Features & Controls
The lens is mated to a large, 1/1.7" High Sensitivity MOS image sensor that delivers up to 10-megapixels of resolution at the default 4:3 aspect ratio. Panasonic claims that this sensor allows the LX7 to offer improved signal to noise ratio over the LX5 (up to 1.5dB). The use of their Venus Engine processing unit helps the camera capture images quickly, along with allowing for full HD video capture (AVCHD 60p or 60i), Intelligent NR (Noise Reduction), Multi-process NR, etc.
Panasonic included Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with the Lumix LX7, and this feature is designed to combat camera shake and minor vibrations. When shooting at night, this can be an important feature to have available to make sure your images are as sharp as possible. However, the O.I.S. isn't quite as important on the LX7 with its small optical zoom lens as it would be on a model with a larger zoom lens.
- Normal: 19.7 in. (50 cm) to infinity
- AF Macro and MF: Tele, 11.8 in. (30 cm) to infinity; Wide, 0.4 in. (1 cm) to infinity
The left side of the LX7's top panel contains a couple of the camera's nice features. You can see the pop-up flash compartment in the upper left corner of this image, labeled with "Panasonic DMC-LX7." The switch that opens the flash compartment is visible here, too, in the lower left.
- ISO - 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, and 12,800 (limited resolution)
- White Balance (WB) - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Incandescent, White Set 1, White Set 2, and Color Temperature
- Self Timer and Burst - Single, Burst (2 to 60 frames), Auto Bracket (-3 to +3, in 1/3 intervals), and Self Timer (10 seconds, 10 seconds with 3 photos, and 2 seconds)
- Function (Fn) - Can program Fn button for a desired feature, including Photo Style, Quality, Metering Mode, AF Mode, Focus Area Set, 1 Shot AF, i.Dynamic, Level Gauge, Guide Line, Video Rec Area, Remaining Disp., Flash, Flash Adjust, or Aspect Bracket
As with most cameras, the battery and memory card slots are on the bottom panel, hidden behind a hinged door that locks into place with a switch. The LX7 makes use of SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. The rechargeable Li-ion battery pack can shoot about 330 photos on a single charge, according to Panasonic, and my tests found that number is only a little high, which is an impressive battery life for a pretty thin battery.
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