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    Default Panasonic LX100 preview and review

    Clubsnap just got our hands on a pre-production unit of the just announced Panasonic LX100

    The build quality feels top notch with build in side grip and EVF but no pop up flash

    Lens barrel has adjustments for f stops , focus ring , picture format and focus modes

    Back of camera ... Apart from usual functions and video button has buttons fir AEL , 3 (yes THREE) customizable Fn buttons AND Wifi button

    Firmware is pre-production 0.2 so don't count on out of camera images until the proper firmware is ready

    Following are images of various areas of the camera

    Note: Apologies for so much dust flying around on my desk..... i was in such a hurry to get the images up that I did not clean off the dust specks .... my bad
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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    some size comparison vs my passport and iphone 4s






    yes no less than 3 (yes THREE) Function (Fn) buttons to allow for customized favorite functions
    Note the WIFI too
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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    focussing modes
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    Notice the "FILTER" button next to the shutter release....YES you get immediate access to Panasonic's array of fun Art Filters which include Monochrome
    Dynamic Monochrome
    Rough Monochrome
    Silky Monochrome
    Impressive Art
    High Dynamic
    Cross Process
    Toy Effect
    Toy Pop Bleach Bypass
    Minature Effect
    Soft Focus Fantasy
    Star Filter
    One Point Color
    Sunshine
    No Effect
    Retro
    Old Days
    Sepia
    High Key
    Low Key

    yes no less than 4 types of Monochrome effects and 3 Toy/Minature effects
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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    Good news... Panasonic made a Ricoh-type pop-out lens hood that some of us had to buy for the earlier LX models..... for the LX100, Panasonic has made one and engineered it into the lens barrel so no mods need to be done. Sold Seperately (NOTE: this is sold seperately by Panasonic and does NOT come free with the camera unfortunately. Clubsnap wrongly thought it came with the camera because it was packed together with the camera. )

    Here is the video clip on how easy it is to install this

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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    Additional notes:

    1. the WIFI on the back of the camera BETWEEN Fn2 and FN3 buttons is a blue LED bulb and NOT a part of the Fn buttons. When reviewing an image in Play mode, a touch of the BOTTOM button on the dial will generate a request by camera if you want to transfer the viewed image thru WIfi. See video below for demo

    2. Repeating Again.... the pop-up lens cap DOES NOT come bundled with the LX100... it is Panasonic LX100 dedicated and SOLD seperately

    notice that once I choose YES to WII, the blue LED light between the Fn2 and Fn3 buttons turn on
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    looks good!!

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    Waiting to see output from the camera.

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    because the camera is not yet loaded with the latest OS firmware we have been asked not to put up any images out of this camera as it would give a distorted inaccurate account of its output capabilities

    My personal hunch is that output should be very decent given
    1. larger sensor size (4/3) which is 1.5 to 3X larger than cameras in a similar class and
    2. a very sweet Leica lens, a Summilux no less rather than an Elmarit or Summicron based zoom
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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    Following are official launch images from Panasonic
    There are both Black and Silver versions







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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    ah.... i was hoping to see some sample images from the camera to help with the purchasing decision.....

    too bad about the non-finalized OS....

    perhaps you could describe to us the IQ from the lens/sensor combination compared to say a LX7 and a regular M4/3 interchangable lens camera.

    is the step up from LX7 with a bigger sensor readily noticeable, and is the slight crop from a usual m4/3 sensor noticeable as a slight step down in not using the full sensor area?


    How is the EVF comparead to say a GX7 or OMD EM5?
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    no comments?
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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    Quote Originally Posted by ricleo View Post
    no comments?
    Aiyoh brother, ha ha ha give me a break lah ..... this is a preview and I have a regular full time job which has nothing to do with Photography lol

    Give me a few days to actually shoot with the LX100 .... results will be inconclusive because latest OS not loaded

    But yes technically the difference in sensor size eg from LX7 to LX100 , all other things being equal (which are not on a few fronts) will tell (we talking sensor size NOT image/file size )

    Lets refresh the specs ....
    LX3 and LX5 sensor 1/1.63"
    LX7 sensor 1/1.7"
    LX100 sensor 4/3

    In graphic form pulled from Wiki


    1. by sheer size difference alone, a larger sized sensor will record more data from light falling on it

    2. on the same token , larger sensor sizes will produce images with less noise and improved dynamic range among others

    3. sheer size difference of sensor alone, all other things being equal, you're able to produce details better on a larger sensor.... i.e. the SAME 10mb of data captured on a smaller sensor will produce output different from that SAME 10mp captured on a larger sized sensor

    4. other differences like DoF , lens designs and processing algos to compensate play a part

    Anyway , this will lead to technical discussions on the merits, pros/cons which can be discussed elsewhere in an appropriate section of the forum

    I also got the pre-production unit with very basic 0.2 ver OS which is not even 1.0...

    Will check with Panasonic again if I can share output images from this camera.... kool?
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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    Latest update..... ANOTHER LX100 ..... this time one thats loaded with the intended release software packaged in the camera for consumers globally.... will be collected on Thurs 2 Oct tomorrow

    A seperate review thread will be started with images shot with THAT unit
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    Latest update..... ANOTHER LX100 ..... this time one thats loaded with the intended release software packaged in the camera for consumers globally.... will be collected on Thurs 2 Oct tomorrow

    A seperate review thread will be started with images shot with THAT unit
    wee any idea how much it will go for?

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    Default Re: Panasonic LX100 preview

    great news ed!

    thanks for the replies to the previous questions as well not rushing you la hehe... waited almost 2 days without reply b4 posting a follow up question

    just curious for the first hand user experience and information rather than the "PR" preview descriptions from most of the popular review sites so far.

    most users want to know how much of a step up it is from the good large sensor compacts (rx100, lx7, x10-30 etc) and how much of a step down it is from m4/3 IQ hehe....

    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    Latest update..... ANOTHER LX100 ..... this time one thats loaded with the intended release software packaged in the camera for consumers globally.... will be collected on Thurs 2 Oct tomorrow

    A seperate review thread will be started with images shot with THAT unit
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