Summary: Because the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 costs almost $500, there are quite a few photographers who won't give it a second glance. For beginners, this is probably a smart idea. However, if you have some photographic experience, the LX7 is well worth a second glance ... and maybe more.
Conclusion: "A serious photographer's camera in a small package," Imaging-Resource.com calls the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. Its retro, rangefinder-style body isn't just a pretty face: It delivers terrific photos and videos, with full manual controls for hard-core photographers and a terrific auto mode for...
Pros: Outstanding photos, even in low light, Snappy performance, Great video mode with lots of manual control
Summary: It wasn't easy to improve on the already impressive DMC-LX5, but Panasonic managed to pull it off with their new LX7. Enthusiasts will love its fast lens, manual controls, photo quality, and 1080/60p movie mode. Beginners can enjoy the LX7 too, thanks to Panasonic's great Intelligent Auto mode.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, with less noise than typical compact cameras, Super fast F1.4-2.3, 3.8X optical zoom Leica lens gives excellent sharpness, and versatility in low light, Multi-aspect sensor keeps pixel count high in different aspect ratio modes, 3-inch LCD with 920,000 dots, very good out...
Cons: Aperture ring cannot be customised, unlike similar controls on competitive cameras, Redeye a problem; no removal tool in playback mode, Takes a long time (30+ seconds) for camera to flush the buffer after a burst containing RAW images is taken, Vertical stripes in panoramic images, Very slow lens...
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC LX7 is a camera that became an instant sensation the minute it was announced . What set it apart was its Leica branded lens, which sports a 24-90mm focal length, with an aperture range of f/1.4-2.3, making it the fastest lens yet in a point and shoot camera.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC LX7 is a little known camera simply because it didn't ship out of the house of Canon or Nikon. What is little known about this camera is that it not only sports a Leica lens, but also the fastest lens in a point and shoot camera.
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.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix LX-7 came to the table as a solid looking competitor — with a well-built body, a nice design, and the prior reputation and name. We felt like we were looking at an award winner. However, as we dove in we found the LX-7 to bring little to the table over the competition.