Lumix DMC-LX100by Panasonic

  • Lumix DMC-LX100
  • Lumix DMC-LX100
  • Lumix DMC-LX100
  • Lumix DMC-LX100
  • Lumix DMC-LX100
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
91%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The DMC-LX100 has a large image sensor and a high-speed lens for low-light handling.
  • Compose photos easily from eye level with the hi-resolution electronic viewfinder.
  • Shoot high-quality 4K video with the Lumix DMC-LX100. The lack of a microphone input could be an issue for some users.

CONS

  • There's no built-in flash, but the provided clip-on flash and hot shoe expand the possibilities.
  • The non-touch screen monitor is fixed to the back of the camera, and does not swivel or tilt.
  • The camera needs a lens shade, and the lens is prone to flare.
The retro-look Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 fixed-lens camera is designed for photo enthusiasts. With a relatively large image sensor and wide f/1.7 aperture, you get great depth of field control and low-light handling. Traditional controls for shutter speed, f/stop, and EV provide automatic, shutter and aperture priority, and full manual modes. Video enthusiasts will like the 4k video capture mode, but the missing microphone input makes it less useful. With Panasonic’s Image app and built-in Wi-Fi, you can transfer images and control the camera remotely. Compose your photos with either the fixed 3-inch LCD screen, or the hi-resolution electronic viewfinder. There is no built-in flash, but a small portable unit is included and the hot shoe interface adds potential.
NameLumix DMC-LX100X100TLumix DMC-FZ1000Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IVPowerShot G5 X
ManufacturerPanasonicFujifilmPanasonicSonyCanon
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List Price$900$1300$900$1000$800
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The LX100 is a nice solid feeling camera that produces very high quality images. It has plenty of control options and an extensive feature s…

The LX100 is a nice solid feeling camera that produces very high quality images. It has plenty of control options and an extensive feature set including a superb viewfinder that makes composition easy even in very bright conditions. It's traditional controls may be off-putting for novice photographers, but they are a dream for enthusiasts.

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Yet another great Panasonic camera, the LX100 deserves a spot amongst the most capable compacts on the market.

Yet another great Panasonic camera, the LX100 deserves a spot amongst the most capable compacts on the market.

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Factor in the superb viewfinder and controls, breakneck performance and 4K video mode, and the LX100 sets a new standard for compact cameras…

Factor in the superb viewfinder and controls, breakneck performance and 4K video mode, and the LX100 sets a new standard for compact cameras.

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If you are looking for a "serious compact" with a large sensor, then there are no other cameras available that offer everything that the LX1…

If you are looking for a "serious compact" with a large sensor, then there are no other cameras available that offer everything that the LX100 offers

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93%

What quibbles there are seem like nitpicking in the face of what is a truly impressive compact and one that both a pleasure to use and that …

What quibbles there are seem like nitpicking in the face of what is a truly impressive compact and one that both a pleasure to use and that produces some excellent images

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Traditionalists don't worry, it's not going to replace or ruin photography as you know it. It's merely another tool in the bag to deploy whe…

Traditionalists don't worry, it's not going to replace or ruin photography as you know it. It's merely another tool in the bag to deploy when the conditions suit. But what a tool to have at your disposal in such a small, light and comparatively affordable camera.

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It's a camera that evokes the best qualities of Panasonic while borrowing from some of the most successful fixed-lens cameras around.

It's a camera that evokes the best qualities of Panasonic while borrowing from some of the most successful fixed-lens cameras around.

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The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is the new go-to compact camera for people who want to ‘go manual’ without trading portability.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is the new go-to compact camera for people who want to ‘go manual’ without trading portability.

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...it's one of the nicest fixed-lens compact cameras we've used in the past 12 months and provides an excellent set of features for serious …

...it's one of the nicest fixed-lens compact cameras we've used in the past 12 months and provides an excellent set of features for serious photo enthusiasts, albeit at a slightly higher local RRP.

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I'd consider it one of the best photographers' cameras on the market and probably the best zoom compact ever made.

I'd consider it one of the best photographers' cameras on the market and probably the best zoom compact ever made.

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80%

As a companion for a dSLR or an alternative to a midrange interchangeable-lens model, though, it's definitely worth considering.

As a companion for a dSLR or an alternative to a midrange interchangeable-lens model, though, it's definitely worth considering.

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80%

It's a solid performer, but not without some drawbacks.

It's a solid performer, but not without some drawbacks.

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Paired with a bright zoom lens and a powerful processor, the result is an enthusiast-grade compact that takes really great photos, day or ni…

Paired with a bright zoom lens and a powerful processor, the result is an enthusiast-grade compact that takes really great photos, day or night!

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Listed at $900, but selling for $200 less, the Lumix DMC-LX100 is the perfect choice for an enthusiast who likes the idea of shooting in low…

Listed at $900, but selling for $200 less, the Lumix DMC-LX100 is the perfect choice for an enthusiast who likes the idea of shooting in low light with a compact camera, and wants to dabble in 4K video, too.

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It's not a five-star product, but it's knocking on the door thanks to autofocus that will see off a whole range of compact camera competitor…

It's not a five-star product, but it's knocking on the door thanks to autofocus that will see off a whole range of compact camera competitors.

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At the end of the day the LX100 did not inspire me enough to want to really get out there and shoot with it.

At the end of the day the LX100 did not inspire me enough to want to really get out there and shoot with it.

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This is an ideal camera whenever time size and weight are an issue, either on its own or backup to a larger mirrorless or DSLR.

This is an ideal camera whenever time size and weight are an issue, either on its own or backup to a larger mirrorless or DSLR.

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The Panasonic LX100 showed a very good performance in our resolution/sharpness tests

The Panasonic LX100 showed a very good performance in our resolution/sharpness tests

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It's part of a new breed of camera that—while not totally pocketable—is insanely well-rounded, and just gets most things right.

It's part of a new breed of camera that—while not totally pocketable—is insanely well-rounded, and just gets most things right.

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