Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix LX100, the first compact camera in the world with a Micro Four Thirds image sensor, which will serve as a replacement for the Lumix LX7.
The camera that everybody was waiting for is finally here! The war of the compacts is getting another enemy in the body of the Panasonic LX100, which has become the successor of the LX7, courtesy of the Photokina 2014 event.
Panasonic announces LX100 compact camera with Micro Four Thirds sensor
The Japan-based company has confirmed that the LX100 is inspired by the LC1, Panasonic’s first compact camera which offered full manual controls.
This is why the manufacturer has decided to go all in with the LX100 by adding a 12.8-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor into the shooter with the purpose of offering a perfect signal-to-noise ratio.
Its processing power comes from the Venus Engine, that offers Multi Process NR and a continuous shooting mode of up to 11fps.
Panasonic’s new compact includes a brand new Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens that offers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-75mm. Additionally, its maximum aperture stands at f/1.7-2.8, which depends on the focal length in use.
Panasonic LX100 records high quality 4K videos
One of the biggest bets in the digital imaging world relates to videography features. Panasonic is renowned for providing amazing features for filmmakers, so the LX100 does not make an exception.
The compact camera is capable of capturing full HD videos at 60fps, but it supports 4K video recording at 30fps, too. Moreover, it offers “4K Photo”, a feature that grabs an 8-megapixel still from a 4K film.
Its specs sheet includes Depth From Defocus, a tool added into the Panasonic GH4. It allows the camera to focus in only 0.14 seconds, so photographers will never miss any important moments.
Electronic viewfinder, touchscreen, and ND filter all contribute to a great specs list
Panasonic LX100 features a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000th of a second, when the mechanical shutter is in use. However, it will increase even further, up to 1/16000th of a second, when photographers decide to use the electronic shutter mode.
The ISO sensitivity range is not too shabby either, as it expands between 100 and 25600 through built-in settings. Since this is a Panasonic camera, it should not be a surprise to find out that it comes with built-in optical image stabilization technology.
Composition should not become a problem. The LX100 employs an electronic viewfinder with a 2,765K-dot resolution along with a 3-inch 921K-dot LCD touchscreen.
The compact camera does not have an integrated ND filter like the Sony RX100 III and Canon G7 X, nor a built-in flash. However, the company will add an external flash in the package, which can be mounted onto the hot shoe.
Panasonic has added WiFi and NFC into the LX100, so that users can transfer their files to a smartphone or tablet with ease. Anther cool trick known by the LX100 camera is the ability to process RAW photos (and turn them into JPEGs) within the camera.
The compact camera measures 115 x 66 x 55mm / 45.3 x 26 x 21.7-inches, while weighing 393 grams / 13.86 ounces.
The Japanese company will release the LX100 in early November for a price of $899.99. Amazon is already listing the camera for pre-order at the aforementioned price.