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Panasonic Lumix 12MP Digital Camera - Black (DMC-LX100K) is rated
Rated 5 out of
Like a Portable GH4 For 4K Video
This is a truly impressive compact camera! I travel with multiple cameras to film videos for IrixGuy's Adventure Channel(http://youtube.com/IrixGuy) and needed something compact with 4K capabilities for stills and video. This camera fit the bill perfectly and I actually no longer travel with a DSLR camera! Still photos can be extracted from 4K continuous video. That is a great feature! The quality of still photos that the LX100 snaps are excellent! I had some high-end lenses for my now sold DSLR and the visual quality of these photos are as good, if not better. Best of all, it's in a compact and easy to carry package! This camera does not have an external microphone jack but the quality of the internal microphone is nice. Since I record all audio externally and synch in post-production anyway, I'm only using the internal microphone for audio synch purposes only. However, if someone needed to use the internal camera mic it's not a slouch at all! The flash is external and comes with a nice carrying sack. Since I shoot most everything during the day, I seldom use the flash but it's small and light enough to carry in one's pocket or camera bag. I like the feature that will show if the camera is level or not. That's a really nice touch! After watching several side-by-side Lumix GH4 vs. Lumix LX100 4K video comparisons, I cannot see a difference. The video quality of this LX100 is mind-blowing and even if the viewer is watching in 1080P, video filmed in 4K on this camera will look clearer for them. Filming in 4K now is a way to future-proof video content. I like the weight of this camera too! It's heavy enough to feel expensive and well-made but not heavy enough to be a burden to travel with. The included neck strap is nice and not too bulky. The included battery charger plugs into the wall and doesn't require a power cord. I like that because that's one less power cable to have to travel with. The camera is very ergonomic in one's hands and I like how it automatically detects an eye close to the viewfinder and automatically switches between viewfinder and LCD display mode! The interface is simple to use. Great job Panasonic! I'm sincerely happy that I purchased the Lumix DMC-LX100 for my camera arsenal. You can find more Lumix DMC-LX100 videos and photos that I have posted here http://goo.gl/zcAVRV .
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 4 out of
Lumix LX100 - Stunning 4K with a few caveats
I pre-ordered the LX100 when it was announced because I have been so impressed with my GH4 and wanted a smaller version of that tech. The camera's sensor is amazing and captures some truly wonderful images at 4K resolution. However, there seems to be some serious issues with the lens. It produces the strongest lens flares I've ever seen in any lens and they are bright purple. I shoot a lot of sunrise & sunset landscapes, and that is a real problem. It's not bad if you're zoomed out and using a fast aperture, but zoom in and use a slow aperture and the lens flares can literally cover your entire image in bright purple streaks and rainbow colored halos.
They must have decided not to coat the lens elements with anti-flare coatings in order to cut costs. I wish they hadn't.
The menus are similar to the GH4 and have most of the features, including the excellent built-in intervalometer, which I use for time-lapses. Awesome feature. The silent operation feature is nice too. You can shoot photos without any sound, which is great for candids.
Sadly, for video, they removed the much loved and lauded CineD and CineV color profiles. Ugh. Why? I always shoot with those profiles on the GH4. That's really frustrating.
Those who buy this primarily for video work (as many will), be warned that the camera is noisy. Normally you'd suspect the image stabilizer or the auto-focus might make noise, but even if you turn both of those off, it still makes a grinding sound. It sounds like little wheels inside, or gears, constantly running. The constant racket when filming is picked up by the microphones (which are quite good), so there's no way to escape it.
The in/out options are limited. I was hoping to use it as a B-Roll camera for ambient stuff and had planned on putting a nice microphone on it, but it doesn't have a mic input or headphone jack for monitoring audio. So for video work, it's really not a good choice, which is sad because the gorgeous 4K video is it's primary feature. If you have some other means of recording and syncing audio, then I guess you'd be fine.
I'm not a fan of the recessed video button on the back of the camera, it's hard to get to with my fat thumb, but not a deal breaker. You can't start video with the shutter button because there's no dedicated video mode on the dial.
I like how you can program the smooth lens ring to do a variety of things like a motorized zoom, step zoom, iso, white balance, and filter select. But that can be an issue when changing aperture. The aperture ring and variable ring are adjacent, so changing aperture almost always messes up whatever your variable ring is set at. By default, that's your zoom, which is silly. You can, however, just turn that ring off in the menus so it doesn't affect anything.
This camera does produce some amazing 4K images, and I plan on using it for aerial filming, so it will work nicely, so long as I shoot with at wide angle and fast aperture to keep the lens flares from ruining my shots.
The lens clarity and sharpness are excellent.
The retro manual controls are cool.
The menu system is excellent and very similar to the GH4.
This could have been a nearly PERFECT camera if they had coated the lens elements to reduce flare and thought about the audio issues more. If they fix those in the LX100B, I'll certainly upgrade.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of
Excellent Video Shooting Capability!
I'm blown away by the video abilities. Just shot an interview with the LX and the footage is literally game changing. This is a GH4 in your pocket, no joke. It's easy to use and in the right lighting situation, this camera outshines ALL other brands. Panasonic, you did it. You put 4K filming in a compact package. I've got nothing but love for the LX100!
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 5 out of
Solid advanced compact camera.
Very nice camera overall. Fast lens, large sensor, sharp glass, fast AF, nice colors.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 1 out of
Three in a Row Defective
Viewfinder diopter adjustment not working. This was my fourth example with this defect.
Date published: 2014-12-29