It's been around four years since Panasonic tipped the LX100, a compact camera with a Micro Four Thirds image sensor and a bright, fixed zoom lens. During this time we have seen an increase in the number of competitors with physically smaller but higher resolution image sensors, especially the Sony RX100 and Canon G series. The Lumix DC-LX100 II ($ 999) does not make many changes to the exterior – the lens and controls are the same as the first version. But his image sensor raises the resolution from 12MP to 17MP and adapts better to the competition. We will know more if we have the chance to use it – the camera is expected to be released in October. For
Design: emphasis on physical control
The LX100 II looks exactly like its predecessor. Available in black only, it measures 2.6 by 4.5 by 2.2 inches (HWD) and weighs 13.9 ounces. The body is rather slim, but contains a handle – it makes the camera more comfortable and does not extend beyond the lens. Still, the LX100 II is a little too bulky to be suitable for most jeans or pants, but if you're a fan of cargo shorts or a jacket with larger pockets, the camera can find a comfortable home in both.
The lens is the same fixed 10.9- 34mm f / 1.7-2.8 optically stabilized zoom of the LX100. In full-screen terms, it covers an angle view roughly equivalent to that of a 24-75mm zoom – the standard 2x conversion factor is somewhat too short due to the LX100 II's multi-aspect sensor design.
The original LX100 was also sold under the Leica banner as D-Lux (Type 109). We'll see if the LX100 II gets the same treatment – I suspect it will, and we'll probably see it announced at Photokina. Leica often restores Panasonic cameras, but we see some influence when it comes to design.
The controls of the LX100 II are more Leica than Panasonic in concept. The lens has a physical aperture ring with an A-position for automatic control and manual settings from 1: 1.7 to 1:16. The lens also has a manual focus ring and a switch to switch between different aspect ratios its top and another switch for switching between autofocus, manual focus and automatic macro focus on its side.
On the top
There is a small thumb rest in the upper right corner. Below it is Fn2, which activates the Q.Menu screen according to
The rear LCD is fixed. I would have liked to see if Panasonic had added a kind of tilt function, but that's not the case. It is touch-sensitive and abundant in size and resolution. At 3 inches, it dominates the back of the sleek LX100 II and is sharper than the LX100's 921,000-pixel LCD, increasing the resolution to 1,240,000 points.
The EVF is solid too. It offers a 0.7x magnification – not as big as high-quality, mirrorless models, but very large for a compact camera – with 2.784.000 points resolution. It is an OLED design that is the de facto standard for modern EVFs. I have not had a chance to use it in the field, so I can not say if color ripping is a problem when panning, as is the case with EVFs using field sequential display technology, but when it does Using the LX100 II in the Real World
The camera includes both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The former works with the new Bluetooth remote that Panasonic markets with the LX100 II. It is not included, but it is available as an accessory – Panasonic has no prices for the press time. With Wi-Fi, you can copy images to your Android or iOS device and use your phone as a remote with a live feed. The memory card slot is the standard SD / SDHC / SDXC type used by almost every consumer camera.
Performance and Image Quality: The X Factors
I had no chance to photograph with the LX100 II I can not talk in detail about its speed or image quality. We know that it can shoot at 10 fps with locked focus or at 5.5 fps when tracking subjects, but how effective the latter is to keep focus is a question mark.
You also get Panasonic's 4K photo mode for faster shooting, either with locked focus on a subject or in a mode that changes the focus point between shots, useful for macro focus stacking, but not so good for subject tracking. 4K Photo mode captures 30 frames per second, but only in 8MP JPG format. This is a far cry from the 17 MP RAW images that can be obtained at 11 fps.
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The image sensor is the same one used in the GX9. It has a resolution of 20 MP and leaves the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) of its design to maximize details. Its lowest native value
A big upgrade in resolution
The updates for the LX100 II are mostly modest. You get a sharper LCD screen with touch support, Bluetooth and a few minor changes here and there. The big story is the new sensor. Its effective resolution, 17MP, is about 40 percent higher than the 12MP images captured by the original LX100. When we checked out the predecessor, we found that when testing the lens, it lagged behind competing models with more pixels on their sensors. We expect the LX100 II to perform better and we look forward to releasing our test results and analysis when they hit the market in October.