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The LX7 is great,
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Updated 2/22/13 to revise comments on image quality
Took this camera out on a trail yesterday with me. Overall, I think it's a solid performer and better than its predecessor for the most part.
The camera feels a little cheaper than than the LX5. It's not flimsy, but it seems like the body is composed of plastic vs. metal on the LX5. It doesn't feel as solid as the S100, but it doesn't feel flimsy though. The button layout on the back of the camera is almost exactly the same as the LX5. Including the silver buttons whose labeling is hard to see. But that is just a minor annoyance overall.
The screen is a definite improvement over its predecessors, sharp and crisp and much more usable in direct sunlight, and it also seems larger. Composing a shot with this camera is a much more pleasant experience overall than the LX5.
The aperture ring on the front of the camera has a nice feel to it when adjusting the aperture. However, I would have rather seen Panasonic put in a customizable ring like on the Canon S100 rather than just for adjusting the aperture. But there was nothing of the sort on its predecessor so it still is nice to have the aperture ring there.
The firmware on the camera is a lot faster than its predecessor. The write times have improved (I am using a Class 10 SanDisk card) but you still want to get a decent memory card for this camera so you won't get slowed down by the write times. The camera has a fairly decent menu system in order to access different features. The Panorama mode works very well and dare I say, even better than Sony's implementation. However, unlike Sony who puts it on the mode dial on a lot of its cameras, you have to go into the scene mode first and then select the option from there.
Image quality is really top-shelf for a compact camera. This has a lot to do with the sharpness and color performance of the lens. Depending on how you view things, there is a chance you might actually like the photos from the LX7 better than the RX100 due to its excellent color performance. Colors are vibrant and saturated but not to the point where they look cartoonish and overdone. Color accuracy is also excellent. It is not the high ISO king but processing RAW will help you get usable files as high as ISO1600. The JPEG files are an improvement over the LX5 and the RAW files are simply stunning and compare quite nicely (at low ISOs) to APS-C cameras. Very pleased with the images from this camera.
Another strong suit for this camera is autofocus performance. It is the fastest enthusiast compact I have ever shot with in that regard no matter what the lighting conditions are. However, like its predecessors, the lens zooms VERY slowly. It's a shame that Panasonic did not do anything to speed that up in this model.
I have not messed with the movie mode but from what I see it does a pretty good job. Honestly, I don't do much movie recording so I don't really have much to say on the performance.
I think the LX7 is a great little camera. Image quality is excellent, especially considering the sensor size. The AF performance is also very quick. There are some operational annoyances, but overall, this camera is a good choice and has been very reasonably priced as of late.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2012 10:16:11 AM PDT
Mary Dickinson says:
Great to read more about the Lumix LX series. I will always love the LX3. For me, no real need to upgrade. Thanks for the great review.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 9:01:02 PM PDT
S. Vogt says:
Thanks... I am anxious for RAW support to become available to see what this camera is really capable of.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 12:54:51 PM PST
Can you please tell me what does "RAW support" mean?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 2:11:08 PM PST
S. Vogt says:
RAW support means photo editing software in which you can open up and edit the LX7's RAW-format files. Oftentimes when new cameras come out in which you can shoot in raw format, it takes upwards of a couple of months for the makers of the photo editing software (for example: Apple and Adobe) to come up with an update to the software application so you can open up and edit the camera's raw files.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 1:45:13 PM PDT
Q Neill says:
... as opposed to other open universal (compressed, possibly lossy) formats like JPG or PNG.
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