Panasonic LX100 II
Panasonic’s latest 17MP fixed lens compact with a 24-75mm f/1.7 lens is ideal for candid street photography.
Is this fixed lens compact the perfect street photography companion?
PANASONIC’S original LX100 was a great premium compact, with a large Micro Four Thirds sensor, fast f/1.7 lens and 12.7MP resolution. However, this new update, while keeping true to the core principles, has received a couple of serious upgrades. We were lucky enough to get hands-on time recently, and found ourselves leaving pleasantly surprised.
It retains the fixed 24-75mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.7-2.8 Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens, but benefits from a resolution boost to 17MP. The 3in 921k-dot rear screen is now touch sensitive, though you still can’t flip it out, and it supports touch focus, even while using the EVF. The body remains largely unchanged, though the hand-grip is marginally deeper, and there are two additional function buttons, both of which can be customised to your taste. For those wanting to shoot in low light, the ISO ranges from 200-25,600, and the optical image stabilisation makes a welcome return.
Just like its predecessor, the LX100 II utilises the 49-point DFD (Depth from Defocus) AF system, and it appears to be nippy and accurate. Another similarity comes with the aspect ratio switch atop the lens. A quick flip allows you to choose between 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. It is worth noting, however, that this will crop into the sensor, so there will be a slight loss of resolution. In reality, we found this to be negligible.
Lastly, the battery life seemed to be on a par with its rivals, though thankfully Panasonic has included handy USB charging.
We enjoyed our time with the LX100 II. Images look sharp, and colour rendition of the JPEGs is impressive. While updates such as a touchscreen and increased resolution are welcome, many of the features remain unchanged, though still work extremely well. Stay tuned for our full review.
FAST GLASS 1The Leica optics give you a 35mm equivalent 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens. 2 TOUCH METhe LX100 II includes the series’ first touch-sensitive screen. 3 HIGHER RATIOThis switch allows you to change your shooting aspect ratio.
Above This straight-out-of-camera JPEG shows an impressive level of sharpness, plus brilliant colour rendition and tonal range.