Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
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...
Just like the LX5, the Lumix DMC-LX7 uses a multi-segment metering system with 23 points. Whether in strong daylight or low-contrast light, the camera is quick to latch onto a subject. When the light is really low, the AF assist lamp is used to aid focusing, which is helpful for close-range subjects.
For greater control over autofocus, spot focus can be used, the size of which can be adjusted to any one of four settings. The largest size fills the majority of the frame, while the smallest covers around 3%, which enables precise work. With the smallest size selected, the spot can be chosen from any one of 713 areas, navigated by the four-way D-pad. I would have liked to see the touchscreen employed here, as featured in Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TZ30 and its CSCs, because touch AF speeds up selection of the spot no end.
One advantage of the LX7’s small sensor is its 1cm macro mode, when the camera is set to its widest 24mm focal length. The macro AF mode can be found on the switch on the lens. For manual focusing, the new ND/focus button on the rear of the camera is helpful. Push left or right and focus assist ensures it is easy to view the point of focus.
AF tracking works well for everyday images, but is not designed to be used for the fast and erratic movements of most sports. Handily, tracking AF is available in the 5fps high-speed burst mode and also full time in video recording.
- 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