Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 10bar Underwater Housing

By Scott Gietler

 
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 camera has gotten rave reviews, and is known as one of the best compact cameras on the market, along with the Canon G10. It has a 24-60mm lens, shoots RAW, has full manual controls, a fast F2 Leica lens, 3 inch LCD and has a very large 10.1 megapixel sensor. It also records 720p HD video at 24fps.

 

 

Lumix LX3 Housing

 

The Panasonic Lumix LX3 10bar underwater housing, made of aluminum alloy, allows you to shoot macro and wide-angle on the same dive, making it a great choice for underwater photography. Underwater photographer Edvin Eng has extensively used the Lumix LX3 housing, loves it and has produced some great results with it.

 

Best results for wide-angle are with the Inon UWL-100 type II wide angle lens with the dome unit. 

 

The Lumix LX3 housing does not support using the internal flash, so if you get this housing plan on buying an external strobe. The housing supports firing strobes via fiber optics or by sync cables. To control the camera, the housing has a joy dial. This dial takes a little time to get used to.

 

Many thanks to Edvin Eng for helping write this review.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX3 wide-angle underwater photos

 

Photos by Edvin Eng, with 2 Inon Z240 strobes, Inon UWL100 wide-angle lens + Inon Dome port unit.

 

panasonic lumix lx3 underwater photo

 

 

panasonic lumix lx3 housing underwater photo

 

Panasonic Lumix LX3 Macro underwater photos

 

Photos by Edvin Eng, with 2 Inon Z240 strobes and stacked Inon UCL-165 M67 macro lenses.

 

colamni shrimp, panasonic lumix lx3 camera underwater photo

 

 

panasonic lumix lx3 underwater macro photo

 

Further Reading

 

Underwater Camera guide

Understanding Wet Lenses

Underwater housing reviews

 

 

Comments

Does anyone know of a less

Does anyone know of a less expensive waterproof solution for my Panasonic LX3? I won't be taking it any deeper than 40-45' deep. Unfortunately, I'm on a budget.
Thanks!

What about buying the ikelite

What about buying the ikelite housing and strobe system for LX5? Appreciate comments.

hi, can anyone tell me where

hi, can anyone tell me where would be the best place to pick up this housing for my LX3. Currently living in Indonesia, but planning a quick trip to singapore or KL. Cheers. I also have a ship to address in Sing that I could use... but would rather get my hands on when there, and not have to risk it taking ages. cheers

I use inon uwl100 for WA and

I use inon uwl100 for WA and inon165 for macro.
The inon z240 type IV flash via optical fiber
see the results
http://www.forobuceo.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=75612

panasonic lx3 in 10 bar housing

Hi, Can anyone give me some

Hi, Can anyone give me some feedback on the quality of the 10Bar housing in general. I am trying to decided between the 10Bar or the Seatool for my Panasonic GF1. The 10Bar is a lot less but I have not been able to get my hands on one to see the quality of the design and manufacturing.

Thanks,

Thomas Buechner

hey Thomas - if you post your

hey Thomas - if you post your question in the forums I'll get a couple users to chime in, and then update this page with the info - Scott 

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

More photos and instructions

More photos and instructions of lx3
In spanish
http://www.forobuceo.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=57885
Tank you for the information

Hi, I am thinking of buying

Hi,

I am thinking of buying this setup, could you give me a little further advice.

Will the Inon 165 Wide Angle lens be suitable for this as well, or you it cause vignette? I have heard that the Inon 100 WA with the dome can be fiddley to put on/remove.

I believe that Edvin Eng uses the Inon 130 macros stacked. Is this correct? Would the Inon 165 macro be suitable for this camera? Is it possible to stack the Inon 130 with an Inon 165?

I would like to get the Inon z240 stobe for this. Can this be connected via the hot shoe connection or is it fibre optic?

Is it feasable or sensable to use a dual strobe combination with an Inon z240 and an Inon 180s or another cheaper model? Or is it best to get two matching strobes? My budget doesnt stretch to two z240's but I could get a second cheaper model.

Thankyou very much,
Kind Regards,
Mark

P.S Edwins photos with this combination are absolutely fantastic! All the photos on this site are. You guys are very talented...I aspire to get some like this some day! :)

hey Mark - thanks for your

hey Mark - thanks for your comments. I don't think the UFL-165 fisheye is suitable. Edvin uses the UCL-165 macro lenses. The Inon Z240 can connect via sync cord or fiber optics. 2 different strobes is fine if that is all your budget allows.

 

Scott

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com