Conclusion - Pros: Excellent photo quality, with less noise than typical compact cameras Super fast F1. The biggest feature on the camera is undoubtedly its F1. Panasonic has put an aperture ring around the lens, which allows you to quickly adjust this setting when in A and M mode. On the back of the camera is a 3-inch LCD with , dots twice that of the LX5 that is easy to see both outdoors and in low light. If you want to use an electronic viewfinder, Panasonic offers a pretty nice one.
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The new LX7 aims to build on the success of its LX5 predecessor with a new 3. Ease of Use Successor to the LX5, the metal construction Aimed at both high end amateur photo enthusiasts plus existing snapshot owners looking for a step up, but presumably not wanting the comparative bulk of a Micro Four Thirds hybrid model nor DSLR for a similar price, the LX7 provides both full iAuto and manual shooting options.
So, in the absence of a built-in optical or electronic viewfinder, the LCD is naturally used for shot composition and review. The screen itself is a bright 3-inch model with k dot resolution that provides a naturalistic translation of the scene before the lens. However you will still find yourself squinting and cupping a hand around it in bright sunlight, so the optional DMW-LVF2 viewfinder is a wise investment.
It further boasts an improved 3. The LX7 is, for those looking to tentatively get more hands on with their images, a veritable box of goodies.
For the first time on the LX-series, an intuitive aperture ring additionally surrounds the lens, much like the one seen on the Fujifilm X camera. Other than this unavoidable quirk, the new aperture ring is a great addition that further adds to the photographer-friendly feel of the LX7.
Overall it comes across as a compact and elegant solution, with body proportions measuring a manageable This therefore is a camera that will slip readily into a pair of jeans, not just a jacket or small bag. Users also get access to six customisable Photo Style modes via the on-screen menu when the shooting dial is turned to a creative mode, such as program, aperture priority, shutter priority or manual.
Choose the further ISO ISO equivalent option and JPEG-only resolution drops to a compensatory three megapixels - an on-screen prompt warning you of the fact that settings have changed should this be selected. In any event, this is a nod to the sort of spec to be found on a semi-pro DSLR, so to be welcomed at a compact level.
The LCD fades into life and the lens extends from within its protective housing to maximum 24mm-equivalent wideangle setting. Generally the camera is as fast and responsive as one could wish for. Thus we found ourselves inadvertently getting fingerprints on the glass when placing the LX7 into or retrieving it from a pocket. On top we get that vacant hotshoe protected out of the box by a piece of plastic that also envelops the accessory port nestling just left of centre of the LCD, in front of which are the new stereo microphones.
Nestling next to the hotshoe we have a narrow profile and firm shooting mode dial with 10 options squeezed around it. Then there is a separate setting for the Creative Control modes, another for the 16 scene modes the usual family-friendly array of portrait, landscape, baby and pet settings , and not one but two user customisable settings.
The creative movie mode is where technologies converge and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 becomes an intriguing prospect for would-be videographers, providing access as it does to the same creative exposure P,A,S,M modes selectable when shooting stills. You also get access to all the Photo Style and Creative Control modes when shooting video. ISO settings, white balance and AF tracking are also all accessible when shooting movies.
So this is a digital stills camera where video seems more than just an afterthought, or an exercise in box ticking. Happily, the full extent of the smooth and steady optical zoom can be accessed when shooting video, its mechanical operation quiet and minimally intrusive.
Next to the shooting mode dial is the raised shutter release button ergonomically encircled by a rocker switch for operating the zoom. As indicated the zoom glides fairly leisurely through its range, taking just over three seconds to get from maximum wideangle to extreme telephoto. Alternatively this button, in tandem with the command dial, can be used to adjust the expansiveness of the AF area, or alter its default position of dead centre of the frame to off-centre instead, with a subsequent press of the navigation pad cross keys.
Beneath this again we get the final two buttons on the camera back, for self explanatory Display - a press of which turns of the operational icons or brings up a nine-zone compositional grid - and, the Q.
Again, choose one of the creative shooting modes and the user has access to photo style settings, flash options, metering mode, AF area, white balance, picture size and even a six option video recording quality. There are also vacant lugs on the left and right hand flanks of the camera for attaching the provided shoulder strap.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Review
The new LX7 aims to build on the success of its LX5 predecessor with a new 3. Ease of Use Successor to the LX5, the metal construction Aimed at both high end amateur photo enthusiasts plus existing snapshot owners looking for a step up, but presumably not wanting the comparative bulk of a Micro Four Thirds hybrid model nor DSLR for a similar price, the LX7 provides both full iAuto and manual shooting options. So, in the absence of a built-in optical or electronic viewfinder, the LCD is naturally used for shot composition and review. The screen itself is a bright 3-inch model with k dot resolution that provides a naturalistic translation of the scene before the lens.
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