Took this photo in the bus last night on our way back using the Panasonic LX3 from our motion graphic class’ excursion to Lights and Shadows, the post production company I worked in as an intern last December. I dare say I wouldn’t be able to take such a photo using my current DSLR setup. The LX3′s large aperture and optical image stabilizer really helped a lot to reduce the effects of camera shake. Click on the picture for the full, and browser unfriendly picture.
It was a tough choice between this camera and the Casio Exilim FC100, which could shoot up to 1000fps video for slow motion playback. In the end, the F2.0-2.8, 24mm focal length (35mm equiv.), intuitive user interface and cool retro looks won me over. I tried to get Alan Photo’s limited time offer of $680 with 8gb memory card, card reader, case, mini tripod, battery and lcd protector but both Sim Lim and Funan branches ran out of the black model. In the end I had to proceed to Cathay Photo and bargained their price down from $720 to $685 with just 8gb memory card and a case. It was a good thing, actually, because I really think that Alan Photo should send their staff to Cathay Photo to learn a thing or two about how to not be rude to their customers. Why didn’t I purchase the camera at the IT show? Because they’re selling the LX3s at the recommended retail price of $799, albeit with an additional 8gb memory card on top of Alan Photo’s freebies. Also there was the mob.