Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is the successor to the renowned camera, characterized by a bright lens and Micro 4/3 sensor. What does the new model offer?
It has been almost 4 years since the Lumix's LX100 was released, but the Japanese camera still seems an interesting proposition. It is due to the bright lens, but above all the matrix. This is a Micro 4/3 size, so larger than the standard 1-inch dies installed in advanced compacts. Now Panasonic Lumix LX100 II appears . How far does this model bring with it changes from the predecessor?
New matrix and processor
Let's start with the matrix that has undergone changes. Its resolution has been increased – it is 21.77 megapixels, which gives an effective resolution of 17 megapixels at a 4: 3 aspect ratio. Of course, we're still talking about the Micro 4/3 size here. Such parameters and size are guaranteed by the rare quality of photos taken with high ISO in compacts. The maximum ISO sensitivity is as much as 25 600.New is also a processor that guarantees high detail of images, as well as nice, vivid colors or good reproduction of white balance and skin colors.
A universal and bright lens
The Lumix LX100 II boasts one of the brightest lenses in its class. Designed together with Leika, glass is the equivalent of a universal zoom with a focal length of 24-75 mm. The variable aperture varies between f / 1.7-2.8 , so it is really bright. In addition, the glass will find its use in macro photography, because the minimum sharpening distance is just 3 cm. The design of the lens is quite advanced, and consists of 11 elements , which were placed in 8 groups. Including 2 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces. There was also optical stabilization of the image, which ensures immobile staff.
Better display and autofocus
With the use of a high-resolution LVF visor (2764 thousand points) providing 100% field of view and excellent magnification (0.7x for the equivalent of 35 mm), significant improvements were made to the rear LCD screen. Among other things , its resolution was increased to 1240 thousand. points and added touch control for easy operation. Dedicated rings and knobs, including the aperture ring, control ring, shutter speed adjustment knob or exposure compensation dial, guarantee direct and intuitive operation. The camera achieves an autofocus speed of about 0.10 s and a burst rate of 11 fps (AFS) / 5.5 fps (AFC) for sharp shots of fast-moving objects. The model is equipped with the Starlight AF function, which allows you to shoot the stars in the sky using autofocus.
4K movie mode and monochrome photos
The new model could not miss the 4K mode, in which we can film at 30 frames / sec. There were also Post Focus or 4K Photo features known from other models. A new feature is the L.Monochrome D function that allows you to get dynamic, black and white photos with highlighted light and dark parts while preserving details. Wireless connectivity is guaranteed by WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2. In turn, the battery will be charged not only in the external charger, but also directly in the camera.
Price and availability
Panasonic Lumix LX100 can still be found in stores, currently costs over 2,000. PLN . The second generation of this camera for sale is expected in October. We will pay him about 1 thousand for him. dollars, so on the Polish market, we will get it for some 4,000. zlotys .