Panasonic Lumix LX3 vs Canon PowerShot G10 - Verdict
There’s no doubt that there is an awful lot similar about the Panasonic LX3 and the Canon G10. Both feature pleasing manual controls for camera settings, harking back cameras of yore, while full PASM control means that the pair are definitely worthy offerings in the ‘creative compact’ category. Add to that the good image quality - the LX3 more reliable with tone and exposure, while the G10 performs better with noise control - and it’s hard to separate them.
But, it’s in the differences that one must look to pick a preferred option – the Canon G10 offers a wider focal range, more megapixels and a viewfinder (albeit a limited use viewfinder). These extra features, however, come at the expense of the compactness a creative compact should offer. Not only is the G10 nearly 100g heavier than the LX3, but its dimensions make it appear almost 50% larger in the hand than the Panasonic LX3.
The sensible conclusion is that each camera has its merits. If you’re looking for a creative compact and don’t already own a DSLR, nor have the intention to own one in the near future and instead have a creative compact as your sole shooting device, then the Canon G10 is probably the camera for you. However, if you’ve already got a bag of DSLR gear and are instead looking for a creative compact to take out with you at all times, yet aren’t prepared to make any sacrifices on either functionality nor image quality, then the more compact and lightweight Panasonic LX3 is the one to go for.
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