Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Large Sensor Compact. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Fujifilm and Panasonic. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Fujifilm X100S is equipped with a 16.0 MP CMOS X-TRANS II sensor. Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, on the contrary, features CMOS sensor with a resolution of 17.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fujifilm X100S and Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Fujifilm X100S Key Features:
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II Key Features:
Fujifilm X100S substituted Fujifilm X100.
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2 vs 224.9 mm2||39.7% larger pixel area|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||9 vs 7||2 better flash range|
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||5.9% more pixels|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 6 fps||5 fps faster|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,240k dots vs 460k dots||62.9% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||340 shots vs 330 shots||10 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||392 g vs 445 g||53 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,760k dots vs 2,350k dots||14.9% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.7 vs 0.5||0.2 better magnification|
|Viewfinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 17.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Fujifilm X100S and Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 53g less than the Fujifilm X100S. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Fujifilm X100S and Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Fujifilm X100S features a 16.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS X-TRANS II sensor and boasts of a EXR II processor . Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, in its turn, comes with a 17.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and Venus Engine processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Fujifilm X100S and Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Fujifilm X100S has a sensor area 0.6x bigger compared to Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Fujifilm X100S and Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Fujifilm X100S||Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Fujifilm X100S or Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Fujifilm X100S and Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X100S. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Fujifilm X100S||Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II|
|Model||X100S||Lumix DC-LX100 II|
|Announced||Jul 29, 2013||Aug 22, 2018|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Large sensor compact|
|Sensor Type||CMOS X-TRANS II||CMOS|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.6 x 15.8 mm||17.3 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2||224.90 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||17.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4896 x 3264||4736 x 3552|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||200|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10||3|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||1,240k dots|
|ViewFinder||Electronic and Optical (tunnel)||Electronic|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,350k dots||2,760k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||1800 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync||no built-in flash|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 30fps)||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB DMW-BLE9 lithium-ion battery & USB charger|
|Weight||445 g||392 g|
|Physical Dimensions||127 x 74 x 54 mm||115 x 66 x 64 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots||340 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)|