Compact cameras, being true to its name, had made the world of photography more flight-ready by trying to miniaturize parts and structure to a size possible. These models then took the throne of usual DSLR cameras that are rather bigger and heavier, plus the bag of sensors or lenses that you have to bring along. But when the advanced compact cameras lit themselves up on their own coliseum, people have made an unusual turn—a bigger turn, actually, against the usual professional DSLRs. Thanks to Panasonic for bringing the LX3 (and LX5) to introduce a brand new look to these advanced drones ready to fit into people’s pockets.
Recently, Panasonic released another model from the said series: the Lumix DMC-LX7. The new design took a lot of traits from its predecessor, but the differences can be easily distinguished as well. Panasonic, actually, is not really into photography, but obviously the company is trying to make its name a real strong foundation with cameras like LX7.
Two key features that make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 a head-turner is the significant exposure control that is totally manual, and the other which is the extensible capacity to shoot and record lossless RAW images in different aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 1:1. What this means to users is that with the LX7, people can enjoy a total control over lighting and contrast adjustment with the exposure panel, plus the ability to enhance the images further for post-production.
While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 looked more compact (and smaller), it’s pretty a disguise since the 10MP sensor that is around 1/1.63inches is actually bigger compared to usual compacts that offer a 16MP 1/2.3 inches one. This may not be a big deal as long as performance-wise, the model can make people smile and satisfied. The design is as well smooth and looks grippy. As for me, I looked at the LX7 like a burger flattened to fit the mouth. Anyways, a professional look is maintained in this late model and the black rubberized texture is sure something to hold on tight.
Panasonic also boasts in this release by making the design capable of a very fast lens for a compact camera. With an aperture range of F1.4-2.3, the optic has relatively ruled out its competitors because of the 24-90mm depth equivalent. More to this lens is that it is coated with Panasonic’s rare Nano Surface Coating to get rid of the annoying flares and ghosts while capturing under tricky light.
Compared to its predecessors also, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 promotes itself with a higher sensitivity range of up to ISO 6400. Of course, this ISO range is not battle-ready with the new DSLRs today, but it is well powerful enough to bring more focus to images concealed by very low light. The pictures taken may not be that sharp as acceptable, but image-wise, the characters are recognizable. Moreover, if the 90mm is an issue for enthusiasts, the new model also features a very smart Extra Optical Zoom technology that can extend overall range at the cost of pixel quality.
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LX7 also offers presets or filters if you are not fond of post-processing the RAW images. These 16 filters are well tuned and are creative enough to bring out the best of effects, among which are unique for Panasonic compacts only. Some of the most popular filters are Retro and High Dynamic filters.
Furthermore, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 with its size and sensor is amazingly capable of full HD video coverage, but only in a 25fps rate. The video recorded is either converted to AVCHD format or MP4 depending on whether you want the photos on TVs or on computers. The LCD for previews are not that sharp enough also compared to competitors, and the big limit is that the screen is stiff and cannot be tilted even for some degrees. This makes users shoot at a relatively limited angle only.
My verdict is that, the new LX7 from Panasonic’s Lumix Series is well equipped with modern technology and creativity to bring out the most common needs or wants in still images of today. It is actually a hybrid of modern digital cameras and DSLRs, but it’s more for enthusiasts like you and me. At a cost of $499, this LX7 is worth a try.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera Price in Philippines: Approximately Php 22,000.00
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