Panasonic built a fine reputation with LX3 and LX5 compact cameras aimed at more demanding users. The new long awaited update named DMC-LX7 is finally here, and we are expecting nothing less then excellent perormance.

LX7 comes with a fully redesigned lens, sensor and image processor. The lens has a 3.8x zoom ratio, starting at 24 mm and all the way up to 90mm. Maybe not so impressive on the first glance, but lens aperture of f/1.4 at wide to f/2.3 at tele end is really something special. 1/1.7 inch MOS sensor has a resolution of 10 megapixels and a new noise reduction system which applies different reduction levels on a different part of the image to achieve better results. Continuous shooting makes it possible to take up to 11 frames per second, or 5 fps with active focus. Camera is also equipped with dedicated aperture ring around the lens and internal ND filter. Video shooting is possible with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60p. There is a small built-in flash unit, as well as standard hot-shoe connector for more advanced lighting options or other accessories. Images are composed using 3 inch 920,000 pixel LCD screen. Time lapse recording might appeal to many users, and last but for many users most important detail – it shoots RAW.

It will be very interesting to see how well it compares with completions models, mainly larger-sensor Sony RX100.

Main specifications:

  • Type: Compact camera
  • Dimensions: 111 x 68 x 46 mm
  • Weight:  298 g
  • Sensor: MOS 10 MP (3648 x 2736 pixels)
  • ISO range: Auto, 80 – 12 800
  • Lens: 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3
  • Image stabilization: Yes
  • Dust and moisture protection: No
  • Flashlight: Pop-up, hot-shoe
  • Shutter: 60 – 1/4000s
  • Continuous shooting: 11 fps
  • LCD screen: fixed 3″, 920,000 pixels
  • Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Battery: Li-ion
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), stereo microphone
  • Connectors: USB 2.0, mini HDMI

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