Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

13MP Four Thirds sensor | 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens | 4K video recording at 30p

What we like:

  • Large sensor and bright lens for blurry backgrounds
  • 4K video capture
  • Fast continuous shooting, with AF
  • Classic styling, great user experience and ergonomics

What we don't:

  • Limited zoom compared to competition
  • No built-in flash or ND filter
  • Field-sequential EVF
  • Fixed LCD

The Panasonic LX lineage is a strong one, and the LX100 truly brings the series to the next level. Panasonic engineers saw the impressively sized sensors other manufacturers have been fitting into compacts and raised the stakes by using a sensor over 50% bigger than 1"-type. This bigger sensor coupled with a very fast 24-75mm equivalent F1.7-2.8 lens, enthusiast-friendly controls and strong image quality, lead us to declare the LX100 as one of the best compact cameras to date, when we tested it.

With an ISO range that expands to 25,600, the LX100 performs admirably in low light conditions, perhaps beating every camera in this group by a hair. Its optical image stabilization is incredibly effective for stills, which helps keep shots sharp at low ISO sensitivities. We do wish it combined with digital stabilization for as effective an 'active' mode in video like other cameras in this class.

The LX100 has some of the best controls of any compact, with direct controls for most key parameters and plenty of customization.

Easy-to-use Wi-Fi-connectivity, 4K video capture at 24 and 30p, classic looks, and a user experience that is both responsive and generally very well thought-out (with the exception of AF point placement, which is awkward) make the LX100 an extremely well-rounded camera. AF performance is very impressive: despite using a contrast-detect only system that 'wobbles' the lens to achieve focus, the camera is incredibly fast with moving subjects. It's even precise enough to offer eye AF, which continuous to function even in continuous drive. And as far as continuous shooting goes, 11 fps JPEG bursts, which drops to 6.5 fps with AF (~5 fps Raw), puts the LX100 near the top of its class.

To be sure, it’s on the larger side, and its zoom range is limited compared to other fixed lens offerings. But it provides ample controls and customizations to suit users’ shooting styles, and the 24-75mm equivalent range will be enough for most shooters. When it comes to AF, the only other camera in this group that can compete is the Sony RX100 IV. Simply put, you’d have a hard time finding a more enjoyable and robust compact to call your own.

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