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. The LX7 carries quite a few features that you'd expect to find in an interchangeable lens camera, but the LX7 is a , which means that the lens is built into the camera.
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 beginners.
Pros: Outstanding photos, even in low light, Snappy performance, Great video mode with lots of manual control
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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 isn't 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.
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.
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.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is an excellent choice for a point and shoot camera. Although it's missing some connectivity features, its good-sized sensor, powerful Leica lens and smart manual controls make it a solid upgrade from your standard smartphone shooter.
Pros: A fast lens, good sensor and convenient manual controls make for high-quality images.