It may look like a relatively minor update over its predecessor, but Panasonic’s latest enthusiast-focused compact is still an excellent camera
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review
At a glance
- 17MP Four Thirds sensor
- 24-75mm equivalent f/1.7-2.8 lens
- Multi aspect-ratio shooting
- 2.76k-dot equivalent EVF
- 3in, 1.24k-dot touchscreen
Back in 2014, Panasonic introduced the LX100, a chunky compact camera with a fixed, large-aperture zoom lens and a relatively large Four Thirds sensor. With its rangefinder-like styling and comprehensive array of analogue controls, it quickly became one of our favourites of its type. While not very pocketable, the LX100 provided a far more engaging shooting experience than any of its peers, with its main disadvantage being its relatively low 12.8MP resolution.
Four years on, and Panasonic has followed up with the LX100 II, which at first sight looks exactly the same as the original. Indeed if it weren’t for the subtle red II on the top-plate you’d be hard-pushed to distinguish it from its predecessor. On closer inspection you’ll find a few other physical changes, including a subtly redesigned grip, reshaped switches on the lens barrel, and different labelling on some of the buttons. But the biggest updates are invisible, with the most important being a new higher-resolution sensor and the addition of a touchscreen.
The other notable change is the price: the LX100 II will set you back £850, considerably more than the LX100’s street price of around £600, and indeed higher than the interchangeable-lens Lumix GX9 that’s not dissimilar in size. Looking at other enthusiast-focused compacts with similar zoom ranges, the pocket-sized Sony RX100 V currently costs £800 (and its lower-spec sibling, the RX100 IV is £650), while Canon’s APS-C sensor PowerShot G1 X Mark III costs £1090. So the LX100 II isn’t the most expensive of its type on the market, but even so it’s going to have to be pretty special to justify the price tag.