Camera review the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II: surprise me

In the last decade, photography has become a truly folk art. To find someone who at least from time to time did not make photos, now not so easy. In this category photographers differ quite strongly. Segment of the compact cameras (or in the vernacular cameras) have almost disappeared, as most Amateurs shooting in the style of “brought and clicked” switched to smartphones. This is not surprising: the camera of modern mobile devices cost slightly above average (and sometimes some low cost devices) can provide very good quality images, covering and household needs, and the needs of lovers art pictures. The advantages of smartphone are obvious: it always offers in addition to functions the actual camera is also a lot of other required modern features.

The layer of users who prefer inexpensive compact camera, however, also remained partly those who used to operate the old fashioned way (for example, older people), or those who are psychologically more comfortable to do a photo specially designed for this device. There are people who have no need for buying expensive smartphone and prefer to have two separate budget gadget.

There is another category of users – those who are willing to invest in photo equipment a lot of money. They are professionals and enthusiastic Amateurs who can appreciate the dignity and “chips” serious equipment. As a rule, photographers are enthusiasts selects mirrored or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. The advantages of these cameras is obvious – a large matrix, the ability to use different lenses depending on the story and task the opportunity to buy new lenses, when it becomes not enough functions available. The disadvantages, besides the high cost can be attributed to the size and weight of professional and semi-professional equipment.

In such a situation, the emergence of cameras like the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II looks pretty weird. At the time of writing this review this model cost is 65 000 rubles – the price will agree, is serious. Thus II LX100 is a compact camera with built – in optics. The question arises – who is the potential buyer of a new Panasonic camera? What is its competitive advantage compared to the inexpensive compact cameras and, for example, more functional buttercake? Trumps LX100 II should be the ease of use and high photo quality in a compact size. Try to check whether a compact camera to compete with the “giants” in its price category.

Main features

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Panasonic Lumix LX100 Panasonic Lumix GX9 Sony RX100 VI Canon G1 X III
Image sensor 17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS 17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) CMOS 17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS A 13.2 × 8.8 mm (1″), CMOS The 22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Effective number of pixels 17 megapixels 12.8 megapixels 20.3 megapixels 20 megapixels 24 megapixels
Stabilizer Built-in lens Built-in lens Built-in camera, 5-axis Built-in lens Built-in lens
Lens 24-75 mm (equivalent), f /1,7-2,8 24-75 mm (equivalent), f /1,7-2,8 Replacement 24-200 mm (equivalent), f /2,8-4,5 24-72 mm (equivalent), f /2,8-5,6
Photo format JPEG (DCF, EXIF 2.31), RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW JPEG (DCF, EXIF 2.31), RAW JPEG (DCF, EXIF 2.31), RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW
Video format AVCHD, MP4 AVCHD, MP4 AVCHD, MP4 XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4 MOV (MPEG 4/H. 264)
Mount No No Micro 4/3 No No
Frame size (in pixels) to 4736 x 3552 to 4112 × 3088 up to 5184 × 3888 up to 5472 x 3684 up to 6000 × 4000
Video resolution (in pixels) up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) up to 1920 × 1080 (60 fps)
Sensitivity ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100 ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100 ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100 125-12800 ISO expandable to ISO 80 and ISO 25600 ISO 100-25600
Shutter Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 60 s;
electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
long (Bulb);
silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 60 sec;
electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
long (Bulb);
silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 60 sec;
electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
long (Bulb);
silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/2000 – 30 s;
electronic shutter: 1/32000 – 1 sec;
long (Bulb);
silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/2000 – 30 s;
long (Bulb)
The burst speed up to 11 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter up to 11 frames per second up to 9 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter up to 24 frames per second up to 9 frames per second
Autofocus Contrast, 49 points, eyes recognition Contrast, 49 points Contrast, 49 points The hybrid (sensor phase + contrast system) 315 points The hybrid (sensor phase + contrast system), 49 points
Metering modes multipoint/centre weighted/spot multipoint/centre weighted/spot TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot multipoint/centre weighted/spot multipoint/centre weighted/spot
Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±3 EV in 1/3-step increments ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±3 EV in 1/3-step increments ±3 EV in increments of 1/3 steps
Built-in flash No No Is, guide number 6 (ISO 200), 4.2 guide number (ISO 100) Is, guide number 5.9 Is, guide number 9
Self-timer 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with
Memory card SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I) SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I) SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I) Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Display LCD, 3 inch, 1 240 thousand points touch LCD, 3 inch, 1 240 thousand points LCD, 3 inch, 1240 thousand points, touch, tilt LCD, 3 inch, 1 228 thousand points, touch, tilt LCD, 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points, touch, tilt
Viewfinder Electronic (OLED 2 760 thousand points) Electronic (OLED 2 764 thousand points) Electronic (OLED with 2360 thousand points), rotary Electronic (OLED 2 359 thousand points) Electronic (OLED with 2,360 points)
Interfaces HDMI, USB HDMI, USB HDMI, USB HDMI, USB HDMI, USB
Wireless modules Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE) Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE) Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 (LE)
Food Li-ion battery DMW-BLG10E capacity of 7,4 VT·CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery DMW-BLG10E capacity of 7,4 VT·CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery DMW-BLG10 capacity of 7,4 VT·CH (1025 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery NP-BX1, and 4.5 WH (1240 mAh, 3.6 V) Li-ion battery pack NB-13L capacity of 4.5 WH (1240 mAh, 3.6 V)
Dimensions 115 x 66 x 64 mm 115 x 66 x 55 mm 124 x 72 x 47 mm 102 × 58 × 43 mm 115 × 78 × 51 mm
Weight 392 grams (with battery and memory card) 393 grams (with battery and memory card) 407 grams (with battery and memory card) 301 grams (with battery and memory card) 399 grams (with battery and memory card)
Current price Approximately 66 000 39 880 rubles 51 990 rubles for the version without lens (body); 62 980 rubles for the version with lens (kit) 84 990 rubles 75 990 rubles

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a compact camera with a 17-megapixel sensor format Micro Four Thirds and built-in zoom lens with an equivalent focal length 24-75-mm and aperture of f/1,7-2,8.

In LX100 II uses a unique sensor system – in fact, of the 20-megapixel image sensor that we saw on GX9 “cut” 17-megapixel piece that you can use for shooting images in various formats (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1) without the loss of resolution on a diagonal and without loss of viewing angle. Also, the sensor is devoid of low frequency (antimanage) filter, which can significantly raise the level of detail of the images.

The camera has a touchscreen LCD display with a resolution of 1.24 million pixels and a viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 million dots.

When shooting you can select the aspect ratio using the selector switch on the lens.

LX100 II supports the recording of 4K video at up to 30 frames per second.

Embedded wireless modules (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) to provide communication of the camera with other gadgets.

Design and ergonomics

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II looks not much different from its predecessor except for some nuances. The dimensions of the chamber -115 × 66 × 64 mm, weight – 392 grams. The camera easily fits in a miniature handbag, and even in the pocket of the oversized coat. This camera you can carry with you every day, without experiencing discomfort – and hence, the chances of accurately capturing interesting plot becomes more.

The camera design I would not call outstanding. LX100 II is executed in classical style and painted black – perhaps such a device will attract attention, which may be good for people who do not want to advertise the considerable cost of the device.

The LX100 housing II is made of metal, on the right there is a small ledge under the arm covered with non-slip surface “under the skin”.

The company used a lot of analog controls. Shutter speed and exposure compensation can be assigned without having to access the menu, using the selector disks. The aperture selection is carried out by rings on the lens. To shoot in fully automatic mode, you must install the performance of selectors to the mark “A”, and select auto ISO. Such control may be new to users, who are accustomed to cameras, where the choice of shooting modes is performed using dedicated gate drive (where the designated aperture priority mode, shutter speed, manual, auto and scene modes), but I think to adjust to a new control logic is not particularly difficult. For me, such an analog method of working with the settings even easier and more enjoyable.

   

Let us now see in detail how the camera Panasonic Lumix LX100 II.

Let us now see in detail how the camera Panasonic Lumix LX100 II.

In the front we see a Leica lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-75 mm and a maximum aperture of f/1,7-2,8. On the lens there is a lever switch focus mode: autofocus, manual focus and AF macro to focus on nearby objects. There is also a lever of a choice of aspect ratio. You can shoot with aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1.

The left side of the camera is devoid of any connectors. The right-hand side are HDMI and Charge.

 

The bottom is the battery compartment and a compartment for the memory card. The camera supports cards of format SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I). There is also a tripod socket.

From above we see the aforementioned selector shutter speed (combined with lever on/off camera) and the selector exposure compensation and shutter button combined with the zoom lever and the mode switch button Intelligent auto (“artificial intelligence” of the camera that defines the plot and intended to take pictures as expressive; in fact, the auto available to the user in two variations). There is also a programmable Fn1 button, and hot Shoe under external flash. Built-in flash in the LX100 II, which is a bit surprising for a compact, designed for Amateur photography. I the novice user I’d missed, though perhaps the lack of a simple and always accessible source of illumination prostimulirujte photographers for more thoughtful work with the light and will eventually lead to the creation of best shots.

Display and electronic viewfinder

A large part of the back of the camera is the LCD screen diagonal of 3 inches and a resolution of 1 240 000 points. The screen has a touch surface that helps when focusing and selecting settings – especially in our time when all have become accustomed to the touchscreen controls when shooting on a smartphone. Major disadvantage I think is that the camera screen is not turning or inclined movement. Such compact cameras are often purchased by fans of shooting in travel, who want to quietly do genre photo “from the hip” or to shoot from unusual angles – for example, ground level. Here this is not possible – a number of interesting stories will either be missed or they will cause additional difficulties for the photographer. I think that in this case it could be a little sacrifice compactness in the name of greater flexibility.

Left rear panel is electronic of 0.38-inch viewfinder with a resolution of 2 764 000 pixels with 100% frame coverage. He inherited from the previous version of the camera and by modern standards is quite outdated. The viewfinder is easy to see the “rainbow effect” when shooting with any lighting, despite the high refresh rate (it helps the viewfinder does not flicker under artificial light). Viewfinder equipped with an eye sensor.

Most of the time I was building the frame using the LCD screen, viewfinder used exclusively on a Sunny day, when the brightness of the display was already beginning to miss.

Also at the rear we see four programmable buttons that the user can assign the most popular function, button, video recording button, exposure lock/focus button playback button display selector disc menu button in the center and buttons to select the popular settings on the edges.

Interface

The first thing it is important to note, and that surprised me – the camera menu is not Russified. Perhaps the situation will be resolved when the next firmware for the camera, but the fact that the market was not localized camera is quite amazing. In General, however, organized the menu is quite intuitive: the left column there are main sections on the right – sub-items, which can be opened by pressing the button menu/set or using touch controls. Some menu items (for example, HDR shooting) are unavailable when shooting in RAW format, has a limited set of settings with intelligent auto mode. The camera also has fast menu by pressing the Fn2 button: here are all the basic settings that you can change with a few taps on the touch screen.

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Camera work

At a time when Panasonic Lumix LX100 II was on my test, I almost never parted with it – this is, again, a big plus of the CD. I had the opportunity to test the camera in different weather conditions (including in the frost), at different times of day and in areas with natural and artificial lighting. Overall, LX100 II was impressed pleasant to work with and friendly camera which gives more room for creativity than a smartphone, and not heavy (including responsibility) as a professional camera. It is always convenient to keep ready. There are situations when such a small camera it is psychologically more comfortable than with a large unit – when you do not want to focus on your status as a photographer or want to take pictures discreetly. Focal length lens is enough for most common subjects in wide-angle position comfortable to shoot landscapes/scenes, telephoto perfect for portraits. Definitely pleased with the large aperture lens, which allows you to get on pictures with beautiful bokeh and to shoot indoors with not the best lighting.

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II – relatively slow camera. Boot speed is quite normal, but I seemed unusually long time it takes to change the focal length: the camera zooms/shrinks the scene very slowly. Because the camera body is compact, the controls she is also quite small, but I found it uncomfortable to adapt to the controls easily.

Battery and charging the camera

In LX100 II uses a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 7.4 WH (7.2 V, 1025mA·h). Camera you can take with you on long walks, and taking in a measured manner, not to face the problem of quick discharge. But if you prefer intense shooting, for example, take a lot of pictures at the event, you better have a spare battery. According to official data of the manufacturer, the camera is able to do on a single charge 300 frames when shooting across the screen and 240 when shooting through the viewfinder. Overall, for its class it is a very decent figure. How much you will be enough is an individual matter. The good news is that Panasonic Lumix LX100 II has the option of charging via USB, thus, in the journey, for example, you can gain the presence of the power Bank. Another thing is that simultaneously charge the camera and to make pictures to it impossible.

Autofocus, continuous shooting

In favorable conditions – when lights are many, and the plot is evenly illuminated, the camera focuses quickly. Not always, however, it can accurately “guess” the main subject: if you in the frame there are several items on different plans, better self choose which of them is the main – this can be done by touching your finger to the touchscreen. In the case of complex scenes, which are important for the most accurate focus can be selected in the quick menu focus mode to pinpoint – when focusing an image at a given point will approach, to make it easier to evaluate the sharpness. You can also use manual focus (the switch is near the lens). In manual focus you will see the approximate part of the scene on the display, and rotating the focus ring will be able to achieve sharpness in the right place.

When shooting portraits it is convenient to use the face recognition/eye – camera quickly locates the person in the frame and focuses on it. If the frame is a few people on different planes, the photographer needs to decide on whom should be the maximum sharpness: the option to select the priority of the particular person in LX100 II no.

The camera performed well in tracking focus mode: when you shoot a person in motion most of the shots were focused correctly.

When shooting in RAW+JPEG I with continuous shooting managed to make 43 of the frame until the buffer is full, the result is very worthy.

Macro

The ability to shoot objects from close range – one of the “chips” DC-LX100 II. However, to compare the results with a professional macro lens still not worth it. Gorgeous portrait of an insect do not work, but the field for experimentation is still wide, and the images in this mode turn out very interesting:

 
 

On the lens, let me remind you, there is a special switch types focus. Set to AF-macro (indicated by a flower) you can help make the camera focus at small distances – it is simply to traverse the sharpness faster.

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