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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7W 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.5x Intelligent zoom and 3.0-inch LCD - White
Overall score: 75%
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- 10.1MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
- 11 FPS continuous shooting (12 frames max) / 5.5 FPS with continuous AF
- 3.8x F1.4-2.3 optical zoom lens (24-90mm equivalent)
- ISO 80-6400
- 1080 HD video in AVCHD format
- 3.0 inch LCD with 920,000 dots
- Raw shooting
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||330 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||11 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3), RAW, MPO|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||70|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Forced off, Forced on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|HDMI Type||Mini HDMI TypeC|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.68 x 1.81 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Weight||0.66 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,250 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Weight||22 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4 - F2.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||90 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,648|
|Memory Storage Capacity||70 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||60 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Venus Engine|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
It wasn't easy to improve on the already impressive DMC-LX5, but Panasonic managed to pull it off with their new LX7. Enthusiasts will love its fast lens, manual controls, photo quality, and 1080/60p movie mode. Beginners can enjoy the LX7 too, thanks to Panasonic's great Intelligent Auto mode.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Top Customer Reviews
Despite keeping these few cameras around (really just the 3: the FX50, the TX9 and now the LX7), I'm just your Joe Average photographer, shooting mainly the kids, family/friend gatherings, special events, and some home construction-type projects, and other hobby interests.
And what I've ever really wanted out of the LX series is a compact, low light-capable camera with a respectable set of manual controls. Exactly what the SONY RX100 is with its huge sensor, and of the two, it is unquestionably the better performer for indoor shooting situations of fast moving kids, compared to the LX3 and LX5.
If that were my only criteria, I'd have never ordered the LX7, and might be typing up my thoughts on the RX100 instead. But maybe my four years of familiarity with the LX3/5 got the better of me. Maybe I'm just a sheep with a Panasonic logo branded on my flank. But there were a couple of sore points with the Sony that just plain made me unsatisfied. Rather than trash the RX100 (not my intention), here's my list:
- There's no escaping the benefit of the wide 24mm lens on the LX series.Read more ›
Leaving aside the RX100, the LX7 is the best compact camera I have ever owned with respect to image quality and useability and features.
Some of the wonderful attributes of this camera are:
1. It focuses as fast as an entry-level DSLR.
2. Built-in level.
3. "Step-zoom" allows you to select focal-length-equivalents of 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 and 90mm.
4. Manual focus gives you an electronic depth of field chart which changes as you change the aperture. This makes it great for either zone focusing or for finding the hyperfocal distance. There's also an "MF Resume" option which will return the lens to where you last manually focused.
5. Lens is really sharp, only minimal corner softness at F4, and very useable wide open, more so than the Sony RX100.
6. I also see nearly zero purple fringing with this camera--I'm not sure if its the amazing lens or Panasonic post-processing tricks, but it's nevertheless impressive.
7. Lens is so fast that this camera is actually a BETTER low-light camera than any entry-level DSLR if you are only going to be using that DSLR with the kit lens. The lens is also faster than the RX100, so you need to take that into account when you compare the two cameras. The lens is fast enough to give you a little bit of blurred background, something I've never seen before on a compact camera.
8. Widest angle is 24mm (equivalent), which is a premium feature that you don't get on basic DSLR kit lenses and you don't get on the Sony RX100.
9.Read more ›
I chose the LX7 primarily because it has a very fast lens. For me that means handheld shots under a thick forest canopy are not blurred because of slow shutter speeds. My previous camera was the DMC-LX5, the predecessor to this model and it was great. I'm replacing it because I made the mistake of taking movies in a sandstorm during a hike down Buckskin gulch in Utah. Ever since that the camera has been complaining when sand grains stick in the lens mechanism and get inside the camera on the sensor. So don't do that!
When the LX7 arrived I downloaded the PDF manual (much easier to read than the small one in the box) and went through the new features to familiarize myself with how to use them. I kept being delighted with the improvements over the LX5 that make this the best camera I've ever owned for hiking/climbing shots. In brief, they are:
1) Fast lens - good for hand held shots in dim lighting situations (forests, twilight, ...). You don't hold up your companions setting up a tripod shot.
2) Wide angle - no need for a panorama when the wide angle lens can get it all
3) Compact - light and small enough to hand around your neck all day without being uncomfortable
4) Raw - Most of the time I take jpeg simply to document the hike. But when dramatic lighting or scenes call for it I can kick in the Raw for a killer result.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used this camera for back up. I'm really like 1.4mm wide angle lens, it's clear photo in low light condition, but a battery life was short than LX5.Published 11 days ago by Tomas
Very compact and versatile for hiking trips and nighttime photography. The camera takes decent lowlight picture with minimal blurring, ghosting.Published 22 days ago by Hoai N.
I really like the quality of the pictures this camera takes. I took it to Europe last summer, and it did very well in high light and low light (museums and cathedrals) situations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan D.
This is my second Panasonic LUMIX camera that I have owned. The first one's view screen unexpectedly died last year after five years of faithful service. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MidwestMother
This is my first "nice" camera that's a step up above basic point and clicks. I can't really comment how this works compared to other cameras outside of the most basic,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Uthor
I have spent a year with this camera and love it. Used to have the LX-5 but killed it in a sand storm. The LX7 is an amazing travel camera and goes everywhere with me.Published 1 month ago by Brendan M.
Great little camera. Beautiful images, great low light performance, and small enough to carry around in a jacket pocket.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Reynolds