Summary: The panorama feature "will let you 'sweep' the camera from side-to-side, with an automatically stitched panorama arriving a few seconds later," says Jeff Keller at DPReview.com. "Unfortunately, all of my panoramas had vertical banding in them, which I hope Panasonic can fix via firmware update." Like others in its class, the Panasonic LX7 has a USB port to hook up to a computer, and an HDMI port to attach to an HDTV.
Pros: Outstanding photos, even in low light, Snappy performance, Great video mode with lots of manual control, Hot shoe for external flash, Beginner-friendly Intelligent Auto mode, Fits into a large pocket
Cons: No viewfinder, Short zoom, Some reviews notice a few flimsy bits
Excerpt: For the second half of 2012, Panasonic has announced a new premium compact digital camera in its popular LX series; the Lumix DMC-LX7. It features a 10.1-megapixel MOS Sensor (1/1.7 inch) and a 3.8x optical zoom lens that is rated to an F1.4 brightness at its widest angle and F2.3 at full telephoto; impressive for a point-and-shoot camera. The MOS sensor, when coupled with Panasonic's Venus Engine image processor makes the LX7 fast, fast, fast.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix LX7 is a compact aimed at photography enthusiasts.
Like the LX5 and LX3 before it, it provides DSLR-like control in a fixed lens compact format and better quality than an average point-and-shoot thanks to a bigger sensor.
Arguably the most significant new feature of the Lumix LX7 is its bright f1.4-2.3, 3.7x zoom lens.
Pros: Very bright f1.4-2.3 zoom lens., Dedicated aperture control ring., 11fps full-resolution burst shooting., Close 1cm macro focus., Shallow depth of field for macro shots.
Cons: Cap obsctructs lens on power up., Limited Creative Control effects., Aperture ring redundant in some modes., No Wifi, GPS or touch-screen.
Excerpt: The pocket-sized compact camera market, a crowded field where convenience and the almighty megapixel have long come at the sacrifice of photographer-driven adjustability, just added something for the budding enthusiast. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 replaces the LX5 and adds a traditional-style aperture ring that covers F1.4 to F8 to give amateurs more control over exposure and shutter speed than available with a rear mode dial.
Building on their well-regarded Lumix LX5, this year Panasonic introduced the LX7.
13 September 2012
Conclusion: On paper, you'd expect the Panasonic LX7 to perform as well as or better than its vaunted rivals, the Sony RX100 and Canon S110. With a Leica-branded f/1.4 lens, a 1/1.7-inch image sensor, and the processing power to shoot 12 frames per second and 1080/60p video, this should've been a winner. If anything, the LX7 was just proof positive that stellar lab results alone don't make a great camera. The sad truth is images captured with the LX7 just aren't very attractive.
Summary: There's a lot to like about the LX7. The metal-finish body produces a classy, high-end feel that doesn't disappoint, while the ability to add an EVF is bound to appeal to the more discerning shooter. On top of that, the controls, interface and now the addition of the aperture ring make this a very fast and enjoyable camera to shoot with. With rivals opting for larger sensors, the decision to actually use a smaller sensor in the LX7 than its predecessor is a brave one.