Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7 Review

Review posted 10/05/2012

Quick Take

  • High-quality Leica F1.4 lens with aperture control ring
  • Good image quality and sharp focus
  • Mode dial makes it easy to select the options you want
  • Popup flash provides excellent low-light photo quality
  • Included lens cap fits tightly to protect glass
  • Shot-to-shot delays are minimal
  • Autofocus works fast with almost no shutter lag
  • Hot shoe mount is included
  • Can select autofocus or manual focus
  • Dedicated switch for changing aspect ratios
  • Separate battery charger included
  • HDMI slot included
  • 3.8x optical zoom lens is a bit small
  • Image quality may be just a little below what advanced photographers are seeking
  • Movie recording button is too small
  • Some controls may be a bit confusing for beginning photographers
  • Menu structure isn't consistent and can be frustrating to use
  • Lens housing extends beyond camera body, making this model 1.8 inches thick
  • LCD is sharp, but it has some problems with glare outdoors and is susceptible to fingerprints
  • Although ISO up to 12,800 is available, highest ISO settings create too much noise to be useable
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix LX7 is a camera that has some really nice features that aren't found on most fixed-lens cameras. Finding an aperture ring and quite a few manual control options is a nice change of pace for those who are used to really thin point-n-shoot cameras. For intermediate and beginner photographers, the LX7's image quality will be impressive, as long as the almost $500 price tag fits in their budget. However, advanced photographers who are looking for a high-end fixed-lens complement to their interchangeable lens cameras may find that the LX7's image quality and 3.8x optical zoom lens aren't quite good enough. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
For the second half of 2012, Panasonic has announced a new premium compact digital camera in its popular LX series; the Lumix DMC-LX7. It features a 10.1-megapixel MOS Sensor (1/1.7 inch) and a 3.8x optical zoom lens that is rated to an F1.4 brightness at its widest angle and F2.3 at full telephoto; impressive for a point-and-shoot camera. The MOS sensor, when coupled with Panasonic's Venus Engine image processor makes the LX7 fast, fast, fast. It is capable of shooting high speed bursts of up to 11 frames per second at full resolution in manual mode (or up to 5 frames per second with Continuous Auto Focus engaged).

The LX7 also shoots full HD 1080p video, offers a Level Gauge to ensure perfect horizons, has Intelligent Auto mode for beginners and, for those who like to experiment artistically, Creative Control Mode with 16 filter options as well as Photo Style presents. For those who demand the best out of their images, the LX7 is able to capture in the RAW (or RAW+JPEG) format.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7 Features:
  • 10.1-megapixel MOS Sensor (1/1.7 inch)
  • 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens
  • 3.8x optical zoom (F1.4 - F2.3)
  • 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD (920K dots)
  • Venus Engine
  • Intelligent NR (Noise Reduction)
  • Burst Shooting up to 11 fps (in full resolution; up to 5 fps with Continuous Auto Focus)
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording (60p or 30p)
  • Creative Control Mode with 16 Filter Options, including:
    • Soft Focus
    • Dynamic Monochrome
    • Impressive Art
    • One Point Color
    • Cross Process
    • Low Key
    • Toy Effect
    • Star Filter
    • Expressive
    • Retro
    • High Key
    • Sepia
    • Hi Dynamic
    • Miniature Effect
    • Radial Defocus
    • Smooth Defocus
  • Photo Style presets, including:
    • Standard
    • Vivid
    • Natural
    • Monochrome
    • Scenery
    • Portrait
    • Custom
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
  • iA Plus Mode
  • Level Gauge
  • RAW and RAW+JPEG data recording options
  • Aspect Bracket / White Balance Bracket
  • Panorama Shot Mode
  • 3D Photo Mode
  • Creative Retouch

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7 Optional Accessories:
  • External Optical View Finder (DMW-VF1)
  • Filter Adaptor (DMW-FA1)
  • MC Protector (DMW-LND37)
  • ND Filter (DMW-LND37)
  • PL Filter (DMOW-LPLA37)
  • External Flash: DMW-FL220 (GN22) / DMW-FL360 (GN36) / DMW-FL500 (GN50)
  • Genuine Leather Case (DMW-CLX7 NEW)
  • Battery Pack (DMW-BCJ13)

Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-LX7 is available in black or white with a MSRP or $499.99 USD.

What's in the box?:
  • DMW-BCJ13 3.6V lithium-ion battery
  • DE-A81 battery charger
  • Lens cap and strap
  • Shoulder strap
  • J1216 USB cable
  • CD-ROM with software and full user guide
  • Basic printed manual

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