Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Assessment
The Panasonic LX100 is a relatively compact premium digital camera. Its 16 MP Four-Thirds sensor, being used with a 2.2X crop-factor, rather than the usual 2X, delivers exceptional image-quality in multiple aspect-ratios while keeping an ultra-wide field-of-view most of the time.
The excellent Leica optics, equivalent to a 24-75mm F/1.7-2.8 in all rectangular formats, makes the LX100 very versatile and keeps it moderately compact. This lens shows excellent sharpness across the frame when stopped-down with very little distortion and no sign of vignetting or chromatic aberrations.
This digital camera is fast for the most part with impressive autofocus speed. While its zoom is slow, other aspects are comparable to high-end cameras.
Ergonomics are a step up from most premium cameras. Its numerous physical controls are efficient to use and highly intuitive. It is too bad that the EC dial and control-ring are easy to accidentally turn because the interface on the LX100 is otherwise impeccable.
The Panasonic LX100 produces top-notch image-quality at a quick pace and with ease. This is an ideal camera whenever time size and weight are an issue, either on its own or backup to a larger mirrorless or DSLR.
|Extremely low image-noise||Below-average Auto White-Balance|
|Superb detail-retention||Low color accuracy|
|Ultra-wide field-of-view||Slow optical zoom|
|Ultra-Bright F/1.7 - 2.8 maximum aperture||Half-press required for Exposure-Priority and correct Live-Histogram|
|Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations||Accident-prone EC dial and control-ring|
|Uniform lens brightness||1s Filming delay|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Poor tripod mount placement|
|Instant shutter-lag||Short battery-life|
|Fast shot-to-shot speed|
|Smooth high-quality 4K Ultra-HD video|
|Nice EVF with Eye-Start Sensor|
|Good LCD visibility|
|Solid build quality|
|Excellent + Excellent +|
Panasonic DMC-LX100 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 17 x 13mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|12 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 100-25600|
|3.1X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/16000-60s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.38" Built-in EVF 2.8 Megapixels (0.70X)||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Hot-Shoe|
|11 FPS Drive, 8 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels|
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