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Panasonic Lumix LX100 Review

If you want the power and control of a digital SLR, but you also want a camera that you can fit in your pocket, then high-end compact cameras are a very tempting option for you to consider. But there is a cost associated with this. Because a more miniature camera often has a smaller sensor, the image quality typically suffers.

Because it combines the advantages of both types of cameras, the Panasonic LX100 has recently generated a lot of excitement. It is still a high-end small camera that can be carried in your jacket pocket, but its sensor is far more significant than a Micro Four Thirds camera. This kind of sensor may be found in mirrorless compact system cameras made by both Panasonic and Olympus.

Tiny cameras from Panasonic’s LX series, including the Panasonic LX7, have been well-received in the past due to their excellent build quality, a broad array of controls (for a compact camera), and remarkable image quality. On the other hand, the introduction of cameras such as the Fuji X100S and Sony RX100 III sparked concerns over the diminutive size of the sensor contained within the Panasonic LX7.

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 Build Quality

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is designed for more seasoned photographers looking for a high-quality small camera that offers a generous amount of creative freedom. These customers are also likely to prefer a camera that feels comfortable in their hand, and the LX100 is an excellent option that fulfills this need. It boasts a sturdy construction, a perfect, curved grip on the front, and a small but valuable thumbpad on the back. The thumb pad is located on the rear of the device.

Panasonic has opted for traditional controls instead of the typical mode dial. In addition to the shutter speed dial, there is an aperture ring labelled in full stops around the lens. However, there is also the option to adjust the aperture by 1/3 stop increments. People who are dissatisfied with the Fuji X30’s little sensor may find themselves drawn to the LX100 due to this feature, as well as the vast sensor size.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Performance

Even while we have seen the sensor of the LX100 in action before in the GX7 and GM1, we have never seen it functioning as a 12 million-pixel unit before as it does in the LX100.

The images that the LX100 produces are outstanding, and photographs taken during the daytime have an abundance of detail, pleasing colour, and a level of sharpness that is more natural. Compared to tiny cameras with smaller sensors, one of the advantages of having a sensor of the type Four Thirds rather than a 1/1.7-inch device is that there is far more control over the depth of field, making it possible to isolate the subject more effectively.

Images captured at the highest setting (ISO 25,600) should ideally be seen on a screen with a narrow aspect ratio. This is because increasing the sensitivity level results in a decrease in picture quality.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Image Quality

During this evaluation, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 generated photographs of exceptionally high quality. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 handled chromatic aberrations exceptionally well, with only minor purple fringing effects in high-contrast settings. This was because the camera only had one lens.

The provided external flash performed admirably indoors, avoiding red-eye and achieving a just right exposure. Your nighttime shot turned out wonderfully, and the fact that you could use the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowed you to capture a lot of light.

Anti-shake is a feature that distinguishes this camera from its rivals and functions exceptionally well whether it is held by hand in low-light settings or when the zoom range’s telephoto end is utilized.

The macro performance is quite strong, and it is possible to concentrate on the subject from a distance as near as three centimetres away (although it can be challenging to achieve the desired illumination at such a close range).

The pictures came out of the camera with a slight softness when the default sharpening setting was used, so they should be further sharpened in an application such as Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively, if you don’t like how the default setting produces your images, you can change the location manually on your camera.

You can quickly customize the appearance of the JPEG photographs that the camera captures thanks to the wide variety of Creative Controls and Photo Styles. However, the Intelligent D-range is a good feature for capturing greater detail in the shadows and highlights, as is the new HDR mode. We had a hard time seeing any distinctions between the Intelligent Resolution levels.

By moving the camera in a sweeping motion, made possible by the ingenious Panorama mode, you may snap panoramic photographs very effortlessly and then add one of 15 different creative effects to them.

The performance of the LX100 in low light is the next topic to be discussed. It can produce photographs devoid of noise from ISO 100 to 1600, after which it generates some noise (although very little) from ISO 3200. ISO 6400 has rather noticeable noise and a loss of fine detail, and although the fastest settings of ISO 12800 and 25600 make considerably more noise, they are still useable for small prints and usage on the web.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Specs

Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution4112 x 3088
Other resolutions4112 x 3088, 4272 x 2856, 4480 x 2520, 3088 x 3088, 2976 x 2232, 3120 x 2086, 3840 x 2160, 2240 x 2240, 2048 x 1536, 2112 x 1408, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels13 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (DCF/EXIF v2.3)Raw (RW2)
Image parametersContrastSharpnessNoise ReductionSaturationColor ToneFilter Effect
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–75 mm
Optical zoom3.1×
Maximum apertureF1.7–2.8
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69″)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points49
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.39× (0.7× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,764,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
Flash range7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)393 g (0.87 lb / 13.86 oz)
Dimensions115 x 66 x 55 mm (4.53 x 2.6 x 2.17″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Verdict

Although smaller cameras may have interchangeable lenses, using the LX100 is an absolute pleasure. You have a great deal of control over the final product, and it generates excellent pictures. Be wary of flare, though, whenever the sun is close to the frame’s edge.

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