When shopping for cameras, it’s easy to choose one just by looking at price or by the number of features listed, thinking that you’re getting the best deal one way or the other. To find the best camera for you, though, it actually takes a bit more work and research than that.
Before you even begin to start shopping, you should establish a few things to keep in mind: What level photographer are you? Beginner? Amateur? Professional? What do you intend to use the camera for? What kind of features are you looking for in a camera, and how much freedom you want to take control of shooting and editing?
Once you have the answers to these questions, you can begin to look at cameras more critically to determine if it’s the right one for you. We’re here to help in that deciding process. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about the Panasonic LX10 to make an informed camera decision.
What is the Panasonic LX10?
The Panasonic LX10 is a large sensor compact camera. Introduced in 2016, Panasonic markets this camera as a perfect for camera enthusiasts who have a deep love for photography. It has a lens-mounted control ring designed to offer up the power of DSLR exposure control despite the compact body of the camera.
Like many other Panasonic cameras, it has multiple 4K photo-shooting features for advanced imaging and editing options. It also offers 4K video modes for capturing high-quality film. The 4K features tend to be highly popular among Panasonic camera enthusiasts and a top selling point. We’ll see if the other features of the Panasonic LX10 stack up to this one.
The build of the camera is also meant to be highly convenient and adaptable, even offering selfie-taking capabilities.
Panasonic LX10 Specifications
1” 20 Megapixel MOS sensor
4K Ultra HD video
3,840 x 2,160 pixels
3’’ LCD touchscreen
LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX
Depth From Defocus
4.15 x 2.36 x 1.65 inches
260-300 shots per charge
Unique and Notable Features
The Panasonic LX10 has a 3’’ LCD touchscreen, making this camera very user-friendly. The screen is capable of great movement. Its ability to tilt upward makes it ideal for taking selfies as well as doing ground-level photography. In fact, when the screen is all the way flipped 180 degrees, it automatically engages selfie-mode. With this feature, you can take quick and easy group shots with your friends and family, no one left out behind the camera.
As touched on above, the Panasonic LX10 offers all the great 4K features that Panasonic has to offer. Its high sensitivity MOS sensor combines with the power of its Venus Engine and high ISO range to create photos and videos that are sharp and vivid. When shooting in 4K, you can tap into the video behind the image, selecting the best frame from the bunch. This is particularly good for images of moving objects and action shots. It also features 4K live cropping, a function that allows for the recording frame to move while the camera remains fixed, so that it can pan without running the risk of a blurred or shaky image.
The camera offers quality Full HD high-speed video, but this is surpassed by its 4K video mode option. The 4K footage offers a video resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels for vivid images and extreme detail. The camera also offers slow-motion playback, so you can view your footage in a new dramatic way.
The camera has an optical image stabilizer ideal for taking close up, steady pictures.
Forget to focus your image before you take it, or want to clean a few things up in post? The Panasonic LX10 also offers post focus capabilities. All you have to do is touch the area you want to bring into greater focus and let the camera do its thing.
The camera features a 20 MP sensor. Its optical zoom lens is able to zoom 3x, rendering up-close images with the option to artistically defocus the background. This is great for portraits or honing in on special subjects a little far away that you want to really stand out.
The Panasonic LX10’s LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens provides sharp images and is ideal for capturing images in low light.
If you find yourself quickly whipping out your camera to take a picture of something that is fast approaching and you don’t have time to focus, you need not worry. This camera has automatic focus features that work quickly using Depth From Defocus. With this feature, the camera is able to calculate the depth of the approaching object and its surroundings in a split second and still capture your images at a rate of 6 frames per second (fps).
If engaged in 4K photo mode, the Panasonic LX10 is able to capture images at a staggering continuous shooting rate of up to 30 fps. It also has light composition features to create a dazzling image of light displays such as fireworks. It does this by pulling from multiple frames in a video, taking the brightest pixels and synthesizing them to create the brightest and most beautiful image possible.
The build of the camera includes a few rings and dials that, combined, offer manual control over the lens, shutter speed, zoom, and focus, just like with a DSLR.
The Panasonic LX10 weighs 310 g with its battery and SD card. This places this camera’s weight right around the middle of the pack as far as compact cameras go—while there are some that hover around 200 g, even more exceed the 400 g mark.
Its dimensions in terms of width x height x depth are 4.15 x 2.36 x 1.65 in.
Having a battery life of approximately 260 shots per charge, the Panasonic LX10’s battery life isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great, either. Many compact cameras have batteries that exceed 300 shots per charge, and this camera falls below them in this regard.
The camera can be charged really easily and on the go, however, due to its ability to be charged through a USB cord.
Special Warranty Offer
If you purchase this or other Panasonic cameras on or before 3/31/2019, you can extend your warranty from one year to three at no additional charge.
So act fast if you’re considering this or another Panasonic product!
Public Perception—What Users Have to Say About the Panasonic LX10
As expected, what users most love about this camera are its 4K modes. They also enjoy the quality of photos that comes with a camera that is small and compact, ready for travel and to be taken out of a pocket at a moment’s notice.
It has received a few complaints regarding it being uneasy to hold, users citing a strap or grip as necessary. There have also been a few reports of the focusing not working well, particularly during video, but most users don’t seem to have this problem.
Pricing and Availability
- POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERA: Large, 1-inch 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor plus 3X zoom LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (24-72mm)...
- TILTING SELFIE DISPLAY: Rear touch-enabled 3-inch LCD display (1040K dots) tilts upward 180 degree for easy selfie...
- 4K VIDEO CAPTURE: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus with...
You can find the Panasonic LX10 on the Panasonic website for $699.99, or for the reduced price of $ on Amazon.
How the Panasonic LX10 Compares
We’ve taken a close look at all the Panasonic LX10 has to offer, but it’s impossible to truly determine the merit of a camera before comparing it to the competition. So, we’ve provided a side-by-side comparison below of the Panasonic LX10 and two of its fiercest competitors, the Canon G5 x and the Sony RX100 IV, so that you can get a balanced view to make an informed decision.
Before we dive in, though, here’s a quick ranking of some of the Panasonic LX10’s qualities to keep in mind as we move through our comparison.
Ease of Use
The Canon G5 X and the Panasonic LX10 are both large sensor compact cameras with a 20MP - 1 BSI-CMOS sensor type. Beyond this, they both have an ISO of 125 – 12800 (though the Panasonic’s expands to 80-25600). Each camera has an LCD touchscreen, a built-in flash, and RAW imaging capabilities for higher quality photos. They also each have image stabilization features though they express them differently—in the form of optical for the Canon and sensor-shift for the Panasonic. Each camera also possesses wireless capabilities.
Perhaps the main edge that the Canon G5 X has over the Panasonic LX10 is its electronic viewfinder, which the Panasonic lacks entirely. The Canon also has a hot shoe, mic port, and NFC connectivity where the Panasonic doesn’t. The Canon camera has superior long-range focal length and increased optical zoom, 4.2x magnification versus the Panasonic’s 3x. Additionally, while the Panasonic’s screen tilts, the Canon’s is fully articulated for optimum movement.
The Panasonic offers superior functions in terms of its 4K and focus modes. It also has better quality video resolution (3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080), max shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s), and continuous shooting rate (30.0fps vs 5.9fps). Though the Panasonic LX10’s battery is nothing to brag about, it does last significantly longer than the Canon G5 X’s—260 shots per charge versus the Canon’s 210 shots. Weighing in at 310 g, the Panasonic camera is also 43 g lighter than the Canon camera. Lastly, the Panasonic knocks around 150 bucks off the Canon’s price.
The Sony RX100 IV is yet another large sensor compact camera. As before, both cameras have a 20MP - 1 BSI-CMOS sensor and an ISO range of 125 – 12800, though this expands for the Panasonic. Each camera also has a 24-72 mm F1.4-2.8 zoom lens and a 3’’ LCD tilting screen. Both feature image stabilization functions, optical for the Sony and sensor-shift for the Panasonic. The cameras also both support RAW imaging and have built-in wireless capabilities.
Just as in the case of the Canon, the main leg up that the Sony RX100 IV has on the Panasonic LX10 is its inclusion of an electronic viewfinder. The Sony camera also offers an ND filter and NFC connectivity while the Panasonic camera does not. The Sony also has a slightly better battery life, 280 charges per charge to the Panasonic’s 260. Lastly, the Sony RX100 IV is just a tad lighter-- weighing in at 298 g, it’s 12 g lighter than the Panasonic.
The Panasonic LX10, however, has several advantages over the Sony RX100 IV. To start, it has its 4K modes, focus modes, and a touchscreen that the Sony lacks. It also has superior long-range focal length and wide aperture. It also has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) and a greater number of focal points (49 vs 25).
Pros and Cons
Well, we’ve now looked at the Panasonic LX10 by itself as well as how it stands against the competition. Before we draw out conclusions, though, let’s take another quick look at the major pros and cons of this camera.
The biggest pros definitely have to be the 4K and post focus modes. These modes allow for sharp and vivid image quality as well as a useful ability to improve any shots after they’ve been taken. We also like the camera’s touchscreen for greater user-friendliness, and we love that its tilting screen is ideal for selfie modes. The high-quality video available through the 4K shooting is also a great feature, as well as the fast continuous shooting speed.
In terms of cons, we’d have to say that a major one is that it doesn’t have an electronic viewfinder, which the Canon G5 X, Sony RX100 IV, and even more cameras all possess nowadays. While it does have some wireless capabilities, they are not as extensive as other cameras with NFC connectivity.
Conclusions About the Panasonic LX10
So, what’s the final verdict on the Panasonic LX10? All in all, it seems to live up to what it’s marketed as: A camera for camera lovers, though it does not offer some of the imaging capabilities and features of other cameras. The Panasonic LX10 is overall a pretty good camera available for a decent price.
Overall Rating: 4 stars