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...

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The competition

Two years ago, in a crowded market, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 proved to be the best all-rounder and received an award from AP. Now, there is even greater competition. Samsung’s EX2F is an obvious competitor, as both feature an f/1.4 lens and similar focal range. The Lumix DMC-LX7 is slightly smaller, although the EX2F features built-in Wi-Fi and an articulated LCD screen.

Image: Samsung EX2F 

Currently setting the standard for pocket cameras, Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 features a sensor twice the size and twice the resolution of the LX7, and it is smaller. Both cameras handle well, and include aperture rings. Another compact camera with great handling is the stylish Fujifilm X10, which offers a more intuitive manually controlled zoom lens and an optical viewfinder.

Image: Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. 24-90mm Leica DC-Vario Summilux f/1.4-2.3 lens
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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