Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review
One-inch sensors are the perfect factor to occur to compact cameras in a very long time. They’re about 4 occasions bigger than those utilized in smartphones and low cost compact cameras and which means a big enhance for picture quality. They’re not as large as SLR sensors, however cameras just like the Panasonic LX15 make up for it with their wide-aperture zoom lenses.
The result is a digital camera that may capture more light than many SLRs geared up with a kit Lens. Why is this a great factor? More light will be measured extra precisely, which suggests higher picture quality. There are different things that have an effect on picture quality, however as a common rule that is an important and it is why such cameras are so a lot better than low-cost compacts and smartphones.
The LX15 isn’t the primary Panasonic digital camera to use a 1in sensor, but it surely’s the primary to go head-to-head with the Sony RX100 series. The newest Sony RX100 V is a tour de force with excellent picture quality, equally spectacular 4K videos, excellent slow motion modes, jaw-dropping 24fps burst performance and a high-quality electronic viewfinder. Nevertheless, £1,000 is a painful amount to spend on a compact digital camera. It’s telling that Sony continues to promote all 5 iterations of the RX100, with costs beginning at £350 for the original model that first appeared in 2012.
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review

The Panasonic LX15’s core specs are nearer to the Sony. Videos are recorded at resolutions as much as 4K. Full HD 1080p videos are recorded at 100fps for 4x slow motion when performed again at 25fps. That’s not as dramatic as Sony’s 250fps capture (it reaches even greater at lowered resolutions), but it surely still has the desired impact. The 24-72mm (3x) zoom is comparatively modest, however for wide-angle photographs, its f/1.4 aperture captures 66% more light than the others’ f/1.8 lenses. With all three cameras, the aperture narrows to f/2.8 on the long end of their zooms.
Other features are according to the Canon. There’s no electronic viewfinder however there’s a touchscreen. Continuous shooting hits 10fps, simply ahead of Canon’s 8fps, and it costs £600, which is an effective sight cheaper than the Sony RX100 V.
All three cameras are an identical size and weight, and whereas the Sony deserves some further kudos for fitting an electronic viewfinder into its petite case, it’s not a feature I notably missed whereas utilizing this digital camera. Holding such a small digital camera as much as your face simply feels a bit weird. I’m a lot happier to discover a touchscreen on the Panasonic LX15. It quickens menu navigation and comes into its personal when transferring the autofocus level. The display screen tilts up for shooting at waist level and folds right over for capturing selfies.
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review
Panasonic finds room on the top plate for mode and command dials and there are lens rings for aperture control and manual focus – nice news for individuals who like to use manual exposure settings. Buttons on the back access Panasonic’s proprietary 4K Photo and Post Focus modes, however these will be reassigned to more conventional capabilities such as ISO speed and autofocus mode. White balance, exposure compensation, drive mode and macro/manual focus have devoted buttons, all of that are small and fiddly however that’s the worth of such a small factor.
The 4K Photo mode is a welcome extra. It captures 4K video files at 30fps and allows you to select frames to save lots of as 8-megapixel JPEGs after the occasion. In contrast to common video modes, though, you’re not restricted to a widescreen aspect ratio. In the meantime, Post Focus records a short video of the scene whereas sweeping via the main focus. On playback, you’ll be able to tap anyplace within the frame to see a shot with that area in focus, after which select that body to save. I’m unsure how typically it’s more likely to come in helpful but it surely’s a enjoyable trick that works extraordinarily properly. The LX15 additionally consists of time-lapse and stop-motion animation modes with the latter automatically changing a sequence of pictures right into a 4K or 1080p video.
The big sensor and wide-aperture lens give a shallow depth of discipline that basically flatters portrait subjects but it surely also implies that focusing errors are more noticeable. As such, it’s nice to see face detection behaving so responsively, locking in on subjects’ eyes quite than simply anyplace on the face. You’ll be able to override this just by tapping the display screen and the autofocus area size will be adjusted by spinning the command dial.
Autofocus was extraordinarily fast to lock onto subjects, serving to the digital camera to capture a shot each 0.6 seconds in regular use. The 10fps burst mode lasted for 50 JPEGs before slowing to 5fps, whereas burst mode with continuous autofocus enabled was 6.3fps. The Sony RX100 V is superior on this respect however the LX15 is fast sufficient for many purposes and you need to use the 4K Photo mode if you happen to want extra pace. The digital camera captured RAW photos at 9.3fps however on this mode, it lasted a mere 13 frames before slowing to 1.1fps.
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review
Panasonic Lumix LX10/LX15 Camera Review

I’m a big fan of 4K video, because the footage seems to be nice on 1080p screens and will look even higher in years to return when 4K screens are commonplace. The Panasonic LX15’s 4K footage is great, though it is not fairly as much as the Sony RX100 V’s standards. Details look a little bit over-sharpened and this accentuates noise. Nevertheless, this slight drawback is overshadowed by the flexibility to maneuver the autofocus level utilizing the LX15’s touchscreen, a crucially vital function for video, that’s notably absent from the Sony RX100 V.
For capturing 4K video, the LX15 uses an 8-megapixel crop of the 20-megapixel sensor, which saves the digital camera having to resize each body. Which means the 24-72mm efficient focal length for pictures interprets to 36-108mm for 4K videos. Wide-angle’s loss is telephoto’s achieve, nonetheless, and on balance I’d say this trade-off is welcome. There’s no optical stabilisation for 4K capture, or for slow-motion videos, however it’s accessible for 1080p.
The 100fps slow-motion footage seems to be a little bit scruffy, I think as a result of the digital camera is discarding pixels quite than resizing them to provide 1,920 x 1,080 frames from the 5,472 x 3,648-pixel sensor. Sony’s slow-motion footage seems to be crisper. Nevertheless, whereas Sony’s slow-motion clips are recorded for four seconds, the Panasonic can hold recording for as much as 30 minutes — ought to you could have the urge to make a two-hour slow-motion video. Together with the timelapse and stop-motion modes, the Panasonic beats the Sony for video work.