Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Panasonic DMC-LX7 Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 8 x 6mm

1/1.7" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels Fixed LensISO 80-6400
3.8X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/4000-250s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.44" Optional EVF 1.4 MegapixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
2 Axis Digital LevelSpot-Metering
11 FPS Drive, 12 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 60 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
Internal Memory
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