There are certain beliefs that people take into consideration when choosing a camera. They are:
- The cheaper the camera, the cheaper the quality
- You don?t get all the best features in one camera
- Each camera has its strong and weak points
- You get what you pay for
While this might be true for most of the cameras, two-year-old Panasonic Lumix LX7 goes way beyond those limitations.? With its price range, you get more than what you paid for — as low as $249 if you look hard enough.
So, why is this camera considered as a ?PROFESSIONAL? grade camera, despite its age?
Lumix LX7?s sensor is small, compared to the bigger and more expensive camera of its range, like Sony?s RX100 II.? It can even compete with Canon?s recent S120. For some photographers, (or even a mere enthusiast like me), LX7 can outshine all these cameras.
Don?t be fooled by its lower price tag and less impressive ?internal? specs. Its lens is one of the things that make up for the little shortcomings. It has an extremely bright f/1.4 lens. So what does this exactly mean? It means that you can take low light shots without compromising quality as it can capture bright images at a decent shutter speed, even in very low light situations. It is one of the fastest lenses in its range, and it is even better with the popular RX100.
However, that is even hardly the icing on the cake. Aside from the fact that you can set manual settings while taking still images (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Focus Mode, etc), you also have the same manual control over the video mode, which is rare with compact cameras. This can turn your footages into professional looking movies. With its impressive aperture range of 1.4-2.3, at the telephoto end, you can easily blur out the background for portrait shots. Both images and video. You can even shoot astonishing 120/100 fps video on 720 HD! At the widest end of the lens, it is also practical for macro shots as it effectively blurs out the background AND you can shoot extreme close ups (lens almost touching the subject)
It may not have the zoom range of most recent cameras of today, but if you?re an aspiring photographer, a pro photographer or even just a hobbyist, LX7 fits the bill. It may even replace an entry level DSLR with its capabilities, but of course, with proper understanding of how cameras and photography work.
As the saying goes, the best camera is the one that you have in your hand, but LX7 raised the bar with efficiency and portability in one small package. Don?t be misled by its age, as the features it offers can withstand the test of time.
Sample LX7 footages and review: