Panasonic LX100 vs Sony NEX-6 vs Sony a6000 vs Panasonic GM5

September 17, 2014

Panasonic LX100 camera on a pink background

In this article I will compare the Panasonic Lumix LX100 fixed-lens large-sensor compact versus three popular mirrorless cameras: Sony NEX-6, Sony a6000 and Panasonic GM5. The LX100 will be in my opinion, one of the best-selling large-sensor compacts in 2014/2015. It’s certainly is an alternative to a mirrorless camera for people who don’t want to mass with interchangeable lenses, and still want a high-performing camera that is small in size.

This article focuses on the Panasonic Lumix LX100 and how how the other cameras compared to it. Therefore we’ll start with an introduction to the Panasonic LX100 and continue to the comparison after that.

Panasonic LX100

Panasonic LX100 camera front sidePanasonic makes great cameras, whether CSC, bridge or compact, I trust the company to innovate and move forward in each camera iteration.  With the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is seems that Panasonic is going all the way, introducing a premium large-sensor compact camera that can satisfy the demands of enthusiast and pros, searching for a second camera to carry around.

Let’s start buy saying that the LX100 is not a compact system camera, as it doesn’t have the option to change lenses. It comes with a high-quality fixed lens instead.  Just by looking at the camera design we can see that we are dealing with an advanced photographic equipment that has Panasonic signature on it. The LX100 has a metal body, small hand-grip on the right side and lots of buttons and dials. Those buttons and dials, as well as the lens rings (I’ll soon talk about those) give you fast access to frequently used camera settings as well as some buttons that can be customized for a specific setting of your choice (there are three Fn function buttons available at the back of the camera). This is an important feature that derived from DSLR cameras and are in high-demand by advanced photographers.

If you are a novice photographer, don’t be alert. Panasonic knows how to make their cameras easy to operate regardless of the number of buttons on the camera. You can shoot completely in auto mode and get excellent results as well.

OK, let’s go to business. One of the most important part of any camera is the sensor. Panasonic equipped the LX100 with a 12.8-megapixel Micro 4/3″ (Micro Four Thirds) MOS sensor. This is the same type of sensor found in Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds Compact System Cameras. This type of sensor has shown to give an excellent balance between image quality and camera and lens size compactness. OF course with the LX100 you don’t need to worry about that, because you changing lenses is not an option. You should appreciate that this camera does features such a large sensor, which is not obvious (take a look at the sensor size comparison illustration below).

Sensor size comparison: APS-C, 1-inch and Micro Four Thirds

Sensor size comparison: APS-C, 1-inch and Micro Four Thirds

As you can see from the above illustration, the Micro Four Thirds sensor is significantly larger than the 1-inch sensor type you can find in the Sony RX100 III for example but less than APS-C which can be found in many DSLR and Compact System Cameras.  Most compact cameras utilize a 1/2.3″ or 1/1.7″ sensor, but these are much smaller than the 4/3″, even much smaller than the 1″ one.

A larger sensor obviously imply higher dynamic range, low image noise (better low-light performance) and more prominent blurry background effect. So in short, the larger the sensor the better. Of almost all cases, the larger the sensor, the larger the camera and its optics (it’s also depends whether the camera has mirror and the lens optical design).  The good news that although the LX100 uses a large sensor, the camera size is relatively very small. Can I put the LX100 in my pocket? — well, no. If you want a pocketable camera, you probably be looking at the RX100 III, but I think that this camera might worth that price, so continue reading to find our more about the LX100.

What does an interchangeable lens camera give you that a camera with a fixed lens does not? — Having the option to change lenses allows you to use special lenses that result in more flexibility of getting unique results, which you won’t be able to achieve with a fixed lens. It depends on the lens of course, but some photographers don’t want to be limited by the attached lens. For example, with a mirrorless camera you can buy a 1:1 macro lens, ultra wide-angle lens, super telephoto lens, super-fast prime lens, with those lenses giving you the option to expand the creative possibilities. For general photography, a fixed lens camera can be all that you’ll ever need. See how millions of people enjoy shooting with their mobile phone cameras, and this cameras has the most limited lens, a fixed focal length (prime) lens (some cameras do have an optical zoom lens, or advanced digital zoom option).

LX100 Lens Specs

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 features a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 24-75mm (35mm equivalent) F1.7-2.8 3.1x optical zoom lens. In terms of focal length, indeed, it’s quite limited, but as I said, as a general purpose camera or for street photography, it’s an excellent choice.  In fact, this focal length is widely used by professionals due to its versatility (both wide and slightly tele).

In terms of exposure, the lens will give you the same F1.7-2.8 that you get with a full frame camera, it doesn’t change with the sensor size. F1.7-2.8 aperture range means that you can shoot at a maximum aperture of f/1.7 at the widest angle, which is very fast (the hole is widely open, allowing high amount of light to pass through), and it gets slower a bit as you zoom in, but f/2.8 for the tele-end is still very fast. This means that this lens and the camera itself is optimized for superb low-light performance. The difference between f/1.7 and f/2.8 is 1.4398 stops to be exact. So F1.7 aperture allows roughly 1.5 times more light to pass through the lens compared to F2.8. If you want to enjoy the best low-light performance, you should shoot with the widest angle (focal length: 24mm; aperture: F1.7). Oh, if you are confused here, note that the smaller the f-number (e.g. f/1.7), the larger the lens pupil is, and more light that can pass through to the sensor. So it’s the opposite of what the logic implies at the first time to hear about f-number term.

Panasonic LX100 lens extended all the way

Panasonic LX100 lens extended all the way

The LX100 lens extended as you zoom in and retracts back to the lens compartment as you zoom out. The lens has two rings: one for changing the aperture and the second for manual focusing (aka manual focus ring). This makes it easy to change those two while you eyes are on the subjects, whether via the electronic viewfinder or the rear display.  It’s much easier to manual focus using a ring that do it using a touchscreen, therefore the LX100 will be favorable among those who shoot with manual focus for stills and/or video recording. Speaking about manual focusing, the LX100 comes with Focus Peaking, Manual Focus Assist and Pin Point AF, that helps with getting the subject in focus for a super sharp image (see the demo video below by Panasonic)

This is a superb lens, and one of the main advantages that the LX100 has over its competitors.

Until now everything looks very tempting isn’t it, but we are not done yet, far from it :)


Looking at the back of the camera you’ll find a fixed 3.0″ 921K-dots LCD (not touchscreen). It has an Anti-reflective (AR) coating which is nice, but it’s unfortunate that it’s not tiltable nor touch-sensitive. That said, I think that for the targets audience, this is far from being a deal-breaker. I assume that most enthusiast couldn’t care less about the touchscreen, and I assume that they can leave without a tiltable display. I think that the reason Panasonic has chosen a fixed display is to keep the size to minimum. If you buy this camera you find yourself shooting mainly with the superb 2764K-dots Live View Finder I assume. This is a very high-res EVF and quite a larger one indeed (0.7x equilvalent). I also assume that novice photographers might find those two features useful (touchscreen and a swivel display), but hey, this camera is not aimed for them, most probably.

Among the other LX100 features are:

  • 4K Ultra HD 30 fps video recording with stereo sound
  • Light Speed AF (fast autofocus system) with DFD technology
  • WiFi / NFC wirless connectivity (Easy sharing and backup of images and videos)
  • Extract 8MP stills from 4K videos
  • AF assist lamp
  • Multi-aspect RAW shooting
  • 22 creative filters
  • Panorama mode
  • Intelligent Auto mode (for beginners)
  • In-camera photo editing/adjustments
  • In-camera Red-eye correction
  • Bundled Flash (the LX100 lacks a built-in pop-up flash)
  • SD card comparability
  • 350 shots battery life
  • 11 fps burst shooting
  • Stop motion animation mode
  • Time lapse shot
  • In-camera Raw development
  • Highlight / Shadow control
  • Level Gauge
  • 1/16,000 shutter speed (using the electronic shutter)

And more..

You can see why it’s not hard to fall in love with this little camera. An excellent camera for both stills and video recording. I think for 4K recording it’s crucial to have a large sensor and large pixels for both better low-light performance and shallow depth of field effect. A tiltable screen is missing here, and I’m sure videographers would have wanted to have this. I think that for a camera ‘fast’ as this, a built-in flash isn’t that necessary at all, but I’m I sometimes find it useful as a filling flash, but I can certainly live without it.

An amazing package of features for a relatively good price. It’s not cheap, and for around $900 you probably could get a DSLR with two or even three lenses. That said, if you are looking into buying this camera, you probably not quite sure that you want to buy an interchangeable lens camera — well… unless there are advantages that will convince you otherwise. This why I wrote this article, and in the next section we’ll see whether the Sony NEX-6, Sony Alpha a6000 or the Panasonic Lumix GM5 can convince you to go mirrorless (or not). According to the best seller list on, it seems that many people were convinced, as it captured the #1 spot as the Best Seller in the Compact System Camera category (although it’s not a CSC camera, and I’m not sure why it was assigned to that category.. but never mind that — it’s very popular even before it was released, which say something about it — I assume).

I also think that the combination of the sensor-lens is much smaller to a comparable interchangeable lens camera, and also much cheaper!

LX100 vs NEX-6 vs a6000 vs GM5

Now lets dive into the most interesting part, the comparison. In this section I’ll compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 versus the Sony NEX-6, Sony Alpha a6000 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.  You’ll get to fully understand that key differences between those four cameras and their cons and pros. Before jumping on the LX100 blindly and with great enthusiasm, you should understand how the LX100 differs from its competition. You might be convince to buy one of the other camera models instead once you fully understand those key differences. OK, let’s dive straight in!

AnnouncedSeptember 15, 2014September 12, 2012February 12, 2014September 15, 2014
Camera TypeLarge-sensor CompactCompact System CameraCompact System CameraCompact System Camera
Build QualityAluminumCompositeCompositeComposite
Sensor12.8 megapixels (effective)
4/3-type (17.3 x 13 mm)
4:3 aspect ratio
16.1 megapixels (effective)
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
3:2 aspect ratio
Anti-dust protection
24.3 megapixels (effective)
APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
3:2 aspect ratio
Anti-dust protection
16.00 megapixels (effective)
Micro Four Thirds (17.3 x 13.0 mm)
4:3 aspect ratio
Anti-dust protection
Image Ratio Shooting1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:93:2, 16:93:2, 16:91:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
ISO200 - 25600

Expandable: ISO 100
100 - 25600100 - 25600

Multi-frame NR: 51200
200 - 25600

Expandable: ISO 100
Pixel Size~4.20 microns~4.78 microns~3.92 microns~3.78 microns
The Sony a6000 has the highest sensor resolution among the three, but due to its large sensor the pixel still remains relatively large, or at least larger than the GM5 that feature 8.3MP less resolution and smaller pixels due to its smaller sensor.

The NEX-6 has the largest pixels due to a mid-range resolution and a large APS-C Sensor with LX100 second with its smaller sensor, but lower resolution.

Image ProcessorVenus EngineBionzBionz XVenus Engine
LensLeica DC Vario-Summilux
24-75 mm (equiv.) F1.7-2.8
3.1x optical zoom

Macro: 3cm (1.18")

9 diaphragm blades

- 11 elements in 8 groups
- 5 aspherical lenses
- 8 asphetical surfaces
- 2 dual-sides aspherical surface ED lenses

Power O.I.S optical image stabilization
A big difference here, and probably the most significant one. The LX100 is not a mirrorless camera like the other three cameras. It comes with a fixed lens that has its cons and pros. On the positive side, you don't have to change lenses, worry about dust in the camera and dark spots on your images, you probably pay much less compared to if you bought it as a separate lens for a CSC and the lens is perfectly optimized for the sensor of the camera its built into.

On the negative side, you give up versatility and the option to use special lenses (e.g. 1:1 macro, ultra wide-angle, telephoto, super fast prime lenses, etc.), which you can use use on a CSC but not in a fixed-lens camera. This obviously limits your creativity, that if you see yourself shooting with special lenses as part of your shooting habits or professional needs. This is certainly a good reason why one should pick up a CSC or DSLR over a fixed-lens camera.

Second, if something happens to the lens (e.g. breaks, scratches), you can't replace it, you need to replace the whole camera, and the price of this camera isn't that cheap either. Although it hurt to break a good and expensive lens no matter which type of camera you have, with CSC you still have the body safe (hopefully, depends on the type of accident).

That said, the LX100 lens is one heck of a lens. It's Leica brand, so you can expect top optical performance with minimum distortions, ghosting and flaring and superb clarity and high contrast.

The equivalent focal length range is still quite versatile and perfect for general photography and street photography, maybe a tight short. The aperture range is excellent, giving photographers the option to shoot with very blurred background effect (shallow depth of field effect where the subject is sharp and the background and foreground are out of focus) and shoot in available light while still maintaining a good exposure. Macro distance is also very good.

The 9 blade diaphragm will give you super smooth Bokeh effect as well. The optical image stabilization helps to minimize blur effect when shooting handheld, especially at longer focal length distances.

The thing you need to consider here is whether the lens limited zoom range is an issue. It isn't a great camera to shoot at the safari for example, because for that I personally recommend a lens that can reach to at least 150mm to 200mm (35mm equivalent). 24mm is pretty wide, but not as wide as 18mm for example.

The GM5 is a micro four thirds camera and enjoy the advantage of having the largest selection of lenses compare to the a6000 and NEX-6 E-mount lenses, although amateurs and many advanced photographers will find the E-mount lens selection to be more than adequate for their artistic needs.

Sony has some amazing lenses in its range, including some remarkable Zeiss lenses, fast prime lenses, ultra-wide angle lenses, movie-oriented lenses, pancake lenses (very slim fast primes) and more.

Some people will pick up the GM5 for its large selection of lenses vs E-mount. Of course this is just one part of the equation and there are other things you should consider regarding the camera body before making up your mind here.

I think that for the average casual/family photography, the LX100 lens covers most of the daily situations, and in fact, the size of the camera, controls and advanced features -- all will give you everything you need to get that perfect picture. Although keep reading, because we are far from finishing yet, and there are plenty of other differences that might convince you otherwise.

The LX100 lacks a built-in ND filter, but I think it's not necessary due to the very fast 1/16,000 maximum shutter speed.
AF System49 points AF system

+ DFD Technology
(see info below)

- Manual Focus Assist
- Focus Peaking
- Pinpoint AF
- Built in AF assist lamp
99 points phase-detection AF
24 points contrast-detection AF
Fast Hybrid AF system

- AF micro adjustment (using LA-EA2, sold separately)
- EV0 to EV20 detection range
- Focus Peaking
- Built in AF assist lamp
179 points phase-detection AF
25 points contrast-detection AF
Fast Hybrid AF system

- Built in AF assist lamp
- EV0 to EV20 detection range
- Focus Peaking
23 points AF system

- EV -EV4 - EV18 detection range
- Touch-related AF functions
- Pinpoint AF
- Low-light AF
- Built in AF assist lamp
Bot the Sony cameras utilize a Hybrid AF system that takes advantage of both contrast-detect AF and phase-detect AF. There are totally different mechanism to measure AF, each one with its cons and pros. Phase-detection main advantage is for subject-tracking as it doesn't need to "hunt" and compare the contrast of the image to find out the sharpest one. This is also true to video recording.

You probably had a change to shoot videos with a contrast-based camera, watching the lens going forwards and backward until it locks the focus on the subject, make the video look pretty crappy. With phase-detection AF you can expect much better/ faster results, although some people prefer shooting videos in manual focus.

If you find yourself shooting lots of photos of moving subjects, you'll enjoy the benefits one of the Sony cameras, with the a6000 offering a more advanced system system as expected from a newer model.

The GM5 has the least impressive specs, but it doesn't mean that it's slow. The GM5 camera exchanges digital signals with the lens at 240 fps, promoting fast and accurate AF performance that will satisfy the demands of many photographers, at least when it comes to stills.

So how the LX100 fits in all this you ask? -- well, the LX100 borrowed it's AF system from the GH4, Panasonic's flagship Micro Four Thirds camera. You can expect excellent AF performance, even while shooting bursts. That said, the LX100 lacks an on-sensor phase-detection pixels. Panasonic LX100 uses a technology called Depth From Defocus (DFD) technology which gives the camera an incredible AF speed and accuracy. Panasonic focused hard to improve upon the conventional contrast-detection technology and improve it. Panasonic was able to do it because it manufactures its lenses and bodies, so using this DFD technology, PAnasonic was able to focus much faster than a basic contrast-based AF system with much less "hunting" involved to find the best focus for both stills and videos. If it's worked great for its GH4 (a marvelous video recording tool as it's for stills), it'll work great for the LX100 as well.

So although I didn't make a test comparing those two systems, you can rest assured that the LX100 won't disappoint you as far as the AF performance is concerned, although it's only contrast-detect AF system at its based.

Check the video below made by Panasonic to explain about the DFD technology.
Viewfinder0.38" EVF
100% FOV
0.7x (35mm) magnification

Eye Sensor
0.5" EVF
100% FOV
0.73x (35mm) magnification

Eye Sensor
0.39" EVF
100% FOV
0.71x (35mm) magnification

- Eye AF
- Eye Sensor
100% FOV
0.46x (35mm) magnification

- Eye AF
- Eye Sensor
Looking at the viewfinder specs, we can see that the NEX-6 has the largest viewfinder among the four cameras and the second when it comes to resolution, but slightly behind the LX100. The LX100 also has a pretty larger viewfinder compared to the others, but with the highest resolution among the three. The GM5 is at the last place with the smallest and least resolution among the four cameras.

This is probably a good selling point for the NEX-6, as many enthusiast photographers paying attention to this small but important details. So in general, you should be very please with what the LX100 offers, but it would have been nice to have an Eye-AF.
Fixed (not tiltable)

Not touchscreen
Tilting (up 90 degrees, down 45 degrees)

Not touchscreen
Tilting (up 90 degrees, down 45 degrees)

Not touchscreen

The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is the only camera among the three to have a touchscreen and touch-related operations. Some people find it handy, others don't.

The resolution is around the same on all four cameras, with the Sony NEX-6 and a6000 having a tiltable display, the other cameras don't.
Burst Speedup to 11 fpsup to 10 fpsup to 11 fpsup to 5.8 fps
Shutter Speed60 - 1/16,000 sec (electronic shutter)30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec60 - 1/16,000 sec (electronic shutter)
Full Manual ControlYes (P/A/S/M)Yes (P/A/S/M)Yes (P/A/S/M)Yes (P/A/S/M)
Build-in FlashNo

Bundled with a small flash
Yes, Pop-up (6m)Yes, Pop-up (6m)No
On the GM5, Panasonic decided to drop the built-in flash in favor of a built-in EVF, which is an excellent decision, considering how small this camera is (smallest mirrorless camera with a built-in EVF -- maybe Panasonic wanted to achieve just that).

I always never shoot with a built-in flash, and I think that most people wouldn't bother with that either. As far as low-light photography is concerned, the LX100 have such a fast optics and excellent high ISO performance that even if a flash exists, you probably wouldn't even bother to use it.
Exposure Compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)(at 1/3 EV steps)±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Video Recording
(max res)
4K 30p/24p
1080 60p/24p/30p/60i

Stereo sound
1080 60p/60i/24p

Stereo sound
1080 60p/60i/24p

Stereo sound
1080 60p/30p/60i/24p

Stereo sound
Mic InputNoNoNono

via accessory shoe
Headphone JackNoNoNoNo
So which one is the best camera for video recording? -- The LX100 although lacking a High Speed video recording, obviously looks the most attractive one with its 4K UltraHD video recording resolution and offering a wide selection of frame rate for Full HD as well.

Whether 4K is an advantage or not, this you should ask yourself. In my opinion, most people don't have a 4K display to play those high-res videos and therefore won't enjoy its superior resolution, all they get is a much larger video file. On the other hand, saving those 4K memories for the future is great, and you know that you can enjoy them once you buy a 4K display in the future. I know that I would prefer capturing photos of my newborn baby with 4K now, and I know that I will be able to watch those videos in very clear details in the future, when I can afford buying a 4K display for the living room.

The other thing that you should consider is the fact the the LX100 features DFD AF technology and both the Sony cameras have phase-detection AF, all should give you better AF performance in videos.

The other thing is the articulating display, which is only available in the Sony cameras, which also help with video filming when changing angles of view.

Panasonic is deep into the videography business with its digital cameras. The LX100 is probably the best option among the four in my opinion. Of course you might think otherwise.
WirelessWi-Fi / NFCWi-FiWi-Fi / NFCWi-Fi / NFC
The NEX-6 is the only camera among the four to lack NFC connectivity, which makes it easier to bind your camera with a mobile device to exchange data and share its wireless capabilities.
Dimensions115 x 66 x 55 mm (4.53 x 2.6 x 2.17″)120 x 67 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.69″)120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77″)99 x 60 x 36 mm (3.9 x 2.36 x 1.42″)
Weight393 g (0.87 lb / 13.86 oz)345 g (0.76 lb / 12.17 oz)344 g (0.76 lb / 12.13 oz)211 g (0.47 lb / 7.44 oz)
None of these cameras are pocketable, you can't put them in your pocket. That said, the GM5 is the smallest and lighest among the four (body only), but once you mount a lens on it, the weight and the dimensions changes, so keep that in mind.

The overall size depends on the lens you attach to the camera (and accessories). I think that Panasonic made the LX100 incredibly small considering all of its features (e.g. viewfinder, very fast lens, etc.). APS-C E-mount cameras would need larger optics to cover the bigger sensor, but it depends on the lens that you choose. some of its lenses are very slim, others are much bigger.

The fact that Panasonic optimized the lens optics to the Micro Four Thirds sensor on the LX100, it was able to make it smaller compared to if it was an interchangeable lens for its Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Battery Life (CIPA)300 shots360 shots420 shots220 shots
Built-in GPSNoNoNoNo


As you can see from the above comparison table, the LX100 certainly looks very attractive camera. It doesn’t have the highest resolution, but this gives it an advantage in low-light (which I assume many of you care about). The built-in lens is amazing, a Leica lens with advanced optical design, super fast aperture across the focal length range and good macro capability.

The main question that you probably should ask yourself is whether or not you want or need to change lenses. If you do, the LX100 is probably not the camera for you. If you don’t you might have a winner here, but not only for that reason alone.  The LX100 doesn’t have a Hybrid AF system like the Sony NEX-6 and a6000, but it utilizes a DFD technology that make its contrast-detect AF perform much faster for both stills and videos, and if it works for the GH4, it should be a stellar performer on the LX100 as well.

The LX100 is also am amazing camera for those who need lots of manual controls, fast access to frequently used camera setting and manual focusing. It’s built by design to satisfy the demands of enthusiast and professionals alike. The aperture ring and manual focus ring are a great surprise, and I am sure many of you will find it useful in the field. The viewfinder large and has high-res, although not as large as the Sony NEX-6, it’s still a very good one. The LX100 lacks built-in ND filter, but the super fast shutter speed covers for that.

The 4K video recording is a great option to have, but even if you don’t intend to shoot at 4K, you have plenty of frame rate for Full HD to choose from. I personally would have liked to have an articulating screen when shooting videos, something that you find in the Sony a6000 and NEX-6. If you care for a touchscreen, only the GM5 has it, but I don’t think that in any way that your buying decision should be based on this, although many of use already familiar with touch operation from our mobile phones and tablet devices.

So it looks like the Panasonic Lumix LX100 stacks pretty well against those other three mirrorless cameras, and can certainly be an excellent alternative to any of those cameras. I think that the LX100 is great for people who would otherwise would have bought a mirrorless with  a maximum of two lenses: a normal zoom lens and a fast prime lens. The LX100 gives you a good normal to slightly tele zoom range with very fast aperture, so it’s close as it gets to the two-lens combo that I’ve described.

I think the size of the LX100 is just right with a good grip, good build quality, excellent button layout and classic design. Yes, this camera is small, but it shouts professionalism no matter how you look at it, both from the outside and inside. Yes, it has its cons like any other camera, and I know that sometimes it can be very limiting that you don’t have the option to change lenses. But I think that amateurs, enthusiast and the family and street photographers will fall in love with this camera and find it to be the perfect tool to capture those gorgeous memories.

Of course it’s not of Panasonic’s interest to convince you to ditch your Micro Four Thirds camera, and I’m sure that Panasonic did its homework and find a large audience that waits for a camera like this. Large-sensor compacts are probably what’s left from the conventional point-and-shoot market that was occupied by mobile phone cameras. If you want high-quality images and videos, don’t mind or you don’t need the option to change lenses (think about those amazing fast primes, would you miss them?), have the option to capture photos with very blurred background effect, have less noise in high ISO, have lots of manual controls and be more creative with your camera, the LX100 is the camera to go for – Simple as that.

By the way, because I haven’t mentioned that, the LX100 comes in either Silver or Black.

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  • Gian Franco Costa

    Some corrections to your information, from what I have read the Panasonic LX100 doesn`t use the total size of the sensor, but closer to 80% no matter what the aspect ratio, apparently this was a design decision to allow such a bright zoom at that relative small size, so the size per pixel should be the same or similar to G7X and I suppose GM5 and other 16 megapixel m4/3 sensors, so I would´t say it has better low light performance on account of pixel density – the better low light if so comes product of the bright lens. A interesting comparison and one to see once the camera is available is comparing the 24 megapixel A6000 to the 12.7 Mpx aprox LX100 once you downsample the Sony. Same goes for a comparison with the 1″ Sony RX100 III that has 20 megapixels in a smaller sensor, which may allow more detail at base sensitivity and not so distant detail up the iso scale, though it is to be expected to be clearly inferior to LX100 at high iso because of the smaller sensor.
    A mention on viewfinder comparison and technology, as I understand the LX100 uses a different display technology that doesn`t have 3 color pixels per point on the viewfinder but a system that cycles rapidly through colours to allow a higher density, so a 1 to 1 comparison just on account of pixel density is not so clear.

    • cameradebate

      Thanks Gian. Can you please give me a link to where you’ve read about the 80% utilization of the sensor size.

      • Gian Franco Costa

        Yes, on panasonic site, they say it is a 12.8 megapixel camera (though by their own documentation on specs the biggest still picture size is 12.5 Mpx >—point-and-shoot/compact-cameras/dmc-lx100.html.) That alone doesn`t prove it isn`t a full 4/3 sensor, but its strange to describe it as being a 16Mpx 4/3 sensor and then seeing 12.5 Mpx as maximum image size.

        Dpreview says it is a 12.7 Mpx effective pixels and talk about it as a crop 4/3 sensor, you can see the real area they show in a image and also description as being a area from a 4/3 sensor (seen on THE SENSOR specs and SPECS COMPARED >

        Aside from that you can simply calculate it by the cameras lens specs – 10.9 to 34mm, if it were a full 4/3 lens it would translate to 21.8 – 68mm in 35mm equiv. lens multiplying by 2, but to get to the advertised 24-75mm lens spec you need to multiply by 2.2+, because the lens doesn’t cover the full 4/3 sensor. You can also make the calculation that a 12.7 Mpx count is 79.4% of 16 Mpx (assuming a 16 Mpixel 4/3 base sensor.)

        • cameradebate

          Thanks a lot for the in-depth and knowledgeable answer.

  • Jack RO

    Does anyone know if the LX100 can lock its iso & exposure WHILE shooting video? reason I ask is that most non-DSLRs don’t have this fully manual function, which is what I’m seeking. In other words, when I’m rolling video, I want to DISABLE any auto function – set exposure, aperature, and iso before the shot, then it’s locked. Does LX100 offer this capability? THX