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.
Summary: 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...
Pros: Ultra-Bright F/1.4 - 2.3 maximum aperture, Very low image noise, Good lens sharpness, Low optical distortion, Excellent resistance to chromatic aberrations, Ultra-fast autofocus, Instant shutter-lag, Fast shot-to-shot speed, Smooth high-quality video capture, Excellent anti-reflective coating on ...
Cons: Below-average Auto White-Balance, Low color accuracy, Half-press required for, Slow optical zoom, Slow noise-reduction, Modal EC control, 1s Filming delay, 1s Missing from videos, Accident-prone aspect-ratio slider, Poor tripod mount placement, Short battery-life
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...
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 may not score as highly as other recently reviewed cameras, such as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and Fujifilm X10, but it is still a very capable camera and the best Lumix LX camera yet.
Excerpt: If you’ve not yet been swayed by one of Panasonic’s interchangeable lens Lumix G compact system cameras, but would still like to achieve improved quality image, then the metal construction and comprehensively featured LX series is well worth checking out.
Pros: Relatively lightweight and compact dimensions. Bright aperture lens. Hotshoe and accessory port for attachment of optional extras, such as an EVF.
Cons: Fixed screen LCD. Priced not a great deal cheaper than one of Panasonic’s interchangeable lens G-series compacts system cameras.
Excerpt: , and updates the camera with a new ultra bright f/1.4 3.8x Leica optical zoom lens with Mega O.I.S, manual aperture ring around the lens, ND filter, RAW shooting and manual control. It is available in black or white for £449.00.
Pros: Excellent image quality, RAW shooting, Full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording, 11 fps full resolution continuous shooting, Built-in electronic level, Superb battery life, Low noise up to ISO 3200, Good AWB performance
Cons: Limited zoom range, Price makes it quite an investment, Touch of red-eye when shooting portraits with the flash