Meet the Panasonic LX100, A Huge Leap in Compact 4K Video and Sensor Technology
by Stephan Jukic September 16th, 2014
Panasonic has just made the decision of which kind of compact 4K camera to buy a lot more difficult to make. Their new Lumix DMC-LX100 is one heck of a camera that offers features and overall quality which are leaps and bounds ahead of predecessor cameras like the LX7.
This truly is the most sophisticated and well-designed compact camera that the Japanese electronics maker has ever put together and it’s very unlikely to disappoint.
Currently, the LX100’s closest competitor is the RX100 III from Sony Electronics and in order to one-up its Sony counterpart, Panasonic has given the LX100 a much better Micro Four Thirds 12.8 megapixel MOS chip that really knocks the Sony compact camera’s 1 inch sensor out of the water.
In other words, this little camera is packing a sensor that’s on par with what Panasonic also offers in its much more serious interchangeable lens model cameras.
Furthermore, the LX100 comes with a Leica 24-75 mm (35 mm equivalent) f/1.7-2.8 lens a 2,764K dot live viewfinder and the capacity to make 4K video sequences without a problem.
In fact, some of these specs bring this little camera up to par with the flagship camera of Panasonic’s line, the much acclaimed GH4, and the LX100 is leaps ahead of the company’s other interchangeable MFT model cameras.
In addition to the above sensor and 4K features, the LX100 also includes the same autofocus technology as the GH4 meaning that it delivers it at 0.14 seconds at a respectable burst speed of 11fps.
Other awesome specs on this deceptively small machine include in-camera RAW TO jpeg conversion, an external flash that comes included, full WiFi connectivity and the added bonus of NFC (near field communications) capability with most smartphone operating systems in the major brands of phones. This last feature also means that the camera can be paired and even controlled from your smartphone.
In spite of all these feature packed specs, the LX100 is truly a compact device that’s only a tiny bit larger than Panasonic’s last model in the same range and it also comes with a tough metal body.
As for the LX100’s 4K capacities, it can shoot video sequences at a respectable 30 frames per second and Panasonic claims that 8 megapixel still shots can be extracted from these vidoes at the same frame rate. Furthermore, Panasonic also claims that the camera’s dramatically more powerful sensor combined with a fairly low 12.8 megapixel photo capacity means a much better depth of field along with a superior low-light capacity that has an ISO of 25,600 instead of the previous models 12,800.
Panasonic is planning on releasing the Lumix DMC-LX100 by the end of October even though they still haven’t revealed an expected price even at this late date.
However, given that the Rx100 Mark III Sony Compact camera retails for $800 and Panasonic’s own LZ1000 superzoom costs $900, we can expect a price in the $800 to $1100 range for the LX100.
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