This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-LX7 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Oct 15, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product LX5 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one LX5.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #152 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #397 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 46 mm (43.7 x 26.77 x 18.11″) with the weight of 298 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 46mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 50 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7’s sensor.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 with other standard sensor sizes.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 are its 11.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Lumix DMC-LX7 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, Lumix DMC-LX7 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Lumix DMC-LX7 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-LX7 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 46. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 can be called a 81 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 21. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 can be called a 70 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Oct 15, 2012|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||50|
|DxO Color Depth||20.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||147|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||12,800|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||23|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 68 x 46 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots|
|Battery Type||330 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|