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Lumix LX-7 Unboxing and Initial Thoughts

By Tanya Goodall Smith on August 11th 2014

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Yes, I’m still on my quest for the perfect point and shoot (read about it here: SONY RX100M3 UNBOXING AND INITIAL THOUGHTS: MY QUEST FOR THE PERFECT POINT-AND-SHOOT)

The Sony RX100M3 is so packed with features, I’m still taking the time to test it out thoroughly. In the meantime, B&H also sent me the Panasonic Lumix LX7 to try out and I’m finally taking it out of the box. At first glance, I have high hopes for this camera. It’s light, but feels durable. It came with a nice little neck strap, which is a surprising “extra” for a point-and-shoot. It feels more ergonomic than others I have tried, with a small hand grip on the right side and all the controls within range of the thumb.

I like the fact that there’s a little pop up flash and also a hot shoe. The aperture range on the Leica lens starts at f/1.4, which is also impressive and unusual for a point-and-shoot. It has a lens cap, which at first I thought was cool, but then I immediately pictured myself setting it down on a park bench and losing it forever…

Other than the LCD, there is no viewfinder, which is kind of disappointing, but we’ll see how it goes. I love the way this camera feels in my hand already and I’m excited to try it out. Could this be The One?

Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at workstoryphotography.com.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Colin Woods

    My LX5 is excellent so I would be surprised if the LX7 is poor. The RAW files are pretty good, though they (unsurprisingly) don’t have the dynamic range that I am used to from a SLR.

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  2. Austin Swenson

    It does look like a handy little machine, I think this would definitely be something to consider after the Sony…

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    • Phil Bautista

      It’s a much more affordable option but also a huge step down from the RX series spec-wise.

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  3. Phil Bautista

    You can buy a lens cap for the LX-7 that opens up when the lens pops out and pushes against it. This way, you don’t have to worry about taking off the lens cap and losing it.

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  4. morgan glassco

    I have the LX5 and really enjoy it for a point and shoot. Great focal lengths with a decently fast lens. I love the easily switched Focus mode to Auto, Marco, Manual. It even has image raiton options, 1:1, 4:3, 16:9 and 4:3. I have used the camera with off camera flash with respectable results. ISO is nothing to write home about. But for a P&S, quite awesome.

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  5. Ryan Bartels

    Might have had a bad copy, but I disliked my LX7 and returned it. Images were VERY soft, esp. in macro, and I found AWB to be off as well. Menus were crazy and the LCD res I found to be subpar even with tweaking. It just felt incomplete to me. I ultimately ended up getting the Nikon P7700 which I got on sale and found to be better in every aspect except aperture and size (slightly). I later even sold that. My current PAS is a GM1 with a 14mm 2.5 lens. Image quality is superior for a small camera (save high ISOs) and the package is pretty darn small even with the kit lens (I just wanted something faster). I also tried the Nikon V series – excellent AF, but the lenses were too locked for my liking. M43 is more versatile across a larger platform. The Sony RX100 series has a ton of promise and is likely the best true PAS on the market IMO not counting the likes of the Fuji X100 and Sony RX series, etc of course. For me, the GM1 is the best PAS (general, tiny, photog package) out there right now. Just my two cents.

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    • Tanya Smith

      Excellent commentary! I feel like I’m drowning in point-and-shoot choices! Ugh! It’s so hard to choose…

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  6. Marius Peter

    I owned the LX-5 and loved it. I sold it for some cash needed, but if I would buy a Point & Shoot the Panasonic LX-5 or 7 will be my choice again.

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