Panasonic DMC-LX1

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The Panasonic DMC-LX1 released from Matsushita is an 8 megapixel digital compact camera. It spawned several "LX" models to follow. When introduced in 2005, it was the first compact to offer a 16:9 aspect ratio and was the smallest camera to provide RAW file format. It uses a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 6.3-25.2 mm (28-112 mm 16:9, 34-136mm 4:3), f/2.8 - f/4.9 (4x) zoom lens with optical image stabilization. Images can be captured with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 in 16:9, 3248 x 2160 3:2 or 2880 x 2160 in 4:3. The top of the lens barrel has a three position switch to change between 16:9, 3:2 and 4:3 formats. Along with RAW, TIFF and Jpeg film formats are also supported. The top of the camera has a switch that releases the built-in flash. The back has a 207,000 pixels pixel, 2.5" TFT LCD screen. Removable storage is with SD and MMC cards. A 32MB card is usually supplied. It can be accessed on the base of the camera and share the space with the CGR-S005A 3.7V 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery.

The LX1 has a Leica counterpart, the Leica D-Lux 2, and apart from some cosmetic differences both cameras appear to be the same, including the Leica lens.

The Panasonic DMC-LX2 was available a year later.