Photokina 2014: Panasonic has launched a new premium compact camera, the Panasonic LX100. It is built around a Micro 4/3 sensor and a Leica 24-75 mm f/1.7-2.8 lens, and can record still images at a resolution of up to 12.8 Megapixels as well as 4K videoclips at 24 or 30 fps.
If so far it looks impressive, you need to know that the list of technical specifications doesn’t stop here. The new Panasonic LX100 employs the focus system from the top of the range Micro 4/3 mirrorless Panasonic GH4 and can record continuous frames at up to 11 fps with the autofocus active throughout. A performance worthy of a DSLR, but which now makes an appearance on a camera from the compact class.
In addition, the new LX100 comes with built-in Wireless and NFC and connects to any smartphone with Android or iOS, via a free application available on Google Play or Apple Store. That way you can transfer photos and movies recorded with the Panasonic LX100 but you can also control the device remotely, the Remote Shooting function being another advantage of the new compact.
However, people who want the newest and brightest compact camera from Panasonic will have to wait until the second half of October, when it is expected to hit the store shelves. The price is not compact, but is on a par with the camera’s capabilities: around 900 dollars.
Therefore, we look forward to have the Panasonic LX100 in for testing. Nevertheless, at first glance at least, it has real chances to get into the Top 3 of the best compact cameras of the moment.
Panasonic LX100, technical specs at a glance:
- Micro 4/3 CMOS sensor
- 12.8 megapixels resolution
- Leica 24-75 mm f/1.7-2.8 lens
- ISO 100-25.600
- Full HD and 4K video recording at 30 and 24 fps
- Stereo sound recording
- Continuous shooting at 11fps, with active autofocus between releases
- Hotshoe for an external Flash