The DMC-LX7 boasts LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with F1.4 - F2.3 full-range brightness for the true enthusiasts of photography. Plus, the aperture ring allows direct, intuitive control of aperture and the internal ND filter makes it possible to reduce light to use slower shutter speed.
The newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens features F1.4-2.3 outstanding brightness at 24-90mm versatile zoom range (35mm camera equivalent). This stunningly bright lens is the extraordinarily rich amount of light can give impressive expression to the image by reproducing exquisite gradation.
Also, the Panasonic's black box technology Nano Surface Coating boasts extremely low reflectance ratio and it is applied to the DMC-LX7 for exceptional optical performance with stunning clarity by minimizing flaring and ghosts.
The 1/1.7-inch 10.1-megapixel*1 MOS Sensor that features improvement in S/N ratio by 1.5 dB compared with the predecessor DMC-LX5*2. The result is a high resolution image with stunning clarity not only in high sensitivity recording but also in low ISO setting reproducing rich gradation with the exquisitely wide dynamic range even when the situation is highly contrasted.
*1 Camera effective pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio. Gross sensor resolution is total 12.8-megapixel.
*2 Panasonic in-house comparison with the DMC-LX5.
The external design is improved to control the rich light source that the DMC-LX7 can gain. A newly equipped aperture ring allows direct, intuitive control of aperture.
The popular Creative Control mode is incorporated to the DMC-LX7 by adding 2 exclusive filters – Radial Defocus and Smooth Defocus in addition to Soft Focus*, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect, Star Filter*, Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect** mode to be 16 in total. The Radial Defocus adds defocus effect radially from the light source while the Smooth Defocus makes the defocus figuration even smoother. Some parameters in each mode can be also adjustable.
* For photo only.
** Sound will not be recorded with Miniature Effect and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded.
The internal ND filter makes it possible to reduce the light to use slower shutter speed by 3 steps. It allows opening aperture to get visible defocus even under sunny outdoors while suppresses halation or using slower shutter speed to express the flow or splash of water.
The DMC-LX7 records high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. Upgrading the full-HD recording capability from interlaced to progressive, subjects with fast motion or fine details are reproduced even more clearly.
The DMC-LX7 can also record full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL) videos in MP4 format. This format is suitable for editing videos on a computer or uploading those to websites.
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed.
The DMC-LX7 features a multiple aspect ratio image recording using 10.1-megapixel of the total 12.8-megapixel MOS sensor. The Multi-aspect ratio function in LUMIX is "Multi-aspect" in a true sense because it enables recording images in 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios with the same angle of view.
The Light Speed AF helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. You can quickly focus on moving subjects, such as when you're shooting sports scenes or animals.
The 10.1-megapixel MOS sensor lets the DMC-LX7 shoot 11 fps in full resolution with mechanical shutter. You can take a series of shots, then choose the ones you like the best and delete the rest.
The Panorama Shot Mode in the Scene Mode makes it possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous image.
The Creative Video Mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture any way you like when shooting videos.
The videos also come with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the video.
• Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
The DMC-LX7 records high-speed videos at 120 fps (NTSC / HD)* / 100 fps (PAL / HD)* in MP4 format. You can capture scenes that can't be seen with the naked eye, and play them back in dramatic slow motion.
* The recording format is 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL).
Once the start time, the interval and the number of picture to shoot are set, the camera automatically records images. You can leave the camera and get a record of stationary observation for subjects such as flowers coming into bloom or scudding cloud.
The Level Gauge detects the horizontal / vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the acceleration sensor. This is helpful to keep horizontal composition even when shooting in high or low angle.
The DMC-LX7 has a 3.0-inch large 920K-dot high-precision monitor with a field of view of approx. 100%. A wide-viewing angle lets you frame your shot in a variety of ways for both shooting and viewing. The Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions.
In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photo and video recording. In addition, the iA Plus Mode enables you to adjust defocusing area, exposure compensation and white balance by just moving the slider.
The Multi Exposure function lets you take up to three exposures in a single frame. You can layer subjects that wouldn't ordinarily appear in the same frame for an artistic effect, or make one subject appear two or three times in the same frame.
The DMC-LX7 offers a wide variety of options to choose from to match every shooting situation and shooting style. The hot shoe on the top accepts the optional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2) of approx. 0.7x*, 1,440,000-dot equivalent, 100% field of view, which ensures comfortable monitoring even under the strong daylight.
* 35mm camera equivalent