Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 10.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 24-90mm 3.8x optical zoom with f1.4-2.3 aperture
  • 1080/60p HD video capture with stereo sound, High speed 720p at 120fps
  • 5fps burst with autofocus tracking, 11fps full resolution burst without
  • 3-inch LCD with 920,000 dots
  • Aperture ring around lens barrel
  • Built-in 3-stop neutral density filter
  • Manual modes
  • RAW capture
  • Lithium-ion battery rated to 330 pictures
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

4.35 Star Rating: Recommended
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor; 24-90mm 3.8x optical zoom with f1.4-2.3 aperture; 1080/60p HD video capture with stereo sound, High speed 720p at 120fps; 5fps burst with autofocus tracking, 11fps full resolution burst without; 3-inch LCD with 920,000 dots; Aperture ring around lens barrel; Built-in 3-stop neutral density filter; Manual modes; RAW capture; Lithium-ion battery rated to 330 pictures
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Panasonic's popular and very good LX5 gets a much-needed facelift in the LX7, which features the same 24-90mm range but a faster f1.4-2.3 aperture. This bests Samsung's new EX2f on the long end and ties it for the fastest aperture found in a compact camera. The LX7 also gets a new 10.1 megapixel MOS sensor as well as the new "Light Speed" autofocus system and 1080/60p HD video, with high speed capture at 720p and 120fps. While a little larger and heavier to accommodate that new lens, the LX7 remains surprisingly true to the control layout of the LX5. Panasonic has added an extra toggle on the lens to change the aspect ratio as well as a 3-stop neutral density filter button on the back, but the aperture ring still isn't customizable. We had hopes that Panasonic would opt for a larger 1-inch sensor like the one used in Sony's RX100, and reviews are relatively lukewarm about the LX7's image quality.

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