Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Digital Camera Review


A top-notch premium compact camera with a super-fast lens, excellent photo quality, blazing fast performance, a plethora of manual controls, and 1080/60p video recording.

4.5 stars
(4.5 out of 5)

Overall, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is an excellent premium compact camera. Its fast lens, performance, and manual controls will make enthusiasts drool, while those just starting out can get great results using Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto mode. There’s very little to dislike about the LX7, with my main issues being redeye, slow buffer flush times when shooting RAW images, and vertical lines in panoramas.

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  • Excellent photo quality, with less noise than typical compact cameras
  • Super fast F1.4-2.3, 3.8X optical zoom Leica lens allows for better low light shots, more background blur
  • Multi-aspect sensor maintains the same focal length at all four aspect ratios
  • 3-inch rotating LCD with 920,000 pixels, very good outdoor/low light visibility
  • Full manual controls with RAW support, numerous ways to adjust white balance, three types of bracketing, and a customizable button and spots on the mode dial
  • Intelligent Auto mode does it all for you, including scene selection, face detection, blur reduction, HDR, and smart sharpening
  • Robust performance, especially startup, focus and shot-to-shot speeds
  • Super-fast burst mode, with ability to shoot at 5.5 fps with continuous AF and 11 fps with single AF
  • Handy aperture ring around lens
  • Built-in neutral density (ND) filter
  • Lots of scene modes (including HDR and Panorama Shot) and special effects
  • Intelligent Resolution feature nicely sharpens photos
  • Time lapse and multiple exposure options
  • Records movies at 1080/60p with stereo sound, use of optical zoom/image stabilizer, and continuous autofocus — full manual controls available
  • Optional electronic and optical viewfinders, external flash, and lens filters
  • Above average battery life


  • Redeye a problem — no removal tool in playback mode
  • Takes a long time (30+ seconds) for camera to flush the buffer after a burst containing RAW images is taken
  • Vertical stripes in panoramic images
  • Cheap-feeling rear dial doesn’t rotate smoothly — flimsy door over battery/memory card compartment
  • Full manual on CD-ROM (it’s not very user-friendly, either)

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