Panasonic has announced the Lumix LX100, the new model for the LX series of compact cameras from the Japanese manufacturer. This camera is a complete renovation within a series that has lasted over six generations.
In this case, improvements in video and sensor features, as well as a redesign of the manual controls, make up the most innovative aspects of the new Panasonic LX100.
Panasonic Lumix LX100: Features and functionalities
The Lumix LX100 is the sixth generation of the famous line of LX compact cameras from Panasonic. This new camera inherits the DNA of the Lumix LC1, Panasonic’s first fully manual compact camera from 2004. The LX100 includes a 4/3-inch MOS sensor (gaining sensitivity), which turns out to be five times larger than the Lumix LX7 sensor, to give you an idea. Thus, it offers a quality which is as close as possible to the CSC.
Thanks to the MOS sensor of high sensitivity (and of Venus Engine, a new image processor), the LX100 provides image quality superior to any other of the LX series, whatever the situation, since it is evident that in increasing the size of the sensor, we improve the quality of the depth of field as well as the signal-to-noise ratio for high ISOs.
The new processor has a quad-core, which improves performance and allows high-speed signal processing for 4K recording. The new Venus Engine also includes noise-reduction systems such as there NR multi-process, the Random filter and the aperture filter, ensuring more natural pictures even in low light.
As for the mounted lens, we find one made by LEICA, specifically the LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens of F1.7-F2.8, which promises, as noted by the manufacturer, crisper, clearer images. And regarding the focal aspect, it is versatile, given that it’s equivalent to a 24-75 mm in 35 mm format, making it suitable for all kinds of situations, from urban photography and portraits to landscapes, which can be captured with a wide-angle lens of 24mm in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9, thanks to the possibilities of multi-aspect.
Panasonic Lumix LX100: 4K recording in the palm of your hand and creative control at all times
As mentioned, one of the major improvements in this new model in the Lumix series is the video. The LX100 can record 4K video quality, resulting in more realistic videos, with much more detail and color.
This model features 3840×2160 4K videos with 25/30 fps in MP4 format and 1920×1080 Full HD, 50p/60p in progressive AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264). The model has a button on top to instantly activate the recording while taking photos.
Also the creative aspect was more careful this time allowing greater versatility and flexibility when working with manual controls, Panasonic assures. Thus, the user is offered greater possibilities, like Creative Control, Creative Panorama, Focus Peaking, Meter Levels, Lighting and Shadow controls, and other common ones, as well as integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.