Newark, NJ—Panasonic’s Lumix LX100 II compact, point-and-shoot camera has a large, 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor. The seventh-generation model in the LX high-end camera series integrates a 21.77 megapixel sensor to achieve an effective 17MP resolution in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Along with a high-speed Venus Engine image processor with 1,728-zone metering, the camera “achieves superb image quality with natural, true-to-life description,” announced Panasonic.
Also featured is a built-in 24–75mm-equivalent f/1.7–2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens. Boasting high descriptiveness in detail and resolution corner-to-corner, the lens works with the sensor to produce artistic defocus. At the same time, a nine-blade aperture diaphragm helps produce bokeh with smooth, circular shapes.
Moreover, the 24-75mm zoom range allows photography from snapshots to portraits. Notably, landscapes can be captured in a 24mm ultrawide angle in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios, thanks to the camera’s multi-aspect capability. In addition, an aperture ring enables direct aperture control to take advantage of the high-speed lens. Also, for macro shots, the lens provides a minimum working distance of 3cm.
The 3.1x optical zoom combats camera shake with Power OIS (optical image stabilizer) technology. It also includes two ED lenses and five aspherical lenses with eight aspherical surfaces to help achieve high contrast and resolution.
Another feature is a 2.76M-dot LVF (live viewfinder) with approximately 100% color reproduction. The 16:9 wide-screen LVF provides approximately 1.39x/0.7x -equivalent magnification and a 100% field of view. The LVF is complement by a 3-inch, 1.24M-dot rear monitor with touch control. Operation is possible with touch AF or touch pad AF.
The LVF comes with an eye sensor that automatically turns on/off according to the photographer’s action. Eye sensor AF starts autofocusing when the photographer looks into the LVF to prevent missing a shooting opportunity. The eye sensor automatically switches the image output between the LVF and the LCD.
Also, for advanced photographers, the camera incorporates dedicated rings and dials, such as an aperture ring, control ring, shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dial.
Additional Lumix LX100 II Features
Moreover, auto marking; sequence composition; post focus, to select the in-focus area even after shooting; focus stacking, which enables users to adjust the depth of field after shooting; and light composition are newly added to make 4K photo mode easier to use. With light composition, the camera synthesizes images by choosing and saving a brighter pixel. This makes it possible to produce more dramatic images of fireworks or night scenery in-camera, for instance.
The camera also employs DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology; Light Speed AF (autofocus) achieves 0.10 sec AF. Furthermore, high-speed burst shooting is possible at 11 fps in full resolution. And the camera offers a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 256,000.
For more creative freedom, 22 filters, creative panorama and photo style are available. L.Monochrome and L.Monochrome D mode are also included in the photo style function. As a result, it is possible to shoot dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows while preserving the details.
Additionally, grain effect can now be adjusted in all monochrome modes in photo style. Other practical functions include focus peaking, level gauge, aperture bracket, focus bracket, WB (white balance) bracket and highlight/shadow control. The LX100 II can also develop RAW images into JPEGs in-camera.
For transfer and remote operation, the LX100 II includes Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) compatibility enables a constant connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption. It also complies with USB/AC power charging.
Lumix LX100 II Pricing
The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is available for preorder. It has a suggested retail price of $999.99.