Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Specifications Review

Panasonic LX electronic cameras have always had the lover in mind, built around larger than average sensors with short however brilliant lenses and also as lots of straight controls as could sensibly be fitted onto a pocketable camera body. They aided reinvigorate the enthusiast portable sector and prompted a collection of imitators prior to the much larger sensor of Sony’s RX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 LX15
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 LX15

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (LX15 in some markets) is a 20MP large-sensor small with an intense (F1.4-2.8), 24-72mm equivalent zoom lens. Which is to say, it’s a really qualified pocket camera. As well as, being a Panasonic, it has video clip specifications and also clever video-based functions to support its stills capacities.


Key specifications

  • 20MP 1″- kind CMOS sensor
  • 24-72mm equal F1.4-2.8 zoom
  • 7 fps continual shooting with autofocus
  • 4K video clip at up to 30p
  • 5-axis, digital as well as optical stablizing in 1080 video clip
  • 4K Photo mode
  • Blog post Focus and also Focus Stacking settings

The electronic camera likewise uses Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode, which offers a series of means of defining when the video camera must record a video from which stills can after that be extracted. It also has Panasonic’s Blog post Emphasis setting that catches a video of the electronic camera racking focus, so you can opt to grab the framework with ideal emphasis, after the truth. The method is a bit different: unlike the RX100 III and IV, the LX10 does not have a viewfinder. Rather, it offers a touchscreen user interface as well as a display that can be tilted upwards. In several respects, the LX10 is a sensible post-1″ follower to the last of the smaller sized sensing unit models: the LX7.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 LCD
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 LCD

The LX10 is Panasonic’s first direct feedback to the big-sensored Sonys. The firm has actually currently built an exceptional collection of compacts that deal with each particular niche you can consider: the long zoom stills/video FZ1000 and FZ2500, a big sensor ZS100 version of their well appreciated traveling zoom series, and a bigger sensing unit photographer’s cam, the LX100. However the LX10 is a head-to-head rival for Sony’s pocket wonders.

Performance Camera

1. Subject Monitoring

Since it utilizes its imaging sensing unit to comprehend and follow your subject, the LX10 is very good at subject tracking. From time to time it’ll cannot recognize your subject (and you’ll get a red box), however most of the time it’ll immediately lock-on to as well as track your topic (much like its larger sibling the G85; see it in action here). When we repeated the above test in this setting, we had almost comparable efficiency, with an ~ 80% hit price.

The tracking mode on the various other hand can verify more useful if you want to select a topic (instead of allowing the electronic camera do it). You can either touch the screen over a based on track, or point the camera to make sure that your subject remains in the facility location as well as half press the shutter, to start tracking. The camera will certainly then track the subject regardless of where it transfers to within the frame, while keeping focus on it.

Keep in mind that because DFD is still a contrast detect-based system, needing focus wobbling, there do have the tendency to be shots in turn somewhat misfocused, probably due to the contrast system overshooting (even in focus concern setting). In spite of this, hit rates are extremely high for this type of cam, and also for these unbelievably high focus rates.

2. Autofocus

The Panasonic LX10 utilizes a 49-point Contrast Detect AF system and also Panasonic’s Deepness from Defocus technology. DFD operates in conjunction with a lens account that comprehend just how its lens renders out-of-focus objects before, or behind, the focus airplane. This aids the video camera make a decision whether to drive the emphasis element onward or backwards to accomplish emphasis.

Autofocus Model
Autofocus Model

We remain to be excited by DFD: the LX10 could track in three measurements with an impressive hit price, also at its tops speed of 6 fps with constant AF. This is thanks to subject acknowledgment utilizing its imaging sensing unit. As well as emphasis is fast.

3. Face Detect

The LX10 provides the exact same Face Detect implementation discovered in modern Panasonic electronic cameras. When a face is detected, a yellow box is shown around it and also as soon as focus is validated, the box turns eco-friendly. As well as if a set of eyes are found, a cross-hair will certainly show up over the closest one.

Autofocus Zoom
Autofocus Zoom

The LX10 prejudices towards focusing on and also tracking the closest face – there’s no way to define a various face. Tapping the screen in Face Detect setting creates the cam to rather concentrate where you tapped (or a face within the location that your tap defines). This can be beneficial though if you have a general suggestion of where in the framework you anticipate your desired face to be: the electronic camera will after that concentrate on faces within this location just. Press the Menu/Set button to clear the factor and also the camera will default once more to the closest face. Long story short: Face Detect is primarily valuable if you wish to allow the camera choose your subject, after which the cam does a downright excellent work at continuously focusing on it, even in its 6fps burst setting.

4. Raw performance

In regards to information capture, the LX10 does very likewise to its 1-inch sensing unit peers, as well as a lot of the distinction in that regard are most likely to be attributable to variants in lens style as well as the building of the particular examples we have actually evaluated. There’s a little of moiré to be seen, suggesting a really light anti-aliasing filter, if it has one in any way. This is typically most likely to be maintained in check by the lens as well as the relatively small comparable aperture (it’ll have the very same quantity of diffraction as a full frame F7.6 lens when contended F2.8).

In regards to noise, the LX10 appears to be a touch noisier compared to its prompt peers but the differences are less considerable compared to the distinctions between the RX100 Mark I as well as II (where those designs changed from Front Side to Rear end Illuminated CMOS modern technology), which suggests the differences are down to minor distinctions in Raw converter profiling. At greater ISOs, the distinction shows up to grow yet this is most likely the outcome of Sony using noise decrease to its Raw files.

5. JPEG outcome

The Panasonic’s JPEGs function affordable (yet not superior) color. Yellows, as we’ve come to be made use of to from Panasonic, are a little bit green: absolutely nothing like as poor as the original RX100 Mark I as well as closer to the instead likeable Canon result. White skin tones are likely to be a little less ‘abundant’ compared to the Canon but once more in advance of the Sony.

The LX10’s default sharpening is extremely heavy-handed, with very visible halos on high-contrast edges (such as the sides of each shade on the color target). The honing has rather a little distance, so it highlights rather great information however its rendering is a lot less natural-looking compared to the in a similar way in-depth RX100 V’s variation.

There does not appear to be way too much noise reduction being applied at base ISO, with the low-contrast color detail being well represented. At high ISO the sound reduction sits somewhere between the Canon and also Sony approaches: shade is somewhat desaturated, like the Canon yet the quantity of information retained resembles the RX100 V. Like the Sony, it’s taking a context-sensitive technique, smoothing sound in locations it interprets as having little genuine information.

The Panasonic’s sound reduction as well as developing can generate fairly chunky but plausible renditions of some components in the scene however could smudge away various other sorts of finer detail inadvertently where the algorithm doesn’t acknowledge them as texture, rather than sound.

6. Handling

The LX10 has 3 control dials but they’re not utilized to their complete capacity. The procedure is questionable at finest and also exceptionally irritating at its worst: an aperture ring with F-number markings on a variable aperture video camera makes no feeling, nor does that the major top dial defaults to regulating absolutely nothing when capturing in Aperture Priority setting. If you tailor it to do another thing, you shed all control of shutter speed entirely in M and also S modes, basically damaging the cam. As well as while we had high expect the front-most dial along the lens, it is click-less as well as incredibly simple to push.

Some aspects of the LX10's handling have us feeling blue. ISO 3200, 1/80 sec, F2.8.
Some aspects of the LX10’s handling have us feeling blue. ISO 3200, 1/80 sec, F2.8.

The good news is, not all elements of the camera’s handling are questionable: in traditional Panasonic fashion, the touchscreen is extremely responsive as well as realistically carried out. Individuals can designate particular features to areas on the side of the display. As well as we think about the electronic camera’s Custom settings (C1-C3) to be best-practice: you can instantly switch over all setups of the cam, from button/dial customization to exposure setting, by changing C setting with 2 button presses. This is especially useful when switching from stills to video clip, as the collection of functions you want direct accessibility to, direct exposure modes, AF mode, etc. usually all adjustment when changing in between these designs of shooting.

Additionally aggravating is Panasonic’s ancient Automobile ISO application: it could not be made use of in manual video clip mode, direct exposure payment is unavailable when shooting stills in M mode with Auto ISO, and also you could not set a minimum Vehicle ISO shutter speed. Worse, the camera is hesitant to make use of ISOs greater than 1600, also when you set the ceiling to 12,800 – possibly yielding subject blur because of slow shutter rates. Come on Panasonic!

The LX10 deals with not totally unlike a damp bar of soap. There is no rubber/textured grip of any type of kind (an issue with several compacts in this class). For finest outcomes and any type of kind of durability, we ‘d suggest making use of a wrist strap when shooting with it. This saved us from a number of close calls. Little video cameras frequently have small buttons, which holds true with the LX10. Three of them are adjustable, though you’ll possibly intend to leave one button readied to call up the Q.Menu (which could itself be personalized via a straightforward touch interface).

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Specifications

Price
MSRP $699
Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Color space Primary color filter
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 80
Boosted ISO (maximum) 25600
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 5-axis ‘hybrid’ when recording 1080p and below video
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v.23)
  • Raw (Panasonic RW2)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–72 mm
Optical zoom 3×
Maximum aperture F1.4–2.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2X-4X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)
Number of focus points 49
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child’s Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 12.10 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, Auto w/ red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec (3 shots))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 260
Weight (inc. batteries) 310 g (0.68 lb / 10.93 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 60 x 42 mm (4.17 x 2.36 x 1.65)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None