Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review
- 4k video recording
- High speed auto focus that works in approximately 0.14 seconds
- Built-in Live View Finder
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Despite being a high performance camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC LX100 can still be accurately classified as a compact camera. This is because it is still small enough to fit comfortably in larger pockets. However, despite the small compact size, this camera comes packed with the larger Micro Four Thirds image sensor. This means that you get better manual control when compared to what’s available in many of the other compact cameras with large sensors. For its rather high price tag, buyers might be quick to dismiss it as being too expensive. However, after a closer look at some of the features that come with the camera, the high price is justified. Let’s dive in and see what this camera brings to the table.
What is its design ?
Design wise, the Panasonic Lumix DMC LX100 is a small camera. However, you get more functionality and credibility from it than you would from the average Panasonic Lumix camera. For a camera of its size, it comes with lots of manual control dials and a solid metal design that are quite rare. However, this camera is also quite large, larger than the Canon G7 X and the Sony RX100 III which are the camera’s biggest rivals. This means that you lose some convenience thanks to the larger body. Despite these disadvantages of a large body, the design also has its fair share of benefits. The first benefit is the inclusion of the small handgrip that many photographers will appreciate. The other benefit is in the provision of room for manual controls. Unfortunately, the LCD display is fixed.
What is its performance ?
As mentioned, the most striking aspect of this camera is in the manual controls. You get dedicated dials for adjusting the exposure compensation and shutter speed. In addition to these, you will also get a manual aperture and focus ring surrounding the lens. These controls will give you all the control you need when tweaking the most important camera settings. This camera uses a 16MP sensor, though the extent of its use is determined by the image aspect ratio that you are using. The reason for this is to ensure that the camera is small and compact without interfering with the speed of the lens. With a zoom range of 24-70mm, this camera is similar to what you would get from the Sony RX100 III, but when you consider the slightly larger maximum aperture, the Lumix wins.
What is the image quality ?
Luckily for the Panasonic Lumix DMC LX100 none of the image quality was affected in the bid to make everything fit in a small package. Its combination of a large sensor and an incredible lens produces good and high quality images. You can take 4K video clips from this camera as well as a 4K Photo mode that allows you to pull 8MP photos from video.
Conclusion: Should I buy it ?
This compact camera is an ideal choice for the experienced photographer looking for a compact camera that can produce incredible photo and video quality that comes with a plenty of functionality and manual control.