Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Review
Externally the LX2 is very, very similar to the LX1; the only significant changes are to the rear where the new 2.8-inch 16:9 wide screen has pushed the controls over to the right. It still has the superb classic styling that made the original so popular (the black LX2 is even prettier, as Panasonic has got rid of the silver lens barrel and gone 'all black'.
As befits a camera with such a wide range of photographic options on offer, the LX2 has a fairly conventional - conservative even - design that has echoes of the rangefinder cameras of the 1950's and, dare I say it, has a touch of Leica about it. Despite its diminutive dimensions the LX2 puts a class-leading level of control at your fingertips, offering direct access to virtually every aspect of picture-taking, from white balance to ISO to shutter speeds, apertures and file size / quality. It's worth mentioning that the build and finish are fantastic, and the LX2 is a real pleasure to hold and to use. The only minor complaint is that the new control layout (with the buttons moved aside for the bigger screen) is a little more prone to accidental thumb presses, but you soon get used to it.
In your hand
As mentioned above, the LX2 is a beautifully constructed camera with a real 'quality' feel and just enough weight (around 220g / 7.8 oz) to feel sturdy and stable in the hand. It's fairly well-balanced too, and the control layout lends itself well to single-handed operation - though perhaps not as well as the LX1 (and the weight of the lens means it still feels more secure supported with both hands). I would perhaps have preferred a slightly more substantial front grip, but this is a minor quibble.