Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 Review
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100;
Panasonic Point and Shoot Cameras
Body type: Large sensor compact
Body material: Aluminum
Max resolution: 4112 x 3088
Image ratio: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels: 13 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors: 17 megapixels
Sensor size: Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type: CMOS
Processor: Venus Engine
Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array: Primary color filter
ISO: Auto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
White balance presets: 5
Custom white balance: Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization: Optical
Uncompressed format: RAW
JPEG quality levels: Fine, standard
File format: JPEG (DCF/EXIF v2.3); Raw (RW2)
Image parameters: Contrast; Sharpness ; Noise Reduction; Saturation ; Color Tone; Filter Effect
Focal length (equiv.): 24–75 mm
Optical zoom: 3.1×
Maximum aperture: F1.7 - F2.8
Autofocus: Contrast Detect (sensor); Multi-area; Center ; Selective single-point ; Tracking; Single; Continuous; Face Detection; Live View
Autofocus assist lamp: Yes
Digital zoom: Yes (4X)
Manual focus: Yes
Normal focus range: 50 cm (19.69?)
Macro focus range: 3 cm (1.18?)
Number of focus points: 49
Articulated LCD: Fixed
Screen size: 3?
Screen dots: 921,000
Touch screen: No
Screen type: TFT-LCD
Live view: Yes
Viewfinder type: Electronic
Viewfinder coverage: 100%
Viewfinder magnification: 1.39×
Viewfinder resolution: 2,764,000
Minimum shutter speed: 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed: 1/16000 sec
Exposure modes: Program; Aperture priority; Shutter priority; Manual
Built-in flash: No
Flash range: 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
External flash: Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes: Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Continuous drive: 11.0 fps
Self-timer: Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes: Multi; Center-weighted; Spot
Exposure compensation: ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing: 3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Resolutions: 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Format: MPEG-4, AVCHD
Storage types: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
USB: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI: Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port: No
Headphone port No
Wireless notes: 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control: No
Environmentally sealed: No
Battery: Battery Pack
Battery Life (CIPA): 300
Dimensions: 115 x 66 x 55 mm (4.53 x 2.6 x 2.17?)
16MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor (Up to 12.7MP used)
24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens
Multi-aspect feature maintains diagonal angle-of-view at 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9
Venus Engine from DMC-GH4 and DMC-FZ1000
XGA-resolution electronic viewfinder (1024 x768 pixels)
Aperture and control dials around lens, shutter speed dial on top plate
3" 921k dot LCD
11 fps continuous shooting (6.5 with C-AF)
4K video recording at 30p and 24, Full HD at up to 60p
In-camera Raw conversion
Wi-Fi with NFC
Panasonic LUMIX DMC – LX100 is a point and shoot camera with excelent photo and video quality. Its features and great performance make it one of the favourites of serious photographers. It has a full auto mode and it’s a good dSRL alternative. However, at the average price of $800 it can be pretty expensive if you are looking only to upgrade the photo and video quality.
Image quality of Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
The high photo quality comes from a combination of performant lens and a large sensor yield, making a JPEG format image look awesome at ISO 800, catching a high amount of detail, despite its relatively low resolution. Between ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, a color shift can be observed, but the amount of detail retained by the camera remains the same.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC LX100, even on default settings, produces high quality natural colors, eventhough it pushes saturation for a bit, but that’s what most of the cameras do. Even when set on high ISO sensitivity, it produces photos that lack the graininess you usually observe at other competitors, due to the lens and their capacity to display out-of-focus areas.
Performance for Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
For a compact camera, the LX100 has a very good performance. A disadvantage would be a pretty slow startup: 2,5 seconds to power on, focus and shoot. One of the reasons is that the lens extend at leisurely pace. But besides that, LX100 focuses and shoots quite fast (0,2 seconds). For shooting two sequential JPEGs it takes 0,5 seconds and for enabling the flash 1, 5 seconds.
If you fix the focus and exposure on the first frame, you can hit 11fps with the LX100, and even 40fps at its super high-speed mode. If you want to create spot-motion animations in-camera, this mode comes in handy.
LX100 has a fast autofocus system, but it has the same issues as other cameras: focusing on the nearest object in the scene. The tracking autofocus has a negative point: it works only sometimes and if you want to shoot video, you get a slight pulse if you’re using it. The good thing is that LX100 has a Custom Multi option that allows you to set the autofocus area array that you want. Due to the viewfinder, the focus peaking and a well manufactures control ring, you can use the manually focus with great results.
Like many other cameras of this type, the battery life is not magnificent, especially if you use the viewfinder and the Wi-Fi.
Design Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
LX100 is bigger and heavier than RX100 III but it has a rubber coated grip that makes a pleasant experience from holding and shooting with the camera, even with one hand only. Being a compact camera, it fits in a jacket pocket. The lens are quite large, but that is a necessity for such wide-angle lens and a sensor that big.
The back of the camera has a simple point-and-shoot design, with a thumb-button for accessing ISO sensitivity, white balance, drive mode and autofocus. The menu system is accessed by pressing the center button, while the button above it brings up the quick menu.
The back of the camera also has three programmable function buttons, a video recording button and a lock button.
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very good photo and video quality, great features, top performance
not so good battery life