It may look like a relatively minor update over its predecessor, but Panasonic’s latest enthusiast-focused compact is still an excellent camera

Product Overview

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Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

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Pros:

  • + Relatively large Four Thirds sensor gives excellent image quality
  • + Large-aperture lens is great for selective focus and low-light shooting
  • + Aspect-ratio switch encourages compositional creativity
  • + Manual control dials make for an engaging shooting experience

Cons:

  • - 16:9 field-sequential viewfinder isn’t great
  • - Lack of screen articulation hinders shooting at unusual angles
  • - Large body won’t suit those looking for a pocket camera
  • - Lens is very prone to flare when shooting into the sun

Product:

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review

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Price as reviewed:

£849.00

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: Image quality

With its Four Thirds sensor and fast zoom lens, the LX100 II gives excellent image quality for a fixed-zoom compact. Its 17MP resolution is easily sufficient to make detailed A3 prints, and when shooting at low ISOs, there’s plenty of latitude in the raw files to pull extra detail of the shadows.

Lumix LX100 II, 44mm equiv, 1/30sec at f/2.6, ISO 1600

Its high ISO performance is also very good, with files holding up very well at ISO 1600 and still being quite usable – if visibly noisy – at ISO 6400. Take into account the large-aperture lens, and there’s a case to be made that this camera will offer consistently high quality across a wider range of conditions than any of its peers.

Lumix LX100 II: Resolution

At its lowest setting of ISO 100 and in the 4:3 aspect ratio, the LX100 II resolves close to 3500 lines per picture height, which is essentially as much as it could theoretically achieve. Some aliasing is visible at higher frequencies due to the lack of an optical low-pass filter. Resolution reduces gradually as the sensitivity is raised and noise increasingly impacts the image, with around 3200l/ph measured at ISO 800. However images are still reasonably clean at ISO 6400, which offers 2700l/ph. At the top setting of ISO 25,600 resolution falls to around 2400l/ph. In the crops below, multiplying the numbers below the lines by 200 gives the resolution in lines per picture height.

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 100

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 200

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 400

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 800

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 1600

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 3200

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 6400

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 12,800

Panasonic LX100 II resolution, raw ISO 25,600

Lumix LX100 II: ISO and noise

At low sensitivity settings from ISO 100 to ISO 400 the LX100 II delivers impressive image quality, with no visible noise and crisply-defined fine detail. It’s only really at ISO 1600 that noise starts to have a clearly detrimental impact, obscuring fine low-contrast detail. By ISO 6400 colour saturation is starting to suffer and detail I the darker tones has all-but-disappeared, but images are still perfectly usable at smaller viewing sizes. However quality at ISO 12,800 is distinctly marginal, with lots of noise and poor colour. I’d avoid using ISO 25,600 completely.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 100

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 200

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 400

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 800

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 1600

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 3200

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 6400

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 12,800

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, RAW, ISO 25,600

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review
  2. 2. Lumix LX100 II: Features
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: Body and Design
  4. 4. Lumix LX100 II: Viewfinder and screen
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: Autofocus
  6. 6. Panasonic LX100 II: Performance
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: Image quality
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: Verdict
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: Specifications
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