It has been nearly four years since the original Lumix LX100 camera was released, and now Panasonic are announcing the new Lumix LX100 II (or as it is also commonly referred to – the Panasonic LX100 II). The new LX100 II gets a brand new 17 megapixel multi-aspect Four Thirds sensor, as well as a Leica DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-f/2.8 high-speed zoom lens offering a 35mm equivalent of 24-75mm for superb versatility.
The new Panasonic LX100 also gets a new and improved 3.0-inch touchscreen, giving you more flexibility to compose your images however you may desire. Of course, this being a Panasonic compact camera, you also get 4K video and 4K photos, the introduction of new Monochrome Photo Styles, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, plus USB charging from external power banks while on the move.
The Lumix LX100 II’s new Four Thirds sensor features a 21.77-megapixel sensor area achieving effective 17.0 megapixel in the 4:3 aspect. In true Panasonic fashion, the new sensor is also multi-aspect with a boost in resolution when compared to the original LX100 camera, the extra pixels ensure high resolution no matter which aspect ratio you choose to shoot in – pick from 4:3, 3:2, 1:1 and 16:9.
Approximately 1.6x larger than a one-inch type sensor of the predecessor, the new sensor boasts excellent signal to noise ratio, resulting in a dramatic reduction in noise when shooting at the maximum ISO setting of 25,600. Meanwhile, the latest Venus Engine helps you get vivid, true-to-life high quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction.
In addition to recording 4K video up to 30fps, Panasonic have also included their well-known 4K Photo function, which takes advantage of 4K video recording to allow you extract 8-megapixel stills directly in the camera. New additions include an Auto Marking function, which enables quicker jumping to the most appropriate frame; and Sequence Composition, the merging of various frames to create a special effect.
The fixed lens is equipped with Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser), and features an optical design encompassing 11 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces. Macro shots are possible at a minimum focusing distance of 3cm (wide) and 30cm (tele).
The Panasonic LX100 II also features a high-resolution (2764k-dot) Live View Finder, offering a 100% field of view and excellent magnification (0.7x, 35mm equivalent).
The new LX100 II will be available from October at a RRP of $999/£849/€949. It is worth to point out, that as of now, the Panasonic LX100 II is an addition to the LX range and will not replace the current LX100, which is now selling at a $200 discount.