Panasonic Lumix LX10 Camera Review

Panasonic Lumix LX10 Camera Review Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deal
Written by zeeshan

So I have a camera that I want to share with you guys today this is the latest from Panasonic that came out this week this is the Panasonic Lumix LX to compete in the high-end compact point-and-shoot category so it’s designed to compete with things like the Sony rx100 series it is considerably less expensive which is nice and features a lot of the same stuff that you’re going to see on the rx100 series it can also be viewed as a younger sibling to the LX 100 which is a slightly larger looking version of the same idea and one of the key features on here is that has a physical aperture ring and so when you’re in aperture priority mode or if you’re in manual mode it makes it kind of nice because you’re going to actually dial in your aperture that way and with compact cameras especially sometimes because of the physical restrictions there’s only so many knobs and dials that you can get on a camera and so it is nice to be able to physically turn the aperture to dial it in another feature that a lot of people are really excited about is it does feature a 180-degree tilt screen so ideally this would make a very interesting vlogging camera and I’ll come back to that in a minute but first let’s dive in and look at some of the features of the LX 10.

Panasonic Lumix LX10 Camera

The Lumix LX – 72 millimeter equivalent F 1.4 – 2.8 like a very asuma lux and the reason I put in asterisks there’s because that is an equivalent to 35 millimeter except when you’re recording in 4k which is a slight caveat the LX 10 does feature cropping when it’s shooting in 4k so on the widest angle it’s probably more like a 37 millimeter the camera features a one inch sensor which is capable of shooting 20.1 megapixel still images and shoots both 1080 and 4k video it uses an optical digital hybrid 5 axis image stabilization and the usual Panasonic features are found here such as 4k photo mode post focus and focus stacking image quality on the LX 10 is quite good now low-light performance is better than average especially when you consider it’s only a one-inch sensor however having a really fast lens at 1.4 certainly helps in low-light conditions usability and layout are exceptional on the LX 10 and this is something that is very evident in most Panasonic cameras they give you a ton of custom function buttons that you can assign to whatever you want there are three physical buttons on the camera and our five additional that are accessible via the touchscreen as expected the touchscreen is exceptional on here as well everything is easy to use easy to navigate and probably the best features just being able to touch to focus an object in your scene another interesting feature the Panasonic has introduced with this camera is the way it handles high frame rate burst mode shooting so the frame rate on here you can shoot raw and JPEG images at a high burst rate which is kind of the standard burst rate and it allows you to do 10 frames a second.

Now unfortunately the buffer fills up after 12 images so that’s just a little over a second of shooting but you do get a full resolution raw and JPEG files alternatively there is a super high frame rate burst mode on here which allows you to shoot up to 50 frames a second the caveat here is that 60 frames a second it fills up so again a little longer than second and this is JPEG only at 5 megapixels probably the best option if you really want to do some high speed shooting to capture a specific moment is to go ahead and use the 4k video option or the 4k photo option which essentially takes a 4k video which is 8 megapixels and this allows you to shoot at 30 frames a second you get a slightly longer buffer so it’s interesting that you’re seeing Panasonic move into this direction but the buffer seems to be the bottleneck on this camera and you really have to get good at picking your moments wisely with something like this the LX 10 does not have an electronic viewfinder however there is a pop-up flash and it is tilt Abul now it’s not tilt about a full 45 degree angle but if you want to use a bounce flash it is possible with this camera now the LX 10 is a compact camera however it is quite large for a compact camera just to give you a size comparison here it is next to a Canon g9x and you can see it is considerably larger and if we compare that to the rx 105 you can see that they’re about the same thickness however the LX 100 is slightly longer and slightly taller so let’s talk video for just a second right now as a point of comparison.

I am filming with the Sony rx100 5 so that’s what you’re looking at and we are filming in 4k and so what I’m going to do is I’m going to switch this out to the Lumix so you can see the difference and we’re going to do that right here now the first thing you’re going to notice is that this is cropped in on me a lot and that has to do with the fact that we are recording in 4k and I’m just going to scoot back just a little bit and basically the camera crops in on the sensor when it’s recording 4k does that for multiple reasons mainly out of efficiency but that’s what you’re stuck with does not do that in 1080 just 4k and the only reason I’m making a point out of this is because a 24 millimeter equivalent on its widest end when you’re shooting 4k is more like in the ballpark of 36 37 millimeters and if you want to use this camera for 4k vlogging just know that it’s going to have to be held way out away from you otherwise it’s just too close in fact for most people I think that’s going to be further than arm’s distance so you’re going to need like one little pixie tripods or a gorilla pod or something like that to make that happen however the video quality is nice it records 4k great and one thing that this has over the Sony is that this will do for K without overheating after 5 minutes which is quite nice to have as well so I feel like with both these cameras there’s a bit of a trade-off when it comes to video and the sony it’s weird because sony have made some major improvements in recent years to things like their sensor where you’re featuring backside illumination the most recent iteration of the rx100 5 features face detection autofocus and so it’s a lot more consistent and has a larger buffer but it’s asking it to do more than the processor can handle and so that’s why you have an overheating problem.

You get the same recording quality it’s an mp4 file at 100 megabytes per second on the LX 100 however you don’t have the limit of the 5 minutes recording time mainly because it seems to have a stronger processor in it but it all depends on what you want to do what the look is you want to get and I think also importantly the ergonomics of it and what you’re getting it for and if you’re getting it for vlogging and you want to do 4k just know that hand-holding is going to be a little bit of a problem at times so somebody always asked me this question was I using the built-in microphones on the camera in that last clip the answer is no what I was using is this and I did a video on this recently this is a little rig that I put together that I affectionately called the sparrow Mach 1 I named all my stuff after birds but anyway really all it is it’s very simple it’s a mounting plate and I’ve got it mounted to the Manfrotto be free right now but it’s a mounting plate that has room for a compact camera in this case it’s the rx100 5 which I replaced with the Lumix L 10 second ago so if you don’t have an input jack on your camera you can use something like this and what I use is zoom h1 that I just use for recording audio and actually use a rode videomicro which is going into the input there so basically I’m recording my audio here and recording it here too but I’m not going to use this and then when I go into Final Cut I urge the clips together and it uses the audio from here and not the camera the reason I’m saying that the reason I did not use it on here is really I have never seen a camera particularly one that was designed to do Stills and video that had decent microphones in it.

It’s just part of the deal I mean right now this rig I’m recording I’m using a rode videomic pro on here you need to find a way to do external audio and unfortunately there is no audio input on here there’s not one on the rx100 either I mean this is kind of standard for compact cameras and when I did a video on here and I’ll link that up if you were interested in seeing it but a couple people had said well you just kind of defeated the purpose because it’s no longer a pocketable camera well what is your intention what are you trying to do with it so when I use the rx100 or the LX 10 for that matter if I’m just shooting b-roll that I’m going to put music over I’m not really concerned about the dialogue being recorded then yeah I throw that in my pocket and I go and I record stuff that way but if I’m doing a vlog or something maybe an interview with somebody where I want to capture decent audio these microphones just don’t cut it in fact and I hate to bash on Panasonic in this case but like the other two reviews that I did this year on the g7 and the GX 85 it’s like panasonic go out of their way to find the worst microphones they possibly can on here and unfortunately audio is a big part of doing video and so this is just a solution that I’ve developed so I don’t have to worry about on any of these cameras no matter what I’m using you put any point shoot on here it’s still really lightweight I have a mounting plate and sitting on the be free right now but I could take this off and just hold it by hand there’s no weight to it it’s really pretty easy to use and pretty awesome.

So anyway into conclusion I will do a more in-depth review coming soon on the panasonic lumix LX it’s not bad it’s weird because I was interested in this camera because the rx100 5 is amazing as the image quality is on here particularly for 4k video it has shortcomings the five-minute recording limit the image stabilization it has built an image stabilization but it’s not great a lot of people refer to as the Sony micro jitters if you’re hand-holding it’s sort of stable but it just kind of you see these jitters that come in and it’s quite annoying and distracting and it kind of defeats the purpose the L x10 has a five axis it’s a hybrid optical digital image stabilization but it is there it’s not great either especially in 4k because you’re not really getting the maximum potential out of it but it is better than nothing and I don’t seem to be getting the micro jitters on this you do still have to work on your technique and being really still um you know so I’m just I’m not completely sure yet what I think of this but so far I’m pretty impressed now here’s the deal this camera is three hundred dollars less than that camera and so if $300 is a big deal to you and you don’t need things like the ability to shoot at 24 frames a second raw and JPEG files or you don’t need some of the other things that the Sony offers for instance based detection autofocus the extended buffer if you don’t need those things then this is probably the camera for you but if you want the electronic viewfinder and you want those options it’s probably worth the $300 to upgrade to the Sony rx100 Mark 5 but anyway I will do another video on this later and I will get more into the specifics of these but anyway I thought you guys would want to see that I’ve been having a lot of fun the last couple days with this and there will be more to come.

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