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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Our verdict

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 may not score as highly as other recently reviewed cameras, such as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and Fujifilm X10, but it is still a very capable camera and the best Lumix LX camera yet. The introduction of an aperture ring and new fast Leica lens should appeal to ‘proper’ photographers. Also, the LX7’s video modes have been greatly improved and are up there with the best in this class.

I cannot help but feel that Panasonic has missed a trick here. Two years have passed since the LX5 was introduced, and the competition has moved on, but the LX7 has not improved enough. I do not mind the relatively small-sized sensor and low resolution – for a camera at this level I would not be considering exhibition-sized prints. What I would have liked to see, and what could have set this camera apart, is some of the technology from the firm’s Lumix G-series CSCs, especially the touchscreen with touch AF and shutter. For those who want to carry a compact camera every day, the LX7 is an excellent choice. However, there are a couple of other models that I would choose first.


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
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Compression:2-stage JPEG
  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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