The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a sophisticated fixed-lens compact with a 4 Thirds sensor. Introduced in August 2018, it joins the 4 yr previous LX100 within the Lumix vary which stays on sale.

The LX100 II inherits various options from its predecessor together with a lot the identical physique and controls, the 24-75mm (equal) f1.7 – 2.Eight Leica DC Vario Summilux lens, the two.7 million dot digital viewfinder, and a 4 Thirds sensor which helps a number of side ratios. Panasonic has nevertheless upgraded the decision of the sensor, which permits the LX100 II to seize 17 Megapixel photographs within the 4:three form in comparison with 12 on the unique LX100; the LX100 II really employs the identical 20 Megapixel sensor because the Lumix GX9, however because of the lens design, doesn’t exploit the total space, therefore the 17 Megapixel most decision.

The display annoyingly stays fastened which can frustrate vloggers or anybody capturing at excessive or low angles, however it’s now at the very least touch-sensitive which in flip permits it to help Panasonic’s newest 4K Photograph modes together with Submit Focus and Focus Stacking; Panasonic’s additionally boosted the decision of the panel to 1240okay dots. The LX100 II additionally helps the auto marking, sequence composition and bulk saving modes launched on the Lumix GX9, and moreover advantages from the most recent image kinds together with L Monochrome and L Monochrome D, in addition to Grain Results and new focus and aperture bracketing choices.

The brand new mannequin retains its predecessor’s wifi functionality and provides BlueTooth which can be utilized to fireplace the digital camera shutter remotely utilizing the Panasonic Picture App. USB charging, and dwell view increase mode for low gentle capturing full the image. The LX100 II will probably be obtainable from October and you’ll anticipate to pay round £849 for it. Forward of my full evaluation, I used to be in a position to shoot with a pre-production mannequin at a Panasonic press occasion and have included my first impressions and a choice of pattern photographs under.

 

 

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The brand new LX100 II has a restyled grip, however in any other case appears similar to its predecessor, which we’ll now must name the LX100 I.

 

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There’s no surprises on the highest panel which, as earlier than, options shutter pace and publicity compensation dials. There’s plus or minus three stops of publicity compensation on the dial, however in the event you disable it, you possibly can set plus or minus 5 stops utilizing the lens ring.

 

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Around the again the largest distinction is the brand new touch-screen with an elevated decision of 1240okay dots.

 

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The Lumix LX100 II’s sensor has 21.77 megapixels, however the lens specification means solely the central space, with a decision of 17 Megapixels, is used. That’s nonetheless 5 Megapixels greater than on the LX100 I although.

 

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The brand new Sequence Composition 4K picture mode means that you can shoot a hand-held burst and composite as much as 5 frames in-camera. Nice for sports activities. Or Shoreditch hipsters.

 

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Above: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, 10.9mm, 1/2000 f1.7, 200 ISO

 

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Above: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, 12.5.mm, 1/500 f2 200 ISO

 

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Above: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, 10.9mm, 1/160 f2.8, 1600 ISO

 

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Above: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, 34mm, 1/1000 f5.6, 200 ISO

 

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Above: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, 10.9mmmm, 1/100 f4 1600 ISO

 

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II last ideas

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is a high-end compact aimed toward fanatics. It inherits the controls, viewfinder, multi-aspect ratios and 24-75mm f1.7-2.Eight lens of the unique Mark I however upgrades the decision, provides a touchscreen, Bluetooth and the most recent 4K Photograph modes, monochrome image kinds and USB charging. Whereas the display is now touch-sensitive, it stays fastened in place which can frustrate vloggers in addition to these capturing at excessive or low angles. There’s nonetheless no built-in ND filter or popup flash, the field-sequential viewfinder know-how isn’t as steady as an OLED panel, and it’s value remembering that whereas the LX100 II does have a 4 Thirds sensor that’s bigger than 1in-type sensors in rivals, the lens design means it received’t exploit the total space. The lens vary additionally stays unchanged from the unique and might’t assist feeling brief in comparison with rivals like Sony’s RX100 VI, however the aperture is brilliant, it will possibly focus very shut and the rendering of blurred areas stays the most effective of its rivals. Certainly the optics stay a spotlight as does the prospect to seize a number of side ratios with out the standard cropping. It’s additionally testomony to the unique design that the Mark II is a really fulfilling digital camera to shoot with, so whereas it represents a gentle replace, it stays a welcome one to deliver the feature-set of this engaging compact up-to-date.

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