Please note: This review is only concerning the video capability of the Panasonic LX100. Edit: You can now download the 4K file from Vimeo If you are a matured woman, you might have heard in the past the sentence “it’s not you, it’s me”. If you are a grown up man, you might have heard something like “So close, yet so far away”. Well, if I have to define the Panasonic LX100 in two sentences, those are the ones I would have chosen to use but this time, it’s not me it’s her (the camera) and yes, so close yet so FAR away…. With 4K internal recording, a relatively large sensor (4/3”) and other professional features like Zebra, peaking and a fast lens (f1.7-2.8), you might have mistaken the Panasonic LX100 to be a serious working tool especially when considering its price tag ($899). Well, it is and it’s not….True, the overall picture quality is nice, but when starting to look at it carefully, that’s when the disappointment is starting to build up. Moiré can be very ugly and the “rolling shutter effect” is unavoidable. Moiré on Panasonic LX100 4K footage But before talking about the picture quality, here is something about “usability”. Unless I got a “lemon”, every time after switching the camera “off” and then turning it “on” again, it made a reset to its “default mode” and if this is not enough, here is a list of its shortcomings: -Region camera, not a world one -15 min. recording limit time when shooting in 4K -No tilt LCD screen -When shooting in 4K the picture in the LCD looks strange, as if there is some kind of picture enhancer running at the background. -The camera has a “manual audio level control” but no audio inputs. Go figure why there is a need for level control for the on board mic -No headphone input -No USB connector (Very useful when you forget your charger and have the possibility to charge it via your computer) -Tripod plate must be taken off if you need to change a battery or SD card -The lens is 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent). Not wide or tele enough for my taste -Auto focus is very slow when shooting in 4K especially in open aperture like f4.0 and below -In 4K mode, when pressing “REC”, the picture will “jump in”. Apparently some “cropping” is happening (edit: this can be eliminated by changing the following in the menu: Custom\Rec Area. Change from “Picture” to ”Video”. Thank you Benjamin for the tip). -After some seconds, some of the LCD display “disappears”. It is so confusing to the point I was not sure if I’m recording or not -For professionals who are looking for a better dynamic range or match this camera easily to the GH4, there is no LOG picture profile -Last but not least, The focus ring and the aperture ring are placed wrongly….Aperture ring at the front and focus ring close to the camera body. Extremely confusing for anyone who is used to working with any other camera -When tripod plate is attached to the camera, manual focusing is very difficult as the ring touches the tripod plate On the positive side: -4K video recording in your pocket -Manual video controls -Battery life is absolutely great (like with most of Panasonic’s cameras) -Good EVF -Video quality to satisfy the many who are looking for a portable 4K video solution (I can imagine this camera doing well on drones) -Low light capability is good (in the above video I used ISO 400-1600) A small tip if you have the camera and can not see aperture changes in “realtime”- Go to “Custom”- “Constant preview” and set it “on” Cameras settings used in this video: -Motion pic: (4K), MP4 2160, 24p -WB:incandescent -“Photo style”: Natural Most of this video was shot with the shops lights. In two of the interviews additional light was added. Audio recorded externally on a Tascam D60D NO colour correction or sharpening was added in post. In some shots I’ve “tuned” the brightness. Music: https://www.musicbed.com/ The Like Of Us – Jingle Bells (short version) – Instrumental Thank you: http://www.block44.at/ Johnnie Behiri is a freelance documentary cameraman/editor/producer working mostly for the BBC and other respected broadcasters. He is also co-owner of cinema5d.comRead more
Remember the LX100? Potentially not as we’ve had a hefty amount of camera releases over the last few months. The compact fixed lens camera is one of the latest 4K offerings from Panasonic, and it’s now shipping. The Panasonic LX100 was announced at Photokina this year, bringing manual 4K video in a tiny fixed lens package. Equipped with a micro 4/3 sensor and 24-75mm (35mm equivalent) lens it has the potential to serve very well as a compact carry around, or where a tiny manual camera is required (aerial photography immediately springs to mind). Here’s the specification for the LX100 12 Active Megapixel micro 4/3 CMOS Sensor 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 lens (24-75mm 35mm equivalent) Optical Image Stabilization ISO range 200-25600 SD/SDHC/SDXC 60 minute recording cap Up to 60fps 1080 Up to 30 fps 3840X2160 3.0″ LCD screen Built in WiFi As the camera is already on our office desk, a full review and sample footage are coming soon!Read more
It is still a bit early to know if the good got better but one thing is for sure, the new Panasonic LX100 with its four/thirds sensor size and 4K resolution for video recording is an interesting camera to consider when lightweight traveling, aerial shooting or low-key filming is required. The other interesting achievement in this camera is its lens. The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX F1.7-F2.8 lens, with a zoom range of 24-75mm (35mm camera equivalent) is suitable for all kinds of shooting. The LUMIX LX100 comes with new focus options such as a manual focus ring and a newly developed auto focus system. The camera offers high quality video recording in 4K 3840×2160 at 30/25 fps in MP4; as well as high-resolution Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 50p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. A dedicated button on the top of the camera’s body lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos, meaning you can always capture the moment as it happens. The LX100 also offers ‘4KPhoto mode’ which allows users to easily capture a still image from 4K video footage shot on the camera. Panasonic LX100 introduction video: Panasonic LX100 sample footage (try watching it in 4K): Expected availability: Beginning of November 2014Read more
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