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  1. #1
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    LX2 noise question

    Hi All,
    I am new with the whole digital camera thing, as I have never owned one, but I have used a few on trips. I am looking at buying the LX2, which I really enjoy for the manual controls and the compact size. Ok, to the questions now.

    I have read reviews of noise issues with the camera. But heres the thing, I do not need to use all of the mega pixels, so I wont be cramming so much information onto the CCD chip. Does this reduce the noise that comes with the camera?? Really I wouldjust look at the pictures on the computer, and do a bunch of cropping, but I dont need the full 10-MP. So like I said, does this make the noise issue any less? Thanks for the help!

  2. #2
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    The review in PopPhoto, http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/3267...x-dmc-lx2.html
    may help you with your question.

    The camera does seem interesting.
    Panasonic FZ20, Kodak DC4800, Canon SD850 for when I don't want to carry a camera
    http://JLVACCARO.4T.COM

  3. #3
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    Thanks for the link, but it doesnt really help with my specific question. I have read many sites that say there IS a noise problem (despite what the link you provided says)

    The question is...if you shoot at a lower MP count, is noise still an issue? Do they still use the same noise reduction on the chip that has many people complaining? Thanks

  4. #4
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    This is the paragraph I was referring to:

    Obviously, noise reduction kicks in at ISO 400 and higher, with a trade-off in resolution -- at ISO 800 the resolution is on par with a 6MP camera, and at ISO 1600, a 5MP. But you get to choose how much resolution to give up by setting NR at High, Standard, or Low. (Our tests were done at Standard.) Want more detail? Dial in less noise reduction. Don't plan to make big prints? Give up some detail, but banish noise with more NR. Frankly, we were impressed by the results at the Standard NR level and can't see a reason why you'd dial in higher NR -- only lower to improve sharpness.

    It suggests that you shoot at the highest resolution. The results you will get will be equivalent to shooting at 6MP if you use ISO 800 and 5MP if you us ISO 1600. It seems that there is need for you to MP.
    Panasonic FZ20, Kodak DC4800, Canon SD850 for when I don't want to carry a camera
    http://JLVACCARO.4T.COM

  5. #5
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    Thanks

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. As I am a newbie with stuff I did not understand it the proper way when I first read it. Thanks for the help!

  6. #6
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    If you do buy this camera, let know how you like it. It sounds like good all round carry it anywhere camera.
    Panasonic FZ20, Kodak DC4800, Canon SD850 for when I don't want to carry a camera
    http://JLVACCARO.4T.COM

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