Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Compact Camera

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75% Silver Award
Overall, the LX7 is an excellent premium compact camera. Its fast lens, performance, and manual controls will make enthusiasts drool, while those just starting out can get great results using Panasonic's Intelligent Auto mode.”

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Key Features

  • 10.1MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
  • 11 FPS continuous shooting (12 frames max) / 5.5 FPS with continuous AF
  • 3.8x F1.4-2.3 optical zoom lens (24-90mm equivalent)
  • ISO 80-6400
  • 1080 HD video in AVCHD format
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
  • Raw shooting
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Multi-aspect sensor offering 16:9, 3:2, 4:3 and 1:1 modes

Product Description

The LX7 is Panasonic's latest 'enthusiast' compact, and its 24-90mm equivalent, F1.4-2.3 lens is the fastest yet seen on this type of camera. This is combined with 1/1.7" type 10.1 MP MOS sensor that offers an ISO range of 80-12800. Full resolution burst shooting with continuous AF is available at up to 5.5 frames per second, and up to 11 frames per second with focus locked (for a maximum of 12 images). The LX7 can also record Full HD 60p/50p video, and has a built-in stereo microphone.

The LX7 offers a full set of manual exposure modes, with an aperture ring around the lens. Creative Control mode adds sixteen different special effects into the mix, rounding out a very strong portfolio of in-camera shooting and processing options. Image quality is excellent, too.


Body type
Body type Compact
Max resolution 3648 x 2736
Other resolutions 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 w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Venus Engine
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
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–90 mm
Optical zoom 3.8×
Maximum aperture F1.4 - F2.3
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (up to 4.5x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 23
Screen / viewfinder
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)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 8.50 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 11.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography 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)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 70 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI TypeC)
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 298 g (0.66 lb / 10.51 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 68 x 46 mm (4.37 x 2.68 x 1.81)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
Silver Award
Silver Award
75 %
Overall Score

It wasn't easy to improve on the already impressive DMC-LX5, but Panasonic managed to pull it off with their new LX7. Enthusiasts will love its fast lens, manual controls, photo quality, and 1080/60p movie mode. Beginners can enjoy the LX7 too, thanks to Panasonic's great Intelligent Auto mode.

Good For

Low light enthusiasts who desire a camera with manual controls, fast performance, expandability, and a top-notch movie mode.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.27778 out of 5 stars
  • Llewellyn Robins, Oct 10, 2012 GMT:
    DMC-LX7. An excellent little camera

    I owned an LX3 for abot 4 years and everything that I disliked about it has been rectified on the LX7. I have also the new electronic viewfinder which is also a great success. The focusing is very very fast. The 1.4 lens gives excellent sharpness of image at all apertures. I only shoot in RAW so I am able to control any noise in post production, but with a 1.4 lens I find that 90% of the time I am shooting at 80 ISO, so I have no problems. It is a very small camera which produces very good ...

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  • Gary Wilde, Sep 24, 2012 GMT:
    Ideal travel camera

    Just bought this camera from digital-rev for £330, and used extensively on a cruise holiday last week. I really like this camera. It is much lighter and smaller than my SLR, which makes it ideal for travel photography. Because of all the clever electronics it is easy to get decent quality snaps, where my lesser Canon ixus would have failed in some way. The ixus was useless with fill-in flash, leaving the subject dark. The DMC-LX7 copes with fill-in flash really well. I took several ...

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  • James Pilcher, May 17, 2013 GMT:
    Better than I imagined

    I purchased the Lumix LX7 to replace my departed Leica D-Lux 4 (Lumix LX3). The LX7 has far exceeded my expectations. The lens is sharp and fast. The camera shoots raw. Autofocus is very quick and shutter lag is negligible. I do not shoot much video, but it seems rather good for a camera of this size. With prices hovering around $299 (May 17, 2013), this has to be one of the best enthusiast camera bargains around. Adding the electronic viewfinder and filter adapter rounds out this camera as a ...

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  • OlluDk, May 27, 2013 GMT:
    Nice toy camera but no good for serious shooting.

    I wanted a small camera i could always have with me, so after days of deliberating bought this one. It didn't impress me at all so i returned it. Image quality is only good at ISO 80, starting from  iso 200 the quality drops dramatically and at  iso 800 images are no different from those HTC smartphone takes. Under bright sunlight you can take good pictures with it, which makes it a great travel camera, but still...difference in quality this camera produces is not worth the extra coule of ...

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Questions & Answers


M with 22 arrived today......

My first impressions of my first Canon: heavier than I thought it would be. I expected it to be just like my LX7, but feels more substantial. I'm pleasantly surprised with the grip -- it's better than I expected. AF is ok. It works with my style of street shooting. Coming from Panasonic enthusiast compacts, I absolutely love Canon OOC colors. Touch screen is easy to navigate as I'm on my iPhone or iPad a lot each day. I haven't loaded the pdf manual, so I have two questions: 1) where in the menu can I find the firmware version? And 2) when I've experimented with aspect ratios, say from 3:2 to 16:9, the image fills the screen on playback, but there are two heavy grey horizontal lines superimposed. Is this because the 22 is limited to 3:2? All in all, I think I will enjoy this camera.

geoffmalter asked
3 months ago


fourth spanner next to the star. Your m sensor ratio is 3:2, so it applies to all lenses. The grey lines shows how your picture is cropped when loaded into third party processing software, which also means your picture resolution is lesser when shooting formats other than 3:2. Continue Reading

calterg answered
3 months ago


LX7 external EVF

Stupid question: why would anyone need the external EVF when you can shoot with the built-in monitor?

1 year ago


Wild guess here: you shoot in 100% optimal conditions all of the time?! I do not.  Sometimes the LCD gets so glary that all I see is my own reflection and have to literally rely on the focus beeping as indication of "nailed" focusing. Continue Reading

carizi answered
1 year ago

Heh,heh,heh.   Obviously, lots of folks are getting some good images holding their cameras at arms length (thanks to Image stabilization) but lets be honest , it conveys an amateurish look if nothing else.  IMO it`s an awkward way to use a camera especially when there are better alternatives available for most higher end compacts. Of course the LCD at arms length works good enough for most folks snapping pics in most situations  but an EVF or Clearviewer offers a solid advantage. The clearviewer (or EVF) definitely allows the user a solid 3 point stabilization  ( vs extended arms )which is a huge advantage when shooting in low light situations at slower than usual shutter speeds. Continue Reading

Veducci answered
1 year ago

First: I am a big fan of eye level viewfinders and have the lvf2 ordered along with my LX7.  But the way most people portray LCD shooters is simply gratuitous.  You dont have to hold the camera "at arms lenght" as a lot of people say.  You can actually hold it quite comfortably right near your face.  And honestly the LCD works better for some more creative angles provided the glare isnt bad enough to keep you from framing. Seems so many people are obsessed with how they look taking a picture than how the picture looks that they took. What makes it so wrong for an amateur or hobbyist photographer to look amateurish? Continue Reading

tjwaggoner answered
1 year ago


Camera for photographing rock climbing: TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N, A3000, LX7

Hi all, I am trying to find a camera to use when I go on travels for climbing/travel. I used to have an Olympus XZ-1, as was very happy with it, but it got stolen. So now I am looking for a new one. I am on a limited budget, and have suggested the below cameras as I know I can afford them. TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N (with 16-50mm), A3000 (with 18-55)mm, LX7. While reading climbing blogs, I've noticed that alot of people recommend having some wide angle and zoom capabilities, which is why I've included the FZ72. A friend of mine is very happy with her LX7 when taking pictures of people climbing, so that's why its in the bunch. And RAW is necessary as well. The two mirrorless cameras are in the bunch because I've heard that it might be nice to have an option of changing lenses. However, I will not do that yet because of a limited budget. The TZ60 is known for being a good camera for travellers. Any suggestions or tips? Or if there are others in the same price range which offer a good wide ...

evelyn87 asked
5 months ago


I would not recommend the Sony a3000 for rugged outdoor activities like rock climbing. It's just a wee plastic lad, doesn't have weather proofing, and is egg shell like. It's a great camera I use, but taking it along where a good beating could easily occur? Well, I guess it's cheap and better than breaking a $3000 body so in that sense it is almost a disposable as you could buy 10 a3000's to one A7r .... so maybe a couple of climbs you get lucky and nothing gets broke? I'd still want a more solid frame although lightweight is a solid forte of the a3000 sturdy is not..... Continue Reading

Diginal answered
4 months ago

I can really recommend the nikon AW1. It's mirrorless. Underwater secured but the best feature is that it's very easy to handle with one hand. Also it's very fast focusing and shoots extremely rapid for a camera in that class, even in raw. And it's the most rugged mirrorless. Continue Reading

Rumle answered
4 months ago

Warranty Information

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