My new LX100!
If you’ve read my latest Cyber-shot RX100 III review, you know that my recent personal compact camera choice was the LX100, replacing my one-year-old GX7, which came after the excellent LX7 before that.
It took just a few days delivery from th US, and now it’s here!
Talking to many people deliberating which large sensor camera to buy, I noticed a clear distinction between two possible paths – buy one main mirrorless camera, upgrading from a compact or downsizing from a DSLR, or get a small mirrorless camera to accompany your existing larger DSLR setup. I made the mistake of having to parallel systems, the Canon EOS based on my 5D Mark II, and the micro 4:3 based on the GX7. After realizing I won’t be buying lenses for both systems, I replaced the GX7 with the LX100, as it has the same sensor in a smaller, more practical package, along with a convenient large aperture zoom, 4K video and wi-fi connectivity.
It’s ‘the LX7 meets the X-E2’
It’s quite similar to the LX7 in design, having the AF and scale proportion selectors on the dial itself, as well as adding a configurable lens ring to the aperture ring. The key difference is the approach to setting shooting modes. Much like Fuji’s X-E2 and X-T1, the LX100 doesn’t have a ‘pasm’ mode selector. Instead, it has a shutter speed ring to match the aperture ring on the lens, and an exposure compensation dial. Each of the aperture/shutter dials has an ‘A’ setting, allowing any p, a, s or m combination. It takes time to get used to, but after you do, it’s a convenient way to work.
One of the things I loved the most about the LX7, other than its amazing f/1.4-2.3 apertures, was its macro capabilities. I can safely say that the LX100 doesn’t match that ability to go in to point of contact, which is a small disappointment. You can see some macro example in the samples below.
In terms of image quality, I haven’t had a proper chance to get a clear impression, and I won’t try guessing. It should be close to the GX7, as it has the same sensor, so it all depends on what the lens can deliver.
I’ll be sure to review the LX100 in depth in the near future, so stay tuned.
Here are some unedited photos, sooc: