Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-LX7 is the follow-up to their popular Lumix LX5 and is the latest premium point-and-shoot camera to hit the market! Featuring a category-leading F1.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of its zoom, making it a standout option for low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. It retains the retro looks, physical knobs and buttons, hot shoe, and manual controls of the LX5, and also keeps the LX5’s 3.8X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 91mm). But the 10-megapixel Lumix LX7’s F1.4-aperture lens at the wide-angle end is a bit faster than its predecessor (or any other fixed-lens cameras besides the Samsung EX2F), with the aperture is still very wide at the telephoto end, with a maximum aperture of F2.3 at full zoom.
Its sensor is a 1/1.7-inch-type CMOS sensor rather than the CCD sensor found in the LX5 that can capture 080p high-definition video at 60 frames per second, and you can use the camera’s manual aperture and shutter controls as you film. There is also top-mounted stereo mics to the camera, which is new, as well as some in-camera options complement the new sensor like include an 11-fps burst mode at full resolution, an HDR mode, a 3D still mode, and several creative filters. It has the ability to shoot in RAW like the LX5, offers Panasonic’s fast autofocus system; and provides quick access to macro mode, exposure lock, and other settings via physical buttons and switches. The LX7 will hit stores in August and is said to be priced at about $500, give or take.