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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera (Black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 12.8MP 4/3" Type Multi-Aspect MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens
  • 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2,764k-Dot EVF
The black Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera is an advanced Four Thirds format point-and-shoot with manual controls designed to enable and inspire creativity. It features a large multi-aspect 4/3" type MOS sensor to produce 12.8MP still images (4:3) and 4K Ultra HD video at 30 and 24 fps. You also have the ability to extract high-resolution 8MP images from the 4K video, letting you capture entire scenes without missing a shot.
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Panasonic DMC-LX100 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 24/3" Type MOS Sensor
  • 3Multiple Aspect Ratios
  • 4Manual Controls
  • 524-75mm Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens
  • 6Light Speed AF with DFD Technology
  • 7High-Resolution EVF
  • 84K UHD and Full HD Video Recording
  • 9Grab High-Resolutions Stills from 4K Video
  • 10Brackets
  • 11Creative Control with 22 Filter Effects
  • 12External Flash Included
  • 13Wireless Connectivity
  • 14Additional Features

The black Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera is an advanced Four Thirds format point-and-shoot with manual controls designed to enable and inspire creativity. It features a large multi-aspect 4/3" type MOS sensor to produce 12.8MP still images (4:3) and 4K Ultra HD video at 30 and 24 fps. You also have the ability to extract high-resolution 8MP images from the 4K video, letting you capture entire scenes without missing a shot.

The built-in Leica DC Vario-Summilux zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. With a fast maximum aperture of f/1.7-2.8, the lens lets you work in lower light situations and provides selective focus control for shallow depth of field imagery, enhanced by a nine-bladed aperture for smooth out-of-focus rendering. When more light is needed, the camera features an integrated hot shoe, letting you use external flash units. A compact flash unit is included with the camera, matching the style and color of the body, and providing a GN of 23' (7m) at ISO 100.

The lightweight, compact body features both an electronic viewfinder and a rear LCD screen. The high-density 2,764k-dot viewfinder lets you confidently frame your shots, even in bright outdoor environments. Delivering approximately 100% of the Adobe RGB color space, the viewfinder accurately reproduces hues, so you know what you see is what you're capturing. The rear 3.0" screen is also available, with a 921k-dot resolution. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC allows remote camera control and image sharing from linked mobile devices using the Panasonic Image App.

4/3" Type MOS Sensor
The LX100 features a 4/3"-sized MOS image sensor - similar in size to the sensors found in Panasonic's interchangeable lens mirrorless Micro Four Thirds cameras. The high-sensitivity sensor features a multi-aspect sensor with 16.8MP total resolution, enabling you to use more height or width of the sensor, depending on the aspect ratio you're shooting in. Additionally, by maintaining an effective resolution of 12.8MP (in 4:3 mode), the volume of light is controlled to improve the S/N ratio for clearer, detailed imaged with reduced noise, even when shooting at ISO 25600.
Multiple Aspect Ratios
To take advantage of the multi-aspect sensor, a switch on the lens barrel lets you quickly switch between 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9 aspect ratios without having to scroll through menus.
Manual Controls
The LX100 is designed to inspire creativity by offering a full range of manual controls and advanced imaging features. Dedicated lens rings give you intuitive control of aperture, zoom, while dials on the top of the camera give you easy access to shutter speed and exposure compensation.
24-75mm Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 Lens
The built-in Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm, covering wide-angle to portrait length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of shooting conditions. An f/1.7-2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low light conditions throughout the entire zoom range and enables greater control over focus placement for shallow depth of field imagery. Five aspherical elements, including two ED lenses, are incorporated into the lens design to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range to benefit creating sharp, clear imagery.
Light Speed AF with DFD Technology
Light Speed AF, a contrast-detection AF system, uses Depth from Defocus technology to greatly reduce focus time. It instantly calculates distance to subject by evaluating two separate images with different sharpness levels. The result is a high-speed AF in approximately 0.14 seconds.
High-Resolution EVF
The integrated 2764k-dot resolution viewfinder lets you frame and capture shots even in bright sunlight. Based on the Adobe RGB color space, the viewfinder faithfully reproduces the primary colors for more true-to-life hues, allowing you to accurate judge the colors of your scene. And to prevent missing any shooting opportunity, the Eye Sensor AF can be set to initiate auto focusing the instant you look into it.
4K UHD and Full HD Video Recording
Take advantage of 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 video recording at 30 or 24 fps in MP4 format. 4K video can be recorded for up to 15 minutes, and requires an SD card rated at UHS-I Speed Class 3. The camera also records Full HD 1080p video at 60 or 30 fps in MP4 or AVCHD formats.
Grab High-Resolutions Stills from 4K Video
The LX100 has the ability to use the 4K video as a high-speed burst shooting mode, letting you extract 8MP resolution stills from the footage. This yields images with enough resolution to enlarge and print high-quality photos. Once 4K photo mode is selected, the luminance level is adjusted to 0-255. At the same time, you can select 4:3 or 3:2, in addition to 16:9 with the aspect ratio switch.
In addition to tradition exposure bracketing, the camera can also bracket images with different aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1), white balance parameters, and monochrome photo styles.
Creative Control with 22 Filter Effects
Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine

Note: Available effects vary depending on shooting mode
External Flash Included
When extra light is needed, take advantage of the camera's integrated hot shoe with the included external flash unit. The flash features a guide number of 23' (7 m) at ISO 100.
Wireless Connectivity
Built-in Wi-Fi lets you use the Panasonic Image App on your mobile device to set focus and shoot photos and videos remotely. You can then instantly upload and share images to social media sites, as well as tag location information to the image using the GPS log on your smartphone or tablet. NFC support lets you instantly sync an NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet simply by touching it to the camera. You can also scan the QR code displayed on the camera monitor to sync.
Additional Features
  • Fast shutter speed
  • 11 fps burst shooting with mechanical shutter; up to 40 fps with electronic shutter
  • Time lapse shot
  • Stop motion animation
  • Highlight/Shadow gamma curve control
  • Focus Peaking with control ring
  • Digital level gauge
  • 43mm Filter thread

Panasonic DMC-LX100 Specs

Sensor Resolution
Actual: 16.84 Megapixel
Effective: 12.8 Megapixel (4112 x 3088)
Focal Length
10.9 to 34mm (35mm Equivalent: 24 to 75mm)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
4x Maximum (12.4x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (6.2x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.7 to 2.8
Minimum Aperture
Focus Range
19.69" to Infinity / 50 cm to Infinity
1.18" to Infinity / 3 cm to Infinity
Optical Design
11 Elements in 8 Groups
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 1 Second
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous Shooting
Up to 40 fps
2/10-Second Delay
Special Options
Landscape, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Panorama, Portrait, Toy Camera Effect
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File Format
Broadcast Output
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Display Size
921,000 Dot
Display Type
Fixed LCD
2,764,000 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage
Diopter Adjustment
Built-In Flash/Light
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount
Battery Type
1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1025 mAh
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.86 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.55 x 5.95 x 4.45"

Panasonic DMC-LX100 Reviews

Just Stellar

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-06

Great ergonomics, built as well as more expensive cameras. Image quality is superb. I'm a serious amateur Photog, and bought this for my wife, who just want's to take good photos, and learn more as she goes. This camera offers both. She's using ia mode for now, and will have manual capability as she learns more. Tremendous value!

Outstanding and Capable Small Camera

By Frank
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-06

I cannot say enough about the quality of the LX100 and the quality of the photos it produces. The camera has a quality feel that one notes when one first holds the LX100 in the hand. Although the LX100 won't win the megapixel wars (nor will the Mark II version), the megapixels are more than sufficient for the intended use of the camera, and the features on the camera match those for many DSLRs (if not exceeding some), and so the limited megapixels are more than offset by the amount of creativity packaged in the LX100. The ergonomics of the camera are such that little use is needed to acquire competence with the camera. If you ever shot film and you have any memory of the right locations for aperture and shutter speed dials, this camera will fall right to your hands. Finally, the lens is great, including for macro photos. The only limitation I have found in using the camera is the absence of an articulating rear screen, but that is only an issue because the lens has such great macro capability. Highly recommended. The attached photo was shot in macro focus, Jpeg, slight cropped for composition.

Caveat emptor! Buyer beware!

By Robert B.
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-31

I had purchased the camera direct from Panasonic rather than from B&H. The warranty that came with it was not honored. I will no longer trust Panasonic after this camera. As many people will attest, it is easily spoiled by dust on the sensor. I sent it to the McAllen Texas service center. They charged me over 300 dollars and dust showed up on the camera again within a week! I would have sent it back to demand better, but the service was so desultory, slow, and lacking in information that I decided to no longer waste my time. I am writing this review because I want to save others the frustration that I went through!

Great compact camera

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-26

Don't think of this as a point-and-shoot, though that's essentially what it is. No interchangeable lenses, like many 4:3 cameras, but a very versatile and fast lens by Leica. As on all these cameras, the controls are all there, but some are on back because of the compact size, so make sure to turn the camera off after taking a shot, to prevent changing settings. Better to think of this camera as something like the 35 you can take anywhere, due to its size and lightness.

Super Versatile Camera

By Samuel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-20

If you are older and used SLR cameras you will feel very comfortable using this camera and if you prefer using digital menus you can control it that way. Great travel size, excellent lens, in short a very versatile camera.

Lumix LX-100

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-23

My LX-100 arrived a few days ago and so far it is everything I expected. I got it because we are going to Iceland next year and I needed something affordable with which I could shoot in lower light situations. Love it. Now I just have to play with it in different situations. It is definitely more capable than I am.

Great lens, lousy battery cover

By Norman
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-05

I've had this camera for two years...happy with photo quality but needed battery cover replaced one year ago, not warranteed,,,,repair cost was $150 at Panasonic,,,,also just had sensor cleaned due to dust spots, very common and battery cover just broke again, Never had that problem with my Canons, (5D II, G12) or Fuji cameras, X t2. Does the LX 100 2 have the same cover issue?

Great travel camera

By Jeff
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-23

I bought this camera for an overseas trip so I could travel light. I left my DSLRs at home and didn’t regret it. Easy to take everywhere and the images were beautiful.

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Is there away to turn off the sound when making ...

Is there away to turn off the sound when making video? Silent mode doesn't work.Didn't see anything in recording settings.
Asked by: Terry
I downloaded a free video software someone recommended,it was easy to use I was able to turn off the sound.
Answered by: Terry
Date published: 2020-08-03


Is it possible to get a PAL version of this camera on BHphotovideo? I live in a PAL country and would like to shoot in 25p.
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, we do not carry a PAL version of this camera.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Where is the product made? Is it made in China?
Asked by: Anonymous
This needs to be stated. I never thought it's Made in China..
Answered by: Takashi U.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Does this camera come with the original battery at $647.99 ? thanks
Asked by: Ferdinand L.
Yes, it comes with an original Panasonic battery.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Please confirm if the LX100 support 256GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-I and if 45MB write is enough for 4k recording?
Asked by: Anonymous
This camera is only tested with cards up to 64 GB. You need a memory card with write speeds of 45 mb/s for 4k recording and 90 mb/s read speeds.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Is it true that the maximum clip length that this camera can shoot is 60 minutes? I assume that is one un-interrupted clip, not 2 clips put together. What sdxc card should I buy to be able to record this clip length at the highest quality (NOT 4K OF COURSE BECAUsE THAT IS LIMITED)? Most cameras have a 29.something clip length. I just want to make sure the listing is not a mistake. How come one guy who asked this got an answer that it only records up to 29 minutes?
Asked by: Jose B.
I believe the max is 29m 59s
Answered by: David H.
Date published: 2018-08-25


i am a filmmaker who shoots on a canon DSLR this camera is great but the non interchangeable lens is the biggest issue... is this a good lens and should this be one of the reasons not to purchase it?
Asked by: Anonymous
It is a great lens....takes threaded filters...ND's grads, etc.....Matches 4K footage with the GH4 very nicely....
Answered by: ALAN B.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Which uses more battery power: the evf or the ...

Which uses more battery power: the evf or the lcd?
Asked by: Stephen
We would be of the opinion that the LCD would be a greater drain. We also are of the opinion that it is best to not worry and just carry extra batteries to get through the day.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2020-08-03
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