New Panasonic Cameras: LX7, G5, etc.

It’s always interesting to see a respected brand re-hash it’s lineup, and that’s what Panasonic did with its flagship compact camera recently, along with an interesting new mirrorless option. Let’s take a deeper look.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 ©

The first eye-catcher about this camera is the f/1.4 lens. I’ve always wanted f/1.4 in a compact camera, and now it looks like we have it (although I’d prefer it at 50mm equivalent). Anyways, at only f/2.3 at the long end, this is a fast lens. The next thing that stands out (or rather plays catch up) is the aperture ring around the lens, taking a page from Canon’s book, which was also adopted by Olympus. Furthermore, with fast 11fps shooting and a new high sensitivity sensor, it looks like the LX7 is packed to the brim with features and will offer competitors a run for the money. A look at the key specs…

  • Fast F1.4 – F2.3, 24-90mm equivalent lens
  • Aperture ring around lens barrel
  • 11 fps continuous shooting, 5 fps with AF tracking
  • Built-in 3 stop neutral density filter
  • 10.1 MP  1/1.7″ ‘High Sensitivity MOS’ sensor
  • ISO 80-12800
  • ND/manual focus control on rear
  • 920K dots 3″ screen with Anti-Reflective coating
  • Full HD 60p/50p video, built-in stereo microphones

Lumix DMC-G5 16MP

Lumix DMC-G5 ©

The G5 should be of interest to those who want a mirrorless camera in a traditional SLR form factor (as most are following the rangefinder format). This new model comes on the heels of the G3 and packs some impressive features, including a new live MOS sensor, touch sensitive LCD, including the ability to auto-focus by touch, and 60fps at 1080p HD video. Here are the key specs…

  • 16 MP Live MOS sensor
  • ISO 160-12,800
  • 3.0″, 920k dot touch-sensitive LCD with Touchpad AF control
  • 1.44 million dots electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
  • Full AVCHD 1080/60p video with 1080 30p MP4 recording option
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting, 3.7 fps with AF-tracking
  • 14 Creative Control filter effects options
  • Aluminium front plate (vs plastic on G3
  • Improved battery life (320 shots vs 270 on G3)

In addition to the aforementioned, Panasonic also has a slew of compacts/ultrazooms, including the following:

A new 45-150mm tele-zoom for Micro Four Thirds

45-150mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH  ©

Lumix DMC-FZ200 High End Superzoom

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 ©

Lumix SZ5 Wifi Compact

Lumix SZ5 WI-FI Capable Digital Communication Camera ©

 Lumix DMC-LZ20 21x superzoom

Lumix DMC-LZ20 budget 21X CCD superzoom ©


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