Excerpt: I bought this camera specially for a low light indoor concert at a small opera house where my detachable lens cameras are not permitted, because of the fast lens even at full zoom i thought i was getting the perfect camera, but the noise levels even at ISO 400 are terrible...which on the other hand shooting B&W is fantastic because i love the grain, but for color photos, not so much. It really struggles in low light.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast/accurate auto-focus, Large Clear LCD, Many Fun Effects, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Excerpt: Recently, I replaced my old faithful Canon S90 with a more up-to-date point and shoot, and decided on DMC-LX7. Overall, under normal lighting conditions, the LX7 provides crisp, clear pictures, but not up to par to the Canon S90/100 performance. There are a few observations: 1. physical size (4.4 x 1.8 x 2.6") is significant bigger than S90(1.1 x 3.9 x 2.3"), not really a "pocket" size camera. It is double the size of S90. 2. White balance has less options than S90.
Pros: Fast/accurate auto-focus, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD
Cons: Illogical Menu Layout, Large Camera Body, No Viewfinder, Poor Low Light Perfomance
Excerpt: I wanted a small camera i could always have with me, so after days of deliberating bought this one. It didn't impress me at all so i returned it. Image quality is only good at ISO 80, starting from iso 200 the quality drops dramatically and at iso 800 images are no different from those HTC smartphone takes. Under bright sunlight you can take good pictures with it, which makes it a great travel camera, but still..
Summary: I bought this camera just to try it out - since "everyone" keeps saying how wonderful it is. It's a very nice camera, but it's simply too large, has limited zoom, and has far too many "bells & whistles" type controls. I am far more impressed with my Panasonic ZS20 which has MUCH more zoom, all the optical quality anyone can reasonably expect (let's face it, the LX & the ZS can hardly be told apart as to IQ)and the ZS20 is a LOT slimmer.
Summary: I have used the LX5, S95 and now the LX7. Also own a SX40 and older point and shoots. You can read praises for this camera all over the place, so I shall try to mention only what prominently stood out to me. I am not a pro, but just your avergage Joe wanting to take better pics of the kids and family in low lights indoors. Pros: ----- King of low light.
Excerpt: I loved the LX3 until I dropped it off of a Ferry boat. Recently purchase the LX7 and it's ok. The images are nice. I like the internal ND filters and wish more cameras had these. Overall I think it's time Panasonic makes this camera with a larger sensor.
Pros: Great lens, Nice images
Cons: Cheap Plasticy Body, No viewfinder, Small sensor
Excerpt: I thought I'd upgrade from my LX5, but it wasn't worth the change. I have returned the LX7. In low light, there's too much chromo-luminance noise, the photos look "blotchy". The shutter lag is quite long, as well. The LX7 is not improved from the last model.I didn't think the extra f-stop on the LX7 made any difference, since the chip still had the same limitations as my LX5.
Pros: 24mm Lens Is Useful, Nice Daylight Photos, Shoe Mount For Flash
Cons: Long shutter lag, Noisy Chip In Low Light, No Lens Extension Adapter
Summary: This is a difficult review to write since I still own and love my LX3 and LX5 cameras. When this one was announced, I could not wait to try it. The F1.4 - F2.3 lens was the only draw for me, so that is what I focused on when I received the camera. The good things are: Great resolution for such a small sensor. The noise behavior is good up to about 400iso and manageable if you have to use 800 (better by about a stop, than the LX5 IMO).