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Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) Review - Performance

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Panasonic Lumix LX15 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The LX15 is capable of producing some great images - especially, as is so often the case, in situations where there’s good light. Colours are well saturated, being natural and vibrant without going over the top to be too much. If you think images are little underwhelming, you could switch to the “Vibrant” Photo Style setting.

Exposures are generally well produced, giving a nice balanced looks to shots when using the all-purpose metering setting. 

 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) Lens test images

Lens Performance - The optical zoom doesn’t cover a huge range, but it’s a flexible offering, being roughly the same as the classic 24-70mm lens (the LX15 is in fact 24-72mm). At both ends of the lens, performance is great, with a good amount of detail. A digital zoom allows you to get even closer to the subject, but it’s essentially a crop into the centre of the image - it’s good if you desperately want to get closer, and if you’re printing and sharing at normal sizes you’ll barely notice the drop in quality.

Macro images show a good amount of detail, and allow you to fill the frame with your subject. You can also get a good degree of background blur. 

 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The ISO performance between ISO 100 - 800 is very good, with very little noise and image smoothing visible. Jumping up to ISO 1600, and while the image is still more than usable, it’s when you start to see a little loss in quality. By ISO 3200, image smoothing is becoming more apparent, while in some areas noise creeps in a little. ISO 6400 and ISO 12800 are useful to have in very dark situations, but are best avoided unless absolutely necessary as images shot at these speeds tend to have a slight painterly look to them.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Automatic white balance does a good job when faced with a range of different shooting conditions, not being too confused by artificial lighting. Under these conditions, images are slightly warmer than is accurate, but the look is generally pleasing. You can switch to a more specific white balance if you want to change the look of the images. 

 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous creative effects, and we've shown examples of these above.

Panorama1 | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125
Panorama1 | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125

Panorama mode - Panoramic mode works well and is quick and simple to use. The resulting images look good at normal sizes - it’s possible to see some areas where the stitching has gone a little bit wrong if you scrutinise the images particularly closely, but it’s unlikely you’d notice if you were just sharing online for example. 

Video - The camera records both Full HD video and 4K (UHD) video. Both produce good footage, which allows you to zoom while recording. The zoom mechanism itself is very quiet, but there’s an audible click if you switch between zooming in and zooming out. Image stabilisation does a good job of keeping moving footage steady though.

 

 


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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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