The advanced compact category is becoming increasingly competitive, but the Panasonic Lumix LX10 enters the mix with a very bright f/1.4 lens at the widest point.
That wide lens, which hits a maximum f/2.8 using the 3x optical zoom, is paired with a one inch sensor. Along with 20 megapixel stills, the LX10 is capable of shooting 4K video. Along with the bright lens, the camera boasts a 1/16000 maximum shutter speed.
Panasonic also packs in a few of their more unique features, including a photo mode that uses 4K video to create a still photo where the focus can be adjusted after the shot, similar to the photos from a light field camera but using a different method. The LX10 also includes a new focus stacking mode that helps to get more of the image in focus. The editing technique, popular in macro photography, can now be done entirely in camera.
Performance wise, the camera has a revamped autofocus system that uses dual pixel technology for enhanced speed. The 49 point autofocus system also includes face detection. The compact camera is capable of 6 fps bursts, or up to 10 fps by using the single focus mode. Relying on only the electronic shutter bumps that speed up to an impressive 50 fps, though electronic sensors tend to increase noise at high ISOs.
All that imaging tech is wrapped up inside a fairly compact camera. A control ring around the front of the lens offers a more DSLR-like control scheme, though there is no electronic viewfinder.
The Panasonic LX10 looks like a capable camera with several advanced features and 4K shooting. Priced at $699, the LX10 faces competition from the likes of the Canon G7 X Mark II and Fujifilm X70, though neither offer 4K. If the LX10 isn’t quite enough, the Panasonic LX100 packs in several similar features with a larger sensor, though as a 2014 model is beginning to show its age. Overall, the LX10 is a solid option for the price, though has some serious competition.