Review: Panasonic LX100 Camera
With Panasonic LX100, Panasonic enters the world of professional, compact cameras that can provide perfect answer to Fuji X100S and Sony RX100 III.
The Panasonic LX100, unlike its predecessors, has a Four-thirds sensor with 16 megapixels. But since the model uses the Multi Aspect Ratio system by Panasonic, the images are formed using just 12.8MP. When compared to its predecessor LX7, the LX100 definitely stands out.
One of the best features of this camera is the increased size of the photo receptors by as much as 4 times in comparison to the LX7. Hence, you can always expect better quality images of it. However, with such technology, you only wish that Panasonic could help you to use the whole 16 megapixels to form images.
Panasonic has again used a brand new Venus engine that enables you to an ISO range of 200 to 25,600 coupled with settings that can increase this number to ISO 100-125,160. Yes; you can shoot 4k video, too, while with continuous shooting, you can have 8MP images at 30 frames per second.
The camera is also equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens in spite of having a massive increase in the sensor size. This is a great feat achieved by Panasonic who worked by using a new technology for the construction of the lens. The lens has 6 groups all of which are movable independently along with five aspherical lenses created with extra properties of depression using a secret ‘special’ material.
To ensure that each element is aligned to perfection, Panasonic has used a newly devised multiple lens centring system. Besides, instead of the regular seven, the aperture in this camera uses as many as 9 blades. So, if you love to create bokeh in the background, you shall be mesmerized.
To ensure the enthusiasts and the budding photographs have complete ease of usage, the LX100 is enabled with both NFC technology and Wifi. To connect the Wifi, all you have to do is scan the QR code. That’s it! The features of this camera are absolutely hassle-free.
Build and Handling
If you are an experienced photographer who’s looking for a compact yet high quality camera, the LX100, with its array of modern controls, shall be able to satisfy your needs. A solid build with a curled grip in the front along with a thumb-ridge at the back make the body of this camera.
The camera doesn’t feature the modal dials but use the traditional controls. There is an aperture ring near the lens along with the control of shutter speed. This usability along with the large sensor makes LX100 a really loved camera.
The lens barrel features a sliding switch that can set the image aspect ratio between 4:3, 1:1, 16:9 and 3:2 along with a ring for manual focusing. Its manual focus has the ability of highlighting the areas of highest sharpness.
Zooming can be done through a sprung lever around the shutter dial. You can set the exposure level between + and -3EV with the help of a traditional control. There is also a Zebra display seen in the EVF and the screen indicating the areas of the image that are close to burning out.
If you are looking for clicking images using an Auto mode, the camera features excellent iA button on its top plate to easily activate Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto Mode that effectively handles the white balance and exposure of the camera. The shutter speed dial and the aperture ring both possess an A button that allows for a quick change to the Program mode, Aperture priority or shutter priority.
There is a “Filter” button on top of the camera that provides for a quick access to as many as 25 filter modes. Besides, the camera has not only got a beautiful 921,000-dot 3-inch LCD screen but also possess an electronic viewfinder of 2,764,000-dot for composing beautiful images. This makes LX100 stand bright above its predecessors, especially in its ability to compose beautiful images in bright ambience.
Why should you buy it?
In spite of a compact body, it possesses great sensor. The lens is of high quality, yet small enough for better handling. Traditional controls along with an electronic viewfinder make this camera a must-have for many photographers.
Why should you not buy it?
You only wish if the LCD was a touch-screen one. There is no built-in flash available in this camera. And, though it has a 16.1MP sensor, it can compose images by only using 12.8MP
When compared to the other compact cameras and even SLRs (beginner’s range), the LX100 produces quite crisp and high quality images. The daylight images possess amazing details and bright colours along with a tinge of natural sharpening. However, whether the camera can compose equally great images at lower light sensitivity with perfect noise control is to be examined. The lens is also quite adept in composing beautiful images.