Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Compact Camera

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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.

Reviews

User Reviews

4.21429 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

QUESTION

What Big Sensor Compacts Are M43 Users Using?

I suspect some of you will find this one a bit odd, but here goes..... I'm thinking of adding a large sensor compact to the mix, and thought I'd ask here of all places. Simple questions for those of you who have a large sensor compact in the mix of gear you use? What do you think of it? What limitations do you encounter (beyond the blindingly obvious). Obviously, I'm mulling over something to accompany my Micro Four Thirds kit. Having shot nothing but larger sensor cameras for the past few years, I suspect I might find a premium point a premium point and shoot annoying. What I've mulled over so far: (1) The Merrils (good grief, have youn seen a big print from one of these? Looks a tad specialised, perhaps?) (2) Nikon Coolpix A (good all rounder in my estimation) (3) Ricoh GR (ditto) (4) Canon G1X (cheapest of the bunch, ...

tinternaut asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

None. I bought my last compact digicam a LONG time ago. If I need to go smaller than normal, I just use the 17mm f1.8 and do not carry any other lenses. Continue Reading

Gregm61 answered
6 months ago

Sony RX100, fits in a shirt pocket and takes excellent photos and videos (the 50p/28Mbps mode is particularly good). Easy to forget you have it with you (I usually carry it in a jacket pocket). Continue Reading

Dr_Jon answered
6 months ago

"Am I wrong to dis the likes of the Panasonic LX7 and Canon G16?" Yes!  I had a G11 for a while as a compliment to my m4/3 gear (and before that my DSLR), and no have the Oly XZ-2.  Both yield very good images.  The Oly especially shines due to the much faster lens though the current G series and LX series are now as fast or faster. And the Oly will also take your VF-2. RaymondR Continue Reading

RaymondR answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

LX7 or LF1?

im going to get one of these 2 i just cant decide they both have about the same features can anyone tell me which one has better IQ and better Video Quality tough decision for me hopefully someone can help me make the decision thanks

mikey201 asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

The LF1 has more than twice the reach The LX7 is wider at the wide-end The LX7 is 1 stop faster at the wide end, and about 2 stops faster at 90mm The LF1 is a smaller, genuinely pocketable camera The LF1 has WiFi The LX7 has a significantly more configurable JPEG engine The LF1 has a built-in EVF (modest as it is) IQ at base ISO is essentially the same. All other things being equal, the LX7 will produce better IQ in challenging lighting conditions by being able to use a lower ISO for the same shutter speed, whereas the LF1 will produce better IQ beyond 90mm as you'll have to employ digital zoom on the LX7 to keep up (or use a teleconverter). Can't speak to video performance as video is second only to WiFi on my list of camera features that I don't care about. I hope I've added some perspective, but more likely I've simply added to the dilemma. Such is the reality of trying to choose between two cameras with quite different feature sets. What's your budget anyway? Can it stretch ... Continue Reading

cainn24 answered
2 months ago

The LX7 has a constant aperture lens above F/2.3, The LX7 has fully adjustable manual controls while recording video, the LX7 records at 100 frames per second. The LX7 is wider on the wide end and sharper on the long end than the LF1. The LX7 has a sharper lens from edge to edge, the LF1 has some edge softness. The LF1 has a viewfinder if that's import to you, the LF1 has double the zoom... But... It's not a constant aperture lens, and you don't have external aperture control as such... If video is important to you then the LX7 stands out. Continue Reading

Lumixdude answered
2 months ago

I sent the LF1 back, finding the IQ poor compared to the LX7, though in absolute terms I'm sure it is good. Other reasons I sent the LF1 back: the 200mm was handy but the lack of 24mm not good at all; it's tiny dimensions and control ring made handling difficult; the wifi wasn't 100% functional. Also, too expensive at the time for the IQ (in the UK it has now dropped from £349 to £279). The LX7 is a fantastic camera, with only two irritants: the LVf2 is way overpriced here (twice the USA price) and whoever implemented a mutually exclusive AEB and Self Timer deserves the sack. Otherwise it is incredibly versatile , with fantastic IQ. if considering the LF1, then I'd wait for full / more analysis of the ZS40. It has potential for similar IQ albeit at reduced aperture but with 24-720 and a better size for handling. Good a Luck. Continue Reading

windmillgolfer answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

LX7 external EVF

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

11 months ago

ANSWERS

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
11 months ago

walkaround wrote: Jack Brandt217 wrote: Because many of us believe it is better to bring the camera up to your eye rather than hold it at arms length in order to see the scene better and hold the camera steadyer like a real photographer. Now, is this type of response really necessary? I'm pretty sure one can be a "real photographer" while using the LCD. 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 ... Continue Reading

Veducci answered
11 months 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
11 months ago

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Warranty Information

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