Panasonic Lumix LX15 Review

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Updated July 19, 2022
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For a compact camera, the Panasonic Lumix LX15 (also known as the Lumix LX10) is a very good option to go for if you don’t mind its price tag. It’s the successor to the LX7 Mark 2, and comes with a 3X optical zoom lens, a 20.1 Megapixel MOS sensor, and 4K video recording capabilities so that your films appear life-like.

The Lumix DMC LX10 camera doesn’t come with a viewfinder, but it does include a tiltable 3-inch touchscreen instead, and comes fitted with a 1-inch sensor. Its 24-72mm Leica Lens employs powerful optical image stabilization (as you’d find on the Canon Powershot Elph 190 IS digital camera) to deliver pictures of superb image quality when zooming in, and its high-speed burst shooting mode is capable of up to 10 frames per second. Additionally, you’ll find the same fps capability on the Canon PowerShot SX740.

With these kinds of features and a lot more, the Lumix DMC LX10 LX15 could be the best point-and-shoot camera to go for, but to find out if it’s best suited for you, make sure you get to the end of our LX10 LX15 review. If you’re shopping for more great choices, check out our best digital camera list.

Why We Like It – Panasonic Lumix LX15

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 is a high-end compact camera that is fitted with some nice features that photographers of all levels will come to enjoy. It comes with a post-focus mode where you can set your focus points after the photo has been taken, a 3X zoom wide-angle lens, and a 1” type sensor that allows for high-quality recording.

Pros
  • Comes with Image stabilization
  • Capable of 4K video capture
  • Comes with Aperture & Control rings
Cons
  • No electronic viewfinder

Performance

The Panasonic LX10 LX15 is a premium compact camera that comes with an aperture control ring around its 24-72mm zoom lens, and is fitted with Panasonic’s Post Focus technology which takes short 4K video bursts and combines them so that you can use the camera’s screen to select different points of focus within the frame.

Once you power it on and press the set button, you’ll be greeted by a very intuitive menu that doesn’t take a lot of time to get used to. The high-end compact camera also features an extended ISO of between 80 & 25,600 meaning it’s very capable of great shots even in very low light, and an excellent white balance which is true to the picture.

On top of all that, the LX10 LX15 Panasonic camera has a 3x optical zoom lens, and when on video mode, it can be set to capture in 4K UHD, which is four times the resolution of Full HD. If you don’t need UHD, you might like the Yi 4K Action Camera. However, if that one doesn’t sound interesting, then perhaps you should also read our Nikon Coolpix B500 Review to see what else lies in store.

Related: See our Panasonic Lumix FZ70 review

Design

Like most compact cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DMC LX10 comes in a nice, small size that’s easy to fit in your pocket. It’s also easy to hold on to, and has an aperture ring that you can use to control the light source for your pictures, as well as a control ring that you can set to do what you want.

The Panasonic LX10 camera weighs about 0.68 pounds, which is almost equivalent to the weight of the Canon G7X and slightly less heavy than the G7X II. On its rear, the camera comes with a bunch of controls that you can use for different settings depending on what you need to do, but there’s no electronic viewfinder.

There’s a 4K photo mode button for setting your desired AF points after your photo has been taken, as well as a dedicated WiFi button for when you want to share pictures. Have a look at our Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II review if you’re looking for a camera that’s got lens-based stabilization instead of the LX10’s in-body stabilization.

Value

The LX15 may not be waterproof like the Olympus Tough TG-6, but its 20 Megapixel sensor guarantees sharper images than what you’ll get with the Panasonic LX100 at 12 Megapixels. Also, courtesy of WiFi and micro USB connectivity, moving pictures between the Lumix DMC LX10 and your phone or computer is completely seamless. In terms of video, high-speed video recording at 120p is also supported, but with very limited control. Lastly, the Lumix LX10 LX15 camera’s post-focus mode is indeed one of its most unique features, and since you won’t get it in the Sony RX100, it remains one of the highlights that you’ll get to enjoy with the LX15.

Related: See our latest Panasonic Lumix ZS60 review

Panasonic Lumix LX15 Wrap Up

As you’ve seen in this Panasonic LX10 review, the LX10 is a capable camera that gets the job done, and has some special features that make using it a bit more exciting than others. If however for whatever reason it doesn’t fit into your needs, you might want to consider checking out the Sony RX100 iv. The two are in the same price range and have very slight differences between them.

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