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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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

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . 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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Premium Compact Digital Camera with F1.4 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens for Outclassing Creative Possibility

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