Panasonic’s LX100 makes big compact leap with 4K video, MFT sensor

Panasonic's LX100 makes huge compact leap with 4K video, MFT sensor

In case you’re excited about shopping for Sony’s chic RX100 III compact digital camera, Panasonic has simply made that call a lot harder. The brand new $899 Lumix DMC-LX100 is leaps and bounds forward of its LX7 predecessor and probably the most refined compact the Japanese firm has ever constructed. For starters, Panasonic has trumped the RX100’s 1-inch sensor by equipping the brand new mannequin with a Micro 4 Thirds-sized, 12.eight-megapixel MOS chip, the identical measurement used on its huge-boy interchangeable-lens fashions. Although it is cropped in comparison with its mirrorless fashions to permit for various facet ratios, the sensor continues to be 50 % bigger than the LX7’s 1-inch mannequin. It is also received a quick Leica 24-75mm (35mm equal) f/1.7-2.eight lens, a large-display, 2,764K dot LVF (reside viewfinder) and 4K video seize. A few of these specs put it on par with the corporate’s flagship GH4, and properly forward of all its different interchangeable MFT fashions.

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It additionally borrowed the GH4’s autofocus, boosting it over the LX7 to zero.14 seconds with an 11fps burst velocity. Different options embrace WiFi, NFC functionality for simpler smartphone pairing, in-digital camera RAW to JPEG conversion and an (included) exterior flash. As talked about, it has a “multi-facet” function that permits four:three, three:2 and sixteen:9 angles of view, which reduces the usable space of the sensor. Regardless of all that, the metallic-bodied compact is just a hair greater than the final mannequin. The brand new “4K Photograph” mode may also be used to seize eight-megapixel stills at as much as 30fps, albeit in a extremely compressed format. It claims that the a lot bigger sensor mixed with the comparatively low 12.eight-megapizel rely will give the LX100 not solely higher depth of subject, however superior low-mild functionality too. It now has a 25,600 max ISO as an alternative of 12,800.

After making an attempt the brand new mannequin out at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, I used to be struck by its small measurement and weight. Given the very quick (and small), Leica Summilux zoom lens, it is a super strolling-round digital camera that also affords full guide management. However are the LX100’s controls too small for sensible use? In a phrase, no. It is a small digital camera, so the guide dials are additionally small — however I might slightly have these than touchscreen-solely controls, as on sure Sony cameras, as an example. In the event you want bigger dials and weight is not a problem, get a much bigger digital camera. In the meantime, the brand new digital viewfinder could be very brilliant and detailed, one other plus for its class. Lag is nearly as good or higher than another compact available on the market.

The Lumix DMC-LX100 is slated to reach on the finish of October, however Panasonic has but to disclose the all-necessary worth. For comparability’s sake, although, the RX100 Mark III runs $800 and Panasonic’s personal LZ1000 superzoom (with a 1-inch sensor) is $900. The upper-res LVF, 4K and different specs additionally trump Panasonic’s newest ILC, the GM5, displaying that the compact market is from from lifeless — as an alternative, it is simply heading upmarket.

Replace: The worth of the Lumix LX100 will probably be $899, which provides you with extra sensor however much less lens than the Lumix FZ1000 for a similar cash. Because it occurs, the brand new CM1 cameraphone may even run that sum.

Daniel Cooper contributed to this report.

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