We had seen prototypes of this new camera, the successor to the LX2, in Japan, and the Panasonic people made a strong case for that claim. For starters, the company resisted the temptation to up the megapixel ante, opting to go with a 10.1MP CCD rather than a 12MP or 14MP sensor. While virtually the same physical size as the LX2's sensor at 1/1.63 inch, the new CCD has larger diameter photodiodes-essentially, bigger light buckets-to increase sensitivity and lower noise. The circuitry and peripheral components have been redesigned to minimize noise, and the LX3 has the new Venus IV processing engine that promises better signal-to-noise ratio and increased dynamic range. The camera will go to ISO 3200, and to ISO 6400 with a stepdown to 3MP capture.