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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100K 4K, Point and Shoot Camera with Leica DC Lens (Black) Details and Reviews
247 of 263 people found the following review helpful.
The LX series evolves into its ultimate form!
By Nathaniel Allen
I’ve owned exch of Panasonic’s LX cameras since the revolutionary LX3 in 2008. In two year successions, the LX5 and LX7 each brought worthy updates to the line, but when Sony debuted the RX100, it really showed that Panasonic wasn’t evolving as quickly as it should have.
Not only has Panasonic made a great leap with the LX100, they’ve designed a compact that is of equal significance to the LX3 when it debuted.
A lot of commenters disagreed with my comparison review of the LX7 vs. the RX100, especially after Panasonic dramatically cut their pricing in the face of the Sony camera’s popularity. So here we are two years later, and I’m seeing the matchup as valid as ever (with the most current RX100 III, of course).
The LX100 has crept in size since the original LX3, and even compared to the LX7 (also incrementally larger than the LX3), the new dimensions are worthy of consideration — if you’re at all on the fence. While the RX100 III has also “filled out” a bit compared to its introduction model, it’s still comfortably pocketable in a loose pair of pants. Additionally, weight has increased by 100g from the 300g weight of the LX7 — that’s a significant 33%! And that, right there, is my sole reason for considering the Sony RX100 III over the Panasonic LX100 for this go-around — it’s the camera I’d be more likely to have with me on a day-to-day basis. Where the LX3 was marginally “pocketable” in a pair of baggy shorts, the LX100 is too much of a stretch.
With the Sony’s advantage of compactness comes the main trade-off (as it did two years ago): usability. But where the LX7 relied on an inferior sensor, the LX100’s micro four thirds sensor invalidates that point, and the Sony now only competes in terms of portability.
In hand, the LX100 is imminently a “usable” piece of technology. All of the controls I want to modify are presented, front and center, on mechanical dials and switches. The LX100 even manages to one-up Pana’s own FZ1000, with a manual aspect ratio switch (something I use *constantly*), and a “jog dial” (to borrow Sony’s trademarked term) around the 4-way controller. The LX100 even gives exposure compensation its own dial — a function I’ve always been perfectly happy setting via a thumb dial.
The addition of the lens barrel control rings is the most noteworthy addition. The aperture ring is an easy-to-turn affair with a nice little grip to it. Its light detents provide just enough resistance to avoid unintentional changes, with a heavier detent on the Auto position. The zoom/focus ring is smooth turning but with light resistance. It allows for steady control (or stepped zoom — a menu default), but is easily nudged out of position from stray finger bumps. Thankfully, it’s thin — proportional to the stowed barrel — so mainly stays out of the way. On the other hand, the traditional “zoom toggle” around the shutter release is a bit of an unnatural stretch for my large hands (so I’m curious how smaller-handed users perceive it), and although it offers proportional zoom control, pushing to the limit for fastest rate of adjustment seems sluggish compared with my LX7 and FZ1000.
I’m particularly tickled with the absence of a “Program” mode on a conventional selector dial. It has reverted to the natural state of cameras — as it should be. Want Program mode? Set the aperture ring to “A” and the shutter speed to “A.” Deviating from this results in Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, or Manual. It’s just that basic. If you find yourself in a bind, or need to give the camera to a friend, there’s a convenient iA button next to the shutter release, and pressing it doesn’t undo any of the other settings once you’re ready to bounce back. There’s very little need to delve into the menu for most shooting.
The WiFi control is unnecessarily cumbersome to launch into, but once connected, the live view and control of zoom, manual focus, auto focus override, and shooting is very useful for family portraits and long exposure photography. WiFi range is decent at about 25 feet (still disappointing, but is serves most of my needs), and still tons better than an IR trigger or self timer (which, by the way, is a function that works in conjunction with WiFi mode should you desire it).
All the rumors leading up to this release had me hopeful for an articulating, touch-screen LCD. It’s neither. It is a vibrant and decently high resolution display, though not bright enough to see plainly in bright sunlight. It’s good at off angles, but again, even on cloudy days brightness is a factor. But Panasonic’s Android companion app (and iPhone, too) is a fair trade for composing shots via WiFi, where the phone acts as a remote viewfinder display, and in control of the various shooting functions. The lack of a touch-screen is just puzzling. Maybe in two years?
I’ve gotten used to no viewfinder (and never did invest in the hot shoe-mounted EVF for my LX7. But the EVF on the LX100 is pretty nice: it’s very high resolution, to where the image appears “natural” (still obviously electronic, but super crisp, though it shows a lot of pixel “noise” in low light), and menu settings can be be easily read. The display lags a little when I pan the camera, but this doesn’t prevent me from tracking my subject — I just wouldn’t be able to easily manually focus while panning (not that I’d have the need to).
This isn’t even worth talking about or attempting to measure with any recent cameras, it seems. Start-up times are hardly measurable, even giving consideration to lens extension. Flick the power switch and the camera is ready to go. Continuous shooting speeds cover a range from about 6 frames per second with continuous auto-focus, up to the mid-40’s (electronic shutter activated), or I can shoot 4K video and pull really decent quality 8mp still images (although this is a bit of a memory hog, and requires advancing frame-by-frame through 30 FPS video to do so in-camera). Shutdown takes a moment longer to complete, and for some reason is delayed by an extra second or two when shutting down from WiFi mode.
I don’t know whether the LX100’s auto focus is exactly the same as the contrast detection used on its big brother FZ1000, but it is comparably quick and accurate, and is most definitely a step up from the previous LX cameras. There’s no need to half-press the shutter to pre-focus, unless you’re simply interested in checking the composition.
An on the subject of focus, even manual focus is very quick and efficient. The camera automatically displays an adequately magnified view of the subject, and the “focus peaking” very quickly indicates what areas are in focus. The front ring switches to focus mode for this, and adjustments can be made quickly and precisely. Previous compact cameras’ attempts at manual focus using toggles and small LCDs always drove me bonkers; the LX100 addresses all my prior complaints.
As mentioned, the camera is ready to go pretty much when switched On — just over a second to get the lens extended. Video mode is always a button press away.
Composition is a strong point. In addition to the normal grid lines and two-axis auto-leveling guide lines (menu selected), the aspect ratio switch makes it extremely convenient to re-frame shots based on subject. If you’ve ever been shooting in 16:9 mode and suddenly want to shoot portrait, you’ll know what I mean — rather than having to break away to go menu surfing, a sure flick of the index finger instantly pops the camera into a portrait-friendly 4:3. Like its predecessors, the LX100 uses different areas of the sensor based on aspect ratio selected. This isn’t just a simple crop, and your output will always have a consistent diagonal (corner to opposite corner) measurement.
While I’m slightly disappointed the zoom range is limited to 75mm, it’s actually not much of a compromise based on how I’ve utilized the LX-series in generations past. The reality is that with this sensor and lens, with the quality of the resulting images, post-crops and even digital zoom (gasp! — available up to 300mm) can make some of that up. But the reality is this camera isn’t intended as a super zoom, and is best not used that way.
Shooting modes are selected in the drive mode menu, directly accessed from the 4-way controller. Burst shooting, bracketing, and even panorama mode are selected from this menu.
White balance is also accessed via a direct press of the 4-way. I don’t normally shoot RAW (perhaps I should), so for indoor, low-light, flash-free shooting, manual white balance adjustment is extremely important for me, and I appreciate this direct access versus having to hunt through the menu.
Aperture, exposure compensation, and shutter are all set via hardware dials. ISO, on the other hand (if not set to auto), is a menu selection, and selected via the jog dial that encircles the 4-way.
I’m realizing some wonderful depth of field effects that weren’t possible with the smaller sensors of the previous LX cameras. The LX100 is quite capable of nice Bokeh, and the lens ring aperture control makes this very easy to experiment with, since there’s no menu selection obscuring the image on the LCD.
I’ve read some criticism that the LX100 doesn’t make use of the full 16MP sensor (which is correct). For my needs, that’s secondary to the overall image quaility, and unlike the LX7 (which I noted as sometimes “soft” focus), I have zero complaints. The images are sharp in all four corners, at both ends of the zoom range. Output looks clean up to 6400 ISO,at which point some loss of detail begins to become noticeable.
I’m usually a fan of Panasonic’s colors, as they tend to be true without exaggeration, though some may think of them as flat or dull. The last thing I want to do is a bunch of post processing, and I’m liking the jpeg output this camera is giving me in terms of exposure and color.
For me, one big attraction to the LX series all along as been the ability to take flash-free, wide angle shots indoors, and the LX100 improves remarkably on that. Previously, I could count on a handful of usable shots out of a dozen if my subjects (aka the family) were relatively static, but right off the bat with this camera I’ve noticed that I have quite a bit more latitude in higher shutter speeds and higher ISOs to capture, for instance, the kids playing indoors, without encountering smearing or noise.
This is as good a place as any to mention that there is no built-in flash — again, something I rarely used on my previous LXs. Instead, the camera has a hot shoe, and comes packaged with a very small carry-along flash. It’s no substitute for the old Metz 36 AF-4O I use with my Panasonics, but it certainly is small, meaning I’ll be likely to carry it with me. Because it is powered from the camera’s battery, it’ll always be at the ready, but the flip side of this convenience is that the cycle times are slow, and at the expense of the camera’s main power source. Additionally, although it’s small, it’s nonetheless chubby and oddly shaped, making it tricky to easily tuck away in the pockets provided on most small camera cases.
I’m woefully under-equipped to do much of anything with 4K video, other than shoot it. If you’re in the same boat, you’ll be pleased to know that the output is beautiful, and the camera will downsample (or even crop) to 1080p. The manual zoom ring is an excellent tool for smooth changes without the “stepped” look that the zoom toggle can create.
Unlike my FZ1000, there is no input jack for an external microphone. While I’ve seen what a difference in quality an external mic can have compared to the camera’s internal mic, I’m not lamenting that — the built in mic does a good job of capturing relatively clean audio, provided I’m not clicking any of the camera’s buttons or knobs.
4K video is limited to 15 minute clips (thanks Michael’s Dad!), and otherwise carries a 30 minute recording limit, a carry-over from European models that wasn’t previously a factor on Panasonic’s US-market cameras. Thirty minute limits never bothered me, but although I’ve yet to hit it, 15 minutes feels like a real barrier. To partially allay this, Panasonic provides the “loop” option to continuously record 4K, while discarding any video older than 15 minutes, saving only the last 15 minutes to the final file.
As I’ve already mentioned, this camera requires very little menu interaction for normal shooting tasks. But if you’re familiar with previous Panasonic cameras, this menu will feel very familiar to you. There are multiple pages for camera, video, and settings. It can feel like a lot, but pages are quickly flipped through using the zoom toggle, and the 4-way controller navigates each page. A responsive touch screen would be welcome here, but it’s actually quite manageable once all the various functions are learned.
Pros and Cons:
In summary, the LX100 is a bit of a breakthrough from the old LX series, and steps up to Sony’s RX100 while at the same time stepping away from it.
If you value pocketability or automatic modes, perhaps the Sony is the better choice.
But if you love the accessability of hardware manual controls, but desire the compactness of something other than a DSLR or even an MFT, this camera strikes a desirable balance.
The cons as I see it:
– limited zoom range (75mm vs. 90mm on the LX7)
– increasing girth (bigger than previous LX series, and Sony RX — but still smaller than a comparable MFT with lens)
– no touch-screen
– artificial video limits (EU imposed carryover, I believe — not technical hurdles)
I’m sure some of you would value an articulated display, a mic input, longer battery life, USB charging, built-in flash, etc.
In a nutshell, with the LX100 , we finally have the camera that the original LX3 has strived to become.
215 of 230 people found the following review helpful.
This is a GREAT take with you anywhere camera but…
By Radio Man
I recently owned the Sony RX100III so I know a little about BOTH of these cameras.
Actually when my lx100 arrived I actually thought it was smaller, than what I thought it might be. The thing is the lens while the LX100 is off, protrudes a bit similar to an RX1 and the EVF protrudes just a little in the back of the camera too, so that’s where the larger size vs the rx100 mostly comes into play. The actual body is rather small, so in my opinion this IS a very easy camera to take with you nearly anywhere. I’d never put an $800 camera IN a tight pocket, for that I’d use my darn cell phone. Anyway enough about size.
I won’t write a long book here I’ll try and get to the major points.
The IQ of the LX100 ABSOLUTELY beats the rx100III if IQ is your main requirement. Handling again goes to the LX100 vs the Sony, and the auto focus seems to be more accurate on the Panasonic as well, vs the Sony. As to the lens…you can get beautiful SMOOTH silky Bokeh out of this LX100. The RX100III’s bokeh if you could get any, was rather rough. The LX100’S IQ just looks more in the ballpark of say an EM1 or GX7 where the Sony’s IQ was really good..but just never anything THAT great.
That said, I feel the Sony’s lens seemed to be a bit sharper corner to corner and to me skin tones look better on the Sony as well.
Using raw I found the LX100 to have a lot more latitude in dynamic range than the RX100 and colors are actually really GOOD just not Fuji great..or hate to say it..as of late Sony great..In my opinion.:)
I struggled a bit at first with the menu on the lx100, seems every time I customized a button etc..soon as I turned it off then on again my settings were lost. Be sure to use one of the Custom settings available, I believe thee are three, C1, C2, and C3..So you can have three different custom setups which is really nice.
As to higher ISO it’s no contest the LX100 will Kill the Sony, again I have files from both cameras. I had a GX7 way back and not sure why, seems the LX100 can do better high iso retaining lots of detail and less noise than even the GX7 had.
Now to the MEH part. The camera takes really nice pictures..but it’s not nearly as sharp as say a Ricoh GR which I owned, nor can it’s IQ equal an x100s etc. BUT it’s a much more versatile camera than either of those…and I think that is key here. Versatility. Yikes how many times have written VERSATILE and I’m not done. 🙂
You get a camera with VERY good IQ, a very fast lens as to aperture, generally sharp lens at all focal lengths. The camera feels great in the hand, and feels very solid and well made. The EVF is really good..as is the lcd (too bad it doesn’t articulate) somehow that does not bother me though. For me this LX100 is as easy to take just about anywhere as the RX100III, but I feel you will consistently get better overall IQ, battery life also seems excellent. Depends on your wallet, this COULD be your ONLY camera..but to me the LX100 seems more well suited as a second camera to maybe a better mirror-less camera or a good DSLR that’s just too big and you DON’T want to use it as it’s too bulky. Honestly I think this camera would be a steal if it were priced more around $699 but the lens must be very expensive to make and the body and controls are quite good..so this camera just may be the most “versatile” SMALL camera you can buy these days. One thing that may bother you? Soon as you turn the camera on the lens will extend out about 5-6 inches roughly..then zoom internally. I mention that as maybe for street photography for example, an RX100 is a much less conspicuous camera than an LX100 with a 6 inch lens barrel sticking out oh well. BUT,If it’s really good IQ you are after and versatility, again with that word?? I can’t see anyone NOT liking this camera.
UPDATE: I’ve now owned this LX100 now for about two weeks and I just updated it to 5 stars from 4. The IQ is actually even better than I thought..dynamic range has been GREAT a pleasant surprise I was not expecting. I spent one day with this LX100 and my Sony A7S together in a beautiful Arboretum here in NY. Lots of leaves changing color, Old Mansions, fine detail in some old brick buildings there, all that good stuff. The LX100 was a great camera to have with me vs my A7S that has a large heavy 70-200mm zoom glued to it as of late. Point being the LX100 was a great compliment to my larger Full Frame camera, but I was surprised at JUST how great the IQ was from this Panasonic. Again having owned the RX100III, to me this LX100 is just in another class ABOVE the small Sony. This camera is really growing on me, wasn’t expecting that. 🙂
161 of 172 people found the following review helpful.
Great Camera – but – BEWARE HUGE PURPLE LENS FLARES!
By TJ Sher
As a very happy GH4 owner, I preordered this when I heard it had the same 4K video technology, and boy does it every delivery amazing 4K footage! I’m someone who takes hours of video footage for every still photo taken, and even though this camera takes gorgeous video, I’ve been rather disappointed in some of video-related issues this camera has.
1. The microphones are very sensitive, and thus pick up every sound the camera makes. The mics pick up the focusing engine, the Stabilization engine, and the lens zoom. If you turn of IS, turn off auto focus, and don’t zoom… it still picks up some clicks. I don’t know what is still happening inside the camera when all those other things are off, but it’s extremely loud in the audio track. And there’s no external mic input, so you’re pretty much out of luck with audio on this device.
2. This lens, while crisp & beautiful, has the strongest lens artifacts of any camera I’ve seen in my 30 years as a photo/video guy. I’m not that averse to lens flares, but when photographing towards the sun (I love sunrise & sunset shots) this camera produces absolutely HUGE lens flares, bright purple streaks with bright green coronas. It’s unimaginably bad, especially when zoomed in! I mean, they’re pretty lens flares, and very unusual, but I don’t want flares this bright or colorful in all of my landscape sunset shots. I’ll attach some images so you can see what’s happening.
3. There is a fair amount of rolling shutter effect when shooting 4K video, so if you pan left or right your architecture will tilt rather dramatically. Slow pans won’t be bad, but if you pan quickly, you’ll notice it. That’s not that uncommon in digital cameras, but it stood out in a few shots so I felt I should mention it.
4. The arbitrary 15 minute recording limit for video is just annoying. I’ve heard people claim that they limited the camera for heat reasons. That’s silly. You can record for 15 minutes, and then just hit the record button and it’ll go on and on like that. So why limit us? Politics. Plain and simple. And it’s a real set-back for people who use this for video.
That being said, getting 4K video this pristine for under $1k in a NEARLY pocket size format is just insanely cool! If they had been more careful with the audio, or at least provided a microphone input jack, and used some better lens coatings to avoid lens artifacts, this would be a perfect camera.
Features of this product
- Legendary LUMIX LX Series with manual controls — Designed to Inspire Creativity
- Superior light capture with large, multi-aspect micro four thirds sensor
- Fast f1.7-2.8, 24-75mm, Leica DC zoom lens, for producing shallow depth of field (DOF) and out of focused, blur effect about the image subject
- Clear and stable framing thanks to eye-level EVF (2,764k-dot)
- Full hybrid photo experience with 30p 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photo mode. Please Refer User Manual before use.
Now, I’m not going to tell you that you can take better photos with a point and shoot camera than you can with an DIGITAL CAMERA. But, I’m not going to notify you that you cannot take good photos with them either. If a point and shoot has an aperture priority, shutter priority, or a manual shooting mode, you will have some pretty good control over the particular picture will look like. But, even if it doesn’t have custom shooting modes, you can still get favorable results. After all, there are groups of photographers that pride themselves on getting great photos using only their mobile phone cameras.
That’s everything you must know about this product. With this type of comprehensive input, you’ll receive plenty of guideline so there’s not a single chance to make wrong decision. Don’t forget that best valued one isn’t often be the most affordable one. Price won’t be considered a problem when it meets your choice. Off course, you’re the one to decide of course , if your final decision due to this product is a no, we’ve got reviews for another products on the same category. There’s possibility you could find the thing you need from one of them. Thanks and also have a fantastic day!