Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

$398
  • 10 MP
  • 3.8x f/1.4
  • 1/1.8" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released July, 2012
It is worth noting that although it boasts a very fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, this gets a lot smaller as the lens is zoomed in.
Rated 70% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

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Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Back view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Both modes offer Sony's Photo Creativity Mode, which lets you easily adjust background blur (aperture), brightness (exposure compensation), color (white balance), and vividness (saturation), without having to know any technical jargon.
Rated 74% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

 

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pros

  • f/1.4
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Generic
  • 920 k dots
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • Adjust white balance and exposure more easily in post production
  • 10 mm
  • Create slow motion video
  • Optical
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • Stitches together multiple photos into a single ultra-wide view
  • 60 s

cons

  • 50.0
  • 3,700 ms
  • 3.8x
  • 10 MP
  • 20.7 bits
  • 147 ISO
  • 11.7 ev
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • Jul, 2012
  • None
  • Won't have that film look

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
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The LX7 also benefits from the same Multi-Aspect Sensor design of the LX5, to ensure as much as possible of the sensor’s total surface area is used - thereby keeping effective resolution as high as possible regardless of what aspect you choose to shoot in.
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Rated 59%
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One has to keep in mind though that at this level of sensor resolution the lens plays a vital role and you're only likely to achieve this level of detail when using stopped-down glass of the highest quality.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Aug, 2012)
Were it not for the arrival of the Sony RX100, the LX7 would have been our defacto choice as a pocketable and user-friendly compact for keen photographers that delivers excellent image quality considering the small size of its sensor, but Sony's offering produces even better images from an even smaller camera, admittedly at an even higher price.

Sensor

As well as its high pixel count and 60fps 1080 output, the latest EXMOR CMOS sensor also has the ability to act as the first curtain of the shutter.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 81% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
With so many pixels to play with, though, there's still plenty of detail in the JPEGs - but if you want to extract the best the camera can offer, you'll definitely need to shoot RAW.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 81% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
All lenses have a 1.5X crop factor, so the 18 - 55 kit lens is equivalent to 27 - 82.5 mm.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 74% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

Lens

Wide angle shots fare better, with most images showing good edge-to-edge sharpness.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 69% by by DPReview (Jun, 2012)
It's well worth running down the Settings menu and looking at such things as configuring the AEL/Focus button behaviour, turning on Auto Review, setting Wide Image to 'Full Screen' for movie recording, and enabling 'Release w/o lens' if you plan on using adapted lenses (etc).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 81% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
This immediately makes the LX7 a more engaging camera to use than the LX5; rather than having to constantly click-in the rear dial to change its mode, you can now set the aperture directly and use the rear dial to control exposure compensation or the shutter speed.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 75% by by DPReview (Sep, 2012)

Image quality

Adjustment options have been expanded providing a much wider latitude for sharpening, contrast and saturation as well as the new brightness adjustment.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 86% by by DPReview (Feb, 2009)
Looking at the good stuff first, the color (in daylight) is generally excellent; the default settings produce reasonably accurate color that isn't as 'over the top' as some Olympus models we've tried.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | by DPReview (Mar, 2007)
The contrast is now a lot lower (so much so that outdoor images can seem a little flat) and the saturation much more natural, though the sharpening is still a bit high for my tastes.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | by DPReview (Apr, 2006)

Iso

If you'd like to see the ISO 5000 output (which looks very much like the ISO 3200 result) please click here.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | by DPReview (Mar, 2007)
What's more, everything can be changed while you're recording - shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation, depending on the mode you're in.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 81% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
Some commonly-accessed shooting settings, such as flash mode and exposure compensation have physical buttons, whilst others, including ISO and white balance, can only be accessed through the menu system.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 70% by by DPReview (May, 2011)

Screen

For the typical user making prints the results are very good, with excellent color (not too overdone but bright enough to please the target market) and reliable focus, white balance and exposure (though see below).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | by DPReview (Oct, 2007)
The dark screen with shooting info is presumably designed for use with the optional external viewfinder (the LCD effectively becoming an info panel, rather than preview), though it's unclear why any composition guidelines you might have selected remain visible on it.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | by DPReview (Sep, 2009)
The Sony's live-view AF is fast and holding the camera away from your eye in live-view mode is more comfortable, especially when you tilt the screen up and hold the camera in a lower position, almost like a waist-level viewfinder on a medium-format camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 | Rated 59% by by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Editions Editions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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