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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2

Portability
91
Imaging
34
Features
40
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
34

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Key Specs

Panasonic LX3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-60mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 265g - 109 x 60 x 27mm
  • Revealed November 2008
  • Successor is Panasonic LX5
Panasonic S2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 112g - 98 x 57 x 21mm
  • Introduced January 2012
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Overview

The following is a in-depth analysis of the Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both designed by Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the LX3 (10MP) and S2 (14MP) and the LX3 (1/1.63") and S2 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The LX3 was revealed 4 years prior to the S2 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the LX3 grades vs the S2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic LX3 over the Panasonic S2

 LX3 S2 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic S2 over the Panasonic LX3

 S2 LX3 
IntroducedJanuary 2012November 2008Newer by 38 months

Common features in the Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic S2

 LX3 S2 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Panasonic LX3 features outside measurements of 109mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 265 grams (0.58 lbs) while the Panasonic S2 has proportions of 98mm x 57mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 112 grams (0.25 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the LX3 vs the S2.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the LX3 and S2 is 91 and 96 respectively.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to envision the gap in sensor dimensions only by seeing a spec sheet. The image underneath should provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the LX3 and S2.

Clearly, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The LX3 using its larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic S2 will produce extra detail because of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos more aggressively. The more aged LX3 will be behind in sensor technology.

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic LX3
Portrait photography with Panasonic S2
40
manual focus
saves RAW files
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
34
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
offers face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S2 as a Street photography camera
60
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
more heavy than competitors (265g)
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (112 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Sports photography info
Panasonic S2 Sports photography info
27
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
better than average battery power (280 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Travel photography features
Panasonic S2 Travel photography features
60
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (265 grams)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
71
better than average battery power (280 shots)
lighter than average in class (112 grams)
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic LX3 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic S2 as a Landscape photography camera
52
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.63")
missing Timelapse mode
41
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
better than average battery power (280 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic LX3 Vlogging details
Panasonic S2 Vlogging details
30
reasonably wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Optical)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (265g)
33
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
lighter than average in class (112 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic jack
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Panasonic LX3 vs Panasonic S2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic LX3 and Panasonic S2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2008-11-04 2012-01-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.63" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 8.07 x 5.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 44.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-60mm (2.5x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/3.1-6.5
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.5 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.30 m 3.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (HD 24 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (10fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 265 gr (0.58 lb) 112 gr (0.25 lb)
Physical dimensions 109 x 60 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.1") 98 x 57 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 94 not tested
Other
Battery life - 280 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $449 $109