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
Summary: A supremely tactile camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is one compact you'll really enjoy using. The wide aperture at either end of the zoom allows for some shallow depths of field and attractive defocused areas, but check out the similar EX2F from Samsung before buying.
Cons: Some noise at high sensitivities; A little more expensive than the competition.
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 eye-level. The LX7 uses a larger-than-average 10 MP high-speed CMOS sensor that delivers very good results for its class.
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 LCD, Good build quality
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 outdoor/low light visibility, Full manual controls with RAW support, numerous ways to adjust white balance, three types of bracketing, and a customizable button, Intelligent Auto...
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 zooming action, Cheap-feeling rear dial doesn't rotate smoothly; flimsy door over battery/memory card compartment, Full manual on CD-ROM (it's not very user-friendly, either)
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. The introduction of an aperture ring and new fast Leica lens should appeal to 'proper' photographers. Also, the LX7's video modes have been greatly improved and are up there with the best in this class.
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.