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LUMIX DMC-LX7 10.1 MP 3.8X Advanced Zoom Digital Camera - Black

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DMC-LX7
Features
  • Capture blur-free images in low light with fast Leica® lens optics
  • Shoot high-quality images with large size 10.1 MP MOS sensor
  • Create dramatic backgrounds with intuitive aperture ring control
  • Record fast motion and fine detail in Full 1080/60p HD video
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  • Metrics
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Weight
  • Optics
    • Camera Effective Pixels
    • Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
    • Aperture
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
    • Intelligent Zoom
    • Lens
    • 2-Speed Zoom
    • Optical Image Stabilizer
    • Digital Zoom
    • Focusing Area
    • AF Assist Lamp
    • Focus
    • AF Metering
    • Shutter Speed
    • Viewfinder
  • Recording
    • File Format
    • Mode Dial / Mode Button
    • Creative Control mode
    • Still Image Scene Mode
    • Continuous Shooting Mode
    • Motion Picture Recording (*2)
    • AVCHD (Continuous recordable time [motion pictures])
    • MP4 (Continuous recordable time [motion pictures])
    • AVCHD (Actual recordable time [motion pictures])
    • MP4 (Actual recordable time [motion pictures])
    • Exposure
    • Exposure Compensation
    • Auto (AE) Bracketing
    • Light Metering
    • ISO Sensitivity
    • Still Picture Recording
    • Image Quality
    • White Balance
    • Photo Style / Film Mode
    • Color Mode / Color Effect / My color
    • Picture Adjustment
    • Aspect Bracketing
    • Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
    • GPS
    • Wi-FI
    • Zoom in Motion Picture
    • Self Timer
  • Playback
    • Playback Mode
    • Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
    • Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback
    • Set Favorites / Rotate Image
    • Show Histogram
    • Show Highlights
    • DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
    • Retouch
    • Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling
    • Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
    • Cut Animation
    • Video Divide
    • PictBridge Support
  • Setup
    • OSD language
  • Others
    • LCD Monitor
    • Built-in-Flash
    • Recording Media
    • Built-in-Memory
    • Microphone / Speaker
    • Interface
    • Power
    • Battery life (approx.)
    • Included Software
    • Standard Accessories
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC
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Reviews

DMC-LX7 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best point and shoot camera The best I ever had. Auto is spot on plus manual for more control. The lens is fantastic. Sharp, crisp photos.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like my old LX3 better I really like my LX7, don't get me wrong. It has some very nice features, especially in automatic IA mode. I owned a DMC-LX3 prior to purchasing my LX7 and after almost exactly one year, I am going back to my LX3. Maybe I'll regret... maybe I'll go for the newer LX-100K or something. Not sure. I do know that I don't see enough of a difference between the two, and the LX3 is just a little bit smaller and lighter than the LX7. The main thing that I like about the LX3 over the LX7 is that it has a "starry night" feature that I really like, which lets you take very, very long exposures (60 seconds) to capture night landscapes and the like. I hadn't sold my LX3, but now I'm selling my LX7. Either camera is great. The lenses on these small cameras rival much more expensive cameras.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lowest Cost Serious Camera If you pick you camera by megapixels/dollar or how long the zoom is, then this is not your camera. If you recognize the value of fast optics, low noise, wide dynamic-range sensors, full manual aperture control and the ability to save off in RAW instead of JPG, then this camera should definitely capture your attention. This is a nearly perfect 2nd carry instead of your full DSLR rig. It's a little larger than a true pocket size, but in exchange you get an incredible Leica f/1.4 7-17.7mm lens, meaning you don't need flash for most photos - which is a good thing on many levels. I have used this for fireworks - capturing some images that were publishable, much to my amazement, for candid use, and much more. The 'miniature' setting actually works, but it's hard to see on the otherwise impeccable view screen. My only disappointements are the lens doesn't fully retract, making it a little bulky, and that the add-on optical viewfinder at $150 is kind of spendy. However, if you understand the tradition of the Leica 35mm rangefinder and want a modern digital equivalent that won't break the bank, this is it.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes better pictures than I usually do The camera is a great system and has many accessories to get that picture you want. The lack of viewfinder and the proprietary cable to hook to my PC was perturbing and a little annoying, but I knew what I was getting into when I got it. Build quality is first class, the lens is fast and clear. Navigation on the menus takes some getting used to, but that's nothing new for a new camera.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LUMIX DMC-LX7 - THE ONLY CAMERA YOU EVER NEED! I have been using digital cameras since they were announced. I have had many point-and-shoot models and five (5) DSLR's. A professional photographer friend of mine showed me pictures he took in Italy with the original LX7...they were outstanding! He also mentioned that there was a newer version available, but with a faster f/1.4 lens. I purchased the new version shortly after talking with him. The results were outstanding! Most of the time no flash is needed with the fast lens speed. About four weeks later, I sold my DSLR, three lens, and two flashes. The LX7 is now my only digital camera I use...and I carry it with me everywhere.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big bang for little buck! No camera can be all things to all shooters. It's a fallacy of logic. That being said, sometimes manufacturers get closer to perfection than not with a model. Such is the case with the LX7. For the price, size, speed and resolution it's the perfect (good) storm. Yes, the filter ring is finicky and odd. Yes the flash is underhelming, blah, blah blah. On the other hand, it makes fantastic point-and-shoot photos. Focus is fast enough, light sensitivity due to a very fast lens is AWESOME.....i.e. less blur in low light. The flash, up close, is deadly accurate for just enough pop. Video looks spectacular. This camera makes the worst, least seasoned, shooter look good almost all the time becasue of it's auto modes. Example, my spouse, now, uses it to shoot all her ebay items she sells. Again, typically, in an auto mode and the results are SO MUCH BETTER than her prior attempts. BEST OF ALL, if you want to push it to it's limits, you got manual overrides out the wazoo. That is why I love this camera. I can tuck it away in a small pocket (space) and when I'm in a situation where there is no place or time for a DSLR etc. I (literally) whip this one out and get a GREAT SHOT....uasually in one of the auto modes. Think, THE BEST pocket TRAVEL CAMERA out there if you need something closer to "all things to all shooters".
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very worthy successor to the LX5 I shoot mostly live music stills along with the occasional video. The compact size makes it so I can take this camera into places that disallow larger "pro" cameras. The f1.4-f2.3 lens is a leap in the right direction. I've printed spectacular 16x20 and 18x24 prints. For an eight hour festival, I shot over 2350 photos on two batteries (flash & video not allowed). I commonly get complimented on my photos pasted on facebook. Proposed next version: 20mm wide equivalent, f1.4-f2.0, 20MP, 6x zoom. Wider is most important, then keeping the aperture the same, then more megapixels then zoom. All with a very sharp focus. Other requests are an electronic remote shutter release, get rid of all ring functions (put in menus instead), a durable, self retracting lens cap and a salient, fixed, shaped flash close to the lens (even in the lens shoulder if possible - even better to have 4 smaller ones, one at each quadrant) - controlled by the menu (and a button).
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lumix LX9 to include a 24-480mm lens? More than a review, this is a request to Panasonic.... this camera has too many great functions to make it very complex, it takes time to get use to it. I have a request and it is the zoom range... add the zoom range that has been included in the Lumix ZS30..... a 24-480mm zoom lens... that way one camera will do it it all in my pocket and I won''t need to carry more than just this camera... since the image quality is amazing. coupled with a water casing and it becomes the perfect camera to carry everywhere .... lumix LX9..... Please Panasonic , let me dream of this.
Date published: 2013-11-12
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  • I am a professional photographer who is seriously considering switching to the Lumix mirrorless cameras. Does Panasonic have, or can you suggest, a web site that demonstrates how professional photographers are successfully using the Lumix professional cameras?
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  • How do I install firmware in my camera using an SD card?
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.
    Digital Still Camera Firmware Update Guide.

    1) Preparation before attempting the update.

    A. Make sure the camera's battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a couple of pictures.
    B. Turn off the camera.

    2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.
    A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the "Download Ver. X.X " link to a location on your computer (we recommend the "Desktop").
    B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
    C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.

    D. For"PC" users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the"My Computer" or"Computer" on your desktop or your"Start" menu. For"Mac" users, can use"Finder" if the drive does not mount to your desktop.

    E."Drag" to Copy and Paste" the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card showing in your"My Computer" window for"PC" users and"Finder" or"Drive" in Macs. This will copy the file to the card.

    F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Turn the camera on and set it to"Playback" mode. Then select"PC" on the LCD screen. Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer.

    G."SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used.

    3) Updating the camera's firmware.

    A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into the computer.

    B. Turn the Camera power on and press the"Playback" button. The camera's LCD screen should now be showing a screen asking if you desire to"Update" the firmware. Highlight"Yes" and press the"Menu/Set" button.

    C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.

    D. This completes the update process.

    4) Confirming the update.

    A. Turn the camera's power back on.

    B. Set to"Playback" Mode.

    C. Choose the"Setup" menu.

    D. Select Version Disp.


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  • My camera won't power on. What can I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you dont have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


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  • How long should my battery last?
    CIPA figures which range from 300-400 photos (depending on the camera model). CIPA measurement methods use a very controlled method to measure battery life. The procedure takes a specific number of shots at a fixed interval, with a fixed ratio of flash photos. While this method provides a standardized measurement that can be used to compare two cameras, it's far from how the camera is actually used. Life expectancy can be affected by any of the following: If the flash is used, the total number of photos can decrease by 30-40% If the camera has GPS, you can expect up to a 50% reduction in battery life. If the customer has no immediate need for GPS disable the feature in the camera's menu options. While the battery saver feature will turn the LCD panel off after a preset time (and place the camera into sleep mode) the camera still draws some power from the battery. We suggestion, turn the camera after each shot. At social gatherings, try and minimize passing the camera around the table to have others look at the photos. The LCD panel consumes ~30% of the total power.

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  • Why do I have spots on some of my photos?
    Spots can occur due to dust or dirt inside the lens, or when flash is used in a very dusty environment.

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  • What size SD Card can I use in my camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can only use Standard SD Cards (2GB Max).  Models manufactured from 2007 to 2009 can only use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards (32GB Max).  Cameras manufactured 2010 and later are also compatible to the SDXC memory card format. While your camera?s owner?s manual may state a maximum size, that size was the largest that was available when your camera was manufactured. Any currently available SDXC card, which will eventually increase to maximum of 2 TB is compatible. As the maximum size increases, to 2 TB, we do not anticipate any need for firmware updates. 

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  • Why am I unable to view the photos on my camera after I have deleted some files from the SD card using the computer?
    It is not recommended that you delete or modify any photos on your SD memory card using your PC if you plan to move them back to the camera. Doing so can damage the file allocation table and your camera will not be able to read the files. You should immediately copy the remaining photos from your SD card to your PC. After doing so, using your camera, reformat the SD card.

    Require further assistance?

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  • What should I do to correct a "System Error Zoom", "System Error Lens", or "System Error Focus" message on my camera?
    We recommend you try removing the battery from the unit for approximately 60 seconds and reinstall the battery. If you still receive the "System Error *****" message you will want to consider having the camera serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • There are vertical/horizontal lines in my LCD screen. What do I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you dont have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced.

    For repairs and exchanges:

    Ship your product to:

    Panasonic Factory Service Center
    4900 George McVay Drive
    Suite B; Door-12
    McAllen, TX 78503

    Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address, copy of your purchase receipt (for warranty service), and a description of what is wrong with the unit. Freight collect shipments will not be accepted.

    Panasonic is not responsible for damage that occurs in transit. All contents should be packaged for safe travel to the service center. Customer should use a reputable small package shipping company that is able to provide a package tracking number and insurance (if customer should so desire to insure their package).

    Units that are abused, damaged, infested with insects, have corrosion, etc. will be placed out-of-warranty.

    Once your unit arrives at the facility, you may contact us for status at:

    Email: panacare@us.panasonic.com

    Note: Please reference your Service Job number when contacting. You will be contacted if there is any cost you are responsible for.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
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