Excerpt: I have a full size DSLR kit and needed a more accessible camera to keep in my bag at all times. My problem with finding a smaller camera was that they are designed as point-and-shoot devices and I wanted actual real camera features that would allow manual adjustments. Top on my wish list was a good lens with a very fast aperture; second need was to make slow-mo video along with good HD. This camera satisfies/exceeds all of my core needs.
Pros: Easy Switch Aspect Ratio, Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I use this camera when carrying a full sized DSLR is not practical. The image and HD video quality is good. It has full manual controls and shoots in RAW format so it's a step above a cheap "point and shoot" camera.I bought this camera because the control wheel on the back of my three year old Lumix LX5 stopped working, everything else is fine. The cost to repair the LX5, probably close to $, I figured it was better to buy a new camera.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Manual control, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Summary: I am by far NOT a professional photographer. I was just looking for a camera that was better than my point and shoot, but was able to be put in my purse on my vacation. This camera produced some amazing photos. I loved that I was able to alter photos on the camera after taking them. I didn't have a laptop on my vacation, but wanted to lighten some, and cross process others.
Excerpt: When choosing the LX7, I had two main interests: full manual controls and easy portability. Traveling with a DSLR has proven to be annoying as a tourist. The Lumix is small enough and light enough to head out with for the day, though not so much so that it fits easily in my pocket. Being fairly new to manual settings, I've found the UI to be fairly intuitive and the menus mostly easy to navigate.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons: Limited Zoom, No Viewfinder, Short Battery Life
Excerpt: I like the LX7 because it produces fewer clipped highlights than any of it's competitors including the Canon s120 or the Sony RX100-2 - so pictures of people seem more natural to me. The Sony has better specs due to its larger sensor and can make bigger prints…but just looking at the pictures on a computer or sharing snaps the LX7 wins. I cannot comment on the movie capabilities. The lens does not retract all the way like the others but you get used to the lens cap.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I am having to travel much more for my job recently. This travel takes me to scenic areas that are new to me. Since I'm flying and trying to pack light, I don't want to haul around my 5DII kit. I considered micro 4/3, but to get the performance of this lens, especially the large aperture, I would have had to spend much more than I wanted.I settled on the LX7 and I'm very happy with my decision.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I'm a micro 4/3 shooter and was considering the LUMIX 12-35mm/F2.8 for my GH2 but I also wanted a smaller camera for those times when I just needed a casual camera for quality snapshots and video. My LX7 gives me more in terms of relative focal lenght plus an even faster lens, F1.4, for low light situations.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Small / Compact
Excerpt: this is an update of my previous review.<br />I found max shutter speed isn't low, at 1/4000s.<br />I also had forgotten the built in ND filter for very bright, high contrast situations.<br />over all the rating is now a tad higher.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact