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Panasonic LUMIX LX100 12.8 MP Point and Shoot Camera with Integrated Leica DC Lens (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 29, 2015

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Panasonic LUMIX LX100 12.8 MP Point and Shoot Camera with Integrated Leica DC Lens (Black)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 116 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 5.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Light4.8   above average
Photo4.8   above average
Control4.6   above average
Video4.6   above average
Compact4.5   average
Quality4.5   above average
Speed4.5   above average
Manual4.4   above average
Image4.2   average
Button3.9   above average
Lens3.9   above average
Range3.8   below average
Size3.8   below average
Zoom3.8   below average
Sensor3.7   below average
Focus3.5   above average


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Button

Button:
"For example, the intelligent auto button that so many people complain about being easily hit can be set to need a long-press before activating, thus solving this problem."
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"iA button is RIGHT next to the on off switch; you will press it by mistake."
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"I just can't get comfortable wit the small-for-me controls, dials, and buttons."
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"There's always some room for improvement:- It would be nice to be able to assign a function button to program shift so you could click thru the various shift points."
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"For example, the intelligent auto button that so many people complain about being easily hit can be set to need a long-press before activating, thus solving this problem."
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"Firmware - things that should be fixed immediately: There are three configurable buttons on the back of the camera (which is great), but there is one button on top of the camera that is dedicated to Filters."
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"My recommendation is that this button should become the (programmable) iA mode button, and the existing iA mode button near the power switch should be removed."
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Compact

Compact:
"The LX100 is an amazingly good compact camera with very few compromises."
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"Previous compact cameras' attempts at manual focus using toggles and small LCDs always drove me bonkers; the LX100 addresses all my prior complaints."
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"The Panasonic LX-100 is an extraordinarily customizable, well-balanced, beautifully built compact camera that will please anyone, but especially those understand photography or are willing to learn."
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"Can't go wrong with this beauty, it's my favorite compact camera yet-- and that even includes the legendary Sony RX100 Mark II."
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"The LX100 has great ergonomics for a compact bridge camera, the grip is not huge but allows for a secure grip."
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"Not cameras fault: As with most most fixed-lens, compact zoom cameras, there is lots of geometric distortion at the wider focal lengths that the user never sees because it is corrected in real time for the displays and JPEGs."
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"It's light, compact and takes fantastic photos and video."
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Control

Control:
"The control dial is very hard to turn without accidently depressing the switches which will take you out of program shift mode."
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"If you love manual controls and want a smaller camera this is hard to beat."
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"I just can't get comfortable wit the small-for-me controls, dials, and buttons."
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"I love the handling of the camera - feels substantial but not huge, grip is wonderful, LOVE the manual controls and the aperture ring."
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"The control layout is nearly perfect and doing away with all the dial mode settings was a great idea."
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"Great camera for all manual control or flick a switch and its on automatic."
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"Fabulous camera with a very fast 1.7 lens and excellent controls for taking photos."
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"Solid, fast, inconspicuous, wonderful glass, love the controls."
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Focus

Focus:
"However it misses, focus on macro a lot, but manual focus with peaking works wonders."
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"I hate having off center focus points areas by default when I turn the camera on, so I focus and recompose leaving the points areas centered."
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"90% of the time it misses focus or changes focus with lots of hunting."
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"Too bad that if you plan to have anything except a subject of focus in the center you will immediately notice how utterly crappy- and I REALLY mean- utterly crappy the corner and edge sharpness are."
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"And the zebra striping and focus peaking work incredibly well, and are especially nice for smooth video work."
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"For those of us who are more at ease adjusting our own f-stop shutter speed, exposures and focus this camera is very nice to use."
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"Autofocus - seems very, very good, have not spent a lot of time exploring it yet."
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"The focus is hit or miss, even in good light, and even the best focused images are mediocre."
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"Fast, sharp zoom lens covering 24mm wide-angle to 75mm portrait equivalent Numerous and customizable controls Fast, accurate focus with decent tracking Well-tampered manual focus ring (great for focus if nothing else) Decent display (essentially same for LCD and EVF)."
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Image

Image:
"After reading multiple rave reviews about it from various pro photo websites, I was expecting a lot more than a mediocre point and shoot with a zoom lens."
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"The focus is hit or miss, even in good light, and even the best focused images are mediocre."
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"The sharpness of the images has been a problem for many including myself."
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"The quality of images not very good compared to DSLR camera images."
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"Another issue which is not small which happened during an interview was an af image stabilization error."
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"-The 4K photo burst mode is really nice for pets and children."
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"Overall, image quality is amazingly good in bright light and quite good in lower light."
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"SUMMARY:This camera produces some brilliant images in almost any situation, and it delivers the artistic capabilities of a DSLR or ILC Mirrorless camera in an always-with-you sized package."
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"Thus I went on the search for an alternative camera that would be on me 100% of the time, no matter where I go, and would provide a full manual feature set and great image quality."
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"I now take photos where each photo is good and the only difference between pictures of the same person maybe the aspect or the smile and I now have a hard time deciding which photos to throw away, I keep looking at them and enjoying them some more."
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Lens

Lens:
"One annoying thing is that the lens isn't automatically covered when retracted, so you'll want to keep track of the lens cap, which can be fastened to the camera with an included tether."
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"Of course none of the ease of use advantages would be much good without a great combination of sensor, lens, etc."
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"Compared to a Micro 4 3 kit lens like the Olympus EZ 14-42 it's probably not any worse, but compared to the Olympus Pro lenses it's not nearly as good (but it's also a camera + lens for as cheap as the 12-40 PRO).A few quirks that are mentioned by others: the intelligent Auto is frustrating, it's easy to accidentally hit."
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"After reading multiple rave reviews about it from various pro photo websites, I was expecting a lot more than a mediocre point and shoot with a zoom lens."
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"24-75mm is normal range, and is great for landscape and street and even portraits since the lens is so fast, but for wildlifes and sports, maybe not so good, and since the lens is fixed, there's really no way to fix it."
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"- Please throw in an automatic lens caps."
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"The best thing about this camera, besides the Leica lens, are the manual dials."
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"Fabulous camera with a very fast 1.7 lens and excellent controls for taking photos."
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"The Aperture ring on the lens is nice but if you aren't used to it then you'll find yourself adjusting it accidentally."
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"pros:*lens is very sharp (lieca) usable and have great bokeh*can take both potraits and macro*can take good photos and great videos (mp4 is best)*4k recording is very sharp,1080p bitrate is great*11 40 fps shots, electronic shutter*very comfortable controls on lens*very light and small , almost pocketable, very usefull controls and handling*cheap price for great quality, a gh4 in your pocket for third of the price*mirrorless is awesome, interchangeable lens is overrated, not needed if kit lens is very very good*autofocus is really fast and good*stabilization (not 5 axis),metering & white balance is good*focus peaking is really great , very helpful*the attached lenscap cable is a great ideacons:*12.8 mpx is not really enough, needs at least 16-24mpx sometimes for good editing quality(after that can be 2mpx)*in door, low light ,shadow ,alot of noise, espacially after iso 3200 , must have a flash & tripod in this conditions, or topaz denoise*4k not 60 fps , also flat profile like S log2 is missing , xavc codec for smaller file size, pal ntsc should be chosen in menu*sensor size too small?"
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Light

Light:
"The focus is hit or miss, even in good light, and even the best focused images are mediocre."
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"I know there are aftermarket options but the danging lens cap is a PIA.- I know the low light performance of the camera is excellent but having an integrated flash vs. add on would be nice- WiFi setup seems unnecessarily cumbersome."
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"Colors meld together and lights turn into nice circles."
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"Overall, image quality is amazingly good in bright light and quite good in lower light."
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"The most fun I've had since my Leica M2, but this one has a built-in light meter! "
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Manual

Manual:
"If you love manual controls and want a smaller camera this is hard to beat."
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"However it misses, focus on macro a lot, but manual focus with peaking works wonders."
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"Previous compact cameras' attempts at manual focus using toggles and small LCDs always drove me bonkers; the LX100 addresses all my prior complaints."
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"I love the handling of the camera - feels substantial but not huge, grip is wonderful, LOVE the manual controls and the aperture ring."
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"Thus I went on the search for an alternative camera that would be on me 100% of the time, no matter where I go, and would provide a full manual feature set and great image quality."
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"Great camera for all manual control or flick a switch and its on automatic."
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"Fast, sharp zoom lens covering 24mm wide-angle to 75mm portrait equivalent Numerous and customizable controls Fast, accurate focus with decent tracking Well-tampered manual focus ring (great for focus if nothing else) Decent display (essentially same for LCD and EVF)."
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"If you love manual controls and want a smaller camera this is hard to beat."
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Photo

Photo:
"If I take the SD card I am sure the photos and videos will be damaged."
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"And I love to have them on me pretty much constantly since once the photography bug bites, you see beautiful photos everywhere."
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"Photos look good, not smeared as you'd expect for movie stills."
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"Clear sharp velvet photos."
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"Fabulous camera with a very fast 1.7 lens and excellent controls for taking photos."
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"I take HRD photos all the time for real estate and love the ability to shoot photos with up to 7 brackets."
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Quality

Quality:
"Build quality is good but not great, the materials are nothing special and it doesn't feel like a high end or pricy camera in your hands, but it does feel solid and sturdy."
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"A major criticism seems to be the jpeg quality of this camera, but for me, they seem ok."
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"The quality of images not very good compared to DSLR camera images."
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"Image Quality:I've read some criticism that the LX100 doesn't make use of the full 16MP sensor (which is correct)."
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"Build quality and ergonomics are excellent."
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"Overall, image quality is amazingly good in bright light and quite good in lower light."
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"Thus I went on the search for an alternative camera that would be on me 100% of the time, no matter where I go, and would provide a full manual feature set and great image quality."
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"Low light image quality is about as good as my E-M1, I can't tell a huge difference between the two (E-M1 w 17mm f 1.8) Both camera's give about the same IQ and noise at 800-1600 ISO, but the IBIS on the E-M1 allows me to go around 1 2 - 1 second shutter speed while the LX100 can only go around 1 5-1 10 second at best."
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"Image Quality - Very good!"
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Range

Range:
"However, for indoor parties, a stroll around the neighborhood, or for beautiful skylines and majestic mountain ranges, LX100 is hard to beat."
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"If big zoom range and a large sensor is what you want, then this is the wrong camera."
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"WiFi range is decent at about 25 feet (still disappointing, but is serves most of my needs), and still tons better than an IR trigger or self timer (which, by the way, is a function that works in conjunction with WiFi mode should you desire it).Displays:All the rumors leading up to this release had me hopeful for an articulating, touch-screen LCD."
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"Lens - zoom range is 24-75mm or so, but within its range, it seems a great performer."
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"However, for indoor parties, a stroll around the neighborhood, or for beautiful skylines and majestic mountain ranges, LX100 is hard to beat."
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"If it had a slightly greater zoom range (on the long end) and an integrated lens cover I would have given it five stars."
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"I wanted something with a good range and would really make my photo's pop."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"However, I felt disappointed looking at the details - being that this is a MFT sensor it's already cropped...but then with the variable aspect ratio it's cropped even further.....I was afraid that any large prints might not look very nice coming from this camera."
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"Of course none of the ease of use advantages would be much good without a great combination of sensor, lens, etc."
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"If big zoom range and a large sensor is what you want, then this is the wrong camera."
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"After fewer than 50 shots, the camera sensor appears to have failed."
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"Image Quality:I've read some criticism that the LX100 doesn't make use of the full 16MP sensor (which is correct)."
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"It's not too far off what I get from my Fujifilm APS-C sensors, which are some of the best APS-C sensors around."
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"I attribute it mainly to how well the lens and sensor work together."
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"Though bigger than its predecessor (the LX7) and its closest competitor (the Sony RX100), it bests them both with a larger sensor that results in better image quality and more desirable bokeh."
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"Amazing, easy, great sensor and lens."
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Setting

Setting:
"Other notes:The auto white-balance is not always very accurate, which is easily fixed by setting a custom white balance."
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"The control layout is nearly perfect and doing away with all the dial mode settings was a great idea."
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"Going wide open (setting the aperture to 1.7) gives you great bokeh, and a shot that looks like it was taken by a high end Canon or Nikon."
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"There are many autofocus options, but I still havent quite found a combination of settings that feels comfortable and reliable."
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"An idiot can take great pics on the auto setting, but manual controls allow greater adjustment as your skill builds."
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"Easy to use manual settings."
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Size

Size:
"Here are some thoughts on this camera before discussing image quality:-It's not as small as the Sony RX100 cameras, and probably won't be comfortable in your pants pocket."
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"pros:*lens is very sharp (lieca) usable and have great bokeh*can take both potraits and macro*can take good photos and great videos (mp4 is best)*4k recording is very sharp,1080p bitrate is great*11 40 fps shots, electronic shutter*very comfortable controls on lens*very light and small , almost pocketable, very usefull controls and handling*cheap price for great quality, a gh4 in your pocket for third of the price*mirrorless is awesome, interchangeable lens is overrated, not needed if kit lens is very very good*autofocus is really fast and good*stabilization (not 5 axis),metering & white balance is good*focus peaking is really great , very helpful*the attached lenscap cable is a great ideacons:*12.8 mpx is not really enough, needs at least 16-24mpx sometimes for good editing quality(after that can be 2mpx)*in door, low light ,shadow ,alot of noise, espacially after iso 3200 , must have a flash & tripod in this conditions, or topaz denoise*4k not 60 fps , also flat profile like S log2 is missing , xavc codec for smaller file size, pal ntsc should be chosen in menu*sensor size too small?"
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"Another issue which is not small which happened during an interview was an af image stabilization error."
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"Even the flash which gets bad reviews because its not attached is good, especially for its size!"
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"So I gave it 5 stars, because it's stupid to deduct points for something a camera of this size could never physically be able to do...like a long zoom."
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"In order to do that, Panasonic would have had to compromise on speed and or size though."
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"I never shoot with on-camera flash anyway, and if you really want it the included flash is small and nice enough."
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"If you need a camera that can easily be fit into a small bag and only be used occasionally, the RX100 is probably better."
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"The exposure ring is also getting adjusted alot when I don't mean to - it's in the same place as my RX-10 was but seems it's easier to move or maybe the smaller size means my hand rubs against it."
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"Of course its not perfect, but despite my laundry list of quirks and qualms (which is mostly feedback for Panasonic), my overall impression of this camera is very positive, and the LX100 very comfortably takes its place as my go-to photographic tool (with my phone and DSLR bookending the rest).PROS Excellent image quality for such a small camera!"
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"Love it, easy to use, perfect size, great quality photos."
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Speed

Speed:
"24-75mm is normal range, and is great for landscape and street and even portraits since the lens is so fast, but for wildlifes and sports, maybe not so good, and since the lens is fixed, there's really no way to fix it."
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"In order to do that, Panasonic would have had to compromise on speed and or size though."
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"Fabulous camera with a very fast 1.7 lens and excellent controls for taking photos."
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"For those of us who are more at ease adjusting our own f-stop shutter speed, exposures and focus this camera is very nice to use."
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"Solid, fast, inconspicuous, wonderful glass, love the controls."
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"Low light image quality is about as good as my E-M1, I can't tell a huge difference between the two (E-M1 w 17mm f 1.8) Both camera's give about the same IQ and noise at 800-1600 ISO, but the IBIS on the E-M1 allows me to go around 1 2 - 1 second shutter speed while the LX100 can only go around 1 5-1 10 second at best."
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"Fast, sharp zoom lens covering 24mm wide-angle to 75mm portrait equivalent Numerous and customizable controls Fast, accurate focus with decent tracking Well-tampered manual focus ring (great for focus if nothing else) Decent display (essentially same for LCD and EVF)."
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Video

Video:
"Number 1 AF tracking in video mode is terrible."
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"If I take the SD card I am sure the photos and videos will be damaged."
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"I'm someone who takes hours of video footage for every still photo taken, and even though this camera takes gorgeous video, I've been rather disappointed in some of video-related issues this camera has.1."
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"The arbitrary 15 minute recording limit for video is just annoying."
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"-VIDEO: I rarely use it, but the 4K is really, really nice."
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"And the zebra striping and focus peaking work incredibly well, and are especially nice for smooth video work."
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"Photos look good, not smeared as you'd expect for movie stills."
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"I've included a short sample video as well."
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"I recently just got back from a 6k mile cross country road trip with it and used it for video and photos; the quality is outstanding in both formats."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I knew before I bought mine that it did not have some features that I might have liked, so maybe they will eventually come out with one to increase the zoom and address some of it's other weaknesses."
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"After reading multiple rave reviews about it from various pro photo websites, I was expecting a lot more than a mediocre point and shoot with a zoom lens."
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"(I had a bad experience with an outsourced camera of other brand where its lens' barrel did not zoom in and out smoothly, it moved roughly in and out."
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"So I gave it 5 stars, because it's stupid to deduct points for something a camera of this size could never physically be able to do...like a long zoom."
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"Lens - zoom range is 24-75mm or so, but within its range, it seems a great performer."
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"Not cameras fault: As with most most fixed-lens, compact zoom cameras, there is lots of geometric distortion at the wider focal lengths that the user never sees because it is corrected in real time for the displays and JPEGs."
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"If it had a slightly greater zoom range (on the long end) and an integrated lens cover I would have given it five stars."
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"Image stabilization lets me shoot 1 15 at full zoom, you still have to do your part, but it works well."
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"Well, second one the zoom button will get stuck out of the box."
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