Panasonic Lumix LX100 Review: Best Vlogging Camera w/o Flip Screen You Can Buy Under $600

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a superior compact camera that Incorporates a large Micro Four Thirds sensor. The Panasonic LX100 also features 4K video recording at 25/24fps such as the ability to pull high-resolution 8MP pictures from the 4K video, also a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens, high-speed AF in approximately 0.14 moments, built-in Live View Finder (LVF) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD display with 921k-dot resolution, an ISO range of 100-25600, high speed burst shooting at 11 fps with all the camera and 40fps with the digital camera, aperture and controller bands, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is available in silver or black to get.

Ease of Use

The newest Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is the successor to the 2-year-old DMC-LX7 camera, but it includes so many technological improvements that it’s virtually unrecognizable from its predecessor. The main change is the addition of the exact same Micro Four Thirds sensor that is found in Panasonic’s GX7 compact system camera. Concerning physical dimensions, the 1.33-inch MFT sensor is significantly bigger than the 1-inch detectors used in just two of the LX100’s principal rivals, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and the Canon PowerShot GX7, also with 16.84 megapixels onboard, the pixel size is larger also, all of which promises better picture quality. The LX100 really includes a multi-aspect ratio detector, so it may catch 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or 1:1 aspect images while maintaining the exact focal length in every ratio, leading to a 12.8 megapixel 4:3 image.

Another important change is the inclusion of a built-in digital Viewfinder, again borrowed straight from the GX7. If ever there was a reason to end the debate about optical versus digital viewfinders, this is it. Primarily, it has a staggeringly high resolution of 2764k dots, which translates into a screen so good you would swear it was an optical finder, helped in no small part from the high color reproduction of approximately 100% of the Adobe RGB colour-space, 100% spectacle coverage, and 60fps refresh rate. Second, there is a handy sensor that automatically detects if the LX100 is held up to eye-level and even starts auto-focusing, with only the slightest delay before the display is ready. Thirdly, a whole slew of information is displayed onscreen – virtually everything that you are able to display on the rear LCD screen could be revealed in the EVF. Suffice to say we did not miss with an optical viewfinder when shooting with the LX100.

The LCD display on the back is a Bright 3-inch model with 921k scatter resolution that provides a naturalistic interpretation of the scene before the lens. Nevertheless, you will still end up squinting and cupping a hand around it in bright sunlight, so much so that we shot nearly exclusively with the EVF. Also, sadly the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 does not have a touchscreen and the LCD is not articulated at all, two features that the GX7 compact system camera will not provide and which we’d have liked to have seen about the LX100.

As anticipated At this price-point, both Raw and JPEG files may be dedicated to SD/SDHC/SDXC or Eye-Fi cards, and conveniently both can be shot in tandem, with write speeds impressive at just two to three seconds. It further boasts a 3.1x optical zoom lens, offering a focal range equivalent to 24-75mm in 35mm terms, optically stabilized to help prevent image blur from camera shake and also using a Nano Surface Coating to help prevent lens flare. Best of all is your speedy f/1.7 maximum aperture, and in combination with the Micro Four Thirds sensor makes it simpler to attain DSLR-like shallow depth of field and out-of-focus backgrounds, whilst also proving invaluable when hand-holding the camera at low-light.


Concerning Auto-Focusing

the LX100 has a few aces up its sleeve. The Full Area AF lets you place the focus on any portion of the 100% field of view, even directly at the borders of the framework, while the focus detects area encompasses 49 zones. What’s more, the Low Light AF system works in -3EV lighting situations, ensuring that auto-focusing works even in the starlight.

Focus Peaking is also new to the LX-series, if not too recent complex compact cameras. When enabled, it graphically shows the peak of attention from the MF and AF+MF manners by exhibiting an outline around the subject. The detection level can be set to high’ or’Low’ and color can be chosen In’High’ these are light blue, yellow or green and blue, orange or white can be chosen. Pinpoint AF mode is very helpful for just focusing on a really small area, while, Manual Focus Assist automatically displays a 10x magnification to help you be sure that the subject is in focus in the MF mode.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 weighs a manageable 393g using the Battery and card added, some 100g over the LX7. Beginning with the lens, there is a slider button sitting atop the lens barrel for correcting image ratios. There’s the choice of selecting the standard 4:3 digital ratio to the right of the’dial’, together with 3:2, 16:9 and, even more remarkably, 1:1, being the options.

Back of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100


An intuitive Aperture ring also encircles the lens which lets you quickly alter the aperture, with 20 1/3rd vulnerability steps available running out of f/1.7 through to f/16. If you zoom to a focal length that slows down the aperture range, these physical markers clearly don’t change – so at 75mm, for example, choosing f/1.7 actually sets the aperture into the fastest available value of f/2.8. Additional changing the ring from f/1.7 to, say, f/2.2 has absolutely no effect on the camera’s preferences, as those apertures are not accessible at 75mm. Other than this inevitable quirk, the aperture ring is a great addition which further adds to the photographer-friendly feel of this Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100.

By default, the new control ring immediately accesses stepped focal range Configurations of 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 and 75mm, although it can be reconfigured as a stepless zoom ring should you would like, or to set the ISO speed, white balance or filter mode. Though the zoom ring is a really welcome addition, it’s a bit on the flip side, so that we occasionally found ourselves moving the aperture ring at precisely the same period – an annoying consequence of the camera’s size.

Grip might not be especially big but its own leather-effect rubber padding further prevents the camera from feeling as it is going to slip out of your grip in a strong wind. Overall it comes across as a streamlined and elegant solution, with the entire body proportions measuring a manageable 114.8 x 66.2 x 55.0 mm, somewhat wider and heavier than the LX7. This, therefore, is a camera that will slip easily to a jacket or small bag, but not a trouser pocket.

The MOS sensor greatly increases the camera’s burst shooting alternatives, Using the fastest setting of 11 frames/sec while using the mechanical shutter or an unbelievable 40 full-resolution images when using the electronic shutter (attention and vulnerability fixed in the first frame). Slower manners of 6.5 frames/sec and 2 frames/sec complete with AF Tracking will also be available.

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