Panasonic Unveils Lumix LX100 II 21-MP 4K Point-&-Shoot
With the IFA and Photokina shows coming next month in Germany, Panasonic introduced a new version of it’s popular LX100 advanced 4K point-and-shoot camera in the Lumix LX100 Mk II.
The Mark II, which hits retail shelves in October at a $999 suggested retail price, is a seventh generation model in the LX series, and features a new large 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor. The company said its new high-resolution sensor maintains an excellent S/N ratio to reduce image noise even when shooting at a high ISO setting (maximum ISO 25600 corner to corner).
Also new in the Lumix LX100 II is an integrated 21.77-megapixel sensor that achieves an effective 17 megapixels in 4:3 aspect ratio for enhanced detail. This is coupled with a high-speed Venus Engine image processor to produce life-like images.
Further, the Lumix LX100 II includes a Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-75mm) with a speed of F1.7-F2.8, and sharp corner-to-corner detail. Together with the large MOS sensor, Panasonic said the lens produces a desired defocus (bokeh) effect for portrait work, which is further assisted by the nine-blade aperture diaphragm.
The zoom range of 24-75mm is sufficient for a wide range of uses, from close snapshots to landscapes, and is perfect for portraits. The camera will produce images in the aforementioned 4:3 aspect ratio as well as the 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios.
An aperture ring allows direct, intuitive aperture control, and the camera can focus as close as 3cm from the subject for detailed macro work, the company said.
The LUMIX LX100 II integrates a 16:9 Live View Finder (LVF) with approximately 2760K-dot equivalent resolution and approximately 100% color reproduction.
The new 3-inch rear monitor increases resolution to approximately 1,240K-dots, and enables touchscreen control.
For video work, the LUMIX LX100 II captures smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840×2160 resolution at 30p or 24p frame rates in MP4 compression format. Panasonic also includes its 4K PHOTO capability allowing shooters to take 4K video to capture fleeting still photos at up to 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.
Panasonic said Auto Marking, Sequence Composition, Post Focus, Focus Stacking and Light Composition have been newly added for use with 4K PHOTO mode.
The LUMIX LX100 II includes Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology, Light Speed AF of approxmately 0.10 seconds to capture fleeting photo opportunities. The burst shooting speed is 11 fps in full 21 MP resolution.
Panasonic also provides a wide range of creative effects tools through Filters, Creative Panorama and Photo Style.
As well, an L.Monochrome and L.Monochrome D mode are added to Photo Style to shoot dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows while preserving the details. Grain effect can now be adjusted in all monochrome modes in Photo Style.
For connectivity, the Lumix LX100 II is compatible with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE), the latter for connection to a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption. It also supports USB/AC power charging.
By Greg Tarr
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