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The LX7 is Panasonic's update to the popular serious compact camera, the Panasonic Lumix LX5, and updates the camera with a new ultra bright f/1.4 3.8x Leica optical zoom lens with Mega O.I.S, manual aperture ring around the lens, ND filter, RAW shooting and manual control. It is available in black or white for £449.00.
The LX7 has full manual controls as well as a range of scene modes and intelligent auto. To control the light there is an aperture ring, internal ND filter, focus lever and rear dial. The Creative Control mode offers 16 artistic effects, there is also the option to record using Time Lapse Shot.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD in 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) in AVCHD Progressive format. There is stereo sound and you can also use the optical zoom during recording. The LX7 lets you record high-speed videos at 120 fps.
- 10.1 megapixel MOS sensor
- 3.8x optical zoom, f/1.4-2.3 lens (35mm equiv: 24-90mm)
- Power Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
- 3.0 inch TFT LCD screen (920K dots)
- Full manual controls - aperture ring, internal ND filter and focus lever
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 80-12800
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- 11fps full resolution continuous shooting
- Creative control with 16 artistic effects
- Versatile shooting functions including time lapse shot
- Available in black and white
The LX7 comes with a built in electronic level, as well as an updated menu system. The menu is clear and has a wealth of options. The camera provides a Q. Menu button giving quick access to common settings overlaid on the rear screen. The screen is bright and clear, although a little difficult to see in really bright conditions. There is the option to purchase the DMW-LVF2 viewfinder if prefered.
Battery life is rated at 330 shots according to CIPA standards, during testing we managed well in excessive of this and the battery was still going strong. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
|Shutter Response||0.1 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.25 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.3 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||0.9 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.3 seconds|
|Burst shooting - 2 fps||2.1 fps|
|Burst shooting - 5 fps||5 fps|
|Burst shooting - 11 fps||11 fps|
|Burst shooting - 40 fps||40 fps|
|Burst shooting - 60 fps||60 fps|
|Flash burst||1.3 fps|
Continuous shooting is certainly impressive offering 11 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, or 5 fps continuous shooting with C-AF. You can shoot at 40 and 60 fps, with file size restricited to 5 and 2.5 megapixels respectively, in JPEG format.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 250
Landscape | 1/1300 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
HDR | 1/800 sec | f/3.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 160
Pet | 1/160 sec | f/2.8 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Sample Photos - 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/1600 sec | f/3.2 | 17.7 mm | ISO 100
Intelligent Zoom | 1/1600 sec | f/3.2 | 17.7 mm | ISO 100
f/1.4 | 1/30 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/1.8 | 1/20 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/2.2 | 1/15 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/2.8 | 1/10 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/4.0 | 1/5 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/5.6 | 0.4 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/6.3 | 0.5 sec | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
f/8.0 | 0.8 sec | f/8.0 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ISO test images
ISO12800 | 1/1600 sec | f/3.5 | 13.7 mm
ISO Noise Performance - 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - 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.
Panorama | 1/200 sec | f/8.0 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and are really well stitched together.
Landscape With Building | 1/2000 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Glass Through | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Low Light | 1/25 sec | f/2.2 | 14.7 mm | ISO 400
Manual HDR | 1/60 sec | f/1.4 | 4.7 mm | ISO 100
The first two images above have been taken using a couple of the scene modes above. The Low Light image was taken using Intelligent Auto mode, in dark conditions. The last photo is three images using the bracketing mode available, combined to create a HDR image.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital filters
Photo Style - Monochrome | 1/15 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Photo Style - Natural | 1/20 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Photo Style - Portrait | 1/20 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Photo Style - Scenery | 1/20 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Photo Style - Standard | 1/15 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Photo Style - Vivid | 1/13 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Creative Control - Cross Process | 1/80 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Dynamic Monochrome | 1/80 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Expressive | 1/60 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - High Dynamic | 1/4 sec | f/5.6 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - High Key | 1/40 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Impressive Art | 1/60 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Low Key | 1/125 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - One Point Colour | 1/80 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Retro | 1/60 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Sepia | 1/80 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Soft Focus | 1/60 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Star Filter | 1/80 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Toy Effect | 1/40 sec | f/2.3 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Creative Control - Miniature | 1/1300 sec | f/2.8 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Digital Filters - 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.
Video - Below is a video shot at full 1080p HD. Quality is excellent, optical zoom is available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page, where you will also find an example using the high-speed video mode.
Value For MoneyThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is priced at £449.00. Here are some other serious compacts to consider. You can also take a look at our Top 8 Best Serious Compact Digital Cameras.
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You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
|The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 packs many useful features with superb image quality.|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ProsExcellent image quality
Full manual controls
1080p HD video recording
11 fps full resolution continuous shooting
Built-in electronic level
Superb battery life
Low noise up to ISO 3200
Good AWB performance
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ConsLimited zoom range
Price makes it quite an investment
Touch of red-eye when shooting portraits with the flash
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/1.4 - f/2.3|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 90mm|
|CCD pixels||10.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS Sensor|
|Sensor Size||1/1.7 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||920k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 12800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Battery pack, battery charger, shoulder strap, USB cable, CD-ROM, hot shoe cover, screw cover, lens cap and lens cap string|