First impressions and summary
On first impressions the LX7 is a very attractive update to the LX5, and with its fast lens and expanded control set, rather more engaging to shoot with than its predecessor. The dedicated aperture ring means that it's probably best-suited to enthusiast photographers who want to shoot in aperture priority or manual exposure modes to make best use of the depth of field control offered by the lens. The addition of a physical control point for the ND filter also makes shooting at maximum aperture in bright light much more convenient - again helping you to exploit the camera's creative potential.
Our initial feeling is that the LX7 also seems rather faster and more responsive than the LX5 did. Focusing and continuous shooting are distinctly improved, as are file writing and buffering, meaning you can rattle off a number of shots in quick succession without the camera having to pause for thought. The zoom controls on the cameras we've used so far have been a little sluggish though.
Of course the big question (as always) is whether the image quality stands up to scrutiny, given the ambitiously-fast lens and brand new sensor. We're looking forward to putting the LX7 though our studio tests for a full review, but in the meantime can offer a snapshot of its capabilities with a preview samples gallery of real-world shots.
Preview Samples Gallery
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 preview samples gallery
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 preview samples - Posted 18th July 2012|