Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review - Expert Compact: Panasonic is back in competition

By Kevin Carter - Monday February 18 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 sensor performance | Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 versus competition | Conclusion

From the time of its introduction in 2005, the high-end Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX series has provided an attractive alternative to the mainstream (and longer running) G-series from Canon as well as the popular and more recent Nikon CoolPix P7000 series. Apart from the diminutive dimensions and low weight, the LX series offered very high image quality from the combination of a high-grade image-stabilized Leica-branded zoom and what was originally a wide-aspect ratio (16:9) 1/1.65-inch sensor.

Over the various iterations this has been replaced with a more conventional 4:3 aspect ratio 1/1.7-inch CCD and now MOS type imager in the LX7. As such with comparable imaging performance in all areas (with the exception perhaps of Low-Light ISO scores) the LX7 represents a serious challenge to both the Canon PowerShot G15 and the Nikon Coolpix P7700. The Leica zoom doesn’t match the focal range of either but the LX7 has an attractive range nonetheless. However, if greater low-light performance is critical, larger sensor compacts such as the Canon PowerShot G1X or Sony RX100 should also be considered.