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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Vs Panasonic Lumix LX100 - What Are The Differences?

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is the long-awaited update to the LX100 but what does it add that the original camera was lacking?

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Taken With LX100 II

 

It's been a while since we've seen a new Lumix LX100, 4 years to be precise, but the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II introduces a number of new features from the other Lumix G cameras in Panasonic's range that should be a welcomed addition to this popular, pocketable premium compact camera. 

To make it easy for you to see what's new, we've lined the specs of the original LX100 alongside the new LX100 II in a table below and we've also pulled out some of the key features to talk about in a little bit more detail. Plus, as we were able to capture sample images with the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, we've also popped the sample images, and ISO shots, side-by-side so you can have a flick through and judge for yourself which camera you think performs the best. 

 

Image Sensor 

Inside the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II you'll find the same 20mp Four Thirds sensor found in the Panasonic Lumix GX9 but in the LX100 II it's used as a multi-aspect ratio sensor (17Mp), so that if you're shooting at 3:2, 16:9, or 4:3 you still get the 24mm equivalent wide-angle view of the scene. The sensor also features no optical low-pass filter, which should deliver sharper, more detailed images. The original LX100 has a Micro Four Thirds, 12.8Mp multi-aspect ratio sensor. 

 

Camera Body Weight, Size & Design

At first glance, you may be mistaken for thinking you're looking at the original LX100, but when you look at the top of the camera, you'll notice the LX100 II lettering. Beyond this, the external design of the camera remains very similar, albeit with an updated front grip, a number of additional customisable function buttons, and a touch-screen on the back. 

The weight and overall measurements of both cameras are exactly the same. 

 

Screen & Electronic Viewfinder 

Both screens measure 3-inch but the noticeable difference is that the screen on the LX100 II is touch-sensitive and it also has a higher resolution (1240k over 921k). 

The electronic viewfinder on the LX100 II features 2760K dots and there is both eye-detection (so that the camera will automatically switch between the screen and EVF), as well as AF that is automatically activated when you hold the camera up to your eye. The EVF on the LX100 has 2,764K dots and it also features an eye-detection sensor.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Vs Panasonic Lumix LX100

Image Stabilisation 

Both cameras feature optical image stabilisation - short and to the point. 

 

Continuous Shooting

Again, the LX100 and LX100 II share the same spec here with continuous shooting sitting at an impressive 11fps (this equates to around 77 shots on the LX100). On the LX100, this slows to 8.6fps when shooting RAW images so we'll have to see if we get similar results with the LX100 II when we put it to the test. 

 

 Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Vs Panasonic Lumix LX100

 

ISO 

The ISO range for both cameras starts at 100 and reaches 25600. Have a look at the ISO images captured with both cameras below. 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II ISO test images

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 ISO test images

 

Sample Photos

Colour reproduction straight from the camera on the LX100 II is pleasing, with good colour saturation, and reliable exposure. Dynamic range is also good and there are a number of options available to improve the level of dynamic range recorded in images. You could also process the RAW files if you felt this was necessary.

The LX100 also takes images with good colour, detail and reliable exposure. Sometimes, images can appear a little dark but +0.3 exposure compensation can help brighten them up. Detail is extremely impressive, with fine detail captured in portrait shots and photos taken with the supplied flash show no red-eye.  

Take a look at the sample images captured with both cameras below. 

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Sample Photos

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Sample Photos

 

Video 

The LX100 II and LX100 both offer 4K UHD video recording along with FullHD video. You can view some sample footage, captured with both cameras, here: 

 

 

Battery

The LX100 II uses the same battery as the LX100, however, the LX100 II now supports USB charging, so you can charge the camera with just a MicroUSB cable and a USB socket - whether that's from a USB wall adapter, laptop or computer USB socket, or a portable USB charger. A 300 shot battery life is what the LX100 has so we expect the LX100 II to have the same. 

 

Price

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 was originally available for £699 but this has since been reduced by around £200 to £499. The LX100 II will be available for £849 from 1 October.

 

For more details on the new Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, take a look at our hands-on review. 

 

Comparison Table

Panasonic Lumix LX100Panasonic Lumix LX100 II
ManufacturerPanasonicPanasonic
Lens
Max Aperturef/1.7 - f/2.8f/1.7 - f/2.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 75mm24mm - 75mm
Optical Zoom3.1x3.1x
Image Sensor
Pixels12.8Mp (Megapixels)17Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)41124112
Pixels (H)30883088
Sensor TypeLive MOS SensorLive MOS Sensor
Sensor SizeMicro Four ThirdsFour Thirds
Sensor Size (width)No DataNo Data
Sensor Size (height)No DataNo Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution921k1240k
Touch ScreenNoYes
Focusing
Min Focus3cm3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/16000sec1/16000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec1800sec
Bulb modeNo DataYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps11fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS3030
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYes
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLi-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4 Wh)Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1025mAh, 7.4 Wh)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)300shots340shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsBattery Charger, Battery Pack, AC Cable, USB Cable, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String, Hot Shoe Cover, External Flash, Flash Storage Bag, Shoulder Strap, DVDBattery Charger, Battery Pack, AC Cable, USB Cable, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String, Hot Shoe Cover, External Flash, Flash Storage Bag, Shoulder Strap, DVD
Dimensions
Weight351g392g
Width114.8mm115mm
Height66.2mm66.2mm
Depth55mm64.2mm
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Comments


24 Aug 2018 7:03PM
Have Panasonic suited out the dust issue that played many Mark I owners (myself included)?

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RoyChilds 11 104 England
26 Aug 2018 11:11AM
The sample pics look excellent
bgbg1 5
30 Aug 2018 12:07AM
Do you have any RAW samples from the LX100 II?
joshwa Plus
9 905 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2018 9:43AM

Quote:Do you have any RAW samples from the LX100 II?


Hi,
When we have the LX100 II in the office for a review, we will be able to add some raw images.
Thanks
Josh

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