Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with 3.8x24mm Wide-Angle Leica Optical Zoom Lens, 9 FPS High Speed Continuous Shooting, Black

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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).

The Panasonic DMC-LX7 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel, Video, Weddings and more.The Panasonic DMC-LX7 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Panasonic DMC-LX7 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Panasonic DMC-LX7: Compact, Convenient, Durable, Easy to use, Exceeded expectations, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Inexpensive, Large clear LCD, Nice body color, Short lag time and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (31),Easy to use (29),Fast / accurate auto-focus (23),Image stabilization (23),Good image quality (22),Good in low light (19),Large clear LCD (16),Nice body color (15),Convenient (13),Short lag time (12),Durable (11),Exceeded expectations (9) Zoom range/performance (8),Inexpensive (4) View All
No viewfinder (11),Limited zoom (6),Short battery life (5)
Best Uses:
Family photos (21),Low light (21),Landscape/scenery (17),Travel (17),Video (9),Weddings (7),Sports/action (5),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (14),Semi-pro photographer (7),Casual photographer (3)

Panasonic DMC-LX7 Features

  • Creative Control: Creative Control Mode offers 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 and the new exclusive Radial Defocus and Smooth Defocus modes.
  • Radial Defocus & Photo Style: Radial Defocus adds defocus effect radially from the light source while Smooth Defocus makes defocus figuration even smoother. Photo Style is also available to provide photos with finer expression with Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait and Custom preset options.
  • Time Lapse: The Time Lapse Shot function allows users to capture a record of stationary observation for objects such as flowers coming into bloom, wild animals and moving clouds.
  • Manual Control: Full manual control is available on the LUMIX LX7 so advanced users can enjoy more creative photography.
  • Intelligent Imaging: The LUMIX LX7 features both iA (Intelligent Auto) and iA Plus modes. iA Plus enables background defocusing adjustments, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
  • Intelligent Modes: iA- POWER O.I.S., AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range), Intelligent Handheld Night Shot and Motion Deblur modes.
  • High Screen Visibility: Equipped with a new 3.0-inch 920,000-dot Intelligent LCD screen with super high resolution and wide angle viewing, the LUMIX LX7's screen brightness automatically adjusts in 11 steps as surrounding brightness levels change, ensuring easy visibility at all times.
  • On Board Controls: To enhance operability, the LUMIX LX7 has been equipped with an aperture ring, internal ND filter, focus lever and rear dial in order to control light source. The newly added Level Gauge detects horizontal or vertical angle of view which is helpful in keeping horizontal composition even when shooting in high or low angle.
  • Full HD Video: In addition to recording stunning still imagery, the LUMIX LX7 also records high resolution full-HD 1,920x1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or 30p in MP4. A dedicated video record button enables instant video recording while shooting photographs without changing any settings.
  • High Quality Audio: The LUMIX LX7 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator to offer highly realistic sound to images. The stereo microphone comes with a zoom noise reduction system and an Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most background noise from wind.
  • Creative Video Mode: Additionally, Creative Video mode lets users set the camera shutter speed, which can create special effects in videos, and aperture, which is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances, manually to create even more impressive videos.
  • Accessory Options: The LUMIX LX7 offers rich accessory options for camera expandability to match every shooting situation and style. The hot shoe atop the camera body allows for the attachment of advanced accessories including the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) which helps monitoring even under strong daylight with high visibility.

Panasonic DMC-LX7 Specifications

Body Type
Max Resolution
3648 x 2736
3968 x 2232, 3776 x 2520, 3328 x 1872, 3168 x 2112, 3072 x 2304, 2784 x 1568, 2736 x 2736, 2656 x 1768, 2560 x 1920, 2304 x 2304, 2208 x 1248, 2112 x 1408, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1920, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1536 x 1536, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels: 10.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors: 12.7 megapixels
Sensor size: 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type: CMOS
Processor: Venus Engine
Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
ISO: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
White balance presets: 5
Custom white balance: Yes (2)
Image stabilization: Optical
Uncompressed format: RAW
JPEG quality levels: Fine, Standard
File format: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) / RAW / MPO
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.): 24 90mm
Optical zoom: 3.8×
Autofocus: Contrast Detect (sensor) / Multi-area / Tracking / Single / Continuous / Live View
Autofocus assist lamp: Yes
Digital zoom: Yes (up to 4.5x)
Manual focus: Yes
Normal focus range: 50 cm (19.69")
Macro focus range: 1 cm (.39")
Number of focus points: 23
Articulated LCD: Fixed
Screen size: 3"
Screen dots: 920,000
Touch screen: No
Screen type: TFT Color LCD
Live view: Yes
Viewfinder type: Electronic (optional)
Maximum Aperture
F1.4 - F2.3
60 sec to 1/4000 sec
Exposure Modes
Intelligent Auto
Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority
Creative Video
Creative Control
Scene Modes
Soft Skin
Panorama shot
Night Portrait
Night Scenery
Handheld Night Shot
Glass Through
3D Photo
Built-in flash: Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range: 8.5 m
External flash: Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive: Yes (11, 5, 2)
Self-timer: Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec / 3 images)
Metering modes: Multi / Center-weighted / Spot
Exposure compensation: ±3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing: No
Format: MPEG-4 / AVCHD
Microphone: Stereo
Speaker: Mono
Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Video Resolution Notes
1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p, 50p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60, 50fps) ; 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60, 50fps) 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p, 50p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60, 50fps); 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) 1280 x 720 pixels, 30, 25 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30, 25fps)
Storage types: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included: 70 MB Internal
USB: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI: Yes (mini HDMI TypeC)
Wireless: None
Remote control: No
Environmentally sealed: No
Battery: Battery Pack
Battery: Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery life (CIPA): 330
Other Features
Orientation sensor: Yes
Timelapse recording: Yes
GPS: None
111 x 68 x 46mm (4.37 x 2.68 x 1.81")
298g (0.66 lb)

Panasonic DMC-LX7 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Terrific camera if you only use one

Wonderful performance, both still and video, in a camera that is easy to take everywhere. Pluses: - I wanted a camera with excellent low light performance for travel because of all the scenic shots in dark buildings or night scenes, and this camera delivers. I'm particularly impressed by the dynamic range where parts of a dark scene might have bright light sources. I virtually never use the flash except as a fill flash. - The camera also is very quick in deploying for action and in processing...

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Wonderful performance, both still and video, in a camera that is easy to take everywhere. Pluses: - I wanted a camera with excellent low light performance for travel because of all the scenic shots in dark buildings or night scenes, and this camera delivers. I'm particularly impressed by the dynamic range where parts of a dark scene might have bright light sources. I virtually never use the flash except as a fill flash. - The camera also is very quick in deploying for action and in processing the shot. - Video is full HD and looks professional quality when played back on my Viera plasma. The only reasons for having a dedicated video camera at all would be if you needed a longer telephoto or longer recording times -Great quality look and feel for the price. -Beautiful images, can't imagine significantly improving on them. - Portability; Will fit in large pockets or is easy to carry on belt pouch - Raw recording format option - Control ring for quick change of aspect ratio - Preset zoom steps and return to previous zoom on power up - Lots of features I will never use (Full manual is 226 pages!) but it is good to have them in case I ever will use them. - LCD screen is usable in bright sunlight - Excellent auto modes and the manual modes are easy to get to. Cons: - Would like a recharge mode that doesn't require pulling the battery - Need to buy an aftermarket auto lens cap if you want that feature Suggestions: - I don't find the 24mm wide angle that useful. It does an amazing job of avoiding the fish eye look, but with the easy availability of image compositing software, I would rather stitch together images for a very wide shot and have a zoom range that starts at 28 or 35 mm in exchange for getting a longer telephoto at the other end. - I still like an optical viewfinder for the ability to stabilize the camera, but only if it can be added without increasing camera size. - There are operating options such as image recording mode that also apply to auto mode but the the setup screens are only accessible when the selector knob is on one of the manual modes. The setup menus should reflect all options applicable to the mode the camera is set to.


Most Liked Negative Review


very disappointing

i bought this because i was sick of carrying my DSLR around but believe me, this is NO substitute. in fact an iphone probably takes better pics! not only is it awkward to use, the sensor is just too small for any decent pics. i shoot only raws and still no good. and most third party software doesn't recognize the raws including lightroom 3. silkypix which comes with the camera isn't really that useful. you can't really do much unless you convert to a DNG which is a pain for every image you sh...

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i bought this because i was sick of carrying my DSLR around but believe me, this is NO substitute. in fact an iphone probably takes better pics! not only is it awkward to use, the sensor is just too small for any decent pics. i shoot only raws and still no good. and most third party software doesn't recognize the raws including lightroom 3. silkypix which comes with the camera isn't really that useful. you can't really do much unless you convert to a DNG which is a pain for every image you shoot! and even the leica lens is disappointing; lots of distortion and it never has that leica "look" which is the reason i bought the camera. i've NEVER been disappointed with anything leica until now. and it's completely useless at anything higher than 80 iso, just too much noise! i can't believe there are any good reviews for this camera. the only thing i like is the multiple exposure feature as my 5D doesn't have that. and the video looks nice but i'm not a video person so can't really vouch for that. i would strongly recommend you look for something else although not sure exactly what, short of a Leica M9 which is in a whole different price range. it's so sad that there is no German lensed camera in this range that is decent. i love leica (i only use zeiss & leica lenses on my 5D) but this is no leica. i even loved my old leica mini 35mm film camera but again this is no digital equivalent to that camera. the LX7 NEVER produces a great picture; it's a complete waste of 10 megapixels! an old canon 20D will put this to shame. so, so, so disappointed.....

Reviewed by 42 customers


Great value


from OHIO  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Perfect for the price. Great for MACRO and lowlight. The best value in a Travel Cam. You won't be disappointed. Great and steady video. No threads for filters- need to buy added thread hardware ($10) to add UV filter etc.


Takes better pictures than I usually do


from Washington State

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.




from Southern Connecticut

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Big bang for little buck!


from Burbank, CA

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".


A very worthy successor to the LX5


from Los Angeles

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).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great pocket camera


from Gettysburg, Pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


nice pocket rocket


from Gettysburg, Pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Wish it had a viewfinder


from New Orleans, LA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


I love this camera


from Owosso, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great little camera


from Rehoboth De  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


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makker 6  hi. i wondered about the panasonic lx7. is it possible to switsch between pal system and ntsc in the camera?
Shopper  Is video out - usable as a viewfinder? What solutions are there to the fixed LCD screen for taking pictures in difficult to view situations? Thanks.
REED A. G  I don't know about using video out - but the accessory viewfinder (Panasonic DMW-LVF2) is VERY useful for shooting in all situations.
Sharon S  Hi, I've recently purchase an LX-7 and wondered, how hard is it to get the ring off around the lens to put the adapter on to use filter? Will I need a special tool? and then a new lens cap, as the filters are bigger than the one that comes with the camera? And it seems like this is advisable, right?
RICHARD C  Sharon don't do it! You will destroy the camera. Check on line for a clip -on filter. I don't see why a filter matters. If you use PE or PS you can do the same thing when you open the RAW image in Camera RAW or later in Photoshop. This is my walk around camera, I love it.
Sharon S  Thank you, Richard, that seems much more sensible to me! Sharon
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