I highly enjoy taking photos. I’m by no means extremely good at it, but I find it amusing nonetheless. Whenever I travel and/or attend events, my Nikon D40 is usually my weapon of choice. It’s a sturdy, reliable DSLR that’s easy to navigate and shoots very, very well.
Unfortunately, it’s not the lightest thing to carry around and does pose to be a bit of a nuisance at times. This becomes very real especially during blogging events where I have to move from one place to another for several hours. A heavy bag + a DLSR + crowds = not the best combination. I have high respect for professional photographers who can do this all the time and still take amazing photos.
To give my aching neck/shoulders/wrists a bit of rest from all the load, I decided it was time to purchase a lighter compact camera which I could easily use as substitute for my Nikon. I know a lot of smart phones have really nice cameras built in nowadays, but I don’t care. I prefer one that just takes photos and not double as a phone or a music device.
After a lot of research and recommendations from photography enthusiasts, I decided to get the Panasonic Lumix LX7. It’s my first Lumix purchase and comes in an elegant white color. It’s also available in black, if you’re not digging this one. This model isn’t the newest one in the market; it was released sometime in 2012 and has received a lot of positive reviews.
The Lumix LX7 uses the Leica DC Vario-Summilux 24-91.2mm (3.8x zoom) F1.4-2.3 ultra wide-angle lens.
Here’s a look at the back part of the camera. In case you didn’t notice, this doesn’t have a viewfinder installed. You can purchase an external electronic viewfinder and mount it on the camera’s hot shoe if you feel more comfortable looking through one vs. staring at the screen when taking photos.
Here’s a photo of the screen showing an image taken by the LX7.
Most of the controls are found at the top of the camera. There’s a stereo microphone right in the middle to capture sound, since the LX7 has full HD video recording capabilities. Simply push the red motion picture button on the far right and you can start your video recording.
One other feature of the Lumix LX7 is the aperture ring found near the lens. I like messing around with depth-of-field when taking photos and this makes things a bit easier. I still get into trouble sometimes, though, since I’m used to rotating that part to adjust focus (Nikon) and not aperture. :p
There’ a built-in flash that pops right out at a flick of the switch!
Shot using Nikon D40 (left) and Panasonic Lumix LX7 (right). Subject was under similar lighting conditions and no flash was used.
For those who’re curious, I posted a comparison shot above using my two cameras (although I don’t think it’s fair to put the LX7 against a DSLR haha). The colors from the Nikon are definitely more pronounced, but the Lumix’s quality is pretty decent as well.
To sum it up, I really think that the Lumix LX7 is a great camera and is worthy to be my Nikon’s sidekick. I don’t mind that it doesn’t have built-in WiFi, which is a downer for most people these days. It’s lightweight, fast, fits my purse and captures nice images- all the things I require right now. The only thing left to do is to find the perfect case for it. 🙂
*For a detailed list of the Lumix LX7’s specs, click here.
**This is not a professional review. You can find a lot of those from other websites. 🙂