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PanasonicLumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 290 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (190)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (132)
  • Good in low light (121)
  • Easy to use (114)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (107)
  • Compact (102)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (51)
  • Limited zoom (31)
  • Short battery life (13)
  • Lens cap (8)
  • Poor flash (7)

Best Uses

  • Travel (118)
  • Low light (104)
  • Landscape/scenery (91)
  • Family photos (82)
  • Video (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (64), Casual photographer (36), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (16), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (181), Yes (8)

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

Second time's a charm too!

By Big I Ranch

from Staten Island NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I bought this camera to replace my beloved Lumix DMC-LX1, and I was only looking for a replacememnt because I dropped that one and the LCD screen broke (still have hopes of repairing). After doing a lot of comparisions at this price point I ended up going back to LUMIX and it hasn't disappointed.

    It is fairly intuitive to use, the lens is amazing and the newer features like the Artistic modes are a fun. Would I recommend this? No doubt. BTW, B&H delivered a great price and got it to me 1 day ahead of promised. That is service.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By Big Bear Tommy

    from Camarillo, CA

    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

      Best Uses

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

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

      Excellent quality, easy to use.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good camera

      By kiddy

      from Rochester, MI

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

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

      No manual paper copy

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      • No

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      5.0

      I am extremely happy with this purchase

      By MacUser

      from Nevada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action

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

      I did a ton of research before I purchased this camera, and I couldn't be happier. I am still learning and understanding the camera, but I really wanted a camera that could take good pictures inside. And, this delivers. I love the burst mode. I would definitely recommend this camera, it is a great price, and is way more than just a point and shoot. It does take time to learn the camera unless you have previous experience.

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      4.0

      returned without opening

      By bill

      from denver

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            The small sensor turned me away from this. It was recommended by a char-room fellow, and I bought it. Further investigation revealed that the sensor was quite small (I had been examining a Fujifilm E-X1). I bought a Sony a6000 instead (same size sensor as the Fujifilm), and am happy with it.

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            4.0

            Very Good Point & Shoot

            By Goran

            from New Jersey

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I am a professional photographer. I got this as my "casual" camera that I can carry around with me. It's really quite impressive for a point and shoot. Would definitely recommend it.

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                5.0

                A fantastic camera

                By HB

                from Rocklin, Ca.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                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):

                I'm blown away with what this camera can do. I learning something new about it everyday. Fantanstic low light pics, and a half the price of a RX100iii. Very comfortable to hold to hold. I can't say enough about this camera. Save over $[$]over the RX, and spend the money you saved and take a trip to New York to see the sights and visit the great people at B&H. I'm going to

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                5.0

                Outstanding Service

                By Satisfied Customer

                from Kirkland, WA

                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

                  Best Uses

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

                    B&H provided very timely service for pre-Christmas delivery. The camera arrived in excellent condition.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Natural Light Photography

                    By Fat Rae

                    from Rocky Mountains

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      Camera was purchased specifically for photographing in natural light - parties, evening events, etc. The lens at 1.4 is terrific for this type of use. Other adjustments in the viewfinder/monitor are a snap. I have cameras with more 'bells & whistles' but this one does just what it's meant to do, with ease.

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                      4.0

                      Put your phone away

                      By Hawck

                      from Florida

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

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

                        I know the LX100 is out, which makes this camera a very good buy. I've been testing it on some general conditions and have been pleased with it's performance. It's a really solid feeling camera and feels substantial even for its small size. Good in low light, which eliminates the flash in a lot of situations. The option of shooting RAW is very nice. The auto everything mode generates pretty generic looking images. and the color is a little flat in this mode. You can get around this with a few manual settings like aperture priority and shooting RAW. The zoom is a little slower than I like, but I don't do a lot of fast zooming so this is not a big issue for me.

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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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                          • No

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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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                          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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