wide angle shooting. Short on telephoto.

No combination AC/DC charger provided, which is strange for a high end travel camera. This is not ecological if all these folks have to buy two chargers just to travel. If we are expected to pay big bucks for name brand batteries one might think the charger should be a smart charger also that is capable of refreshing and discharging the batteries to prolong their life. This camera does not offer a built in way to have a hand strap that attaches at the top and bottom of the side of the camera wrapping around the back of your hand, so one generally has to use a long neck strap.  That dangles in the sand or mud of you hold the camera low to the ground.

Bought the Canon Powershot G10 and returned the LX3!

Just had see if the Panasonic really was the best. Did we make the right choice?

So far we would say no so we bought the LX3 again for a side by side shoot out!

Next up is a side by side comparison.

…When the LX3 gets here and it is on the way!!!

Where we bought ours:

Panasonic DMC-LX3

Canon Powershot G10

More Posts:

LX3: http://www.vitalbodies.com/blog/tag/lx3/

G10: http://www.vitalbodies.com/blog/tag/canon-powershot-g10/

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