Panasonic LX100 II

Panasonic’s lat­est 17MP fixed lens com­pact with a 24-75mm f/1.7 lens is ideal for can­did street pho­tog­ra­phy.

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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.

Main fea­tures

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.

First im­pres­sions

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.

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