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PanasonicLumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 280 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (185)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (88)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (123)
  • Good in low light (114)
  • Easy to use (106)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (100)
  • Compact (95)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (49)
  • Limited zoom (29)
  • Short battery life (13)
  • Lens cap (8)
  • Poor flash (7)

Best Uses

  • Travel (113)
  • Low light (98)
  • Landscape/scenery (88)
  • Family photos (76)
  • Video (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (61), Casual photographer (34), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (14), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (173), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The BEST point and shoot

I've owned the LX5 and now the LX7. Don't give this camera a second thought. The Leica lens is crisp clear and the images this baby produces are second to none. The camera...Read complete review

I've owned the LX5 and now the LX7. Don't give this camera a second thought. The Leica lens is crisp clear and the images this baby produces are second to none. The camera is small and very light, easy to take anywhere without feeling like you're lugging around a brick. I am an artist and a professional photographer and I find myself using this camera on a daily basis for absolutely everything apart from actual client work or my own artwork. Shoot in RAW and learn to explore the full potential of this tiny camera. You will not regret this purchase, I guarantee it.

One detail to remember is that it is not perfect in low light. Anything about 400 ISO will produce color noise that you might not be comfortable with but it is easily reduced when you shoot in RAW. Learn to use your equipment and know its limits and you will find yourself producing beautiful work.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hold on to your LX5!

I thought I'd upgrade from my LX5, but it wasn't worth the change. I have returned the LX7. In low light, there's too much chromo-luminance noise, the photos look...Read complete review

I thought I'd upgrade from my LX5, but it wasn't worth the change. I have returned the LX7. In low light, there's too much chromo-luminance noise, the photos look "blotchy". The shutter lag is quite long, as well. The LX7 is not improved from the last model.I didn't think the extra f-stop on the LX7 made any difference, since the chip still had the same limitations as my LX5. Which is too much low light noise, and blotchy grain.In addition, Panasonic deicided to change the shoe-mounted digital viewfinder, from their last model. So everyone who paid a couple of [$] for that device. for their LX5, discovered it didn't work on the LX7. (thanks Panasonic, but to me, it would be like changing lens mounts, after you've sold me a bunch of lenses)There's no extension tube, and 18mm lens option, on the new model, something quite usefull on the LX5, so the new camera actually gave me less of an option than I had with their last model. I've had a long run with Lumix cameras, it's time for a change. I returned the LX7. I now use the Sony Cybershot RX100, for high quality "small" camera situations.

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5.0

Great multi use camera

By Travis

from Chicago, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

    I do travel photography but was looking for something compact that I could thro in my pocket. Some of the place I travel to are not safe so thousands of dollars in camera equipment that could be stolen is a bad idea. This camera is a great camera for travel when you want to get away from your DSLR. It does well in landscape as well as low light which was very important to me. Great all around camera!

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    5.0

    A precision instrument

    By Steve from planet Earth

    from Bar Harbor, ME

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Activi
    • Family Activities
    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Indoor Shots In Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

    The LX7 is no point-and-shoot camera; it is a precision photographic instrument. You have to know what you are doing to use it effectively. As a reward, it will give you back sharp, clear photos taken under difficult lighting conditions. It takes a while to get used to its settings so you can use it quickly and effectively. But according to the effort you put in, it will pay a large dividend. I have traded an impressive zoom ratio for something more in the portrait range because that is what I am interested in: close-up portraits indoors in natural light.The Lumix DMC-LX7 is just what I'd hoped it would be.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great little camera

    By chowimmark

    from Fairfax VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

      Use this for recent travel and have been very pleased with the pictures. Great in low light situations as well as outdoors.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great

      By Nathan

      from Seoul, SK

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

      This is a great small point and shoot that can be used to capture day-to-day candid images as well as scenic views while vacationing. I have several custom modes set up on the camera, and I love the fact that this camera allows you to set minimum shutter speeds. I primarily shoot in raw which allows for a greater depth of change while editing. The built in ND feature is useful as well for capturing longer exposures during the daylight. Takes great low light images as well with its fast f1.4 lens. Overall, this camera exceeded my expectations in terms of the variety (and quality) of shots I was able to capture with such an affordable piece of hardware.

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      5.0

      Versatile little Gem of a Camera

      By The Brute

      from Fraser Valley British Columbia CANADA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

      There are many manual features to choose from including a suit of 'Artistic' effects. Then there's the 'Time Lapse ' feature which allows you to take a series of photos then stitch them together to show a flower opening, or clouds passing by, etc: The lens is made by Leica, need I say more ?The 'Hand Held Night Time shot' is very useful too. The 'Pan Panorama is excellent.

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      5.0

      Love this LX7!

      By Les Garten

      from FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

      ND Filter is really nice
      No more purple streaking like my LX5!
      1080P HD a Plus
      Superfast Aperture lens

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      5.0

      Very nice upgrade from LX-5

      By Robt

      from Lockhart, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        I use this as a mid-point between my LG G3's camera (which is quite nice) and my DLSR. I had the LX-5 and this is a very nice upgrade with many new features, both hardware and software. Many new options on the SCENE and CREATIVE modes, including HDR and time lapse. Quicker and smarter focusing. The faster 1.4 lens and the higher ISO possibilities make for terrific low-light picture taking. The screen has twice the resolution. It has a great solid heft to it without being heavy. Tough to put in your pocket though, unless you're wearing cargo pants. Zoom is limited, but that's not a problem for me. Very well designed and executed piece of equipment.

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        5.0

        Great Carryaround camera

        By Dan

        from Bay Area

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        Small, great quality, fast lens, nice zoom range. Use it as a carry around camera for when I don't want to take my 5D Mk II.

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        5.0

        Excellent camera !

        By Shutterbug

        from Murray, IA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Amazingly Sharp
        • Easy To Use
        • Fantastic in low light
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Flash
        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        I bought this camera specifically for shooting low light concerts, and i was floored with the results. This thing is razor sharp, has awesome macro, and the wide aperture makes this a low light monster...while all doing for a lot less cash than it's high dollar twin. I use this as a backup to my Ricoh GR, or when i need macro or there is a concert i am going to. There just isn't enough good things to say about it. The zoom is decent if you are fairly close, it is wide enough that the starting focal length pushes you back quite a bit, and only 90mm on the long end is good for most anything, but in low light, even at f/1.8 you should stay wide then crop in post production, you will have a much better image than trying to shoot while zoomed in during low light.

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        4.0

        This is a very good camera!

        By ganievich

        from Edgewater, NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        I was looking for something smaller than my 5d MK II to carry with me on a daily basis. I found LX7 to be a good fit for that, as it's a very good point and shoot that does the job.

        I wouldn't say it can replace my DSLR, but really good at what it suppose to do.

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        5.0

        Great Results...

        By Twobucks

        from Naples, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        Toting a big D-SLR around is not always convenient nor needed and this Lumix DMC-LX7 is just about perfect to fill the gap. I've just begun scratching the surface with regards using the camera but so far I'm delighted with the quality and the results and small enough to tuck into a pocket or bag.

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        4.0

        Great camera!

        By J

        from Cabo Rojo, PR

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast lens
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        Great controls and great image quality in good light. The lens is incredible.

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        4.0

        excelent also more pixels where super

        By Pepe Nuno

        from Mexico city

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        for a discrete work on the streets a for journalism

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        • No

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        5.0

        This is "A" camera

        By Tri-X46

        from Allentown, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

        I own a Fuji XT-1 with a couple lenses and I am very happy with the equipment, especially after living with Rolleiflexes, Hasselblads, Leicas and Nikons for more than 50 years. The Fuji quality is outstanding and it provides plenty of freedom to create. However, even with a small camera bag, it still feels like one is carrying too much equipment for a day in the streets (you feel it on your shoulder also after a long walk or a hike). Years ago, I had a Lumix LX-3 and still enjoy looking at most of the photos made with that camera. The camera is long gone. Just recently, after considering many options in the "pocketable" market, I decided to purchase a camera that has been available for the past two years, not one that just came to market: the Lumix LX-7. I also purchased the LVF-2 (viewfinder) and an additional battery from B&H. Great quality, easy to maneuver, great software, but must of all, great glass. It's not as quick as other recent products but the zoom range is good, especially the 24mm. If you are looking to photograph action sports, this is not the camera for you.Ordering through B&H was a quick and easy and I highly recommend using them.

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        1.0

        not what I had hoped for

        By david

        from Long Beach

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Image Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

            I returned mine for a refund. I found the image quality to be lacking.

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            5.0

            Gear service by B&H, great camera !

            By Dan the man

            from Toronto, Ontario

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

            Great pictures and video recording. Still need more time to use all the features.

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            5.0

            Like my new toy - fast and easy

            By Fla

            from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

              It is acessible, easy to operate and very fast. A very good quality point and shoot camera.

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              4.0

              Absolutely fast, still easy to operate!

              By Henrietta

              from Rolla, MO

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (White):

                This camera meets the requirements of this technology challenged fledgling photographer. I like to capture in photo format my other hobbies, garden flowers, handmade crafts, and most cherished granddaughter. Easy to operate for the new learning, has all the bells and whistles, and takes great photos. I would recommend this camera to any photographer – both new and accomplished.

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                5.0

                Amazing technology and quality

                By KMartin

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Switch Aspect Ratio
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

                    I have a full size DSLR kit and needed a more accessible camera to keep in my bag at all times. My problem with finding a smaller camera was that they are designed as point-and-shoot devices and I wanted actual real camera features that would allow manual adjustments. Top on my wish list was a good lens with a very fast aperture; second need was to make slow-mo video along with good HD. This camera satisfies/exceeds all of my core needs. The quality of the picture is amazing and it is the perfect size camera - to get pro results without all of my pro camera gear!

                    If you take video or playback shots often, I advise purchasing a 2nd battery. The charger is awesome as it has no cables, just plugs into the outlet. The ND and focus tuning features are great, however it would be easier to work if they didn't share the same button and rocker. The one issue I have had, and still working on a satisfactory procedure, is that the flash won't work in a number of modes and you have to know how to change your preferred mode into something close enough so that you can operate a fill flash. I'm not ready to call it a flaw yet, but I figured enabling the force flash would allow this. I do love this camera. And it arrived on my doorstep in two days with an SDHC memory card! I am looking into adding a viewfinder attachment to the LCD screen so that I don't have to have my reading glasses on hand.

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                    4.0

                    Quality "Point and Shoot" Camera

                    By Ron B

                    from Columbia River Gorge

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Manual control
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I use this camera when carrying a full sized DSLR is not practical. The image and HD video quality is good. It has full manual controls and shoots in RAW format so it's a step above a cheap "point and shoot" camera.I bought this camera because the control wheel on the back of my three year old Lumix LX5 stopped working, everything else is fine. The cost to repair the LX5, probably close to $, I figured it was better to buy a new camera. I do not believe the faulty control wheel is a common problem.

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