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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor review: Potent point-and-shoot

By Kevin Carter - Thursday November 27 2014

Sensor Review
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor review: Potent point-and-shoot

Panasonic’s latest iteration of the LX series premium compact eschews the usual 1/1.7-inch sensor for the larger Micro-Four-Thirds type found the firm’s mirrorless models. It also has a Leica 24-75mm f1.7-2.8 zoom, a traditional rangefinder style top plate with EVF, a hot shoe, and manual mechanical controls. Read on to see how well this intriguing new model performs.

Specification and Features

Panasonic’s range of LX-series compacts have long garnered praise for their build and image quality, but interest in premium compacts has shifted to models featuring larger sensors. So the introduction of the LX100 featuring a Micro-Four-Thirds sensor usually found in the firm’s mirrorless models is somewhat unexpected.

While slightly larger than previous LX models, it remains compact and features a collapsible Leica 24-75mm equivalent f1.7-2.8 zoom and a built-in 2,764k-dot EVF, which, curiously, the firm says covers the gamut of Adobe RGB. In addition to the sloping rangefinder top-plate, it has manual mechanical controls, and a hot shoe but no built-in flash (although an external flash is bundled). The sensor is the same 16-Mpix unit as that found on the firm’s mirrorless cameras, but like previous LX models, this camera has multi-aspect ratios to maintain the angle of view. It means the pixel count never exceeds 12.7-Mpix, but it allows a smaller than expected lens.

Other features include a fixed 3.0" 921k-dot LCD (unfortunately not touch-sensitive like other Lumix bodies), continuous shooting of up to 11 fps at full resolution, sensitivity up to ISO 25,600, and WiFi with NFC for remote operation. Not unexpectedly, the LX100 has a wide range of video features, including 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at 30/24fps in MP4 (but only up to 15 minutes in duration), plus Full HD at 60fps, in AVCHD and MP4, stereo audio, and focus peaking.

Although not exactly pocket-sized, it’s still reassuringly small, measuring just 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.2" / 114.8 x 66.2 x 55.0 mm and weighing 13.86 oz / 393 g with battery and SD card. It is available to pre-order at $899 in black or chrome finish.

Key specifications 

  • 12.7-Mpix effective Micro-Four-Thirds Multi-Aspect MOS sensor
  • Leica DC –Vario Summilux 24-75mm equiv. f1.7-2.8 zoom
  • Light Speed AF using Depth from Defocus AF tech’.
  • 3.0" 921k-dot LCD and 2,764k-dot EVF
  • 4K (UHD) video at 30/24 fps in MP4
  • Full HD video at 60fps MP4/AVCHD
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100: Good result for DR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7: Related sensors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 vs Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 III: Tradeoff in performance against smaller Sony sensor

Conclusion