Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD – Black Reviews

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD – Black. What’s in the box: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black), Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Hot Shoe Cover, Lens cap, Lens Cap String, One Year Limited Warranty

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD -  Black

Features Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD – Black

  • 7.5x Intelligent zoom, less ghost with Nano Surface Coating Lens
  • 10MP new high sensitivity MOS sensor
  • F1.4-2.3 Leica DC vario SUMMILUX 24mm Wide Angle
  • 60p Full HD Video Recording with Stereo Microphone in AVCHD Progressive /MP4,
  • 9fps High Speed Continuous Shooting
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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  1. Nathaniel Allen says:
    300 of 307 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    PANA keeps improving on the LX3, but still not “perfect…”, August 26, 2012
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    Wow, this was a tough upgrade decision. Sony’s RX100 is superb competition, and I was certain *IT* would be the camera that pulled me out of the Panasonic camp (I also own an old Panasonic DMC-FX50 “bridge camera” in addition to an LX5, which replaced my LX3 — plus my wife kept a Pana FX35 in her purse before she switched to Sony’s slim TX9.

    Despite keeping these few cameras around (really just the 3: the FX50, the TX9 and now the LX7), I’m just your Joe Average photographer, shooting mainly the kids, family/friend gatherings, special events, and some home construction-type projects, and other hobby interests.

    And what I’ve ever really wanted out of the LX series is a compact, low light-capable camera with a respectable set of manual controls. Exactly what the SONY RX100 is with its huge sensor, and of the two, it is unquestionably the better performer for indoor shooting situations of fast moving kids, compared to the LX3 and LX5.

    If that were my only criteria, I’d have never ordered the LX7, and might be typing up my thoughts on the RX100 instead. But maybe my four years of familiarity with the LX3/5 got the better of me. Maybe I’m just a sheep with a Panasonic logo branded on my flank. But there were a couple of sore points with the Sony that just plain made me unsatisfied. Rather than trash the RX100 (not my intention), here’s my list:

    – There’s no escaping the benefit of the wide 24mm lens on the LX series. Not to mention the handy aspect ratio mode switching right on the bezel. And I use the 1:1 aspect ratio more than I care to admit.
    – The Panasonic’s hot shoe is a hot commodity when I need it. I have a Metz 36-AF4O (since replaced by the Metz 36 AF-5, I believe) which is about as big as the camera itself, but provides more than adequate light with bounce capabilities.
    – Two of my gripes with the LX3 and LX5 were the difficulty of adjusting manual settings via push-button & thumb dial inputs. The LX7′s aperture ring and dedicated manual focus lever have addressed this, with varying degrees of satisfaction.
    – I get to keep my LX5 spare battery, which isn’t such a huge deal, but just know that its shelf life is spectacular. Although my predicted number of shots between charges has decreased, per the manual. Nothing drastic; still great battery life.
    – Most importantly, the Panasonic LX7 has a certain ease and quickness about it — probably due in part to my use of its predecessors — and combined with the newly added manual controls, it feels to me the design is finally at a point where I can set up various shooting solutions with a minimum of fuss and button pressing, nearly (but not quite) like my SLR days many years ago. The “user experience” of the Sony, by comparison, felt a little too menu driven and sticky.

    Where did Panasonic fall short with this new model?

    – For one, the image quality really hasn’t changed. My thoughts are that the LX3 was excellent, but the LX5 tended to focus a little soft — although nothing that stood out horribly amiss; maybe within the normal manufacturing variations? I don’t want to speculate on sensor sizes or type playing a role, but I can attest Sony’s RX100 shoots a “cleaner” or “crisper” portrait-style photo — although that difference disappears once the image is downsized for printing/sharing.
    – There’s still no remote. Or cable release. Or Bulb mode. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy those features on other cameras. For the LX5, I have a cable release adapter that slides into the hot shoe and extends an arm over the shutter release for a cable release to activate, but the hot shoe has been realigned on the LX7 so it no longer works.
    – I continue to have trouble reading the silver-on-silver symbols etched onto the 4-way keys.
    – If you’re one to complain about the lens cap (I’m not, but I know a lot of LX users HATE the thing)… well, it’s still here, and it’s smaller than before, making it a little more difficult to clip on/clip off.
    – I once committed to never buying a camera without a tiltable display, but that’s just not an option. All things considered, the LX7 display is not as bright at the RX100, but is very visible in all but direct daylight, and viewable from off angles without the colors inverting.

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  2. Monty VanderBilt "Hiking and mapping the Midd... says:
    85 of 85 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best hiking/climbing camera ever, September 18, 2012
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    My primary requirement for a camera is that it be compact, but still take great pictures under the conditions I run into often. I hike and climb a lot and do not want the bulk of a DSLR hanging in front of me, and the camera must be accessible so I don’t delay the group while digging my camera out of the pack. So I gravitate toward the compact camera that gives me as much of the DLSR feature set as possible.

    I chose the LX7 primarily because it has a very fast lens. For me that means handheld shots under a thick forest canopy are not blurred because of slow shutter speeds. My previous camera was the DMC-LX5, the predecessor to this model and it was great. I’m replacing it because I made the mistake of taking movies in a sandstorm during a hike down Buckskin gulch in Utah. Ever since that the camera has been complaining when sand grains stick in the lens mechanism and get inside the camera on the sensor. So don’t do that!

    When the LX7 arrived I downloaded the PDF manual (much easier to read than the small one in the box) and went through the new features to familiarize myself with how to use them. I kept being delighted with the improvements over the LX5 that make this the best camera I’ve ever owned for hiking/climbing shots. In brief, they are:

    1) Fast lens – good for hand held shots in dim lighting situations (forests, twilight, …). You don’t hold up your companions setting up a tripod shot.
    2) Wide angle – no need for a panorama when the wide angle lens can get it all
    3) Compact – light and small enough to hand around your neck all day without being uncomfortable
    4) Raw – Most of the time I take jpeg simply to document the hike. But when dramatic lighting or scenes call for it I can kick in the Raw for a killer result.
    5) Bracketing – many outdoor shots with snow or sun/shadow scenes have huge contrast. Exposure bracketed shots combined in post solve this.
    6) New! Auto HDR – LX7 will do the bracketing and merging in camera. Haven’t tested enough to see if it beats (4) for quality though.
    7) New! Auto Pano – I take a lot of panorama shots from viewpoints, and it’s time consuming to stitch them in post. The LX7 will do them in camera.
    8) New! 3D – I know, 3D is overrated, but for that shot hanging over the cliff nothing else works as well. LX7 has a 3D photo mode.
    9) New! Time Lapse – I don’t do time lapse much because I couldn’t, but I hope to capture progressive alpenglow from camp, and a time lapse of 3 shots 1-minute apart also works as a long self-timer. I’ve nearly fallen scrambling on steep summit rocks to get in the picture withing 10 seconds.
    10) White body – I bushwhack a lot and twice my camera has “sneaked” out of my case when I forgot to close the zipper. White cameras are easier to find!

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