The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a 17 megapixel enthusiast zoom compact with a 24-75mm equivalent F1.7-2.8 lens. It uses up to ~85% of the area of a Four Thirds-sized sensor to give a choice of aspect ratios without narrowing the field of view.

Like the Mark I, the LX100 II features extensive external control points but it now also gains a touchscreen to speed up processes such as AF point positioning and interacting with the customizable function menu.

Key features:

  • Up to 17MP images (from crops of 20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor)
  • 24-75mm equivalent F1.7-2.8 zoom
  • 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios using selector switch on lens
  • 4K video at up to 30p
  • 2.76M-dot equiv. electronic viewfinder
  • 1.24M-dot rear touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi with always-connected Bluetooth

Along with the higher-resolution sensor, the LX100 II gains a host of clever features the company has developed since the launch of the original model. But, perhaps more importantly, it also gains the improved color rendering Panasonic introduced with the GH5, which should mean more attractive JPEG output.

While we've yet to put the LX100 II through our full suite of tests, we have gotten hands-on time with a pre-production unit to get a feel for the improvements Panasonic's brought to the table. Read on to find out what we think.

The LX100 II is available at an MSRP of $999 (a $100 premium over the original).

What's new and how it compares

The LX100 II gets an updated Four Thirds sensor, all of Panasonic's latest 4K photo features and more.

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Operation and Handling

The LX100 II has a lot of direct controls and a good level of customization but sadly it still uses the same viewfinder as the 2014 model.

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First impressions

DPReview editor Jeff Keller was a big fan of the original LX100 and finds the updates in the LX100 II make it an even more compelling offering.

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Image Quality

We've shot our studio scene with the LX100 II to see how it compares with its rivals.

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Sample Gallery

We've been shooting the LX100 II for a while and have put together a gallery of samples.

Click here to visit the gallery page