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Panasonic Lumix LX100 II review

A worthwhile update to a deservedly popular camera

Verdict

It's fair to say that the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II is more of a incremental update than a massive overhaul, hence why Panasonic probably felt it merited a 'Mark II' designation (a first for a Lumix camera) rather than a whole new model name (many people were expecting the Lumix LX200). 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it – the original Lumix LX100 was one of our favorite compact cameras, and while it's been a little overshadowed in recent years, it's still a nice camera to use. 

The good news then is that the Lumix LX100 II feels just like its popular predecessor: a portable, responsive premium compact camera with a fast lens and appealing external controls. The new grip makes it better to hold, and the increased resolution is welcome.

Panasonic hit something of a sweet spot with the first version of this camera, and although it's complex and fiddly in some areas the Lumix LX100 II has lost none of the original's appeal – and while it might not have the broadest appeal, the enthusiast photographer looking for a pocket-sized partner with plenty of tactile controls, you won't be disappointed. 

Competition

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Panasonic Lumix GX9

Like the idea of the Lumix LX100 II but want to be able to swap lenses? Then take a look at Panasonic's Lumix GX9. Sharing the same sensor (although here taking full advantage of its entire sensor), the Lumix GX9 is a great pocket-sized mirrorless camera.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GX9 review

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Perhaps the closest rival to the LX100 II is Canon's PowerShot G1 X Mark III. It features a larger APS-C sensor, and the zoom range is a little longer (24-120mm), although the maximum aperture is only f/5.6 at 120mm, and it can only shoot video in 1080p. 

Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Want something a little more pocketable? Then Sony's excellent RX100 V is a great choice. The 1-inch sensor is smaller than the  LX100 II's, but still delivers very good results, and with a fast standard zoom, built-in pop-up EVF, 4K video, advanced focusing and 24fps burst shooting, the RX100 V is a pocket powerhouse. 

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V