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Best point and shoot camera
from Oregon, USA
Comments about Panasonic LUMIX LX7 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera:
The best I ever had. Auto is spot on plus manual for more control. The lens is fantastic. Sharp, crisp photos.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I like my old LX3 better
from Los Angeles, CA, USA
I really like my LX7, don't get me wrong. It has some very nice features, especially in automatic IA mode. I owned a DMC-LX3 prior to purchasing my LX7 and after almost exactly one year, I am going back to my LX3. Maybe I'll regret... maybe I'll go for the newer LX-100K or something. Not sure. I do know that I don't see enough of a difference between the two, and the LX3 is just a little bit smaller and lighter than the LX7. The main thing that I like about the LX3 over the LX7 is that it has a "starry night" feature that I really like, which lets you take very, very long exposures (60 seconds) to capture night landscapes and the like. I hadn't sold my LX3, but now I'm selling my LX7. Either camera is great. The lenses on these small cameras rival much more expensive cameras.
LUMIX DMC-LX7 - THE ONLY CAMERA YOU EVER NEED!
By Lew L
from Southern Connecticut
I have been using digital cameras since they were announced. I have had many point-and-shoot models and five (5) DSLR's. A professional photographer friend of mine showed me pictures he took in Italy with the original LX7...they were outstanding! He also mentioned that there was a newer version available, but with a faster f/1.4 lens. I purchased the new version shortly after talking with him. The results were outstanding! Most of the time no flash is needed with the fast lens speed. About four weeks later, I sold my DSLR, three lens, and two flashes. The LX7 is now my only digital camera I use...and I carry it with me everywhere.
Takes better pictures than I usually do
from Washington State
The camera is a great system and has many accessories to get that picture you want. The lack of viewfinder and the proprietary cable to hook to my PC was perturbing and a little annoying, but I knew what I was getting into when I got it. Build quality is first class, the lens is fast and clear. Navigation on the menus takes some getting used to, but that's nothing new for a new camera.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Big bang for little buck!
from Burbank, CA
No camera can be all things to all shooters. It's a fallacy of logic. That being said, sometimes manufacturers get closer to perfection than not with a model. Such is the case with the LX7. For the price, size, speed and resolution it's the perfect (good) storm. Yes, the filter ring is finicky and odd. Yes the flash is underhelming, blah, blah blah. On the other hand, it makes fantastic point-and-shoot photos. Focus is fast enough, light sensitivity due to a very fast lens is AWESOME.....i.e. less blur in low light. The flash, up close, is deadly accurate for just enough pop. Video looks spectacular. This camera makes the worst, least seasoned, shooter look good almost all the time becasue of it's auto modes. Example, my spouse, now, uses it to shoot all her ebay items she sells. Again, typically, in an auto mode and the results are SO MUCH BETTER than her prior attempts. BEST OF ALL, if you want to push it to it's limits, you got manual overrides out the wazoo. That is why I love this camera. I can tuck it away in a small pocket (space) and when I'm in a situation where there is no place or time for a DSLR etc. I (literally) whip this one out and get a GREAT SHOT....uasually in one of the auto modes. Think, THE BEST pocket TRAVEL CAMERA out there if you need something closer to "all things to all shooters".
A very worthy successor to the LX5
from Los Angeles
I shoot mostly live music stills along with the occasional video. The compact size makes it so I can take this camera into places that disallow larger "pro" cameras. The f1.4-f2.3 lens is a leap in the right direction. I've printed spectacular 16x20 and 18x24 prints. For an eight hour festival, I shot over 2350 photos on two batteries (flash & video not allowed). I commonly get complimented on my photos pasted on facebook. Proposed next version: 20mm wide equivalent, f1.4-f2.0, 20MP, 6x zoom. Wider is most important, then keeping the aperture the same, then more megapixels then zoom. All with a very sharp focus. Other requests are an electronic remote shutter release, get rid of all ring functions (put in menus instead), a durable, self retracting lens cap and a salient, fixed, shaped flash close to the lens (even in the lens shoulder if possible - even better to have 4 smaller ones, one at each quadrant) - controlled by the menu (and a button).
(3 of 20 customers found this review helpful)
Lumix LX9 to include a 24-480mm lens?
More than a review, this is a request to Panasonic.... this camera has too many great functions to make it very complex, it takes time to get use to it. I have a request and it is the zoom range... add the zoom range that has been included in the Lumix ZS30..... a 24-480mm zoom lens... that way one camera will do it it all in my pocket and I won''t need to carry more than just this camera... since the image quality is amazing. coupled with a water casing and it becomes the perfect camera to carry everywhere .... lumix LX9..... Please Panasonic , let me dream of this.
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Great camera, one suggestion
from Urbana, IL, USA
I bought two cameras for my wife, one for underwater, one for the surface. The big selling point for us is the fast F1.4 lens; it's dark at the bottom. One enticing discovery is the 4x slo-motion video mode. She is looking forward to videoing a pistol shrimp (a fast little guy#. Ikelite makes a housing that supports almost all the features of the camera, with one notable exception. #Really not Ikelite's fault.) To enable flash you need to pop the flash up with a mechanical switch. The problem is if you want to 1) have the camera in a housing, and 2) want to be able to choose whether to use flash, you are out of luck. In all modes, if the flash is "deployed", the choice of "no flash" is not available in the menu system. My wife wants to take some pictures with, and some without flash. To do this she has to carry 1) a diffuser to get even illumination with the housing, 2) a blocker that keeps the flash from lighting up anything in front of the camera, and 3) the blue-water filter. If she could disable the flash from the menu, she could forget the blocker, leave the flash diffuser on the housing, and only carry the filter. I found one way to disable the flash: in Scene mode if you pick Scenery, the flash is forced off. We will try it when we're diving next month. I would recommend a book: The Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7 by Alexander White. That's where I found this tidbit.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great little camera with one fatal flaw - imo
I bought this camera because I wanted something light to carry around that would offer some of the flexibility of my DSRL. I haveused the LX7 for over a week now and I am quite happy with it. I have to admit that I did not try out every possible function. I love this camera because it has a very nice bright lens, it has a convenient built in ND filter and because it allows me to take pictures the way I want (PASM). Considering its cmos size, I have to say that I am impressed by the pictures it takes. It is also a great camera for beginners because of its fantastic automatic modi: they allow non adepts to take "advanced" shots. Although I am not a creative effects person, I have to admit that they are quite captivating. And the video capability, definitely a bonus! If you plan some touristy shooting or some extended trip, get a second battery. You definitely will need it! Now the one big CON for me.... Sadly I found a flaw that may put some major limits to HDR RAW shooters. BE AWARE: This camera will not allow you to shoot in bracket mode and self timer at the same time. So, if you plan to do some 'non camera internal' HDR using RAW files, you should know that this camera will not allow you to set up bracketing and delay the shooting by a few seconds in order to avoid trigger jitter (shaking caused by pressing on the shutter button). Apparently, if you use the camera's internal HDR mode, it will only produce a jpeg image. Although it has this limitation, I will keep the camera because it is a great little camera, one of the best for the money. I would suggest that you read the whole manual before you buy this camera, it is a wonderful piece of technology that has a few limitations. If you find that one of them is a deal breaker for you, better safe than sorry! Dear Panasonic, Please fix it!
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
No underwater housing!
It's a shame Panasonic doesn't offer an underwater housing for this excellent camera!
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