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LUMIX LX100 Integrated Leica DC Lens Camera with Advanced Controls: DMC-LX100S


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  • Legendary LUMIX LX Series with manual controls -- Designed to Inspire Creativity
  • Superior light capture with large, multi-aspect micro four thirds sensor
  • 24-75mm Leica DC lens (F1.7-2.8) for a desirable Bokeh defocus effect
  • Clear and stable framing thanks to eye-level EVF (2,764k-dot)
  • Full hybrid photo experience with 24p* or 30p 4K Ultra HD video and 4K photo mode
  • External flash included
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Controls Designed to Inspire Creativity Designed to inspire and expand the creative potential of every camera enthusiast, the LX 100 comes complete with an exciting range of advanced imaging features. It encourages direct, intuitive control with dedicated lens rings and dials, including aperture and control rings for precise zooming and focusing, as well as speed and exposure compensation dials.
Approaching New Expressive Horizons — Micro Four Thirds High Sensitivity MOS Sensor It's now more rewarding than ever to render smooth, seamless gradations and rich, fuller textures in all their natural beauty. To help capture subtle details and nuances the LX100 incorporates a large 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with multi-aspect ratios. By maintaining resolution at 12.8-MP* (in 4:3 setting), the volume of light is controlled to improve the S/N ratio, making it possible to create clear, detailed images with minimum noise. Even when shooting at ISO25600.

*Sensor total pixel is 16.8 MP.
Multiple Aspect Ratios With a simple switch on the lens barrel, it's easy to select and set three aspect ratios. This quick, convenient function makes it possible to confidently record images in the 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio with the same angle of view.
Great Lens, Compact Body — F/1.7-2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens With F1.7-2.8 brightness, high speed and crisp detail corner to corner, this sophisticated LEICA lens system is the perfect complement to the camera's compact body, and the key to innovative imaging. This precision lens unit consists of 11 elements in eight groups with five aspherical lenses — including two ED lenses.

These lenses, together with a space-saving drive range, work seamlessly with Panasonic's original centering technology to enhance alignment sharpness.
Light Speed AF with DFD Technology With the LX100, new Depth From Defocus technology slashes focus time. It instantaneously calculates distance to subject by evaluating two separate image with different sharpness levels. The result is ultra-high speed AF in approximately 0.14 seconds.
2,764-dot Equivalent High Resolution LFV An integrated Live View Finder with 2,764-dot equivalent high resolution delivers approximately 100% color reproduction* to assure stable framing and superb visibility when shooting under strong sunlight. And to prevent missing any shooting opportunity, the Eye Sensor AF initiates auto focusing the instant you look into it. A 3.0-inch 921k-dot rear monitor is also available.

*Based on the Adobe RGB color space. Panasonic in-house comparison based on the CIE 1931 x, y color space.
A New Form of Photo Expression - Print High-Resolution Photos from 4K Video In addition to 4K Ultra HD video recording,* the LX100 also has the ability to grab 3840 x 2160 MP equivalent stills from 4K video footage to enlarge and print high-definition photos. Once 4K Photo mode is selected, the luminance level is adjusted to 0-255, suitable for photos. At the same time, you can also select 4:3 or 3:3 in addition to 16:9 with the aspect ratio switch.

*4K video can be recorded for up to 15 minutes. When recording in 4K, use a SD card rated UHS Speed Class 3.
External Flash Included A highly practical, color coordinated, easy-mount external flash unit (GN10 ISO200
  • m/GN7 OISO100) is included.
Aspect Brackets
  • The Aspect Bracket enables the LX100 to simultaneously create an image 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1.
  • WB Bracket - A White Balance bracket is available to record three images with different WB parameters at a single shutter release.
  • Monochrome in Photo Style - The Monochrome Filter (Ye/Or/R/G) in the Photo Style function easily creates rich, smooth expression from the limited hues of monochrome images.
  • Multi Exposure - This versatile function enables the camera to shoot four exposures in a single frame, and to layer subjects that wouldn't ordinarily appear in the same frame.
Special Features
Creative Control with 22 Filter Effects Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine

*Note: Available effects vary depending on shooting mode.
Unwire Your Creativity with WiFi
  • Remote Shooting/Remote View - Using the Panasonic Image App, any photographer can use a smartphone or tablet to set focus and shoot photos and video remotely.
  • Easy Share - Instantly upload and share images on social media on a smartphone or tablet with the Panasonic Image App too.
  • Easy NFC Connect - To instantly sync a NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet, simply touch it to the camera, or scan the QR code displayed on the camera monitor to sync.
  • Geotagging - Easily tag location information to the image by using the GPS log on a smartphone or tablet and share it to your favorite social media site.
Smooth, Beautiful Defocus Effects When combined with the large, high-sensitivity MOS Sensor, this lens configuration gives images a shallow depth of field with an impressive defocus effect featuring invisible edge lines and onion rings. And a newly adopted nine-aperture diaphragm helps produce breathtaking bokeh effects with smooth, circular shapes.


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  • Metrics
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Weight
  • Optics
    • Pixels
    • Camera Effective Pixels
    • Sensor
    • Sensor Size/Total Pixels/Filter
    • Lens
    • Aperture
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
    • Intelligent Zoom
    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Digital Zoom
    • Conversion Lens Compatibility
    • Focus
    • Focusing Area
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • AF Metering
    • Shutter
    • Shutter Speed
    • Finder
    • Viewfinder
  • Recording
    • File
    • File Format
    • Recording Modes
    • Mode Dial/Mode Button
    • Filter (Creative Control)
    • Still Image Scene Mode/Scene Guide
    • Continuous Shooting Mode (Approx.)
    • 4K Photo Mode
    • Motion Picture Recording (*2)
    • 4K Video
    • HD Video
    • STD Video
    • High Speed Video
    • Exposure Parameters
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Auto (AE) Bracketing
    • Light Metering
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • Picture Quality
    • Still Picture Recording
    • Image Quality
    • White Balance
    • Photo Style
    • Picture Adjustment
    • Other
    • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
    • GPS
    • Wi-FI
    • NFC
    • Zoom in Motion Picture
    • Self Timer
    • Self Shot Mode
  • Playback
    • Display
    • Playback Mode
    • Thumbnails/Zoomed Playback
    • Calendar Display/Dual- Image Playback
    • Set Favorites/Rotate Image
    • Show Histogram
    • Show Highlights
    • DPOF Print Setting/Set Protection
    • Edit
    • Retouch
    • RAW Processing
    • Resize/Cropping/Aspect Conv./Leveling
    • Copy/Title Edit/Text Stamp
    • Cut Animation
    • Video Divide
    • PictBridge Support
  • Setup
    • OSD language
  • Others
    • Monitor
    • Rear Monitor
    • Flash
    • Flash (Bundled)
    • Media
    • Recording Media
    • Built-in-Memory
    • Audio
    • Microphone/Speaker
    • Interface
    • Remote Input
    • External Microphone Input
    • Power
    • Battery life (approx.)
    • Standard Package
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC 885170226739


Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 30 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mission Accomplished The LX100 is a great compact camera for photography and video. Although it may seem pricy, the quality of the product as well as the photo and video quality is well worth the price. For it's size it has a lot of features and power, with amazing 4K video results. The dials and full control make this camera fun to use. Because it's small, I take it with me when ever I leave the house. It provides high quality images for all my random shooting, and I use it for all my 4K video and time lapse projects. The battery life is great, and the fast Leica lens with 9 blade aperture provides amazing image quality at f/1.7 throughout the zoom range. Is it worth the price? I think so. May 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Viewfinder (LVF) The built-in Viewfinder added about 10mm to the thickness of the camera and not useful for most with poor eyesight. Much easier to frame and shoot using the Monitor Screen. The LVF button had three functions which can cause problem. One of them is Monitor Screen goes black when the Viewfinder is accidentally covered by the hand, finger or thumb. The "Exposure Compensation Dial" is easily rotated accidentally because of it's location. Other then the above, this camera takes great photos and videos. April 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A wealth of usability features... Though I'd been quite satisfied for several years with my LX7, I recently upgraded to the LX100, mainly for its built-in EVF and larger 4/3 sensor. Other reviews and descriptions convinced me that these features would address my main concerns with the LX7, and I wasn't disappointed. But while I had read about the LX100's excellent usability, I didn't appreciate the significance of these improvements until I tried them for myself. Most notably, the separate dial controls for aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation not only are convenient to set, you also can easily see and verify whether you have the settings you want. No more shooting with settings left over from the previous shot, a mistake I otherwise would make all too easily! Other reviewers have extolled the LX100's main features in detail, so I needn't repeat. What hasn't received much mention are the many smaller, less obvious convenience and usability improvements that were unexpected pleasant surprises. For example, the EVF includes an eye sensor that switches the live view between the LCD and EVF when you move the camera to and from your eye; you can also use this sensor to trigger the auto-focus if you wish. I like to use the histogram to evaluate exposure, but on the LX7, there was nothing you could do if was covering up something important in the viewfinder; the LX100 provides an easy way to shift its position via the Quick Menu. With Auto Bracket, you can take as many as seven shots at varying exposure (for better tonal range when you're HDR), compared with just three on other cameras I've used. Spending some time with the menu system, and you're likely to find other hidden gems that offer capabilities you hadn't realized you needed. Some have objected to the lack of an articulating LCD, which would be easier to see when shooting at high, low and other odd angles. However, with the LX100's WiFi capability, you can put the camera anywhere and have view and control via your smart phone or tablet. I do miss the LX7' built-in ND filter, so a carry a glass one I can screw on in the rare cases where it's needed. I don't do much with video, so I have no comments to offer there. On the whole, there may be no such thing as a perfect camera, but for my style of shooting, the LX100 comes very close. February 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Powerful Camera The LX-100 is the camera you should have with you at all times. I am an enthusiast photographer with a passion for street photography. Having a discrete camera with controls like the 100's aperture ring and shutter speed dial make getting the shot so much easier than any camera I've ever used. Along with those dials the camera has both a physical ratio switch and a MF/AF switch. The software is very easy to navigate to change infinite settings and preferences; there are programmable buttons and menus to make your preferences easy to activate/deactivate. It's also possible to control the camera remotely using a smartphone app; I've used it to record 4K video of a surprise party, and to get super close shots of wildlife. I've also used the LX-100 for landscapes/ cityscapes; it does an admirable job at both. It also has in camera filters and editing, not to mention 4KPHOTO so you always get that action shot. I bought the LX-100 almost a year ago and almost never leave home without it! February 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great little B- and C-cameras I have two of these little powerhouses, used mostly as locked-off stationary cameras to shoot HiDef video at weddings. I carry around a larger ENG-style camera with a 20x lens to zoom in on the bride's face (sometimes the groom and officiant) from various places around the church. I put one of the Lumix cams behind the minister either on a piece of furniture or a tripod, then the other Lumix goes at the back of the church on a static shot of the whole wedding party. These little beauties are unobtrusive and deliver fan-TAS-tic footage—often used as a cutaway while I am walking to a different location with the larger ENG cam. I have also used them as main camera on some shoots where space is tight, or I'm out in public and don't want to call undue attention to myself. And my daughter has figured out how to shoot great stills with these so we don't ONLY have smartphone images of family events. Woo-hoo! February 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great performer for the guerrilla filmmaker! I had been putting off getting aboard the 4K video train since the news of the GH4 broke out. This is the GH4's little cousin. It's got the same engine inside, combined with sweet sweet Leica optics. I decided to go for it and went for the LX100. This is a beaut, for what it cost and its size I am very satisfied. I have shot several projects with it. Admittedly it's no BMPCC - if you want to grade it heavily, it might not have the same push, but if you know its limitations perhaps you can work around them. It's so small and light! Add a tripod and couple of LED lights and you're good to go. No HDMI out feed during recording workaround: using mobile or tablet and installing the Panasonic Image App, connecting the two by wifi or NFC. Here are two short films I shot with Panasonic LX100: Talk About Last Night (2015) - Panasonic LX100 Short Thriller Film Floathouse (2015) - Panasonic LX100 Short Thriller Film This was my first trial with the LX100. Both films have been heavily graded, and lots of cropping as well. At some point I think I pushed the magnification well over 400% on a lowlight shot which was too much, but the camera got tested to the limit. Shot in 4K, after scaling/panning converted to DNXHD 1080 for grading and finalizing. For settings I recommend googling LX100 hackermovies and Peter Gregg's videos on youtube. December 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Recommended with Reservations The main reason I bought this camera is twofold, one is using it 4k video function to shoot teen basketball games and the other is using it as a backup stills camera. It does an excellent job for my first goal. The output, without much editing, serves me very well by my standard. At this point, it is still safe to say that this is the best affordable 4k camera out there. Its 15 minute limit is easy to deal with for my purpose. Only recently did I notice that it breaks up the file in two when the file size reaches 5G without letting you know. You might have trouble to stitch the two part together smoothly because it is a hard break of some sort. However, I can't say the same thing about the IQ in the stills department. For one thing, its JPEG output is nothing to write home about. As a proud owner of Panasonic LC1, I am so surprised that Panasonic has since regressed so much from its glorious days of LC1 in its JPEG processing. I am a raw shooter so it doesn't bother me that much but still it would be nice to have a nice JPEG version so you can use right away. I know you can adjust the settings to optimize the output but why can't you make it decent to begin with in default? The other thing is if you use 16:9 aspect ratio, the edge softness is severe. You have to stop down the aperture all the way to 8 to somehow avoid it. At this point, the sensor probable will reach the diffraction territory. Usability-wise, I love the mechanical aperture and shutter speed settings from the days of LC1 and L1. I am so glad that Panasonic has kept that tradition. One small complaint is about the tactile feelings of the video button. It's a bit recessed and sometimes you think you have pressed it hard enough but the video actually didn't turn on. I have missed a few opportunities because of this. To avoid the mistake, I now always make sure I check the indicators on the screen after I press the button. It also happened to me a few times that when I turned it on, the zoom refused to come out and I got a 'system error' or something like that. So far I have fixed the problem by pulling out the battery and restart the camera but I am a bit concerned that the problem may get worse down the road and cannot be fixed by the simple trick. All in all, I'd recommend the camera, mainly for its 4k capabilities, with caveats about its stills and product quality. December 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mission Accomplished I got the LX100 because I already have a DSLR system. I owned this camera for 6 months, and it goes everywhere with me. The manual controls are simple and easy to use, and fast to operate. The Leica lens is great wide open, and has very good image quality. The 4K provides a manageable file that's easy to process with amazing results. Like my DSLRs the LX100 has back button focus, and built in time lapse. This is the only camera I shoot in full manual. Even in manual focus, the AF will snap to focus when the AE/AF button is pressed, and it has the override and focus peaking. In video, I can pull focus while shooting. Nevertheless, battery life is good, viewfinder is good, AF is fast and accurate, and a lot of custom features and programmable buttons. The LX100 makes a great street and travel companion. It's compact, powerful, and feels good in the hands. It's designed for photographers who know how to manipulate exposure, and like the feel of shooting manual. It reminds me of the old SLR film and Rangefinder cameras of the 90s, but with a lot of modern features. The only issue I had with the LX100 was learning the menu system. That's because It has a lot of functions and features to go through. But once I understood how things worked, I customized it for my shooting needs. And it's fast and easy to access the features I want. Overall, this is a great little camera that has a lot of modern functions and features. The lens provides great sharp and clear photo and video. And the manual controls make shooting fun, but it takes time to learn the Menu system. Remember, this is a small point and shoot camera. IMO one of the best designed cameras on the market. November 29, 2015
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