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. With a maximum aperture of f/1.4-2.3, there isnï¿½t a situation that the LX7 technically can't handle. It also boasts of a burst speed of 11 fps and an incredible video bitrate of 28 Mbps.
Pros: Fastest lens in the category, Leica lens is exceptionally sharp for compact form factor with physical aperture dials, Excellent video bitrate along with stereo sound
Cons: Focusing can be a little daft at times, Archaic menu system that is a pain to browse through
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. Upon its release, many were disappointed to hear the small 1/1.7" sensor was carried over into the new model, but optimistic that the optics would carry the camera.
Conclusion: Sometimes you don't want to carry a big SLR to get quality images, and that's why cameras like the Panasonic LX7 were born. Small enough to fit into a biggish pocket, the Lumix LX7 has an excellent lens and a good quality image sensor, both tuned to capture good images even in reasonably low light. Though its highest ISO of 12,800 is a bit too optimistic, its other settings turn out good quality images that are surprising for the camera's size.
Pros: Fast lens, one stop faster than predecessor, Lens sharp corner to corner, Image stabilization is rock-solid, Very close Macro mode, Very wide lens at 24mm, The lens is "the stuff of camera-lover dreams", Fast autofocus and shutter lag, Very fast burst modes, Mechanical switch for aspect ratio, Gorgeous 920K-dot LCD, Optional EVF, Good stiff mode dial, Real, mechanical aperture ring, Built-in hot shoe for use with Panasonic or aftermarket strobes, Full HD movies at 60p...
Cons: Fast lens, one stop faster than predecessor, Lens sharp corner to corner, Image stabilization is rock-solid, Very close Macro mode, Very wide lens at 24mm, The lens is "the stuff of camera-lover dreams", Fast autofocus and shutter lag, Very fast burst modes, Mechanical switch for aspect ratio, Gorgeous 920K-dot LCD, Optional EVF, Good stiff mode dial, Real, mechanical aperture ring, Built-in hot shoe for use with Panasonic or aftermarket strobes, Full HD movies at 60p...
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.