- 30th December 2014
September 15, 2014 - Panasonic is proud to introduce the
DMC-LX100 (LX100) with Micro Four Thirds High Sensitivity
MOS Sensor for the 6th generation model of Panasonic’s
world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series. The new LX100
is not just a successor to the DMC-LX7 but a jump-up that even
inherits the DNA of DMC-LC1 - the Panasonic’s first full manual
compact camera released in 2004. The LX100
will be available at
channel partners at the end of October.
To achieve even higher picture quality and
multi-aspect capability, the LX100 incorporates the Micro Four
Thirds High Sensitivity MOS sensor. It lets subjects stand out
of the background impressively with a rich stereoscopic effect.
By keeping the resolution at 12.8-megapixels, the amount of
light is enough to improve the S/N ratio, making it possible to
capture clear image with minimum noise even when shot at high
ISO. The Venus Engine is also newly developed to feature
multiple noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR,
Random Filter and Aperture Filter, to achieve high color
reproduction and high image quality with natural description.
developed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (35mm camera equivalent:
24-75mm) boasts f1.7-f2.8 high speed and
high descriptiveness in
detail and resolution to each corner. It also produces
stunningly beautiful defocus together with the large MOS Sensor.
In addition, newly adopted 9-blade aperture diaphragm help
produce bokeh with a smooth, circular shape. The versatile zoom
range of 24-75mm
(35mm camera equiv.) is suitable for
wide-ranging photography to portraits. Notably, landscapes can
in dynamic 24mm ultra wide angle in any 4:3, 3:2 or
16:9 aspect thanks to the multi-aspect sensor.
LX100 integrates a LVF (Live View Finder) with 2764K-dot
equivalent high resolution and approx.100% color reproduction.
This 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx.1.39x / 0.7x (35mm
camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. A variety
of advanced functions are equipped with DMC-LX100 to spur
potential of advanced photographers. It allows direct, intuitive
control with dedicated rings and dials such as aperture ring,
control ring, shutter speed dial or exposure compensation dial.
LX100 is capable of smooth, high quality video recording not
only in Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) AVCHD Progressive
(MPEG-4 / H.264) format or MP4 at 60p (NTSC) but
also in 4K
4K: 3840x2160, at 30 fps (NTSC) in MP4). With this 4K video
recording capability, Panasonic is proposing a new way of photo
creation called “4K Photo”. By grabbing a 3840x2160 8-megapixel
equivalent image from the 4K video footage it is possible to
capture the spur-of-the-moment which is often missed in still
photography. This functionality is now easier with the newly
added Hybrid Photography 4K Photo mode.
The LX100 is also superior in response.
Featuring newly combined DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology
made famous in the LUMIX GH4, not only accuracy
but also speed
is improved to achieve Light Speed AF of approx. 0.14 sec to
capture fleeting shooting photo opportunities. High speed burst
shooting can be shot at 11 fps in full resolution. It also
complies with max.1/4,000 (mechanical) and 1/16,000 (electronic)
high speed shutter speed.
freedom, Creative Control (Filter), Creative
Panorama and Photo Style are available. Notably, aperture and
shutter speed can be adjusted while applying Creative Control
filter, to further inspire the photographers’ creativity. The
LX100 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with
NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more
flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy
operation. More practical functions including Focus Peaking,
Level Gauge, WB (white balance) bracket, highlight/shadow
control are also equipped. Now LX100 can develop RAW images into
JPEG in camera. A compact external flash (GN7/ISO100, GN10/ISO200) that goes with the
body color of the camera is bundled to be mounted on the hot shoe.
the interchangeable lens camera should pursue performance and
functionality, compact cameras are more intuitive tools that
simply drive people to photography. Combining the best-possible
components with state-of-the-art Panasonic’s digital/optical
technologies, LX100 is the one and only digital premium compact
camera of this age that surely satisfies users not only with the
high picture quality but also with a host of advanced functions
and operational ease.
Panasonic LX100 Camera Link
- 15th September 2014
The new Panasonic LX100 compact camera has just been announced
and my initial reaction is WOW!
The LX100 measures up at
4.53" in length, 2.6" in
height, 2.17" in depth and weighs in at 393g which is larger and
heavier than the Sony RX100 III compact camera which measures up
at 4" in length, 2.28" in height, 1.6" in depth and weighs in at
I want a smaller compact camera with a fixed zoom lens to fit in
my motorcycle leather jacket side pocket for those times when I
want to ride my bike without the hassle of luggage or even a
small camera bag. The new LX100 ticks all the boxes and then
some and I already know that a Four Thirds digital sensor can
deliver the image quality I require.
I like the fast Leica Summilux zoom lens with it's f1.7/f2.8
aperture and 24-75mm field of view - ideal for a wide spectrum
of scenes. The LX100 Four Thirds digital sensor is similar in
pixel numbers to my Micro 4/3rds
compact system camera
and with the new 2014 technology there should be a reasonable
improvement on the image quality I get from the GF1 which is
already superb. The manual controls of the LX100 hit the ground
running and rival those of the GF1.
a comparison, I retrieved my GF1 from the cupboard, removed it's
'clip on' electronic viewfinder, fitted my Lumix 20mm f1.7 ASPH
prime lens and the combo is larger than the LX100 compact. The
GF1 combo measures out at
5" in length, 2.8" in
height, 2.75" in depth with a UV filter and lens cap fitted and
easily slips into the side pocket of my leather jacket
albeit with a bulge showing
which spoils the line of the jacket.
The LX100 is the compact camera that I was seeking back in 2009
when I purchased the GF1 and today Panasonic have finally
delivered the goods, albeit 5 years later.
The LX100 is available in the UK on pre-order for £799.00
I intend to wait as I don't require a new compact until the
spring of next year, it
Pays to Wait and in any case
Sony RX100 III is no slouch
for image quality, it is slightly leaner and remains extremely
check out both camera sizes at
Camera Size (give the
link time to load the camera images)
16th September 2014
When is a Compact Camera
a True Compact?
debate on many 'gear forums'
has already commenced as to
is truly a compact camera?
no mistake, the Panasonic
LX100 from the 'first
impressions' I have read on
is a superb piece of kit and
brings to the table a
powerful camera capable of
delivering excellent 'RAW'
and jpeg image files in a
small package. Actually it
is extremely hard to resist
placing a pre-order for one.
However, perhaps the word
'compact' has different
interpretations amongst photographers because to
some the LX100 is diminutive
compared to a DSLR camera
and to others it is not
to slip into
top pocket of your suit.
The LX100 will not fit into
a trouser pocket without
which ensures a funny way of
walking. It will fit into
the pocket of a leather
jacket albeit there will be
a bulge which distorts
the line of the jacket and
similarly an anorak and it
will fit into the large
pocket of an overcoat but
who wants to wear an
overcoat in the summer? This
means that it is entirely
likely that the Panasonic
LX100 will end up being
carried in a small waist bag
attached to a belt or
in a shoulder bag or a hand bag.
Therein is the conundrum for
many a photographer who I
guess would prefer the LX100
over the smaller and lighter
Sony RX100 III
camera BUT doesn't
want to carry the LX100
a bag -
check out both camera sizes
the link time to load the
I have yet to see image
samples from the Panasonic
LX100 compact BUT up
to A3 print size or
1650pixel image web size the
Sony RX100 III more than
holds it's own for
resolution vs noise and a
clean image up to ISO:3200