Panasonic Lumix LX100 II premiered in March. Now we had the opportunity to take the camera in our own hands and see how it performs live and make some photos of it.
Presented in August, the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a compact camera that stands out with a bright lens and, almost unprecedented in a compact, Micro 4/3 sensor.
Changes inside, not outside
The housing of the new model is so similar to the predecessor, that actually there is no point in comparing these models in this respect, because we will not see many differences. The fact is that Panasonic made sure that the camera could be used comfortably . On the housing you will find knobs for setting the shutter and compensating for the exposure. However, there were no knobs for setting modes.Initially, I had to go through a few moments – how to switch to manual mode. It is not so easy. There is a button on the casing that activates the Smart Auto mode and only when we turn this mode off, the camera automatically switches to Manual , and this one can be changed into the priority of the aperture or shutter. However, this is a slightly non-instinct solution. The menu itself is slightly changed from the predecessor, there is, among other things, the possibility of configuring your own menu, in which we will place only the most important functions for us. We handle the menu with touch, but the possibilities of touch are much greater. We can select the focus point before using it for zooming. Panasonic boasts that its screen is one of the most versatile. However, it was not possible to tilt it, but using the digital viewfinder we can still focus on the screen. The viewfinder itself does not impress with its quality. It's good that it is, but it is not a mirrorless level.
Efficient matrix and fast serial mode
The camera has a matrix with a resolution of 20 megapixels, but the pictures can be made with a resolution of 17 megapixels. This is because the model offers different photo resolutions and for each resolution the image is read from the whole surface of the matrix. An interesting fact is that the image format can be set on the lens. Similarly like the aperture and autofocus. The AF system has been significantly improved to sharpen with high speed and accuracy. It uses DFD technology and works really well for a compact. It can also work in the dark without the help of a laser projected on the subject. We can also set the AF Macro mode and in his case the minimum focusing distance is just 3 centimeters . Macro photos are certainly one of the advantages of this model.The manufacturer used the 4K Photo camera, known from other models. Thanks to it, we can make as many as 30 photos with a resolution of 8 Mpix in a second. The quality of the photos has improved. New solutions provide more clarity and tonal dynamics. The coloring of the photos has changed, which is noticeably different from the predecessor. This is especially visible in skin-tones, or in the photo of the sky, which is … more blue.
Bluetooth, Power Charging
There were also new products that simply had to be found in the new model to keep up with modernity. So there was a movie mode 4K, as well as Bluetooth wireless connectivity . Importantly, the second function, according to assurances, is to guarantee the backup of photos. This in theory means that the camera will immediately send them to our smartphone after taking a photo. We will not have to connect and waste time setting up transfers. The photo will be displayed on the phone immediately after taking it.The new camera can be charged by connecting it directly to the power supply. And here is another important function – we can also charge the camera when we use it . This means that you can connect a power bank and take pictures all the time. Such a function in many cases turns out to be very useful. The very use of the camera is very pleasant due to the large number of buttons and knobs, as well as the large possibilities of the touch screen. The camera is in the palm of your hand, the visor is well contoured, and the service – well, it is not instinctive, but after some time you can get used to it and even like it. Will the camera capture the hearts of users? Certainly, a bright lens and a large matrix make it an interesting proposition on the compact market. However, the price goes hand in hand – the camera will cost over 4,000. Golden. It's not a lot like a compact. The model should hit the stores in mid-October. During the camera show in Warsaw we had the opportunity to take some photos with the camera, which we present below. I note, however, that the photos were taken with pre-production cameras, so ultimately it may change a bit.
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II – example photos
Photos in full resolution in the gallery Google .