The Lumix LX100 is a new compact, fixed lens model from Panasonic that builds on the high quality micro four-thirds still photography and video legacy of such cameras as the GH3, GH4 and G6. Where the LX100 differs is in it’s extremely compact size, fixed Leica 10.9-34 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-75 mm) lens, and it’s ability to shoot UHD 4K video at 3840 x 2160. The camera is a breakthrough design that will likely be utilized heavily for crash cams, aerial videography, gimbal/steadicam work and anywhere that high resolution UHD video recording is required in a small size. The camera would also work well as a B camera, allowing you to capture UHD close ups along with a wider A camera.
Although the camera has many strengths, there are also some downsides to consider, including lack of a mode button, dials that are easily turned accidentally, lack of microphone input, and lack of live HDMI output while recording. However, even with it’s downfalls, the camera is a very exciting new comer to the 4k world, and something that I’m sure many people will be proud to own and shoot with.
This field review will be on-going and will examine the following areas of use with the camera:
- Build & Ergonomics
- Lens Optics
- Still / Video Recording Options
- Aerial Use
- Low Light Performance
- Editing & Post with 4K
Each of the portions of the review will include RAW files, 4k video samples and BTS photos and videos. To start, we have a video below which gives you my thoughts on the camera after roughly 36 hours of use, and includes links to Google Drive to view the RAW files and 4k video samples. Is this a camera that interests you? Are there specific aspects you’re interested in learning more about? Be sure to comment below with any questions or ideas on what you’d like to see in these reviews.
Part 1: Introduction Files
4k Sample Files + RAW still files