“Traveling light without sacrificing Quality”
As the Panasonic Lumix Ambassador for Asia, it came as no surprise that I had to attend the Launch of the Lumix LX100 last week in Singapore.
Everything turned out to be just great. I conducted some photo walks and shared my experience with the Lumix GH4 and GX7 during numerous talks at the Funan Center in Singapore.
Panasonic Singapore put up also a very nice gallery with very large prints from my previous travel to Sri Lanka and India. Yes, you can make some exceptional prints with the Micro Four Thirds system, no worries at all.
Of course, the new Panasonic Lumix LX100 was the star during this particular event… and after a few rounds in the streets of Singapore I could not help but falling in love with this little marvel.
I used the LX100 under many different conditions, from daylight to night scenes, and even during some light rain. I shot mostly at Aperture Priority, wide open and at times at very slow shutter speeds using ISO from 200 to 800. All images were taken with available light, NO flash or tripod, and at night the fast Leica lens made all the difference.
After I downloaded the first images on my MacBook Pro with the Retina display, I was truly amazed by the image quality. Nice crisp and sharp with excellent color rendition, mind you, all in high JPG since at the time I had no RAW converter.
Now I have the RAW converter and will check the same images again in RAW once I have the time.
The images posted today are taken mainly during our photo walks in Singapore. On purpose I shot a lot in B&W, which is very unusual for me, but I was curious to see the unaltered Image quality using only the B&W settings in the camera and not relying on any post processing in the computer.
To cut a long story short and for those who know me already I usually don’t get to much into technical details, I’d rather let the images do the talking.
In short this is an excellent camera. It’s perfect for street photography or just as your travel companion, plus your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend won’t be complaining anymore that you’re bringing those extra pounds with you.
4/3-Inch MOS sensor. The DMC-LX100 is the first lens-integrated digital camera to feature a 4/3-inch MOS sensor with an imaging area 1.6 times larger than a 1-inch sensor, this achieves extremely high image quality.
Small, very handy with a superb lens quality using the fast LEICA DC VARIO SUMMILUX 1:1.7 – 2.8 lens with an excellent range from 12mm to 35mm. (equivalent in 35mm = 24mm to 70mm.) The lens has also a 9-blade diaphragm that can produce a very nice and pleasant Bokeh Effect.
What I like a lot is also the analog-like operation; manual aperture, shutter speed and over and under exposure dials, a very nice touch by Panasonic/Leica almost like in the old days. Love this a lot!
There are so many more interesting and useful features in this camera, in particular if you’re into Monochrome, it is very easy to switch and select your B&W settings actually only a push of a button.
Hey, and for someone like me who shoots 99% color, it was nice to achieve good B&W images.
I might point out again, that non (except for some cropping) of the featured photos have been processed in any way, straight out of the Camera as JPG’s and we actually used some of those during our event showing them on high definition 65inch Panasonic TV screens in Singapore.
Of course, you also have high quality 4K video recording and capture the moment with the 4K photo mode. (this is really amazing stuff, also on the GH4) Time lapse and stop motion animation is also available, plus so much more.
Ohh I almost forgot…the LX100/Leica Lens has an incredible Marco range right down to 3cm.
Thanks for dropping by my blog, and I’ll keep you posted since Ii’ll be roaming the streets of Manila, Philippines now with the LX100.
BTW – The Panasonic Lumix LX100 is available in Singapore since the end of November 2014.
A very recent review by DPReview says: The Panasonic LX100 is ‘Probably the Best Zoom Compact Ever Made.
For more specs and details check out the DPReview website at:
The streets of Singapore continues below. ENJOY…
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