Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera with LEICA F1.4 Summilux Lens - Black (10.1 MP, 3.8x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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- F1.4-2.3 LEICA Summilux lens
- Intuitive operation with aperture ring and rear dial
- Versatile Shooting functions
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Super Bright F1.4 Leica DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens
At its widest aperture and focal length the LX7 shoots at a wonderfully bright F1.4. This opens up a new realm of creative shooting with such a compact camera. Whether you need a fast shutter speed to avoid blur or a shallow depth of field for more dramatic close ups or portraits, the LX7 has the lens to deliver.
New High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Conventional Digital Cameras use image sensor technology built around a CCD (Charge Coupled Device). However the demand for faster readout and lower power consumption has led to the development of MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors as the preferred technology to deliver the advanced features of today's models. Panasonic's latest 10.1 megapixel MOS sensor offers a digital readout from the sensor that supports Full HD video recording, high speed burst shooting and not forgetting an ultra sensitive ISO 12800 shooting option.
Anti-ghost & Flare with Nano Coating Lens
In addition to multi-coating lens technology to reduce flare and reflections, the application of a Nano thin coating outer layer (usually only found on high-end Digital SLR lenses) virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely.
Power O.I.S. With Active Mode For Video
Our highest and most effective order of image stabilisation. Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes. With the option of Active mode during movie recording, videoing from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise.
24mm (Equivalent) Wide-Angle Lens
In 35mm camera terms, a 50mm lens is considered close to the natural viewing angle of humans. A 100mm lens makes the subject appear twice as close to the camera but reduces the width of view by half. A 25mm lens has the opposite effect, making the angle of view twice as wide as the 50mm lens but appearing as if we have moved the camera away from the subject. The advantage of a wide angle lens, such as the 24mm equivalent included in this camera, is that you can get more subjects in the shot. That's great for indoor use where you may want to photograph a group of friends, or for outdoor shots where you want to shoot an amazing landscape or sunset. Either way, you will find the wide angle option adds to your creativity.
Fastest Auto Focus
Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.
50P FULL HD Video Mode With AVCHD Progressive
The newly developed Venus Engine FHD supports video recording at 50 frames per second in Full HD resolution (1920x1080). This offers the smoothest and most detailed video mode ever for a compact digital camera and is perfect for fast action sports recording.
Functionality & Ease of Use
920k Pixels, 3.0 Inch, Wide Viewing Angle LCD Screen
A high resolution (920,000 pixels) Liquid Crystal Display is offered with a 3.0 inch viewing area that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions. The wide viewing angle also means a number of people can review the pictures at the same time.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode
The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a person's face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), a close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection & Recognition). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.
Versatile Shooting Controls & Built-in ND Filter
The DMC-LX7 offers precise manual control of the light source with newly equipped aperture ring, internal ND filter, focus lever and rear dial. The aperture ring mounted on the lens barrel allows direct control of aperture setting. The built-in ND filter allows slower shutter speeds to be used even when bright conditions would not normally allow. With additional focus lever and a rear control dial all creative controls are at your fingertips.
11 Frames Per Second High Speed Burst Shooting
High-speed burst shooting, up to 11 frames per second at full resolution, is possible. This enables you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined, even when it is difficult to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. You can review the images after you have captured the action and choose the best composed shot.
Time Lapse Shooting Mode
With Time Lapse Shooting available, you can record subjects such as flowers coming into bloom or a dramatic sunset over a long period of time. The camera automatically starts taking pictures once the start time, the interval and the number of picture to shoot are set.
Extensive Creative Effects For Recording
Up to 16 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature effect, Toy Effect, Low Key, Star Filter, One Point Colour, Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Focus, Radial Defocus, Smooth Defocus, Impressive Art and Cross Process offering you a wider choice of creative style.
Creative Re-touch For Playback
Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Soft Focus, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.
Stereo Sound Recording
A built-in stereo microphone means high quality Dolby encoded stereo sound can be recorded when using movie mode.
Optional Tilt-able Electronic Live Viewfinder
The disadvantage of compact bodied cameras is the lack of a view finder, but the LX7 supports an interface for the optional Live View Finder DMW-LVF2. This highly-spec'd electronic viewfinder is easily attached to the hot-shoe connector supplying power for the 1.44M dot display. It offers a 100% field of view and a 1.4x magnification of the image from the sensor. It also usefully tilts through 90 degrees allowing for low angle shooting.
External Flash Option With Hot Shoe Terminal
In addition to the built-in pop-up flash, a hot shoe is provided for the use of an optional, more powerful external flash.
Extended Capacity SD Card Recording
Panasonic Lumix cameras are compatible with SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and the new extra capacity SDXC Memory Cards. So whether it's 1GB, 4GB or 64GB capacity you require, Lumix can accommodate.
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Top Customer Reviews
Fast forward to 2014 (and I expect an updated model to arrive shortly)
I've used the LX-7 for a few weeks (borrowed from a friend) and I feel it's a very decent (though by no means perfect) good quality compact. You just don't normally get this kind of camera at a price like this, so with that in mind I will do a quick summary of my good and bad points
Bottom line, grab yourself a bargain!
+ Nice fast 24-90mm (equivalent) f1.4-2.3 lens (this is much faster than many compacts)
+ Good build overall feels solid and well made
+ Excellent clear, high resolution 920k 3" LCD
+ Aperture ring on the lens
+ Good image quality for a 1/1.7" sensor
+ Shoots raw
+ Extensive number of burst shooting modes up to 11fps and a decent buffer too (about 11-12 shots raw) There are a lot of burst shooting modes (you will see some market with AF - Autofocus - some without though)
+ You can store custom settings on the main exposure dial (C1 and C2 very handy)
+ Aspect ratio switch (no need to menu dive)
+ Fast and responsive with good AF performance
+ Option to add viewfinder (EVF)
+ Lots of features, full manual controls, bracketing, tons of scene modes, electronic level pretty much "fully loaded)
+ Time lapse and multi exposure modes (I don't use these much but they are nice to have)
+ HD video 1080@60p very good well defined video with stereo sound. You can use the zoom and AF as well.
+ OIS works well around 3.Read more ›
I'm happy to shoot up to 400 iso on the LX7,with the fast lens you can keep under this most of the time,800 iso at a push for smaller prints or web pics.
As usual the LX camera have excellent handling and controls with the very usefull slider for aspect ratio settings and macro,the aperture ring is a very good addition as well.
Auto focus is almost instant,very impressive.
I tried out the Sony RX100,but found the control and size a bit fiddley,this is a personal opinion,the sony with it's larger sensor will be better at 28mm f1.8 for dof, and superior sensor should give better results,but the lens soon becomes darker when you zoom,not sure i needed 20 meg as well,also enjoy using the 24mm wide on the LX7 as well.
All in all the LX7 has exceeded my expectations,the lens is sharper then expected and the jpegs are great.
- The lens is superb; I'm not sure that a zoom this good throughout the 24-80mm range is available for DSLRs at any price
- Image stabilization is exceptional and together with the bright lens gives excellent low light performance
- Good ergonomics for manual handling, easy use in auto mode, and some very nice extras hidden in the Scene and Creative modes - notably the HDR, outstanding Monochrome mode, and Night shot capability
- Amazingly competent as a video camera thanks to the lens, excellent sensor and firmware, AVHCHD codec, and a full range of manual controls in video mode (something is very rare.) The LX7 will produce HD video of literally professional quality - it gets close to a bitrate hacked GH2 and they've been used to shoot indy movies.
- Fast focussing compared to most compacts
- Very bright high quality screen
- Slow autofocus compared to a DSLR and manual focussing via the control on the camera body is slow compared to the classic lens ring focussing of film days (but you can lock focus)
- Slow to get ready for the next shot when shooting high definition RAW
- Despite the 1.4 aperture, you can't get the background blurring you can with a DSLR (it's a sensor size thing)
- Limited telephoto range compared to superzoom compacts (a necessary trade-off for image quality)
That's it really: this is a compact that can replace a good DSLR for many purposes (including shooting video) but not all.Read more ›
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The advanced compact camera is a recent invention that aims to be a replacement for your big, heavy DSLR, or to replace your cell phone camera if you are used to something smaller than a DSLR, but want DSLR quality. All advanced compact cameras allow you to output RAW data, which is a big deal if you are into photo editing or advanced photography.
There are many other advanced compacts on offer (Olympus XZ, Fuji X series, Canon G1, Sony RX100 or Nikon Coolpix A), but the LX7 has four major things that sets it above the competition...
The first is price: the LX7 is amongst the cheapest advanced compact you can buy.
The second is the fastest glass: it is not constant aperture, but beats the competition hands down. Although the LX7 has a poorer high ISO than the competition, the fact that you have very fast glass means that you rarely go above ISO400/800, so it's a non-issue in most cases. The camera also has a very good macro function: it can focus as near as a centimetre away. The lens comes with in-lens optical stabilisation (many other cameras have only electronic compensation, so optical compensation is a pretty big deal at this price point).
Third: video. Although the LX7 has a small sensor, this is an advantage in video (and also for that matter, in IR photography). You get the sharpest video because the sensor does very little line-skipping and has far fewer sensor filters. The camera also comes with inbuilt ND filters, which is essential for video (unlike in stills, in video, shutter is tied to frame rate so you control exposure via an ND).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best cameras I have ever had. That lens is just superb in both bright and very low light conditions. After 2 years mine has developed a fault sadly.Published 5 months ago by BillyNoPresentsForWife
This camera has lots of nice reviews on the internet, so I decided to give this a go. I have a couple of DSLR's and wanted a pocket camera. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Williams
Very happy. But then i'm not a camera pro so the techie bits (whether good or bad) don't concern me too much. Very happy with the quality of the photos. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MISS N J POWELL
I found the zoom function to be rather slow so didn't get on with it. Hoped for better to be honest. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Vic Walsh
Had this camera over a year now no issues at all it's well built with very good image quality. I had the option of this or the RX100 at the time which has a bigger sensor and will... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tell the truth