- 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 80 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 24-90mm (F1.4-2.3) lens
- 298g - 111 x 68 x 46mm
- Revealed October 2012
- Superseded the Panasonic LX5
- Successor is Panasonic LX10
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic LX7 overview
Panasonic LX7 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact camera initially announced on October of 2012. The camera comes with a 10MP, CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736.
Panasonic brought out this camera in order to improve the previous Panasonic LX5 (Read Full Comparison) & then launched the updated Panasonic LX10 (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.
The LX7 comes in at #11 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #499 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.
Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Panasonic LX7 family
The Panasonic LX7 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can check out all earlier and new models alongside important specs.
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Panasonic LX7 Gallery
You can see the LX7 from various angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic LX7 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic LX7 based on criterias which are generally viewed as necessary in a camera.
Panasonic LX7 Sensor info
The Panasonic LX7 is powered by the Venus Engine processor. The sensor spec in the Panasonic LX7 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The CMOS sensor has 10MP and gives a native ISO range of 80 - 6400. This ISO can be expanded digitally to a high of 12800. RAW files are saved therefore the user has wider margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the LX7's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The LX7 sensor has a crop factor of 4.8 and is pointed out in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic LX7 dimensions
Panasonic LX7 weighs about 0.66 pounds (298g or 10.51 oz) & has outside dimensions of 111mm x 68mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Panasonic LX7 is heavier compared with its competitors.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Here is a shot of the Panasonic LX7 beside a soda so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the LX7.
Panasonic LX7 Lens info
The LX7 features a built in lens and a focal range of 24-90mm making it a 3.8 x zoom which may not be exceptional but it is likely to be very helpful in some scenarios.
At the widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f1.4 and that is perfect for low light circumstances and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also make it easier to set a lower ISO and get clearer photographs. Towards the tele end, 90mm comes to f2.3 which is quite decent and allows you to set high shutter speeds.
Panasonic LX7 Connectivity
The LX7 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send pictures and in some cases change camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Panasonic LX7 Video info
The maximum video quality in the Panasonic LX7 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance for quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you get no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to consider another model in case you need better audio for your video clips.
Panasonic LX7 Weather Sealing
Panasonic LX7 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.
Panasonic LX7 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic LX7 comes with a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 920k dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder specs for Panasonic LX7 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be rather helpful.
Panasonic LX7 Shutter info
Panasonic LX7 has the capability to shoot continuously at 11.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Panasonic LX7 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic LX7 has both in-built flash together with external flash ability.
Panasonic LX7 Autofocus info
Panasonic LX7 has just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is helpful for portraits.
It comes with 23 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking AF for moving things. Panasonic LX7 comes with manual focus when required for low light occasions or you want to have more accurate focus control.
Panasonic LX7 Battery life
The battery on the Panasonic LX7 is made to last for 330 photographs according to the CIPA benchmarks which is higher than standard when compared to its class. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life for this range of cameras.
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Panasonic LX7 for different kinds of photography
The following illustration presents a summation of the Panasonic LX7 for different kinds of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Panasonic LX7
The Panasonic LX7 gets a points tally of 45 which is terrible, meaning that it is simply not very good for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to work with external flash.
Panasonic LX7 Street photography factors
Coming in at a decent rating of 58, the Panasonic LX7 is relatively appropriate to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Panasonic LX7 Sports photography factors
A terrible sports photography rating of 43 means the Panasonic LX7 is simply not very good for shooting sports. A camera should have great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic LX7 Travel photography factors
Size is really crucial in selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Panasonic LX7 gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to purchase for your trips.
Panasonic LX7 Landscape photography info
In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic LX7 and it's reasonable score of 58 as a landscape camera is fairly appropriate compared to it's rivals.
Panasonic LX7 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Panasonic LX7 is simply not very good for vlogging as it comes to a terrible score of 33.
Panasonic LX7 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the LX7, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart down below offers you an overview of the LX7 versus it's highest rated competitors listed previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.