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Panasonic introduces the premium digital compact camera, the LUMIX DMC-LX7, from the world-renowned LX series which has been long acclaimed by photography enthusiasts for its high picture quality and creative descriptiveness. The LUMIX LX7 is equipped with a fully re-designed lens, image sensor and image processing engine for superior performance and stunning image quality. The Panasonic LUMIX LX-Series cameras have been extremely popular models for both professional and enthusiast photographers, who understand the value and superb image quality such a compact, affordable digital camera can offer.
Equipped with a newly developed 24mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with 3.8x optical zoom, the LUMIX LX7's supreme lens also features F1.4 brightness at wide-end and F2.3 at tele-end. The F1.4 brightness is approximately 400% as bright as an F2.8 lens. The extraordinarily rich amount of light allows for the use of higher shutter speed to capture stunningly clear, sharp, blur-free images in low light situations and also provides impressive expression to images by reproducing exquisite gradation and mellow defocus to elevate photography.
The LUMIX LX7's lens unit consists of 11 elements in 10 groups with five aspherical lenses with nine aspherical surfaces, including the dual-sided aspherical surface ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, which has never before been adopted by any Panasonic LUMIX digital camera or interchangeable lens. This advanced lens system makes it easy to produce beautiful photos in high resolution with minimal distortion and a pleasing, soft-focused background. Nano Surface Coating technology dramatically minimizes light reflection at entire visual range (380nm-780nm).
The LX7's 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens gives users a wider range of composition possibilities, capturing approximately 136% larger viewing space compared to that of a 28mm wide angle camera. Additionally, the LUMIX LX7's lens minimizes distortion at wide end so users obtain stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail.
The LUMIX LX7 adopts a new 1/1.7" 10.1-megapixel MOS Sensor that features an improved S/N ratio by 1.5 dB compared with its predecessor, the LUMIX DMC-LX5 which results in high resolution images with stunning clarity in high sensitivity recording and also in low ISO, reproducing rich gradation with wide dynamic range even when the situation is highly contrasted.
The LUMIX LX7's high performance Venus Engine also boasts advanced signal processing. The Intelligent NR (Noise Reduction) system keeps resolution high by optimizing the NR process applied to each part of an image. The Multi-process NR quickly detects brightness in each portion of a picture and applies optimal noise reduction in multiple steps. High-speed digital signal output has been integrated into the LUMIX LX7 to realize high-speed consecutive shooting at 11 fps (frames per second) in full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF (Auto Focus).
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All the buttons are perfectly located!
I love where all the buttons are located, easy to change settings without needing to go into the menu. Love the Leica lens and having the aspect ratio changes so easy. Love having the f stops easy to change. I'm a painter, so I take alot of reference photos and the quality of images is important to me. This camera delivers!
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The camera is a great system and has many accessories to get that picture you want. The lack of viewfinder and the proprietary cable to hook to my PC was perturbing and a little annoying, but I knew what I was getting into when I got it. Build quality is first class, the lens is fast and clear. Navigation on the menus takes some getting used to, but that's nothing new for a new camera.
I have been using digital cameras since they were announced. I have had many point-and-shoot models and five (5) DSLR's. A professional photographer friend of mine showed me pictures he took in Italy with the original LX7...they were outstanding! He also mentioned that there was a newer version available, but with a faster f/1.4 lens. I purchased the new version shortly after talking with him. The results were outstanding! Most of the time no flash is needed with the fast lens speed. About four weeks later, I sold my DSLR, three lens, and two flashes. The LX7 is now my only digital camera I use...and I carry it with me everywhere.
No camera can be all things to all shooters. It's a fallacy of logic. That being said, sometimes manufacturers get closer to perfection than not with a model. Such is the case with the LX7. For the price, size, speed and resolution it's the perfect (good) storm. Yes, the filter ring is finicky and odd. Yes the flash is underhelming, blah, blah blah. On the other hand, it makes fantastic point-and-shoot photos. Focus is fast enough, light sensitivity due to a very fast lens is AWESOME.....i.e. less blur in low light. The flash, up close, is deadly accurate for just enough pop. Video looks spectacular. This camera makes the worst, least seasoned, shooter look good almost all the time becasue of it's auto modes. Example, my spouse, now, uses it to shoot all her ebay items she sells. Again, typically, in an auto mode and the results are SO MUCH BETTER than her prior attempts. BEST OF ALL, if you want to push it to it's limits, you got manual overrides out the wazoo. That is why I love this camera. I can tuck it away in a small pocket (space) and when I'm in a situation where there is no place or time for a DSLR etc. I (literally) whip this one out and get a GREAT SHOT....uasually in one of the auto modes. Think, THE BEST pocket TRAVEL CAMERA out there if you need something closer to "all things to all shooters".
I shoot mostly live music stills along with the occasional video. The compact size makes it so I can take this camera into places that disallow larger "pro" cameras. The f1.4-f2.3 lens is a leap in the right direction. I've printed spectacular 16x20 and 18x24 prints. For an eight hour festival, I shot over 2350 photos on two batteries (flash & video not allowed). I commonly get complimented on my photos pasted on facebook. Proposed next version: 20mm wide equivalent, f1.4-f2.0, 20MP, 6x zoom. Wider is most important, then keeping the aperture the same, then more megapixels then zoom. All with a very sharp focus. Other requests are an electronic remote shutter release, get rid of all ring functions (put in menus instead), a durable, self retracting lens cap and a salient, fixed, shaped flash close to the lens (even in the lens shoulder if possible - even better to have 4 smaller ones, one at each quadrant) - controlled by the menu (and a button).
this is an update of my previous review. I found max shutter speed isn't low, at 1/4000s. I also had forgotten the built in ND filter for very bright, high contrast situations. over all the rating is now a tad higher.
I wanted a camera to drop in my pocket on my lazy no DSLR days. I picked this for the lens speed. pros: fast lens. does nice macro, 4 custom settings. a real aperture ring!!! very good EVF which is an option. the lens is very sharp. several usable scene and artistic modes. cons: the screen is difficult to see in bright light and is fixed. slow max shutter speed, making the f1.4 not so usable on bright scenes. All in all it is a really nice well built camera. while not a super zoom like many of the newer P&S cameras the 24-90mm equivalent is suitable for most walk around and street photography. the f1.4 lens is excellent and super sharp with a real macro mode. the ability to change aspect, 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 is a nice touch,. I found the best resolution on mine to be at 4:3. The EVF is an option, but great as it has a real, large diopter dial you can actually adjust. You do have to flip it up to the waist level position to do this, but still easier to use with more range than many DSLRs. Battery life is around 200 shots. I haven't tried video yet so not sure about how long it will last in that mode. I do like the night scene mode. Panorama is ok, moving objects (cars, people) get truncated or doubled, I didn't experience the vertical banding others have seen though. unlike some the menus are easy to use. I would rate this as a 4 & 1/2 star.
This is a beutiful little camera and takes beautiful photos. Unfortunately, without a viewfinder, its impossible to see what you are taking in outdoor lighting. The viewfinder attachment is $150 which pushes the price up to the SLR range. Ofcourse, the absent viewfinder allows it to be very compact which is a plus. Also a real plus is the beautiful indoor photographs it takes. The color it captures in low light is more true to life than any other digital I have had including a Canon Rebel Xti. Aside from the lack of a viewfinder, some distortion of images from the wide lens makes it not ideal for things like architectural photography, but its still great for closeups and snapshots.
I have used this camera in several environments and found that the Leica lens and Panasonic programming have produced great results, even the special effects. The pictures have been sharp and the color is vivid. My concerns are that the camera is small and not easy to hold, the controls are not easily learned and the zoom length is slightly limited (24-90mm. Also VERY fast lens.
We used this while touring Bhutan, substituting for our bigger Nikon dslr. Good battery life, goodnin low light, but the view screen was, as expected, not as easy to use as a viewfinder might be. Over a thousand pics later, including the top of Mt. everest, woul have to say this was a good buy.
More than a review, this is a request to Panasonic.... this camera has too many great functions to make it very complex, it takes time to get use to it. I have a request and it is the zoom range... add the zoom range that has been included in the Lumix ZS30..... a 24-480mm zoom lens... that way one camera will do it it all in my pocket and I won''t need to carry more than just this camera... since the image quality is amazing. coupled with a water casing and it becomes the perfect camera to carry everywhere .... lumix LX9..... Please Panasonic , let me dream of this.