21st Nov 2005

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC43 Digital Camera Review

This Panasonic digital camera review would come as a surprise to most consumers. They equate Panasonic with TV’s, VCR’s and DVD’s. But this omnipresent Japanese firm has also dipped a toe into the digital camera market with two models: The 3.2 megapixel $269 Lumix DMC-LC33, and the 4.2 megapixel $369 Lumix DMC-LC43.

Both models come standard with a 3x Optical/3x Digital Zoom, a 16MB SD memory card, 1.5″ LCD screen, USB output, direct connection capabilities to a TV or VCR, a bundled image enhancement/management software package, required cables, and batteries. The DMC-LC33 comes with disposable AA Alkaline Batteries, which over a very short duty cycle, while the DMC-LC43 ships with AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries and charger.

Lumix DMC-LC43

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC43 4.2MPThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC43 starts to pull away for its lower priced cousin with its Leica DC Vario-Emarit lens, motion image recording with audio, Mega BurstT imaging, still image recording with audio, 8 shooting modes (simple, normal, picture, macro, portrait, landscape, night portrait, moving image), and a color effect mode (cool, warm, b/w).

It’s not clear whether or not Panasonic is going to commit its vast financial and marketing resources to this market. If that concerns you, then you might want to opt for the better known Canon or Sony models. Otherwise, the Panasonic digital cameras represent a good price to performance value.

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