TEST: do you dream of the perfect camera to take with you everywhere, which is both fast, gives awesome pictures and films with high quality? New Panasonic LX100 is the camera that is good near the goal.
When I first put the hands in Panasonic LX100 so is it mainly strikes me how well thought-out it seems to be in its design. When I look closer at the details I see also that there is a long time thinking about the ergonomics of the controls and controls to fit for quick adjustment.
Speed must also be enough one of the watchwords of the camera, which is the next detail that I think of. An operation that just flows is absolutely not something that all cameras have, but I find it at LX100.
Extra fun is that everything just worked fine from the start – you could skip all the adjustments and settings – pictures and video was really good from the beginning.
On paper, there are several things that stands out. For example, Panasonic has thrown in a Micro Four Thirds sensor of 16 megapixels behind shell, with an ISO range of 100-25600 ISO – that is quite enough for quite a few situations, especially given that the camera is so small.
However, the images will not be as large as 16 megapixel – it is 12.7 megapixels which becomes picture, the rest is used to change the format of images between 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1.
But it is perhaps the most distinctive of LX100 is probably the ability to record video in 4 k resolution, 8.3 megapixels, which also provides the ability to drag out stills from high-definition video.
Also the lens adds to the capabilities of your camera: with an aperture of f/1.7 to f/2.8. The lens is equivalent to 24-75 mm in 35 mm format.
The sum of the specifications provides a ljusttark optics with both wide angle and telephoto, a combination that increases the chance for better pictures in low light, but also the ability to get to a fair background blur – who actually gets really nice for portraits.
Thoughtful manual shifters
The controls on the camera are well thought-out and honed in detail. It’s clear that Panasonic thought how the camera is used, by both photographers and film makers, because they are so elaborate. An example is the on/off button that sits slightly hidden, bildförållande setting which sits on top of the lens, as well as filter button and automatic mode» iA «sitting on top.
And do you like to work with manual controls so you will like stop-and aperture control of LX100 – it is in retro style – but feels somehow upphottat to suit the modern photographer. On the lens sits an aperture ring that can be set to» A «, or to change the aperture value with – the same goes for the shutter speed. With both settings adjusted from A is then in manual mode.
Really good is also the exposure compensation slider. I myself use the switch often.
The back also has a few buttons, and the only thing I have to complain about the knappväg is that the record button for video are a little far away. But on the other hand, if you go into the camera’s 4 k mode, so you might as well press the shutter button to begin recording video. A good feature, but still something that can cause problems if you forgot to set your camera for this.
Together, all the details that the camera is nicely in your hand, mainly because of the rubber slab that stands out a bit, and give extra support. The same goes for the extra rubber plate at the front. Necessary and functional to an otherwise fairly flat camera.
The electronic viewfinder is really good. The resolution is at 2.76 million pixels, which is also noticeable. The quality is high, the sharpness, likewise, and it is no problem to use it. It also has a 60-bildersläge, which draws more battery, but increases the update on the screen, reduces flicker and more consistent with reality if you do fast movements.
It is also precisely because the viewfinder is so good that it feels as though the screen may become superfluous. Many times, I have noticed that I myself set it to display information about the camera settings instead of the image, which of course is a matter of taste.
Screen of 3 inches is incidentally also the good, and adjustable in different l gene for brightness, and auto mode. However, I think it is a bit of a shame that LX100 not a touch-sensitive display, it had facilitated above all when shooting video, to easily adjust focus.
Smart for filming
Video recorded in 1080 p at 60 frames per second, or in the 4 k with 25 or 30 frames per second, in a bitrate of 100 megabits.
It is only to congratulate Panasonic to how they actually managed to create such a compact camera, while the controls still work fine for video. To shoot in 4 k is really nothing special. To adjust the setting in the menu to get into the 4 k mode, and then it’s just to film as usual. Really cool is that you can record high definition video in 4 k in all the various image formats, even if 16:9 many times feels right.
Quality is amazingly good. The sharpness is ridiculously crisp and without changing the picture settings can handle most of the backlight without problems. To help the exposure it has also the ability to turn on zebra-mark for surfaces that are overexposed. It is possible to do some settings for video, including focus-peaking, MF-help, histograms and adjustment of the focus ring.
What is extra cool of LX100 is also the ability to pull out a picture of 8.3 megapixels from the video you recorded in 4 k. You can also snap to do directly in the camera. Simply go into the video file, click running the movie, pause, tune to the frame you want-then save it to the memory card as an image file. Super light. And fun.
Good manual focus
Manual focus works fine. The response of the focus is good (and the focus ring can be used as zoom if you want it, otherwise there is a slider for this) and is quite easy to use.
The autofocus is also good. Speed is not a problem, thanks to Panasonic’s solution to how the camera interprets the image. Lightning fast is to take in, but really fast is it. When the light gets weaker, you notice how it becomes stickier, but even if it is slightly slower so you will find it right in the end, which is good.
When filming is also a focus, with pretty good yourself without being there and pillar.
At the beginning of the test, I mentioned how the camera feels fast in the use. Speed is also reflected in the number of images per second in burst shooting, that is detailed to the 11 with locked autofocus. If you want to have working auto focus do you settle for 6.5 pictures per second, which still is considered okay to grab something fast-moving objects.
The focus also have time with, and there are many opportunities to get great pictures if you drag on throughout 11 frames per second on a non-moving object.
Noise performance of Panasonic LX100 performs that other cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensors. The picture quality looks really nice out, images are crisp and rich, and gets good straight out of the camera, even if they give the ability to edit in order to make improvements.
However, what appears is that the jpg images at high sensitivity noise becomes quite hard, which means that the images also lose detail.
The lens is also quite sharply, above all from 2.8, and plays well with other performance in the camera.
LX100 also has a built-in råkonverterare that allows you to save the pictures in jpg-format directly into the camera, if necessary.
Panasonic LX100 also has a lot of additional features like wifi and nfc. In total, this is functionality that complements an already great camera, rather than to create it. However, with the agility and size there is a score to also take advantage of the wifi to transfer images to your phone or to your Facebook.
Why I like the camera is that it is quick to use, provides high-quality images directly from the camera without the need to be fine-tuned in detail. Since it is also smooth in its format, considering what you get.
It still impresses the most is that you get with a filmkung that can record high-definition video, which also provides some opportunities for group photography – throw the camera on recording for a few seconds, so you just have to pick and choose among all 30 pictures per second you recorded.
It is only to congratulate the Panasonic to a performance compact that will be a good fit for many discerning photographers.