Lumix G | Experience: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II – a look at the new features

https://www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/news/panasonic-lumix-lx100-ii-a-look-at-whats-new/

“… It isn’t like Panasonic to have Mk II versions of its cameras in Europe but it is easy to see why this particular model is being presented as a ‘version’ rather than as a LX200 might have been. The LX100 II is clearly an update of the LX100, bringing the feature-set of the four-year-old compact into line with that of the company’s current G series cameras. At first, second and third glance, the new model is very much like the original in look and feel as almost all the changes have happened inside not outside the body….

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Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

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Fujifilm X10 with fixed collapsible zoom lens fully extended, a terrific complement to the Fujifilm X100 fixed prime lens camera. Brilliant for stills photography, not so much for video.

Although Panasonic classes its Lumix DC-LX100 II as a camera for enthusiasts, this stratification of camera models into professional, enthusiast and beginner is just a little off the mark especially given the varying needs of independent documentary moviemakers and photographers.

Few professionals rely on just the top-end flagship cameras and lenses in any product range.

When I felt the need to supplement the revolutionary Fujifilm X100 “enthusiasts” camera with something similar I chose Fujifilm’s X10 and relied on both for professional-level photography assignments for my voluntary work for a health and human rights charity.

I could have used my Canon EOS 5D Mark II for the job but it would have been the most inappropriate choice given the circumstances and sensitivities of my subjects and the places and events where they were to be found.

My X100 has been honourably retired though it sometimes comes out for documentary projects where discretion is demanded, and my X10 has found a home with a friend needing a great little travel camera.

The only downside to both cameras was Fujifilm’s then lack of commitment to top quality video, so I switched over to Panasonic’s groundbreaking Lumix DMC-GH4 as my prime stills and video camera with a Lumix DMC-GX8 as a backup which rived so capable in its own right that I often carry it every day equipped with the sadly underestimated Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspheric Mega OIS zoom that I bought secondhand via eBay.

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SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198, enabling easy attachment of handles, monitors and other accessories to the camera.

The only downside to both cameras is that neither is as compact as Fujifilm’s two offerings and had I known about the Lumix DMC-LX100 chances are that I would have added one of those to my kit.

I still miss the ability to carry a small, lightweight camera with me each and every day either stowed in a larger bag or in its own dedicated detachable belt pouch such as Think Tank Photo’s Stuff It! or better yet Little Stuff It!

Panasonic’s Lumix LX100 was unique in its day for mating a top-quality wide aperture Leica, no less, zoom lens with a variable Micro Four Thirds sensor and still has no equivalent in other brands other than Leica’s D-LUX (Typ 109), an outcome of the Panasonic-Leica camera and lens joint production exercise.

The announcement of the Lumix LX100’s successor as a newer version rather than a complete new replacement in the form of the long-expected Lumix LX200 has come as a surprise and casts doubt on whether and when the hoped-for vamped-up LX200 may ever appear.

Meanwhile I will be keeping an eye out for hands-on reviews of the Lumix LX100 II, adding them to this page, and am hoping that the camera will provide a worthy supplement to its predecessor which clearly still has some life left in it yet albeit with a slightly reduced feature set compared to the Lumix LX100 II.

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SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 Premium Compact 4K Hybrid Camera Now in Pre-Order at 50% Off

Camera accessory maker SmallRig recently placed a camera cage for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 M43 4K hybrid digital camera  on pre-order status at a 50% discount for the first 100 orders, and it reminded me of what a remarkable little camera the LX100 appears to be even though it was released back in 2014 alongside the then ground-breaking Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198 enhances this capable little premium compact Micro Four Thirds camera for discrete run-and-gun video.

The professional camera stores I was frequenting at the time did not stock the LX100 otherwise I may well have bought one had I the chance to see and try one out.

The LX100’s specifications are impressive for a 2014 release camera with some of the few disappointments being its lack of microphone and headphone ports for good quality audio recording, but that lack can be remedied by attaching a small audio recorder to the camera for double system sound that can easily be synched to video in Final Cut Pro X or Red Giant’s Shooter PluralEyes.

A successor to the LX100, presumably to be named the Panasonic Lumix LX200, with more contemporary specifications such as in-body image stabilization aka IBIS or at least improved optical image stabilization, ND filters and a 16 to 20 megapixel sensor, has long been rumored and I hope that the latest rumour, that it will be announced before the photokina trade show in September this year, is true as I have been in the market for a top-specced compact hybrid camera for quite some time.

The one obvious downside to compact cameras that fit into the palm of one’s hand as the LX100 seems to is their minimal gripability and lack of attachment points for accessories necessary for producing great video such as audio recorders, microphones, hand grips, handles and small monitors or monitor/recorders, but SmallRig’s custom cage provides enough of those in the form of 1/4-20 threaded holes and a NATO accessory rail on one side.

The SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198 is the company’s first such cage to adopt a more protective form factor than SmallRig’s other camera cages to date and I hope augurs well for more protective camera cage designs in future.

I became aware of the usefulness of protective as well as connective camera cage designs when shooting on location in a challenging situation with a Lumix GH4 inside a GH4 Cube Cage made by Motion9, now rebranded as Seercam.

SmallRig’s design style has been evolving lately with the appearance of custom L-brackets which add videocentric features to a camera accessory formerly aimed solely at stills photography.

Hybrid cameras, equally adept at stills photography as high-quality video, have demanded a rethink on the question of camera and accessories support and I look forward to SmallRig’s designs becoming more hybrid-savvy.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100, and hopefully soon the Panasonic Lumix LX200, are a case in point.

I look to a camera like this being as good for handheld documentary photography or tripod-mounted portrait photography in vertical and horizontal orientation via built-in Arca-Swiss plate as it is for video whether accessorized minimally or with audio recorder, left side handle, top handle, microphone and even a monitor.

I would like to see SmallRig’s cage for the LX200 be even more hybrid-influenced than its LX100 cage, a fusion of Arca-Swiss tripod plate with NATO, Arri and 1/4-20 mounting points such that one never needs to remove it, so versatile and comfortable would it be whether held in the hand or mounted on tripod, monopod or gimbal.

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