Panasonic Lumix LX7 review by Barry Smith at the Digital Photography School: An ideal companion shooter to a Dslr.

"In typical fashion I kicked on the power before reading the manual, selected Program as my exposure mode, then spent some time scratching my head as to how to alter the lens aperture. Voila! Twirl the lens ring! With the LX7 you get direct access to the f numbers. Simply ‘mazing. While this camera could easily serve as day-to-day snapshot camera, it would be wasted. It would be ideal as a companion shooter to a DSLR. IMHO it would not be ideal as a travel companion due to its limited zoom range." . . . read more

Panasonic's LX-7 lays its sensor on the DXO Mark Bench: "The LX7 represents a serious challenge to both the Canon PowerShot G15 and the Nikon Coolpix P7700"

The review fails to mention that the LX-7 is currently priced at $299 at various U.S outlets, and as such, it is the best prosumer camera currently available at that price:

"From the time of its introduction in 2005, the high-end Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX series has provided an attractive alternative to the mainstream (and longer running) G-series from Canon as well as the popular and more recent Nikon CoolPix P7000 series. Apart from the diminutive dimensions and low weight, the LX series offered very high image quality from the combination of a high-grade image-stabilized Leica-branded zoom and what was originally a wide-aspect ratio (16:9) 1/1.65-inch sensor.

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The Panasonic Fz200 superzoom gets its DXO Mark badge: "It boasts a top specification but if image quality is more important the Canon SX50 HS or Nikon P7700 both rank higher in the DxOMark Sensor Scores and cost less on the high street too."

Panasonic is 'doing a Canon' here, and manages to spew out a flagship that ranks a bit lower than its predecessor, the FZ150. How on earth did they accomplish that? The sensor size is unchanged, and according to their marketing blurb the new one is better than the old, in every possible way:

"With an Overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 37 for the Lumix DMC-FZ200, compared to 40 for its predecessor the FZ150, this latest Panasonic Bridge camera maintains the good image quality of the DMC-FZ line. Despite the slightly lower score than its predecessor a difference of only 3 points equates to less than -1/3 of a Stop overall and in real world terms there’s no difference. The FZ200 also boasts some impressive specifications, the most notable of which is the fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture. If you’re after a compact style camera for sports and wildlife photography this is significant as it enables you to use lower ISO settings for better quality images when fully zoomed in. . . . read more

Panasonic Lumix LX7: Or how I learned to give up my Canon 7D and love the compact, by Geoff Richards at It Pro Portal

"Could I sell all my dSLR gear and replace it with a single Lumix LX7? Based on this experience, very possibly. Panasonic has produced an extremely capable compact camera. For low-light party photos, it's unbeatable. For running around, its compact dimensions and light weight make it a good choice. The wide-angle 24mm lens is great for landscapes and city photography so the only real weakness is the relatively short 90mm telephoto. But how often do I need more zoom than that?

The best way to figure that out is to use software to analyse the EXIF data from your photos and summarise your most common settings. Freeware package Exposure Plot does just that, scanning a single folder or your entire collection and returning photo counts for focal length, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It even accounts for the 1.6 crop factor on the 7D, equalising focal lengths to their 35mm equivalents. . . . read more

Dpreview chooses and picks the top 5 compact cameras of 2012: The usual suspects and absentees (we're looking at YOU, Nikon)

"In this short article, we've selected five of what we think are the best zoom compacts on the market right now, spanning the market from point-and-shoots to Raw-capturing high-end cameras. By 'zoom compact camera', we mean cameras with non-interchangeable zoom lenses, regardless of size. Of our top 5 selection we've summarized their major strengths, with links to previously-published content, including samples galleries. Here are the cameras we've selected (in alphabetical order). You can click to go directly to the camera you want to read about or just start at the top:" . . . read more

Panasonic LX7 review at Imaging Resource: A serious photographer's camera in a small package

"anasonic intensifies the battle for the top pocket digital camera with the Lumix LX7, a camera they've carefully improved with new external controls, Full HD 60p video, and an 11-frame-per-second full-resolution still mode. Most notable, though, is the new lens: At 24-90mm equivalent, it's still a conservative focal range, but is one stop faster, . . . read more

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