We know how versatile the LX3 is, and in capturing the detail on this old pot, I was really pleased to not only get the level of fine detail I’d hoped for, but also a very accurate white balance. I’m not obsessive about this, but there was definitely room for a lot of improvement on the LX3, and Panasonic have done a fantastic job of it.

Some who’ve been reading LX3 Imaging will know that I’ve been using RAW files lately, wherever possible (ie time allowing), and that on such files, the wb can be changed at will in the SilkyPix raw converter software. Fact is, I’ve left it on the ‘camera default’ setting in SP most of the time – and my LX3 is set to Auto White Balance, with the latest firmware installed.

On this image, there’s the tail end of the warm evening glow coming in from the r/h side, while on the left is the much cooler ‘shadow’ side, with evening daylight from a back window. The LX3 has captured this exactly as it appeared, without advertising a featured ‘Multi-Pattern White Balance’ setting, as say on the Ricoh (and which, incidentally, does work very well on the CX1) … nevertheless, the result speaks for itself.

Many more new LX3 images & galleries at … hope you find something there that you’ll like !



From the weekend while I was at Excel, I processed this image of Poplar DLR station from the RAW file, then in DxO Labs FilmPack v2, and liked the Selenium toning option, in keeping with the style of the image. I chose not to add grain, so as to maintain smooth sky and detail on the platform and tracks.

For more details, go to where there’s a free trial download of the software. You may also be interested in checking out for more information on the expert development partner that DxO chose to work with.

As usual, visit for a separate LX3 gallery dedicated to DxO Labs FilmPack v2 conversions, where you can see how well it works with LX3 high-res files – enjoy !

Just to keep the record straight, as it won’t really receive any other coverage on here – this is for LX3 users – here’s my other compact that sees regular use. It’s a different animal, with strengths in other areas, as compared with LX3 : 28-200mm focal range, medium-format style 1:1 (square) aspect ratio, as well as the usual …oh, and it can shoot at 120 frames per second !

For my review of the Ricoh CX1, visit There are also links to galleries featuring images from the CX1 …and of course, many from the LX3 at

For those of you just generally obsessed by photographic gear, I also recommend a visit to  for all of the latest info, rumours, opinion, reviews and more 

WARNING : it can be addictive !

NEW – Update : 16th July 2009

For much more, there’s now also a new dedicated Ricoh site at