Overall Rating:

3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7


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Price as Reviewed:

£450.00

Two years on from the Lumix DMC-LX5, Panasonic refreshes its flagship compact camera series with a class-leading fast Leica lens and 11fps burst mode. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review...

Dynamic range

Image: The extra detail that can be extracted from the dark areas of this shot is limited

Judging from landscape images in both sunny and overcast conditions, the Lumix DMC-LX7 is capable of recording a wide range of tones. Cloud detail and blues in the skies are faithfully reproduced. Likewise, detail can be brought back from shadow areas by brightening the exposure a good 1-2EV before shadow noise becomes a problem. The LX5 held its own against the competition two years ago, and the LX7 does the same today.

For scenes where the range of tones is beyond the recording ability of the camera, the LX7 offers an HDR mode in the scene mode menu, which takes three consecutive frames and combines them for a wide dynamic range. Also, auto exposure bracketing at ±3EV is available over three frames. Of all the scene modes, I found HDR the most helpful, as it enhances the discernible level of detail and keeps the images looking relatively ‘real’.

  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • Video: Up to 16:9 aspect ratio (1920 x 1080 pixels), 50fps or 25fps (AVCHD or Motion JPEG)
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets (all adjustable), 2 custom settings, plus Kelvin adjustment
  • Memory Card: SecureDigital, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: No, optional EVF or optical viewfinder
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 920,000 dots
  • Output Size: 3648 x 2736 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/2000sec
  • Sensor: 1/1.7in (7.6 x 5.7mm) MOS sensor with 10.1 million effective pixels
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Weight: 298g (with battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture/shutter priority, manual, iA, 2 custom modes, 16 scene presets, creative control with 16 presets
  • Hotshoe: Yes – with accessory port
  • Shutter Speeds: 250-1/4000sec in manual mode
  • AF array: Up to 713 selectable depending on size and AF mode
  • File Format: JPEG, and raw+JPEG simultaneously
  • Lens: Leica DC Vario-Summilux 4.7-17.7mm f/1.4-2.3 (24-90mm equivalent)
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous 11fps for 12 images in standard mode, 5fps with AF tracking, 2fps low-speed burst, 60fps at 2.5 million pixels and 40fps at 5 million pixels
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: Manual ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Metering System: Intelligent 23-area multi-segment, centreweighted and spot
  • Dimensions: 110.5 x 67.1 x 45.6mm
  • Focusing Modes: Normal, macro AF, quick AF, continuous AF, one-shot AF, macro, AF area select, AF tracking, plus manual
  • ISO: ISO 80-6400, ISO 12,800 at 3-million-pixel resolution
  • RRP: £469.99
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG

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