Keep LX7 or RX100?

Started Aug 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
newellj Senior Member • Posts: 1,064
Re: Keep LX7 or RX100?

That would be a snip from here:

On depth of field, compare this chart:  The Sony actually has potential for shallower depth of field through most of its range.

spencerda wrote:

Again go with which ever camera makes you feel better or enjoy more.

You have clearly been happy with the LX7, it does not become worst because another camera comes along..

Below is from a review and it gives the plus and minius of each camera..


Compared to Panasonic Lumix LX7

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is likely to be a strong competitor for the Lumix LX7 as it offers a larger sensor, and a similar level of control in a more compact format. Side-by-side the RX100's more compact dimensions point to a key advantage - it will fit in your shirt or trouser pocket - whereas the Lumix LX7 is by comparison a coat pocket camera.

Compactness is an important factor, but not the only one. The RX100's sensor is significantly larger than the Lumix LX7's and it boasts a much higher 20.2 Megapixel resolution which means you can get much bigger prints from the RX100, or crop them, effectively giving the RX100 a bit of a digital zoom advantage on the LX7 with no quality loss.

The RX100's lens has a maximum aperture of f1.8-4.9 which is two thirds of a stop darker than the LX7 at the wide angle lens setting and the gap widens as you zoom in. This allows the LX7 to use lower ISOs under the same conditions with the same shutter speed, especially when zoomed-in, which while not placing them neck-in-neck in effective noise, does narrow the gap. The closer focusing distance of the LX7 also allows you to achieve a shallower depth of field in macro shots, despite the RX100's bigger sensor and longer actual focal length, although the RX100 claws back some of that when it comes to portraits at more typical distances. Either way, its not a runaway lead for either model in the shallow depth of field stakes.

Like the LX7, the RX100 has a lens ring, but it's programmable and not confined to aperture adjustment. In the LX7's favour, the its dedicated aperture ring has physical 1/3rd EV click stops which give it a more positive feel. Generally, the LX7 offers more physical control options than the RX100 which lacks its thumbwheel, AF selector, aspect ratio selector and ND/Focus lever. The RX100 also lacks a hotshoe and an accessory port so there's no option to fit either an optical or electronic viewfinder as there is on the Lumix LX7.

Finally, the Cyber-shot RX100 is comfortably more expensive than the Lumix LX7. Essentially what your paying for here is the combination of a large sensor in a compact body. I don't expect there will be any shortage of people prepared to pay the price, but if absolute compactness isn't your main criterion, the Lumix LX7 offers a brighter lens and a hotshoe/accessory port with optional viewfinder for a lot less. And once again while the LX7's sensor is smaller, its much brighter lens allowed it to match or outperform the RX100 in terms of delivering a shallow depth-of-field in my tests.--
take it slow

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