Panasonic's New Flagship Compact: Lumix DMC-LX7
announced plans for a new premium digital compact camera, the Lumix DMC-LX7. Successor
to the LX5, the new model will feature a fast 24-90mm f1.4-2.3 zoom lens and a
10.1-megapixel MOS sensor.
The 1/1.7-inch sensor (5.7 x 7.6mm) in the LX7 is slightly smaller than the LX5’s 1/1.63-inch sensor, but is MOS rather than CCD, and Panasonic says the signal-to-noise ratio is improved by 1.5 dB, allowing for lower noise levels at higher ISO settings.
High-speed digital signal output has been integrated into the LUMIX LX7 to realize high-speed consecutive shooting at 11fps with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF (Auto Focus).
The camera is equipped with a 3.0-inch 920,000-dot LCD screen that automatically adjusts screen brightness in 11 steps as surrounding brightness levels change.
To enhance usability the LX7 has been equipped with an aperture ring, internal neutral density (ND) filter, focus lever and rear dial. A built-in level gauge detects horizontal or vertical angle of view which is helpful in keeping the horizon level.
A dedicated video record button is located on the top of the camera body and the camera can record 1920 x 1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or 30p in MP4.
Local pricing and availability have not yet been announced.