Panasonic LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 front
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 393g - 115 x 66 x 55mm
  • Revealed September 2014
  • Newer Model is Panasonic LX100 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic LX100 summary

Panasonic LX100 is Panasonic's Large Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on September of 2014. The camera includes a 13MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4112 x 3088.

Panasonic introduced the updated Panasonic LX100 II (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.

The LX100 comes in at #35 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over all #323 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Panasonic LX100 history

The Panasonic LX100 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-LX100-II front thumbnailPanasonic LX100 II
LX100 vs LX100 II
17MPFour Thirds2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LX100 front thumbnailPanasonic LX10024-75mm
13MPFour Thirds2014
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Panasonic LX100 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic LX100 based on things which are usually considered essential in a digital camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
comes with touch focus
decent MP (13MP)
does have HDMI socket
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
good zoom range (24-75mm 3.1 x zoom)
great aperture at full zoom (f2.8)
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
high resolution screen (921 thousand dots)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
NFC support
really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW files
supports tracking autofocus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect auto focus
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Panasonic LX100 Sensor details

The Panasonic LX100 is powered by the Venus Engine processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Panasonic LX100 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 4112 x 3088 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 13MP and features a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can be increased electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW photos are supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the LX100's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The LX100 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic LX100 dimensions

Panasonic LX100 has a weight of 0.87 pounds (393 grams / 13.86 ounces) & has outer proportions of 115mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams so the Panasonic LX100 is very much the same compared with other competitors.

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Here is a image of the Panasonic LX100 besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the LX100.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 topview buttons dials

Panasonic LX100 Lens specs

The LX100 houses an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 24-75mm giving it a 3.1 x zoom which might not be huge nevertheless it will definitely be useful in a few circumstances.

At the widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f1.7 and that's ideal for low light occasions and getting a shallow depth of field. It is going to also allow you to set a lower ISO to get crisper shots. Towards the tele end, 75mm comes at f2.8 which is fairly decent and lets you have high shutter speeds.

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Panasonic LX100 Connectivity

The LX100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy files and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Panasonic LX100 Video specs

The max video quality in the Panasonic LX100 is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 2160p offers a fantastic quality for video recording. You are able to crop to 1080p in order to get better results. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and ensure you have got decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket so you have got little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to get another model if you want better audio for your videos.

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Panasonic LX100 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Panasonic LX100 so you need to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.

Panasonic LX100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic LX100 includes a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic LX100 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,764 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.7x

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are particularly helpful.

Panasonic LX100 Shutter specs

Panasonic LX100 can shoot continuously at 11.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter might result in "rolling shutter" in certain circumstances.

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Panasonic LX100 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic LX100 comes with external flash support but comes without built in flash.

Panasonic LX100 Autofocusing specs

Panasonic LX100 comes with just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detection making it helpful for taking portraits of people.

It includes 49 focus points to select from. Panasonic LX100 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch where you focus. It also has Tracking AF for things that move. Panasonic LX100 can use manual focus if needed in low light or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Panasonic LX100 Battery life

The battery pack on the Panasonic LX100 is built to last for 300 shots with respect to the CIPA measurements making it similar to it's rivals. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has the maximum (450) battery life in this type of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Panasonic LX100 for varying categories of photography

The following graph presents a outline of the Panasonic LX100 for varying categories of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic LX100 Portrait photography details

The Panasonic LX100 receives a rating of 70 which is above average, and means the camera is a fine choice for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent megapixels (13MP)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect focus
delivers RAW formats

Panasonic LX100 Street photography details

Getting a fantastic points total of 76, the Panasonic LX100 is a wonderful choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
has focus via touch
great high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate

Panasonic LX100 Sports photography information

A nice sports photography rating of 67 indicates the Panasonic LX100 is a good fit for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (13 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
lack of phase detect autofocus

Panasonic LX100 Travel photography advice

Weight is pretty critical when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic LX100 gets a nice 75 as a travel camera which is a respectable fit to purchase for your travels.

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boasts focus by touch
resolution is good (13MP)
fairly wide (24mm)
very good max aperture (f1.7)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display

Landscape photography with Panasonic LX100

For anyone planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Panasonic LX100 with it's above average rating of 73 as a landscape camera is a good choice within the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
really wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (13 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)

Vlogging with Panasonic LX100

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Panasonic LX100 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone port

Panasonic LX100 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the LX100, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall into the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph just below gives you a summary of the LX100 vs it's top ranking competitors mentioned previously.

There are more cameras you might see as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
13 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4112 x 3088
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-75mm (3.1x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,764 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Max silent shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Highest video resolution
Video format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
393 gr (0.87 lb)
115 x 66 x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2")
Battery life
300 photographs
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Cost at release