The reissued firmware release is labelled as Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 v2.1, and includes the same changes as the previous v2.0 update, plus corrections to the new custom mode features. The LX3 update was said to offer improved auto white balance performance, as well as faster auto-focusing. It also added white balance bracketing capability, the ability to record the photographer's name in the picture, a 1:1 aspect ratio recording mode, a High Dynamic scene mode, and Lens Resume / Menu Resume (which remember the last-used lens zoom, manual focus and menu screen) options in the setup menu. The DMC-LX3 update further increased the exposure compensation and auto bracketing compensation ranges to +/-3.0EV, and made it possible to adjust the position of the guide lines, as well as to display highlights in playback mode. Finally, the digital red-eye removal function was modified, and the selection of items saved in the custom mode were changed.
At the same time, an updated version of PHOTOfun Studio v2.1 supporting the updates in the Panasonic LX3 has been released. This adds support for 1:1 aspect ratio images, the High Dynamic scene mode, and the photographer name tags, as well as fixing an issue with the wrong message being displayed if transfer from an SD card was cancelled. An update to the user manual for the Lumix DMC-LX3 has also been issued in PDF format.
Available from August 2008, the Panasonic Lumix LX3 has a 10.1 effective megapixel imager coupled to an image stabilized, Leica branded 2.5x optical zoom lens with an impressive 24mm wide angle. The Panasonic DMC-LX3 also offers a 3.0" LCD display, and while there's no built-in viewfinder, an optional external viewfinder can be attached to the LX3's flash hot shoe. For more details, read our Panasonic LX3 preview. If you already own the camera, both the firmware update and software update are available on Panasonic's website..