Does Ken Rockwell know that the Panasonic LX3 exists?


Ken Rockwell wrote an enthusiastic article over the new Canon S90. He never mentioned the Panasonic LX3 in this article or any article written before (a part from one advertising link inside the D-Lux4 review). And I really do not understand why. Does he know that Panasonic exists?

One of the sentence I didn’t like says:

“3.) Full-Sized Image Sensor. Well, not really, but considering that other makers lie about their 4/3 system DSLRs and E-P1 PEN as having full sized sensors (they are really only have quarter-sized), I’m saying “full sized sensor” here to light up the fact that the S90 and G11 have the biggest sensors of any compact cameras I’ve seen.

Any compact camera ever seen? What about the Lx3??? And I never heard Olympus telling anyone that they have full sized (Fullframe) sensors inside the E-P1.

UPDATE: he wrote a short Leica D-Lux4 review you can read here:

His sentence in short: “Would I buy one? No way.

P.S.: I like Ken Rockwell, but I just want to know why he is never mentioning the LX3


(UPDATE) Canon releases the S90. A new Panasonic LX3 competitor?


Canon S90 Key Features

  • Lens Control Ring
  • 10 million pixels sensor
  • RAW shooting
  • Fast f/2.0-4.9 maximum aperture range
  • Lens covering the classic 28-105mm range
  • Dual Anti-Noise System (high sensitivity sensor and Digic 4 noise reduction)
  • 3.0 inch PureColor II LCD
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Smarter Scene Detection
  • Low Light mode
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • HD output

Amazon has it available for preorder only at $449.95. That’s almost $200 cheaper than the black Panasonic LX3.

The LX3 has a far wider angle (24mm vs 28mm)  but to me it seems the S90 could be a real LX3 competitor. Someone close to Panasonic told me today that we will not see any LX3 successor this year. Should I believe him? We will soon know it!


Which camera is better? Lots of discussios here:


Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 is in stock at bhphoto, amazon and adorama!



Something rare is happening. Amazon US and Adorama and BHphoto have few Panasonic-Leica 25mm f/1.4 in stock.

Amazon US has only one Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 lens! For $1,019.93 and free shipping

Adorama has the cheapest price $999.95 and free shipping.

BHphoto has it for $1,049.95 and free shipping

Havn’t found the lens in german stores and only one lens is in stock at amazon UK

You want to know how well the lens performs? Read the following popphoto review!


Zeiss-Leica-Samsung-Nikon rumors summary


The huge MicroFourThirds tecnology success will shortly move other competitors to release cameras with the same or a similar concept.

Nikonrumors found a new Nikon patent for a mirrorless camera system. Zeiss will probably not make any digital rangefinder camera. Latest report are saying that Samsung delayed their first NX camera release. Chasseur d’Image magazine predicts a Leica M9 in September. There are no reliable reports about possible Canon and Sony moves but I suspect they are working on mirrorless cameras.

The only thing we know is that Olympus and Panasonic both will soon release new MicroFourThirds cameras ;)