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...

White balance and colour

There are six colour modes available, and having used them all I am happy with the results from the standard colour mode, in which tones are very punchy and realistic. On a bright sunny day, blues in the sky and greens in the fields are good straight out of the camera. However, when using the vivid or scenery modes, the saturation is pushed a little too far to be believable. Of course, each colour mode can be tweaked for contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise reduction, according to taste, with a custom setting possible to create a preferred setting. Having shot our colour chart for the entire ISO range under the same lighting conditions, I am impressed with how the colours are faithfully rendered and remain vivid, despite the presence of noise at the higher settings.

One of the direct controls on the four-way rear pad is for white balance, where the choice between auto white balance (AWB), five presets and two custom settings can be made. The AWB setting performs as I would expect it to for a camera at this level, not always being spot on and often reducing colour tones to give a neutral result. To keep the warmth of a sunset or the greens in a forest, it is therefore good practice to use the appropriate preset.

  • 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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