When the Panasonic DMC LX3 was released in 2008, Top Gear on BBC 2 had just started their Series 11. Back then there weren't whole lot of enthusiasts compact cameras, the ones that got the most attention were the Canon PowerShot G10 and the Nikon CoolPix P6000 each trying to battling out as to who had the most megapixels. Panasonic took a different route, instead they used a 10 megapixel CCD 1/1.63" sensor mated to a 2.5 X Zoom Leica Vario-DC Summicron 24mm - 60mm at f2.0 - f2.8 Aspherical lens with a unique aspect ratio feature, that allowed the user to select between 16:9, 3:2 and 4:3. The exterior of this slim, black camera with chrome accents was that the outer shell is made out of aluminum. On the top, you have a black selector mode switch for iA (Intelligent Auto), Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Custom 1, Custom 2, Scene Mode and Movie, a Focus Button and shutter release. There is even an optional Optical Viewfinder and a built-in flash. The back of the camera you have a 3-inch 460,000 dot LCD Screen, a camera and play back switch, a little joy-stick, AF/AE Lock, a 4-way Command button, Menu, Display, Delete. I had customized mine with a vintage Canon 85mm External Optical Viewfinder, Panasonic DMW-LA4 lens adapter with 46mm B+W F-Pro UV Filter, a 46mm lens hood, Panasonic CLX-3 black leather case and top it off with the DWM-LW46 Wide Angle Conversion Lens with 0.75 X magnification and two batteries and a charger with a 32G SDHC Card. Set the camera into Raw +JPEG with -2 EV and increase the contrast to +1, Sharpness -2, Saturation 0 and Noise Reduction -1 in Standard Film Mode, this camera can still keep up with today's generation of high end point and shoots. The best part of this camera is that it is Made in Japan, which is a rarity these days as many manufacturers have outsourced their plants in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and the list goes on.