On July 18 2012, Panasonic announced the 10.1 Megapixels LUMIX DMC-LX7 premium compact camera
, replacing the existing DMC-LX5. The LX7 features a new 1/1.7-inch 10.1 Megapixels MOS Sensor, a fully re-designed 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with 3.8x optical zoom, Venus Engine image processing engine, 3.0-inch 920,000-dot LCD, high-speed consecutive shooting at 11 fps in full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF (Auto Focus). The LX7 lens features F1.4 brightness at wide-end and F2.3 at tele-end. It consists of 11 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces, including the dual-sided aspherical surface ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens. The Nano Surface Coating technology dramatically minimizes light reflection at entire visual range (380nm-780nm).
The LX7's Creative Control Mode offers 16 filter options including Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect, Star Filter, Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, Hi Dynamic, Miniature Effect, and the new exclusive Radial Defocus and Smooth Defocus modes. Radial Defocus adds defocus effect radially from the light source while Smooth Defocus makes defocus figuration even smoother. The LUMIX LX7 features both iA (Intelligent Auto) and iA Plus modes. The iA Plus mode allows users to adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance. With a dedicated video record button, the LX7 can record full-HD 1,920x1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or 30p in MP4. The LUMIX DMC-LX7 is available in black and white. It's currently selling at around $449. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:
"The LX7 takes pictures with excellent colour reproduction, with portrait shots having excellent skin tones, with just the slightest hint of red-eye when shooting with the flash. The HDR mode does an excellent job of retaining detail in the shadows. Images are packed with detail throughout when shooting at both ends of the lens. Purple fringing is kept to a minimum. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, with an impressive, well detailed macro shot possible. Images at ISO 80 and 100 are free of noise, with only a little extra appearing when you shoot at ISO 200, 400 and 800. A little softening appears at ISO 1600, with ISO 3200 showing the first real signs of a loss in image quality, but images are still fairly sharp. At ISO 6400 images are very soft and look like they've been smudged. At the highest setting of ISO 12800, images are extremely noisy, but file size is limited to 3 megapixels. Under both our incandescent and fluorescent lights, the AWB preset copes really well. The incandescent preset has a slight orange cast in the image, there is no fluorescent preset available, this isn't a problem given the impressive AWB performance.
There are a number of picture styles which can be used when shooting in modes such as manual, aperture and shutter priority. The creative control modes can only be used as their own indepent modes, but you can increase or decrease the level of their affect. The LX7 is a superb camera with many DSLR features packed into a compact body, which produces excellent images. If you have a good budget to spend and aren't concerned by large amounts of optical zoom, but want a serious camera capable of great results, you can't go wrong. You can shoot at full resolution at 11 fps, battery life is excellent, there is low noise up to ISO 3200 and full manual controls with RAW shooting, making a camera we are happy to recommend."
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Panasonic DMC-LX7 Camera Reviews Roundup
|MingThein - Jul 31 2013|
"I didn't see any weak spots in the range, either; the lens is easily the best part of the optical system, and complemented well by a very effective stabiliser. I still think Panasonic does the best optical stabilizers in any compact; they're easily good for another 2 stops over that fitted to the RX100, for instance. Put it this way: it appears the camera's..." More »
|PCMag - Mar 29 2013|
"At first glance the new Fujifilm X20 looks virtually identical to the original X10, but it includes so many improvements under the hood, particularly to its operational speed, auto and manual focusing systems, optical viewfinder and image quality, that it feels like shooting with an entirely new camera. The one admittedly minor criticism that jumps to mind..." More »
|Imaging Resource - Nov 09 2012|
"Sometimes you don't want to carry a big SLR to get quality images, and that's why cameras like the Panasonic LX7 were born. Small enough to fit into a biggish pocket, the Lumix LX7 has an excellent lens and a good quality image sensor, both tuned to capture good images even in reasonably low light. Though its highest ISO of 12,800 is a bit too optimistic, i..." More »
|Amateur Photographer - Oct 28 2012|
"With the same 10.1-million-pixel resolution as its predecessor, it is impressive that the performance of the Lumix DMC-LX7 has been enhanced. Our resolution charts indicate increased centre sharpness, and the camera reaches the 24 mark in raw and the 22 mark in JPEG capture, when set to ISO 100 and an optimum aperture. More detail can be obtained from raw f..." More »
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Panasonic DMC-LX7 Camera Recent User Reviews
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7K, Michael S. Wynne - Mar 08 2014
After reading the excellent independent reviews of the LX7 I purchased one and have not been disappointed. It is an excellent camera with a superb f-1.4 lens and a great feature set. Low light performance is great. What more can I say......
Great Camera, Bob - Mar 07 2014
I am very satisfied with the camera and for the price it is a deal. I would recommend the book "The Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7" to go along with your purchase to fully understand all the bells and whistles the camera has to offer....
LOVE THIS CAMERA, Morgan - Mar 07 2014
This is such a wonderful camera. Lots of wonderful features and takes great pictures. I wish it had WiFi capabilities but it is worth the sacrifice of not having wifi....
CMOS sensor upgrade is a world of difference, stagecoach66 - Mar 07 2014
Most of the ergonomics are the same as the LX-5, though I'm not a big fan of the aperture control dial on the lens. Makes it a bit bulkier than the LX-5. Still great for a walk-around camera and very pleased with the photo quality - very little noise and performs well in low light....
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