Panasonic’s latest ‘flagship’ compact camera, the Lumix DMC-LX100, is the first with a 4/3-inch large High Sensitivity MOS sensor.
The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100. (Source: Panasonic.)
Representing the 6th generation of the company’s LX high-end compact camera series, the LX100 combines Panasonic’s advanced digital and optical technologies with full manual controls and delivers high quality still pictures and movie clips. The 4/3-inch high sensitivity MOS sensor, in combination with a new developed Venus Engine processor (which has a quad-core CPU) ensures a significant reduction in noise when shooting at high ISO levels. The new Venus Engine also features multiple noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR, Random Filter and Aperture Filter to ensure natural-looking images, even in very low-light. Creative Control functions provide 22 options, including Creative Panorama.
The Leica-branded DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-f/2.8 lens covers a useful focal length range of 24-75mm (35mm equivalent), making it suitable for a wide variety of subjects. The integrated Live View Finder (LVF) with 2,764,000-dot resolution provides full control over shot composition. Dedicated physical controls include an aperture ring, a control ring, a shutter speed dial and an exposure compensation dial. The new camera also includes Panasonic’s Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology and Light Speed Auto Focus (AF) for fast and accurate autofocusing. High speed burst shooting is available at 11 fps in full resolution.
Advanced movie capabilities include support for 4K video recording as well as high-resolution Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 50p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. A dedicated button on the top of the camera lets users instantly start recording videos while shooting photos. The LX100 also offers ‘4KPhoto mode’ which allows users to easily capture a still image from 4K video footage shot on the camera.
The LX100 also includes Focus Peaking, Level Gauge, WB (white balance) and Multi Aspect bracketing and highlight/shadow control as well as integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The LX100 is scheduled for release in Australia in November 2014. Details can be found at http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/imaging.html.