The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is entering a crowded advanced compact category, but make way, because this stylish compact looks to be quite the competitor with big performance and a not-so-bad price tag to boot.
The LX100 features a Micro Four Thirds sensor (which is larger than the Sony RX line's 1 inch sensor, but smaller than Canon's 1.5 inch sensor, if you're keeping tabs). That's a pretty big sensor for a compact camera. Paired with an f1.7-2.8 lens, this compact should offer pretty solid image quality.
Thanks to a leaf shutter, the LX100 hits shutter speeds of 1/16,00 and burst speeds of 6.5 fps, which is quite good for an advanced compact. Considering the aperture range that starts at the low f1.7 and an ISO sensitivity to 25,600, the LX100 can cover quite a range of scenarios. It's not a camera for beginners or regular consumers though, there's no automated modes, unless you count programmed auto, so it's definitely an enthusiast model.
There isn't much zoom on the Panasonic LX100 with just 3.6x, but most competing cameras don't offer much here either. The lens does have power optical image stabilization though. Plus the autofocus works as close as 3 cm from the front of the lens in macro mode.
All of these features are wrapped up in a metallic, retro-inspired body with a nice leather grip. There are plenty of physical controls, with zoom and aperture around the lens, and dials at the top for shutter speed and exposure compensation. There's a hot shoe flash slot at the top too, necessary since there's no built in flash.
Selling for $900 including a bundled flash, it's right around where the competing Sony RX100 III and Canon G1 X Mark II are selling at, so it's fair but not a bargain. The LX100 looks to be a good camera for street photographers, or enthusiasts, or pros that want a traveling companion instead of their big DSLR.
See More: Check out our list of the best advanced compacts.