Panasonic LX100 Development Story With Samples

Posted Oct. 5th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Panasonic LX100 Development Story With Samples. A week or so ago I wrote about the Lumix LX100, a new camera announced by Panasonic at Photokina. It’s an all in one “compact” like, “point and shoot” like, picture taking machine. But being “like” a point and shoot and all in one compact is where the similarities end.

A image of hands on the Lumix 100 showing how small and compact this miniature MFT power house is. The fixed, lens is 24-70mm equivalent with aperture of 1.7-2.8. Stunning!

An image of hands on the Lumix LX100 showing how small and compact this miniature MFT powerhouse is. The fixed lens is 24-70mm equivalent with aperture of 1.7-2.8. Stunning!

The new LX100 was voted the most interesting new camera announced at Photokina by the readers at DPReview. Yes, it looks, feels and smells (so to speak:) like a point and shoot but inside it’s using a Micro Four Thirds sensor. One that is much, much larger than what is typically in a normal point and shoot camera and even larger than its 1 inch sensor competitor, the Sony RX100. Why is that a big deal? Because of the ability for a larger sensor to do better in low light, which in turn gives you better quality images in almost all situations. Along with this camera’s unique, oversized sensor is its lens. The attached and noninterchangeable, class leading optics, are 24-70mm with aperture’s of F/1.7-2.8. Hard to believe for such a small camera. To accomplish such a major design breakthrough was almost unheard of and Panasonic has created a series of web pages detailing The Story Behind the LUMIX LX100 Development that highlights the process and how they accomplished pulling off such a miniature marvel.

DPReview has also created a sample gallery. Below is one of the images from that gallery of a cork. This picture was shot at 10,000 ISO! It’s spectacular! Even maybe hard to believe so I will reserve final judgement for when I get a sample to test myself. Even so, the image is impressive. The writing on the cork is easy to read, sharp and there is virtually no noise in the shadows in the dark background. This example is where most miniature cameras stumble, including my iPhone.  I absolutely love my iPhone for it’s ability to shoot panoramics and the fact it’s almost alway there but it’s let me down more than once when it comes to dark, low light situations like the image below. I recently had a situation like this on one of our tours where my first shot was with my iPhone. After reviewing it, I ran to our bus to get my Lumix GX7 which made a hug difference in the quality of the photo I was wanting to capture.

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Take a look at this cork on a darkly lit table. This image was shot at 10,000 ISO for blimey sakes. Click on the photo to be taken to the gallery of  images where you can really enlarge this image. I’ve been saying it for some time, Panasonic is inspired to make the MFT sensor as good as a so-called Full Frame sensor because they have no other sensors to sell us.

For a more real world, hands on, example of this camera in action, I’ve included a video by the Calgary boys at The Camera Store TV who put the new LX100 through its paces and came away proclaiming, “you are going to love this camera”. Their video below.

For more on the industry first of  putting such a large sensor in such a compact camera, Panasonic is producing a series of four web page, blog-like articles, explaining how they developed this unique, new camera. The first two of the series are below.

The Story Behind the Development of the LUMIX LX100 Volume #1

The Story Behind the Development of the LUMIX LX100 Volume #1

The Story Behind the Development of the LUMIX LX100 Volume #2

The Story Behind the Development of the LUMIX LX100 Volume #2

Enjoy reading and watching the future coming into full view. Panasonic is blazing a new trail, one that gives us amazing new photo tools in exceptionally small, industry leading, professional quality packages. All of it at reasonable prices and easy to carry. Go boys and girls, go. I can’t wait to see where you take us in another 12 months.




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