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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor review 2019

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Specification and Features

Panasonic’s LX-Series compact range has long been praised for its build and image quality, but interest in the premium compact has shifted to models with larger sensors. Hence the introduction of the LX100 with micro-four-third sensors commonly found in the firm’s mirrorless models is somewhat unexpected.

Slightly larger than previous LX models, it remains compact and has a collapsible Leica 24-75mm equivalent f1.7-2.8 zoom and a built-in 2,764k-dot EVF which, curiously, the firm says Adobe Covers RGB gamut.

In addition to the sloping rangefinder top-plate, it has manual mechanical controls and a heated shoe, but no built-in flash (although there is an external flash bundle).

The sensor is the same 16-Mpix unit found in the firm’s mirrorless cameras, but like previous LX models, this camera has a multi-aspect ratio to maintain the angle of view. This means that the pixel count does not exceed 12.7-Mpix, but it is smaller than the expected lens.

Other features include a fixed 3.0 21921k-dot LCD (unfortunately not touch-sensitive like other Lumix bodies), continuous shooting up to 11 fps at full resolution, sensitivity up to ISO 25,600 and WiFi with NFC for remote operation.

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor

 

  Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor

Huh. Not unexpectedly, the LX100 has a wide range of video features, including 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at MP4 at 30 / 24fps (but only up to 15 minutes in duration), plus Full HD at 60fps. , AVCHD and MP4, audio in stereo, and focusing.

Although not exactly pocket-size, it is still reassuring, measuring only 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.2 ″ / 114.8 x 66.2 x 55.0 mm and weighing 13.86 oz / 393 grams with battery and SD card. It is available to pre-order for $ 899 in black or chrome finish.

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor Main specifications

    12.7-Mpix effective micro-four-third multi-aspect MOS sensor

    Leica DC-Vario Sumilux 24-75mm equiv. f1.7-2.8 Zoom

    Light Speed ​​AF ‘using depth from Defocus AF technology.

    3.0 64 921k-dot LCD and 2,764k-dot EVF

    4K (UHD) video at 30/24 fps in MP4

    Full HD Video at 60fps MP4 / AVCHD


    Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor  Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC

Achieving a DxOMark score of 67 points, the sensor in the LX100 ranks 118th in the DxOMark database of all sensor formats and 10th for micro-four-thirds, which is only the smallest in this format, Lumix. GH4 with 74 digits.

The color depth measured at 22.3 bits is comparable to the corresponding sensors found in other Panasonic cameras, such as the recently tested Lumix DMC-GM5 model, but the dynamic range of 12.5 EVs is a good result, even if in low light. The ISO ISO 553 is not as high as ISO and restricts overall performance.

A large sensor is needed for noticeable improvement in low-light capabilities, such as that found in the APS-C Ricoh GR. Although it has a fixed focal length lens, it has a low-light score of 972 ISO (plus DR and color sensitivity) and an overall DxOMark score of 78 points.

Compared to Panasonic’s recently introduced Lumix DMC-GM5 and high-end DMC-GX7, the new LX100 sits between the two in performance and seemingly has sensors related to both models, even though the low one- Fourth stop is the advantage. Highlight the LX100. DR and color sensitivity sensors have some strong points, especially at low ISOs.

With a DxOMark score of 67 points, the 20-Mpix achieves a similar overall score to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 III LX100, while rarely, even individual subtotals are very close. Surprisingly, Sony has a smaller 1-inch sensor, although it is worth noting that the variation in sensor size is not quite so obvious due to the smaller imaging circle of Leica lenses on the LX100.

Nevertheless, the Panasonic sensor is still 1.5 x the Sony in surface area. Interestingly, Canon uses the same trick as Panasonic (it also has a sensor that enlarges the lens imaging circle), but it trumps low ISOs in both DR and color sensitivity models.

Canon generally performs well at high ISOs, but they have poor results based on a 10 point difference in DxOMark scores (and low ISOs),

which equates to about 2/3 stop difference in sensor performance overall. . Overall the LX100 is only marginally ahead of Sony and Color and DR, at least to ISO 800. After this, there is not much difference between them.

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor 

 

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Although the GM5 has a lower noise level than the G1 X Mark II, the Sony A5100 has a much larger noise from the larger APS-C sensor

Adopting larger sensors compared to lenses provides advantages in lens size and speed, but the trade-off is to some extent the performance of the sensor, especially with regard to low-light capabilities. For all of this,

 it is worse than rival offerings, given that neither the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III nor the Canon Power-Shot G1X Mark II is superior in low light. If this is a restriction for your type of photography, the larger sensor compacts such as the APS-C Ricoh GR and the full-frame Sony DSC-RX1 / 1R in particular have better performance, but the tradeoffs are, at least, challenging. The premium price is not for Sony.

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