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Panasonic adds a Leica Summilux lens, 4K video to high-end Lumix LX10

Create: 09/25/2016 - 10:42
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10

HIGHLIGHTS

  • One-inch 20.1-MP MOS sensor
  • Has a fast Vario-Summilux 24-72mm zoom lens
  • Can shoot 4K and Full HD video

Panasonic’s latest high-end compact digital point and shoot, the Lumix DMC-LX10, scales back a few features will adding a Summilux lens.

The LX10 uses a one-inch 20.1-MP MOS sensor with an ISO range of 125-12,800. That can be extended downward to 80 and upward to 25,600.

Still images are recorded as RAW and JPG, while the LX10 can record 4K and Full HD video. There is now RAW image editing software included in the box. Silkypix Developer Studio will need to be downloaded separately, or the buyer can use a RAW image editor of their choice.

The LX10 has both post focus and focus stacking. Post focus allows the photographer to sharpen part of the image that wasn’t in focus originally, while focus stacking combines multiple images into a single image with different points of focus.

Panasonic has gone high-end with the lens, fitting it with a Leica DC Vario-Summilux. The Summilux is Leica’s premium lens. It’s not a superzoom. Rather, it’s a 3X zoom with a full-frame equivalent range of 24-72mm. It has an aperture range of a very fast f/1.4 to f/2.8 at the telephoto setting. The Vario-Summilux has 11 elements in nine groups and includes four aspherical lenses (dual-sided aspherical surfaces), two aspherical ED lenses (dual-sided aspherical surfaces) and one UHR lens.

The LX10 has an aperture ring at the base of the lens. The camera also allows zoom, shutter speed and focus to be controlled manually using the lens control ring and a top-mounted dial.

The close-focus distance is 1.2 inches (3 centimeters) at the wide-angle setting and 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) on the telephoto side.

To keep things steady when shooting close up or in low light, the camera has five-axis optical image stabilization.

The LX10 has both mechanical and electronic shutters with ranges of 60 seconds to 1/4,000 and one second to 1/16,000, respectively.

When using the manual shutter, it can record 10 frames per second and six frames per second with continuous Live View, while the electronic shutter increases that to 50 frames per second.

Photos and video are recorded to SD cards. For video, no single clip can be longer than 29 minutes, 59 seconds.

There is a 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD to navigate the menus, review photos and videos and compose photos using Live View. There is no electronic viewfinder, nor is there any ability to add one. The LCD screen tilts upward 180° for selfies.

The LX10 has a small pop-up flash.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery can shoot up to 260 stills.

The LX10 is 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches (105.5 x 60 x 42mm) and weighs 10.9 ounces (310 grams).

Panasonic will begin shipping the Lumix DMC-LX10 in November 2016 for US$699.99.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.