Panasonic LX7 review

Is a small sensor premium compact enough to take on the Sony RX100?

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Panasonic LX7 review

JPEG images from the Panasonic LX7 show similar signal to noise ratio results to the Panasonic LX5 up to a sensitivity of ISO 3200, after which it doesn't perform as well as its sibling. Images from the Sony RX100 and Canon S100 show a higher signal to noise ratio than the Panasonic LX7's throughout almost the whole ISO range.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic LX7 review

TIFF images (After conversion from raw) from the Panasonic LX7 again sit below the Sony RX100 and Canon S100, but this time they show a better signal to noise ratio than the Panasonic LX5, throughout the entire sensitivity range.

Dynamic range

Panasonic LX7 review

This chart indicates that dynamic range in the Panasonic LX7's JPEGs is the most consistent of all the cameras here, performing at the same level as the LX5 at the lower sensitivities, matching the Sony RX100 in the mid-range and finishing beating the Canon S100 throughout the entire sensitivity range.

Raw dynamic range

Panasonic LX7 review

In TIFF images converted from raw files, the Panasonic LX7's JPEGs produce a less impressive dynamic range, falling well below the Sony RX100 at all sensitivities, beating the Canon S100 at lower ISOs then falling below it in the middle and upper reaches, but sitting above the Panasonic LX5 the whole time.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)269 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height67.1 mm
Width110.5 mm
Depth45.7 mm
Focal Length4.70 mm to 17.70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-LX7
Product NameDMC-LX7 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-LX7EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Premium Compact Digital Camera with F1.4 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens for Outclassing Creative Possibility

The DMC-LX7 is equipped with 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens featuring outstanding F1.4 brightness at wide-end and F2.3 at tele-end. The extraordinarily rich amount of light allows not only using higher shutter speed for blur-free images in lower light situation, but also giving impressive expression by reproducing exquisite gradation and mellow defocus. The Nano Surface Coating is applied to minimize ghost and flaring.

Package Contents
  • DMC-LX7 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap string
Limited Warranty1 Year