Studio Comparison

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

Note: this page features our new interactive studio scene. Click here for instructions on the widget.

The first thing you notice about the LX100's JPEG output is that it's rather low resolution in comparison with the 20MP output of the Sony RX100 III and Canon G7 X. It's a match for its most immediate rival: the Canon G1 X II, though.

The pixel count means it's not quite as detailed at Low ISO as the RX100 III but this difference is reduced as the ISO rises - the LX100's larger sensor betters the performance of the smaller one in the Sony. And, because the G1 X II's sensor underperforms, by modern standards, the LX100 at least matches it at high ISO settings.

The Raw shots for all these cameras were taken with matched exposures, so you can directly compare noise performance. The LX100 does a fraction (around 1/2 a stop) better than the G7 X and RX100 III at high ISO, thanks to its larger sensor, which makes it the current low-light king amongst zoom compacts (though we'd expect prime-lens APS-C models such as the Ricoh GR and Fujifilm X100T to significantly out-perform it).