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Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) Review

Amy Davies reviews the new Panasonic Lumix LX15, with a bright f/1.4 zoom lens, 4K video, built-in Wi-Fi and manual controls.


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Panasonic Lumix LX15 LX10 Hands On (1)

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 is a new premium compact camera from the company, which features a one-inch sensor in a pocket-friendly body. It sits below the LX100, which has a larger Four Thirds sensor, while having a different kind of lens from the travel oriented TZ100

Panasonic Lumix LX15 Features

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The LX15 has a one-inch MOS sensor, with 20.1 megapixels. It is joined by a 3x optical zoom, which offers an equivalent of 24-72mm in 35mm terms. The maximum aperture available is f/1.4 at the widest point of the lens - making it the widest available on the market. That rises to f/2.8 at the telephoto end of the lens. The lens can focus on subjects 3cm from the front of the lens (wide-angle). The lens features 6 aspherical elements, 4 asph. 2 asph. ED, and 1 UHR element, with 11 elements in 9 group. There is also an aperture and control ring around the lens. The Panasonic Lumix LX15 is available as the LX10 in some countries.

Like all of Panasonic’s newest cameras, the LX15 has 4K (UHD resolution) video and photo functions. Not only does this mean that you can record 4K video, but it also means that you can do things like extract stills from 4K footage, change the point of focus after you’ve taken the shot, and use that to focus stack.

Other interesting features of the camera including a tilting touch-sensitive screen, inbuilt Wi-Fi and Light Speed AF. Unlike some of the other premium compact cameras on the market - most notably the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V - there’s no electronic viewfinder available on the Panasonic Lumix LX15. We compared the LX15 to other Panasonic cameras here.

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Key Features

  • 20.1 megapixel 1-inch MOS sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens, f/1.4-2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux
  • 3cm Macro Shooting
  • 4K UHD Video, upto 15 minutes
  • 4K Photo, Post Focus, Focus Stacking
  • 3-inch, tiltable touch-sensitive screen, 1040k-dots
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (80 - 25600 expanded)
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • 5-axis image stabilisation
  • Inbuilt Wi-Fi
  • 105.5 x 60 x 42mm
  • 310g (with battery and memory card) 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 Handling

Panasonic Lumix LX15 LX10 Hands On (2)

The LX15 is a very similar size to some of the other premium compact cameras of its type on the market, and as such it fits nicely into a pocket or a bag, making it an ideal travel or every day camera.

Despite its small size, it has a nice weight to it, which helps it to feel like a solid piece of premium kit. The camera is not textured, so it’s recommended that you use it with a strap in case it slips out of your hands. The front is raised slightly for your finger to rest easily against it.

The majority of the camera’s buttons and dials are found on the right hand side of the camera, which means you can reach them all with your right hand - particularly handy when shooting one handed.

On the top of the camera, there’s a mode dial for quickly choosing between the different modes that the camera offers. You’ll also find a zoom rocker switch, as well as a rotating dial which can be used for a variety of different functions, usually depending on the shooting mode you’re working in.

Around the camera’s lens, there’s also two rings. An aperture ring which you can use in aperture priority or full manual mode, and a second ring which can be set to a variety of functions, such as controlling the zoom. One thing to note about the aperture ring is that at the wider angle of the zoom, you can’t have the widest apertures. Therefore that means that if the lens is zoomed in, the widest apertures displayed on the aperture ring can’t be used even if the ring is set in that position.

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On the back of the camera are a few very useful buttons. One of which is the function3 button, which by default accessed the quick menu. This gives you speedy access to a range of differently commonly used settings, such as ISO and white balance. Also on the back are two buttons for using Post Focus mode and 4K Photo modes.

To use Post Focus is very easy. You select it from the button, then take a photo of your subject. You’ll see that it is recording all of the different focus points. Once it’s finished, you can either select a focus point and save a single image, or you can merge all of the shots together for a “focus stacking” effect, whereby you have a very large depth of field. You can also merge just a certain area of the frame depending on exactly what you would like to be in focus.

4K Photo modes allow you to quickly and easily extract a still from 4K video, with three different methods to do this. Again, you can save the image you want directly in the camera.

The screen is bright and clear, and is very responsive as a touchscreen. You can set the autofocus point, as well as navigate around menus and use it during playback for various functions, such as swiping between photos. Although there’s no viewfinder, you can tilt the screen upwards which helps with direct bright sunlight. It would be even better if you could tilt the screen downwards or out to the side for all different kinds of awkward angles.

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Battery life is rated at 260 images, which is about average for a camera of this kind. In practice, it seems to last for a full day of reasonably moderate usage, but if you think you’re likely to want to take several hundred shots in one day, or you think you won’t be able to charge it in between days, it might be worth investing in a second battery.

The camera takes around two seconds to go from completely off to ready to shoot. If you’re shooting lots of shots in reasonably quick succession you can leave it switched on - a sleep timer will switch it off if you don’t use it after a while. Focusing times are very good in bright light, quickly snapping into focus easily. In lower light, the lens can hunt a little more, and on occasion it displays a false positive if the subject is reasonably small - it’s worth double checking that focus has been properly acquired before fully depressing the shutter release.

Wi-Fi connectivity is easy to set up using a QR code. The Panasonic Image App lets you remotely shoot as well as transfer images to your smartphone or tablet. 


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Comments


26 Mar 2017 2:54AM
What drew me to the LX10 over comparable models? I would have to say it was a combination of features. Other cameras may have these capabilities, but the LX10 had the total package. 4 K Video, 4K Photo, WiFi, Extended ISO to 25,600, 49 Focus Points etc.
I am also very impressive with this LX10 when taken photo in a dark environment. I can't believe the picture quality can compare with my Full Frame Canon 6D. The low light control in LX10 is doing very well so that I can take picture at night or indoor without any problem.
I share my video to show you how cool is this camera:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S06pVXLhGtM

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