The Pansonic LUMIX LX100 II is a premium compact camera with a 17-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor. It's designed with enthusiasts in mind, with a dedicated shutter speed dial and aperture ring around the lens for on-the-fly exposure adjustments. It's also very portable and lightweight. It takes advantage of its larger sensor by cropping photos down to a range of different aspect ratios without reducing field of view. Because of this, its built-in Leica DC lens has a full-frame equivalent focal length of 24-75mm, giving you some flexibility to zoom in or take close-ups. It delivers excellent JPEG image quality and has impressive RAW noise handling capability, making it well-suited to taking photos in low light. That said, its video quality isn't quite as impressive, and it introduces a lot of rolling shutter effect when panning from side to side. Its autofocus system also struggles to track moving faces, though it does a better job with objects.
The Panasonic LX100 II is decent for travel photography. It's portable and lightweight, making it easy to slip into a travel bag. It also delivers excellent image quality with relatively minimal noise at higher ISO levels, so it's well-suited to shooting in low light. It also has a good battery life that should last through a day of taking photos, though this can vary with settings and usage habits. Unfortunately, it's not the most comfortable to use due to the cramped spacing of its physical controls, and it has a fixed screen, giving you less flexibility to shoot from different angles. Also, its autofocus system does a poor job tracking moving subjects in photography.
The Panasonic LX100 II is very good for landscape photography. Image quality is excellent overall, and it has great dynamic range to bring out a wide array of details in high-contrast landscape shots. It's also very portable, so it's easy to take to more remote shooting locations. That said, it isn't the most comfortable to use, as its compact size and crowded physical design make it easy to accidentally change settings. Also, its fixed screen makes it harder to shoot from lower angles.
The Panasonic LX100 II is decent for sport and wildlife photography. It has a fast continuous shooting speed with a virtually instantaneous buffer empty time for uninterrupted burst photography. It also delivers excellent image quality and performs well even in low light. Unfortunately, its autofocus performance is disappointing when taking photos. It's not the most comfortable to use, either, because of its small size and cramped physical controls. Also, while it has a zoom lens, its max focal length isn't long enough to zoom in on really far-away subjects.
The Panasonic LX100 II is a poor choice for vlogging. It has a fixed screen, so you can't easily monitor yourself while recording. That said, it's very lightweight and portable, so it's not cumbersome to carry around for long periods, and it delivers good overall video quality, especially in 4k. However, there's a lot of distortion when panning from side to side due to rolling shutter effect. It also lacks in-body stabilization and does a poor job of reducing camera shake when moving at a moderate pace.
The Panasonic LX100 II is okay for studio video. It delivers good overall video quality, particularly in 4k. It introduces a lot of rolling shutter effect when panning from side to side, which can be distracting. It also lacks headphone and microphone jacks. Its internal recording capability is also limited, so it can only record 4k video in 15-minute increments. While its autofocus system is good at tracking moving objects, it struggles a lot with moving faces.
The Panasonic LX100 II isn't well-suited to action video. While it's compact and easy to carry around, it isn't designed for mounting on a helmet or chest rig. It also lacks water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Its overall video quality is good, particularly in 4k, but it introduces a lot of distortion when panning from side to side due to the rolling shutter effect. It also does a poor job smoothing out camera shake in 4k, though it's a bit better in FHD.
The Panasonic LUMIX LX100 II comes in one color variant: 'Black'.
Let us know if you come across another variant or your LX100 II doesn't correspond to our review, and we'll update it.
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Note: While this camera has a Micro Four Thirds sensor, it uses only about 85 percent of its sensor, cropping photos down to different aspect ratios without reducing the field of view.
Note: ISO 100 is an extended minimum on this camera, so the Luminance Noise result for that setting may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.
Note: AVCHD format is only available in FHD resolution at 60p, 60i, 30p, or 24p.