Panasonic LX7 gets f/1.4 Leica lens

by Enche Tjin on July 17, 2012

Panasonic LX7 is an evolutionary update to Panasonic advanced compact camera line. LX7 succeeds LX5. Panasonic LX series are famous for its fast, wide zoom lens, and the LX7 is continuing the tradition. It now gets 24-90mm f/1.4-2.3 lens which is quite versatile and faster than Panasonic LX5 f/2-2.8 lens.

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Panasonic LX7 is very similar to LX5 in design. The only different that noticeable is the front grip

LX7 also gets new processor which means it can process better image and overall performance/speed. Now, ISO 12800 is available. Panasonic LX7 is great for people who like capable small compact camera that do well in most circumstances, including low light photography.

Image quality is not match for camera with large sensor such as DSLR camera or micro four third system, but for small print or web use, the camera produces sharp and smooth images up to ISO 400.

Panasonic LX7 Specs

  • 10 MP sensor (most likely the same 1/1.7″ sensor)
  • ISO 80-12800
  • LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX F1 ,4-2.3
  • Dedicated aperture ring (on the lens ring)
  • Focal length range 24-90 mm in 35 mm equivalent
  • 1920×1080 50p format AVCHD Progressive
  • Built-in ND filter

Competition in advanced compact camera is pretty tough this year. Panasonic LX7 will be head to head with Samsung EX2F. The Samsung sports the same f/1.4 max aperture and has articulated LCD screen. Sony RX100 is relatively expensive ($650) but has about 3″ larger sensor and twice the resolution (20MP).

In addition, there are  plenty advanced compacts that already in the market for a while such as Canon S100, Fuji X10, Canon G1X, Canon G12, Olympus XZ1 and Nikon P7100.

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