Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 Review

March 31, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 12 Comments | |

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2The 5 megapixel, 3x zoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2 is the new entry level digital camera in Panasonic’s 2006 range. The Panasonic LS2 also offers a 2 inch LCD screen and optical image stabilisation system, plus the new Venus Engine Plus processing system. The Panasonic DMC LS2 has a competitive street price of less than £160 / $200, but is it the right digital camera for you?

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I was happy to hear that this camera has less noise than the previous
Panasonics. Maybe it will carry over to the TZ1 (assuming that it uses
the same CCD).

I think you understated the purple fringing problem somewhat. I would
have expected the problem in images where the subject is shown with
a sky background, as in the example crops, but your sample image 16
even has the problem with just a black railing against an off-white wall.

7:20 pm - Monday, March 27, 2006

#2 ballet

My wife has this camera and loves it as an entry model.

7:28 am - Tuesday, March 28, 2006

#3 Eddie

Thank you for your review. This is one of the best reviews with lots of sample photos on the net. I found that you have mentioned about no sharpning feature on this model. I did find, however, that you could set it to vivid mode. I would think this is so called sharpning because the manual also said, "If the photo taken in dark is too noisy, set it to Natural mode." So I guess the natural mode could mean unsharpning to reduce the noise. What do you think?

3:16 pm - Saturday, April 22, 2006


Eddie, as I am sure you already know, the main purpose of Vivid mode
is to saturate the colors. If you are using it to adjust the sharpening, it's
kind of like buying an entire Chinese dinner, when all you really want is
a fortune cookie. :)

7:44 pm - Saturday, April 22, 2006

#5 nick in japan

Eddie, you are correct, without a sharpening mode, little tricks will, in fact, affect the picture to appear sharper, or at least, more pleasant to view. a sharpening tweak is available later in software or printing processes, when needed.

1:12 am - Sunday, April 23, 2006

#6 Eddie

Thank you, Gary and Nick for your comments. I use Canon EOS10D too but never activated the sharpening feature on the camera since I use the unsharpmask which seems to work better than sharpening the edge or simply sharpening.

I wonder how I can set it to work as aparture priority mode. Or is this simply the point and shoot camera with some nice features?

5:55 am - Sunday, April 23, 2006

#7 nick in japan

Eddie, I wish I could advise you on this Panasonic, I can't, I can tell you that the 10D is a wonderful camera in that you can set your Parameters to differnt settings, to suit your different styles, then simply select to tweak your pictures. Custom functions are set on mine as follows.. #2=1, #3=1, #6=1, #8=5, #14=1

6:25 am - Sunday, April 23, 2006

#8 Mark Goldstein

Eddie, there is no aperture-priority mode, the LS2 is purely a point and shoot.

3:46 pm - Sunday, April 23, 2006

#9 Eddie

One of the reasons I wanted the aperture priority in this camera besides the DOF was to take an advantage of using the "sweet spot" of the lens. I don't know why the reviews of compact camera tends to ignore the fact that any lens regardless of DSLR or compact digital camera has better optics when stopped down.

If I could set it to f4 or f5.6 instead of f2.8 at wide open, I could avoid the light loss at four corners. I have used this camera for few days and found that f-stop was fixed while the shutter speed varied depending on the exposure. So, f2.8@35mm and f5@105mm are fixed and there is nothing I can do about it.

I also found that if you set to 16:9, the four corners are cropped while the resolution reduces.

4:33 am - Monday, April 24, 2006

#10 nick in japan

Eddie.. There is a chance that the camera will set itself to F5.6 if you use flash. Try the forced flash setting, and check the results, you may be pleasantly suprised...

4:57 am - Monday, April 24, 2006

#11 Kwink

Sorry but I have a little problem... I bought it but without manual in english or my national language... If you can help me, send the manual (in pdf or sth) to my mail ... thanks in advance...

10:31 pm - Sunday, April 30, 2006

#12 Harsha

Does anybody know where to get a English version of the Panasonic Lumix DMZ 5.0? I got a french manual and its of no use to me.

8:09 am - Friday, May 16, 2008