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Panasonic Lumix LX15 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new Panasonic Lumix LX15 which features a bright f/1.4-2.8 aperture, 20mp 1inch sensor, 4K video, and 3x optical zoom lens.

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Panasonic Lumix LX15 LX10 Hands On (6)

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 is introduced with an ultra-bright Leica zoom lens with an f/1.4-2.8 aperture, making it the brightest lens available on a premium compact camera with a larger than normal 1inch sensor. The LX15 is due to be available in November with a suggested retail price of £599.

Panasonic Lumix LX15 Features

Panasonic Lumix LX15 LX10 Hands On (1)

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 features a new wide-angle ultra-bright Leica 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to 24-72mm, with an f/1.4-2.8 aperture, and 3cm macro focus (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.

 

Panasonic Lumix LX7 Vs LX15 (1)

The LX15 replaces the 4 year old Panasonic Lumix LX7, shown above, (from 2012), which also has an f/1.4 aperture zoom lens, and the compact Lumix LF1 (from 2013), with the LX100 remaining on the market (above the LX15).

Panasonic Lumix LX15 Vs LX100 (3)

Premium compact cameras with large sensors from Panasonic now includes:

  • Panasonic Lumix LX100 (Shown above) – 12mp Micro Four Thirds sensor, 3.1x optical zoom, f/1.7-2.8, 24-75mm, EVF
  • Panasonic Lumix LX15 – 20mp 1inch sensor, 3x optical zoom, f/1.4-2.8, 24-72mm, no EVF
  • Panasonic Lumix TZ100 – 20mp 1inch sensor, 10x optical zoom, f/2.8-5.9, 25-250mm, EVF

Compared to other premium compact cameras with a 20 megapixel 1inch sensor such as the Canon Powershot G9X and RX100 III:

LX15 RX100 III G7 X II G9 X
3x optical zoom 2.9x optical zoom 4.2x optical zoom 3x optical zoom
f/1.4-2.8 f/1.8-2.8 f/1.8-2.8 f/2.0-4.9
24-72mm 24-70mm 24-100mm 28-84mm
4K video FullHD FullHD FullHD
Touch-screen No touch-screen Touch-screen Touch-screen
3cm macro 5cm macro 5cm macro 5cm macro
No EVF EVF No EVF No EVF


The RX100 III is priced at £599, and for 4K video you need to look at the RX100 IV, priced at around £829.

The LX15 features 4K (UHD resolution) video recording. Video – level shot horizon automatically keeps the horizon level. Features a 120fps slow-motion Full HD video mode. Continuous AF in video.

Key Features

  • 20 megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens 24-72mm equivalent
  • f/1.4-2.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 3inch tilting touch screen (1040K)
  • 4K video (up to 15minutes) / photo
  • 4K live cropping (FullHD cropping from 4K)
  • DFD technology for fast AF
  • 3cm macro focus
  • ISO80-ISO25600 (extended)
  • 10fps continuous / 6fps continuous with AF
  • 5-axis image stabilisation
  • Light composition
  • USB charging

Panasonic Lumix LX15 Handling

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (8)

The front grip is quite smooth, as it the rear grip, and some may wish to add a rubber grip to the camera (or a faux leather cover) to ensure you get a better hold of the camera. The camera body is made out of metal, and the metal dials on the camera are also reassuringly solid with a grippy texture. The aperutre ring around the lens has click stops, which can't be switched off. 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (1)

The tilting touch screen looks good, and can make it quick and easy to set options and the focus position. You can tilt it all the way forward for self-portraits or group shots. There are a number of customisable function buttons on the camera, and you can also customise function buttons on the touch-screen. There are dedicated buttons for video recording, 4K photo, focus-stacking, macro, exposure compensation, WB, and drive mode. 

Panasonic Lumix LX15 LX10 Hands On (3)
 

The Panasonic menus are easy to use, with clear text and built-in help, and you can use the 4-way controller on the back or the touch-screen to change and set menu options.

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. Battery life is rated at 260 shots – and you can charge the camera through MicroUSB. A spare battery may be a good idea if you want to shoot more.

We'll be looking at the LX15 in more detail when review samples are available. Until then, feel free to have a look at our latest reviews.

Panasonic Lumix LX15 (LX10) Specifications

ManufacturerPanasonic
Lens
Max Aperturef/1.4 - f/2.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 72mm
Optical Zoom3x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040K
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/16000sec
Shutter speeds longest1sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 25600
White balance
    Exposure CompNo Data
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting10fps
    Video
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1920x1080 FullHD
    • 4K
    Video FPS4K 30p, 25p, 24p, FullHD 60p, 50p
    Stereo SoundYes
    Optical Zoom with VideoYes
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationYes
    Interface
    HDMIYes
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiYes
    Storage
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    • RAW + JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLithium-Ion
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)260shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo Data
    Dimensions
    Weight315g
    Width105.5mm
    Height60mm
    Depth42mm

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