PANASONIC LUMIX LX100 4K Point and Shoot Camera, 3.1X LEICA DC Vario-SUMMILUX F1.7-2.8 Lens with Power O.I.S., 12.8 Megapixel, DMC-LX100K (USA BLACK)
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- Legendary LUMIX LX Series with manual controls Designed to Inspire Creativity
- Superior light capture with large, multi aspect micro four thirds sensor
- Fast f1 7-2.8, 24-75 millimeter, Leica DC zoom lens, for producing shallow depth of field (DOF) and out of focused, blur effect about the image subject
- Clear and stable framing thanks to eye level EVF (2,764k-dot); Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S
- Full hybrid photo experience with 30p 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photo mode; Please Refer User Manual before use
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Designed to inspire and expand the creative potential of every camera enthusiast, the LX 100 comes complete with an exciting range of advanced imaging features. It encourages direct, intuitive control with dedicated lens rings and dials, including aperture and control rings for precise zooming and focusing, as well as speed and exposure compensation dials.
LUMIX LX100 Integrated Leica DC Lens Camera with Advanced Controls
- Legendary LUMIX LX Series with manual controls -- Designed to Inspire Creativity
- Superior light capture with large, multi-aspect micro four thirds sensor
- 24-75mm Leica DC lens (F1.7-2.8) for a desirable Bokeh defocus effect
- Clear and stable framing thanks to eye-level EVF (2,764k-dot)
- Full hybrid photo experience with 24p* or 30p 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photo mode
- To help capture subtle details and nuances the LX100 incorporates a large 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with multi-aspect ratios.
External Flash Included; Light Speed AF with DFD Technology
A highly practical, color coordinated, easy-mount external flash unit (GN10 ISO200m/GN7 OISO100) is included.
With the LX100, Depth From Defocus technology slashes focus time. It instantaneously calculates distance to subject by evaluating two separate images with different sharpness levels. The result is ultra-high speed AF in approximately 0.14 seconds.
- The Aspect Bracket enables the LX100 to simultaneously create an image 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1.
- WB Bracket - A White Balance bracket is available to record three images with different WB parameters at a single shutter release.
- Monochrome in Photo Style - The Monochrome Filter (Ye/Or/R/G) in the Photo Style function easily creates rich, smooth expression from the limited hues of monochrome images.
- Multi Exposure - This versatile function enables the camera to shoot four exposures in a single frame, and to layer subjects that wouldn't ordinarily appear in the same frame.
- Multiple aspect ratios: With a simple switch on the lens barrel, it's easy to select and set three aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2 or 16:9) with the same angle of view.
- Great lens, Compact dody — F/1.7-2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens: With F1.7-2.8 brightness, high speed and crisp detail corner to corner, this sophisticated LEICA lens system is the perfect complement to the camera's compact body, and the key to innovative imaging. This precision lens unit consists of 11 elements in eight groups with five aspherical lenses — including two ED lenses.
- 2,764-dot equivalent high resolution LFV: An integrated Live View Finder with 2,764-dot equivalent high resolution delivers approximately 100% color reproduction* to assure stable framing and superb visibility when shooting under strong sunlight.
*Based on the Adobe RGB color space. Panasonic in-house comparison based on the CIE 1931 x, y color space.
- A form of photo expression - Print High-Resolution Photos from 4K Video
- Creative control with 22 filter effects
- Unwire your creativity with Wi-Fi
- Smooth, beautiful De-focus effects
LUMIX LX100 Integrated Leica DC Lens Zoom Camera with Advanced Controls: DMC-LX100
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In any case the LX100 stood out as one of my all time favorite cameras despite the fact I sold mine way back. Fast forward to the LX100II. Yikes, it sure took a long time for Panasonic to update this great LITTLE camera. I currently own a few Fuji cameras plus a Sony A7RIII so I wanted a small, pretty much pocket-able camera with REALLY good IQ and a sharp lens. This LX100II seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Having owned the original I can attest to the fact at least to my eyes, Jpegs now look FANTASTIC, though I shoot raw along side the jpegs,...Totally different color science than the original...Very pleasing..now great skin tones. The touch screen is a nice upgrade and very useful..plus the focusing seems way better than before. I may as well stop now..as I love this little camera. Here's why I had to return it. I read over and over the LX100 had major dust issues where dust or even hair or whatever, can get sucked into the sensor and you can't clean it. With my first LX100 I never had any dust issue even after 6 months, so I figured this must be photographers who are not careful..or bring the camera out to very dusty conditions and so on. I took all of maybe just 200 pictures...and WHAM, I had a dust issue. All I can think of is one day I took about 5 pictures when it got a bit windy suddenly...but nothing crazy. The next day I took some pics of a nice blue sky and sure enough I had a huge piece of dust clear as day to see, esp at higher apertures like F11 or F16.
So to cut my novel short, I LOVE this new camera but after just 200 pics or so and reading countless user reviews about a DUST issue I learned first hand "it's true"...and I decided to return this great camera. I wish Panasonic would address the dust issue as I'd re-buy this camera in a heart beat. I was ULTRA careful with mine. There will always be days when the wind may pick up a bit and it's almost like you can't use this camera unless you are in a protective bubble. While I'm at it, another negative..but not a deal breaker is in four years I feel Panasonic should have at least made the screen so it could move..if even just up and down a little. AND...with so much competition these days I feel this camera would make more sense at about $799, not $1000, without even a charger!!
Darn...a GREAT camera crazy customizable, with super IQ ,and why I still give it 4 stars, but it's let down by a silly highly fixable flaw had Panny paid NO attention to as SO many users who had the dust issue prior. Still and all, I'd recommend this LX100II, but be aware sooner or later yours just MAY bite the dust too..a real shame!
UPDATE: 11/16/18.. I was missing my LX100II so bad because of the amazing IQ and handling,...I thought I'd try another, JUST in case the dust I got on the first LX100II sensor was a bit of a fluke. I was reading a review on this camera on Ephotozine. A question was asked of the reviewers, if the dust issue had been addressed with the mkii?. Ephotozine wrote, ... We asked Panasonic who said: "The LX100 was more susceptible to dust due to its collapsible lens. "This has been significantly improved in the LX100 M2 as the engineers have put urethane into the lens gap."
BUT here on Amazon, under questions/answers PANASONIC says this camera is NOT dust resistant at all. So I am just ultra careful with this camera and this is kind of a drag to FULLY enjoy the camera.
I'm giving the camera a second chance. So far so good, BUT before I let the lens go back into the camera, just in case..I use a small lens blower with a brush blowing air away from the body...and or I even use some tape one uses when painting sometimes...that blue type tape, dab the lens barrel, just in case there may be any dust or anything tiny on the lens barrel I may not see if the light's not great. That's kind of crazy!!, and ridiculous to do..but if I still get dust on the sensor then I give up! For now I change my opinion to give this great camera a try. It's just got such great IQ, a FANTASTIC sharp lens with about zero chromatic aberration, lush Bokeh, has an almost Leica type feel and build to it overall. I'd say if you are going to buy this LX100II, prepare to be very careful as to where you shoot...and maybe keep a tiny brush or air blower with it at all times. TOO bad!, yet I still love this little camera somehow...It has a special something. NO lol, not the possible dust.. It's got that unique feeling that you JUST want to pick up and use the camera. So for me, I can deal with being VERY careful with this little guy...:) If you are not the careful type?...I'd say pass on this LX100II unfortunately.
After looking at the Fuji X100T, Sony RX100III and IV, Leicas, and even the Sony RX1 Mk2 (in my wildest, most expensive dreams), I found this little camera at the bottom of the price bracket and decided to give it a try.
Here are some thoughts on this camera before discussing image quality:
-It's not as small as the Sony RX100 cameras, and probably won't be comfortable in your pants pocket. But it WILL fit very easily in a purse, backpack, briefcase, or jacket pocket very comfortably. In short, you won't need a camera bag to keep this on you 100% of the time. That's small enough for me, and actually I thought the camera would be larger when I ordered it. One annoying thing is that the lens isn't automatically covered when retracted, so you'll want to keep track of the lens cap, which can be fastened to the camera with an included tether.
-The construction is immaculate. Better, in some ways in fact, than my Nikon D750. It's not weather sealed, but then again neither are it competitors. Very solid clicky buttons and dials that have just the right amount of resistance. The button layout is intuitive and useful.
-The camera is dang comfortable to hold and use for a little camera.
-I like that the manual controls are directly changed rather than chosen in a mode dial. For example, if you wanted aperture priority mode you'd just change the aperture ring to what you want then set ISO and shutter dials to auto. It's the same as Fuji systems basically, and it's a whole lot of fun, though not perhaps as quick as a dual-dial DSLR when shooting in full manual.
-The EVF is small but certainly usable. I thought I'd use it more but I tend to use the screen most of the time. I like that the EVF is on the left of the camera so your nose doesn't have to press into the screen to use it.
-I'll trade a hot-shoe for a built-in flash any day. I never shoot with on-camera flash anyway, and if you really want it the included flash is small and nice enough. I've shot this bad boy with my pocket wizards and off camera flash. But really, whatever. Not having an on-camera flash is one of many tells that this is a camera for photographers not amateurs, as I'll discuss later.
-Not being familiar with Panasonic's menu and language (and hating to read manuals despite my wife's mocking advice) it took me a bit to figure out how to set the camera up as I preferred. This is partially because it's so incredibly customizable, which, again, makes it great for pros/enthusiasts, and not so great for beginners or intermediate photographers. It's a very, very, very customizable shooting experience with 3 custom function buttons that can be assigned a ton of different useful options (WAY more than Nikon lets me assign on my D750). The quick menu is also customizable in a very useful way. But be warned - you'll need to set this camera up before using it, or you're going to get annoyed. For example, the intelligent auto button that so many people complain about being easily hit can be set to need a long-press before activating, thus solving this problem. But you'd have to really set this camera up to know that.
-Speaking of Intelligent Auto, I actually really like it here. It's important that I can just hand this camera to a stranger, set it to auto, and know it'll give me a good picture. It's not as easy to hit as rumored, especially when you choose the long-press option.
-I only have a few beefs with this camera's design/interface/usability, and you've probably already heard them in other reviews. 1) It would be nice if the screen articulated. I like to shoot from interesting angles and I miss the articulating (though incredibly pokey) live view articulating screen of my D750 at times. 2) Choosing a focus point is slower than on my DSLRs. I wish that the wheel/4-way pad could be set to choose the focus point without pressing a button, but even more than the focus points moved more quickly when you're moving them around. It's one downfall of having so many focus points, you have to scroll through all of them to find the one you want. I'd prefer just to be able to choose center or one of the rule-of-thirds points instead. That's just a pet peeve, though, really. 3) The filter button is stupid on this kind of camera and should have been a 4th custom button instead. Really - why? It's kind of a bizarre choice here given the obvious intended market for this camera. 4) I'm sure Panasonic's iA, iDynamic, and multitude of other intelligent modes are great. But there sure are a heck of a lot of them and I kind of wish they were more plainly branded. All in all, these are fairly minor problems.
OKAY! On to image quality.
-It's not a full frame DSLR. There is much more noise and less detail than my D750 gives me, and I sometimes miss those things. But I'd be pretty stupid to expect something else, wouldn't I? Overall, image quality is amazingly good in bright light and quite good in lower light. It's not too far off what I get from my Fujifilm APS-C sensors, which are some of the best APS-C sensors around.
-Depending on your level of perfectionism, ISO is usable up to around 3200. You loose a lot of detail past ISO 1250, but noise is fairly minimal up to 3200. You can push it higher if you don't mind noise and it'll certainly be better than any smartphone. The super-fast aperture and the image stabilization work to make this a very capable camera in low light.
-The low depth of field you can achieve is incredible for something that fits easily in your jacket pocket. And the out-of-focus areas (bokeh) are truly beautiful in many cases. I was surprised by how creamy and smooth it could get. Colors meld together and lights turn into nice circles. It's quite beautiful bokeh, much better than I was expecting. Maybe it's the Leica branding on the lens?
-Holy cow, the macro abilities of this system are better than anything I own. If I need a macro shot for a client, I put down my Nikon and pick up the LX100.
-12 megapixels is plenty unless you want to crop a lot. The variable, no-loss crop factors are nice if that's you're thing.
-The glass, camera, and processor all work together to give you really beautiful contrast and color. It's not Fujifilm-quality strait out of camera, but it's darn good. Very pretty. See my example photos.
-The 4K photo burst mode is really nice for pets and children. Photos look good, not smeared as you'd expect for movie stills.
-VIDEO: I rarely use it, but the 4K is really, really nice. It holds it's own against my D750. And the zebra striping and focus peaking work incredibly well, and are especially nice for smooth video work.
This camera produces some brilliant images in almost any situation, and it delivers the artistic capabilities of a DSLR or ILC Mirrorless camera in an always-with-you sized package. It's a fantastic accomplishment and I am very pleased to own this camera. This is not a camera designed for people who either don't know how to manually balance shutter, aperture, and ISO while choosing a focus point and the correct metering mode all at once. Yes, if you stick the camera in auto it will produce much better images than your smartphone. But it's entirely missing the point of why this camera exists - to give knowledgable and experienced photographers a tool that can accomplish the same shots as their interchangeable lens systems with only minor reductions in image quality. It is the ideal travel or walk around camera for a professional or enthusiast photographer.
The Panasonic LX-100 is an extraordinarily customizable, well-balanced, beautifully built compact camera that will please anyone, but especially those understand photography or are willing to learn.
Top international reviews
You can chose the shutter speed to stop the movement or to create a movement illusion on your photos.
You can chose the aperture to decide your depth of field.
You can do manual focus exactly where you want.
With this camera, you can take very good photos in a dark place using only the existing lights. The wide angle zoom is a 24mm at 1.7, an ideal lens for existing lights photography.
You can also use it to do HD or 4k video.
I highly recommend this camera.
Regarding the camera, it is a good camera but I just got this issue without dropping my camera........! Its zoom jammed and couldn't turn it on again.........Don't know what is happened?
Summary: Camera fragile and the seller is not an AUTHORIZED SELLER BY PANASONIC.