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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Full Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Performance

Here are a number of full-size sample photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II. Simply click "High Res" to view the full-size images. You can find additional images in the Equipment Database.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.15secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.125secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.7secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.5secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.7secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
11fps (100 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 11fps (38 shots)


The camera can shoot at 11fps, continuously, without slowing down for 100 shots, when shooting JPEG images, and then after this, the camera slows to around 7fps. When shooting raw images, the camera can take 38 shots before stopping.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Sample Photos

Sample photos - Colour reproduction straight from the camera was pleasing, with good colour saturation, and reliable exposure. Dynamic range was good, and there are a number of options available to improve the level of dynamic range recorded in images, using the iDynamic setting, Highlight / Shadow adjustment, or using the HDR option. You could also process the raw files if you felt this was necessary. 

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Lens test images

Lens Performance - With a close focusing distance of 3cm (at wide-angle) it's possible to get very close to your subject, and this, in turn, gives you a good level of separation from the background, creating pleasing background blur and bokeh. When using the full zoom, you can also focus relatively close to the subject, and again, create pleasing background blur. 

Focus performance is impressive with the camera focusing very rapidly giving a high-success rate, and the focus was quick enough to get snapshots of moving subjects. There are a number of focus options, so it's possible to fine-tune the area you want to focus on, which is likely to improve your success rate further. Detail is good, with the camera producing a sharp image, particularly in the centre of the frame, however, the corners are softer when shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens, and vignetting was visible at times.

Post Focus and Focus Stacking modes are available, at 4K (8mp) resolution. Post focus lets you choose the focus point after shooting, and save as a new image, whilst focus stacking stacks a number of photos in-camera to give a great depth-of-field.

The lens has a bright aperture of f/1.7 at the wide-angle end of the lens (24mm equivalent), and this closes down as you zoom through the lens range, becoming f/2.8 at the telephoto end (75mm equivalent). Here's how the aperture available changes as you zoom through the lens range:

  • 24mm f/1.7
  • 25mm f/1.8
  • 27mm f/1.9
  • 28-29mm f/2.0
  • 30-31mm f/2.1
  • 32-33mm f/2.2
  • 34-36mm f/2.3
  • 37-39mm f/2.4
  • 40-42mm f/2.5
  • 43-46mm f/2.6
  • 47-51mm f/2.7
  • 52-75mm f/2.8

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Other sample images

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II ISO test images

Noise performance – Noise performance is good from the lowest ISO setting, all the way up to ISO1600. The camera delivers usable images at ISO3200. At ISO6400 noise becomes more noticeable, and colour saturation drops, however the images may still be useable depending on your needs, and intended use. As the noise increases the grain has a “film like” quality, meaning that even when shooting at the higher ISO speeds, such as ISO3200 and ISO6400, images can look good. We’d avoid using ISO12800 and above, and image quality drops, and colour saturation is also reduced.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives good results under tungsten lighting, with a slightly warm result. The “AWB Cool” option gives a slightly cooler result, as you would expect. The tungsten preset gives a more accurate result (although manual white balance may be needed if you wanted to ultimate control of white balance). AWB performs very well under fluorescent lighting. There is no fluorescent preset, which is understandable, as the majority of the time they simply give a colour cast. AWB performs well under mixed light.

 

1 Panoramic | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 10.9 mm | ISO 200
Panoramic | 1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 10.9 mm | ISO 200

There's a built-in panoramic mode, where you simply pan the camera from one side to the other. The camera automatically stitches the image together as you go, and the results can be good.

 

Video - The LX100 II offers 4K UHD video recording at 30fps, with stereo sound, plus FullHD video at frame rates up to 60/50fps. The 24-75mm equivalent lens, becomes a 30-94mm equivalent in 4K video mode, due to the 1.25x crop the camera applies to record 4K video. Recording FullHD video, there is no crop, and you get the same 24-75mm equivalent. Recording in good light, the video quality was very good, and optical image stabilisation did a reasonable job of keeping video steady when recording handheld. In lower lighting conditions, the focus occasionally struggled, and then took some time to find focus again. Video recorded at ISO speeds up to ISO3200 / ISO6400 look good. The camera doesn't feature a microphone socket, which will disappoint some. 

You can view additional videos recorded with the LX100 II on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.


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Comments


ChrisV Plus
12 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2018 11:09AM
Just a slight amendment, you say:


Quote:The electronic viewfinder features a high-resolution of 2370K dots and a good magnification size of 0.73x. We found it provided a clear view and good colour reproduction.


But as you quote in the specs it's "EVF, 2760K dot". Except it isn't quite - it's 2760 dot equivalent because it's one of those annoying field-sequential EVFs Panasonic sometimes uses when cutting corners, so that what you get is 920 dots of red green and blue shown in rapid succession. It bothers some more than others, but it's worth knowing and worth checking how well you get on with it.

Another major disappointment is the crop in 4k mode, which unlike the ones for multi-aspect ratio, uses an [even] smaller portion of the sensor which doesn't preserve the AoV of the lens. This is the same for video and 4k stills/sequence shooting, which both knocks out your wide angle and will have a correspondingly deleterious impact on low-light performance.

It's still a great little camera and it's a slight shame Panasonic made these compromises to what is still possibly the best 'compact' camera on the market.

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22 Aug 2018 12:48PM
Looks great but I dont think there is enough in it to pay an extra £350 over the LX100. It still hasnt got a flip screen and i guess the continuous AF is still unreliable. Iíll probably get one after the initial feeding frenzy and subsequent price drop!
It's a good camera just like the original LX100 but the new one is not different enough to warrant a nearly £400 price difference. I thought about buying a LX100 a little while ago but opted for a Olympus OMD 10ii instead.
21 Sep 2018 1:27PM
Very disappointed that no mention was made of the dust issue that plagued many Mark I owners including myself, really thought you'd ask Panasonic if they'd made any changes to avoid this issue in the Mark II. Sad
joshwa Plus
8 898 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2018 1:30PM

Quote:Very disappointed that no mention was made of the dust issue that plagued many Mark I owners including myself, really thought you'd ask Panasonic if they'd made any changes to avoid this issue in the Mark II. Sad


Unfortunately we don't have the camera for long enough to see if dust is an issue. However, we can ask Panasonic this question to see if any changes have been made to avoid this issue.
rhody 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2018 5:11AM
I am very happy with my LX100. Not a big enough reason to upgrade for me this time around.
Every camera is a compromise but for me the LX100 is a real gem of practicality and quality.
I've never experienced the "dust problem" but it is always inside a leather case when not in use. It's one of those retro "Ever Ready" cases that is in two pieces and the bottom half folds down and away like the old film cameras when in use. When not in use - it's always inside the case.
2 Oct 2018 1:09PM

Quote:Very disappointed that no mention was made of the dust issue that plagued many Mark I owners including myself, really thought you'd ask Panasonic if they'd made any changes to avoid this issue in the Mark II.


We asked Panasonic who said: "The LX100 was more susceptible to dust due to its collapsible lens. This has been significantly improved in the LX100 M2 as the engineers have put urethane into the lens gap."

mitchellhatpeg 16 205 1
21 Dec 2018 10:04AM
This seems a similar sized camera to my GX model now, but lacks the flexibility of interchangeable lenses...similar price too. I wonder if there are many people who would choose this over a GX model, compared side by side?

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