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.
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.
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, Go...
Cons: Short telephoto lens at 90mm, Physical aperture ring can confuse, as maximum aperture changes when you zoom, Sluggish startup, Slow buffer clearing, does not appear to be UHS-I compliant, Battery life not as good as predecessor, Slightly below average hue accuracy in JPEGs, Aspect ratio or focus ...
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.
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.
Summary: At £449, the LX7 finds itself priced pretty competitively and positioned in the middle of the sector, with more affordable and pricier enthusiast compact models out there to pick from. There’s a lot to like about the LX7.
Pros: Polished and refined design, excellent lens with ultra-fast aperture, plenty of features, option to add an EVF.
Cons: Good screen but needs to be even better to match rivals.
Summary: Is a small sensor premium compact enough to take on the Sony RX100?
Pros: Good design, Great digital filters, Full manual control, Raw format shooting, Excellent screen, There's lots to like about the Panasonic LX7, but improvements in handling, such as the addition of an aperture ring, and the fantastic choice in digital filters, are two stand-out features.
Cons: Not a touchscreen, Small sensor, We'd really love to see a touchscreen make an appearance on an advanced compact camera such as this. It makes the process of selecting an autofocus point, among other things, so much easier, and would have elevated this camera to an even higher score.
Excerpt: The Panasonic LX7 is a pocket-sized camera for keen photographers, perhaps as a lightweight alternative to an SLR. Its 1/1.7in sensor is only slightly larger than the 1/2.3in sensors used in most compact cameras – and much smaller than any SLR sensor – but features such as a wide-aperture lens, fast...
Conclusion: Even though it doesn’t have the biggest sensor on the market, the LX7 doesn’t fail to impress. The design embodies exactly what a high-end camera should be: the physical aperture ring and other well-positioned controls ensure that the LX7 is easy to use, yet without ever holding any user control...
Pros: Fast autofocus, f/1.4-2.3 wide aperture, great layout including physical aperture ring, small and light, sharp and detailed images, shoots raw and JPEG, neutral density (ND) filter is just a button away, can add electronic viewfinder (sold separately)
Cons: Smaller sensor than LX5, max aperture not sustained throughout zoom (so won’t always match aperture ring), high ISO sensitivities not as good as larger-sensor competitors, images lack contrast straight from camera, touchscreen ability would be useful for movie mode and some other settings
Excerpt: La série des Panasonic LX n'a plus vraiment à faire ses preuves, elle a su séduire les experts par sa conception et sa qualuté d'image. Mais aujourd'hui, la concurrence est plus grande sur ce créneau, et le LX7, qui vient prendre la relève du LX5, n'est plus en terrain conquis.
Pros: Ouverture record / qualité optique, Qualité d'image jusqu'à 800 iso, Fonction multi-ratio
Cons: Absence de polyvalence, Résolution diminuée de 2 MP en raison du multi-aspect, Rendu d'image un peu "forcé en Jpeg