Why I got the LX7 to use for video, and an example
4 months ago
The LX7 has two advantages over almost all camcorders that make it useful for indoors shooting:
1. It has a 24mm lens, wider than any camcorder. This is useful for shots of rooms.
2. It has a bigger sensor and a lens at least as fast if not faster than most camcorders. So, this gives in principle better low-light performance even zoomed in, and allows some more shallow dof effects, that can be useful for highlighting objects.
This is a video of a newly redone art museum. The video takes advantage of the above. I was particularly pleased by the auto wb: museums are tricky, as they often combine different sources of light - window light and incandescent light in the same room. But the colors were always accurate. I made good use of the wide-angle because the rooms themselves are interesting, the shallow dof to highlight some objects, and the close-up capability as well. I also used a polarizer filter to deal with the objects behind glass. You will see visitors striving to take pictures of the glassed-encased objects, without such a filter. I also made use of 'natural' color when the light became too contrasty.
The hazard of a museum video is that it becomes just an animated slide show. There is some of that, but you will see people in action too, as you would in any museum visit. After the antiquities, the color becomes more important in the video, as we go to more modern subjects. This is not a stuffy museum, and the building is important.
All of this was shot wide open so f1.4-2.1 - and the maximum ISO was 400 in just a few shots. I thought the colors were great, the noise was fine, and the audio did ok too. There is a little shaky cam; I think the OIS is not as good as that of camcorders, but it may take getting used to using a small camera form-factor.
And one other advantage: the LX7 does not look like a camcorder, so you do not attract attention, as you will see.
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