A Brief Review On Panasonic Lumix DCM LX7 Compact Camera
This review is based on my own experience after purchasing not just one, but two of these cameras (panasonic lumix lx7) last year!
Who is the Panasonic Lumix LX7 for?
If you are the type of a person who takes more pleasure from the actual photos and videos you shoot than in physically showing off your expensive camera gear to impress your friends and family, this Lumix is for you. If you are the type of person who is creative and wants to tinker with various settings, but hate lugging around heavy gear (like dSLR body + different lenses), then too this Lumix is for you. In fact, there is a very good chance that you will be relying just on this one little gem of a camera even if your arsenal includes many other sophisticated and sexy cameras. Believe me, it is that good! This is a highly potent little camera that is ‘Jack of all trades and master of many’.
Image Source for Panasonic Lumix LX7 : Panasonic website.
Now onto the review:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 10.1-megapixel digital camera is a lot more portable than a typical dSLR because there is nothing more to lug around with you. It lets you be very creative with its supreme ease of use. The aperture dial on the lens barrel lets you be creative quickly without having to tinker with cumbersome buttons and menu choices on the screen. Even the control dial at the top is fairly minimalistic. The Panasonic Lumix LX7 boasts a 24mm wide-angle Leica lens (made by Leica of Germany) with F1.4 brightness at the widest end.
The large aperture gives you the power to shoot photos with stunningly shallow depth-of-field (Bokeh effect). You have to see it to believe it (see my photos below). You’ll make portraits with gorgeous, soft backgrounds. LX7 also is a winner when it comes to capturing low light indoor scenes without flash. This is one of the best compact cameras that compete with the big bad boys of dSLR world. The following features are only a select few. Panasonic Lumix LX7 is loaded with features too numerous to explain here. More detailed information can be found at dpreview site: http://www.dpreview.com/products/panasonic/compacts/panasonic_dmclx7
The Leica Lens:
The wide aperture Leica lens in the LX7 gathers light very well even in dark situations and the depth-of-field control of the LX7’s F1.4 aperture is on par with any dSLR out there. The LX7 also has Power O.I.S. stabilized video, and it minimizes distortion at the wide-angle end so you’ll achieve stunning, true-to-life images with minute details. The versatility will pleasantly surprise you with a 24-90mm zoom range (35mm camera equivalent). While this zoom range is not very impressive in itself, it is quite adequate for most purposes. Unless you are out shooting wildlife and birds, you may not need more than 90mm zoom range of this camera. The Leica lens also has Nano Surface Coating that helps in eliminating flaring and ghosts.
The Multi Exposure function gives you the ability to take up to three exposures in a single frame. You can layer subjects that wouldn’t ordinarily appear in the same frame for an artistic effect, or make one subject appear two or three times in the same frame.
Neutral Density Filter:
The Internal ND (Neutral Density) Filter reduces the light in a scene allowing you to slow the shutter speed by 3 steps. Capture the flow of a waterfall with a slower shutter speed or open the aperture for a softer background even on a brightly lit day.
60p Full HD Video Recording:
The Panasonic Lumix LX7 records high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive format. Upgrading the full HD recording capability from interlaced to progressive, subjects with fast motion or fine details are reproduced even more clearly. Starting Video Recording is quick with a single red button on the top.
Large 10.1-megapixel MOS Sensor (1/1.7″):
While the 1/1.7-inch 10.1-megapixel MOS sensor size doesn’t look that impressive by numbers, in my experience it has been more than adequate. You can create high-resolution images with stunning clarity not only in high sensitivity recording, but in low ISO settings as well.
The Panasonic Lumix LX7 also has a built-in High Dynamic Range recording in iA mode and also in Scene modes. The results can be stunning.
11fps with 10.1 Megapixel full resolution:
In a group photo situations, I find it extremely useful to use the continuous shooting mode with upto 11 frames per second. You can select the best photo from the bunch where everyone has their eyes open! If you reduce the photo resolution to 3.5 megapixels, the frame rate is an astounding 60 fps!
The Panasonic LumixLX7 has 16 in-camera creative effects with sophisticated preset settings as shown in the picture here:
As you can see from the very brief review and the photos below, the Panasonic Lumix LX7 is an exceptionally designed and built “Advanced Amateur” compact camera that aims to please the adventurous photographer in you. If you are a backpain sufferer who hates lifting heavy camera bags, you will thank me for suggesting this little beauty. Happy shooting!
Here are some of the actual photos I have taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX7 :
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About the Author:
The reviewer is a technology enthusiast based in Hyderabad. His hobbies include music, travel/wildlife photography and writing.
While he is passionate about sophisticated photography equipment, he doesn’t have the inclination or physical strength needed to carry tonnes of camera gear with him…. so he is always looking to make sensible compromises to achieve good results with his cameras.
Currently, he also uses a Lumix DMC-FZ28 bridge camera that has a powerful zoom built-in. He has used Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Canon AE-1 Program, Olympus IS3-DLX and many other SLRs.