Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Summary
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Assessment
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is a compact camera with full manual-controls and a bright stabilized ultra-wide 24-90mm F/1.4-2.3 lens. It has some excellent expansion options thanks to a hot-shoe and a port which supports an optional EVF, making it one of the very few compact cameras usable at eye-level.
The LX7 uses a larger-than-average 10 MP high-speed CMOS sensor that delivers very good results for its class. Add this to the bright F/1.4 maximum aperture and we have a camera that can produce higher quality images under the same conditions than most of its competitors.
The performance shown by this Panasonic has really improved over its predecessor. Autofocus speed is now class-leading and both shutter-lag and shot-to-shot speeds are impressive. Its main weak points are rather troublesome automatic white-balance and low color accuracy, which can be worked around by shooting RAW files.
Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 provides a comprehensive choice for an advanced compact. The interface may have a few quirks but works reasonably well, providing plenty of photographic capabilities in a small package.
|Ultra-Bright F/1.4 - 2.3 maximum aperture||Below-average Auto White-Balance|
|Very low image noise||Low color accuracy|
|Good lens sharpness||Half-press required for Exposure-Priority and correct Live-Histogram|
|Low optical distortion||Slow optical zoom|
|Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations||Slow noise-reduction|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Modal EC control|
|Instant shutter-lag||1s Filming delay|
|Fast shot-to-shot speed||1s Missing from videos|
|Smooth high-quality video capture||Accident-prone aspect-ratio slider|
|Excellent anti-reflective coating on LCD||Poor tripod mount placement|
|Good build quality||Short battery-life|
Panasonic DMC-LX7 Highlights
Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|10 Megapixels Fixed Lens||ISO 80-6400|
|3.8X Ultra-Wide Optical Zoom||Shutter 1/4000-250s|
|Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|0.44" Optional EVF 1.4 Megapixels||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Spot-Metering|
|11 FPS Drive, 12 Images||Hot-Shoe|
|1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3" LCD 920K Pixels||Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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