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williswall
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PostTue May 05, 2015 5:08 pm 
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After some consideration I decided on purchasing the Panasonic LX100 for outdoor endeavors this year. I wanted s smaller form factor than my previous camera, but one that had a decent sensor and video capability. I am far from a good photographer but wanted to post some video and sample photos after minimally reading the manual for those who might be contemplating a purchase . There are plenty of reviews out there if you do a minimal search. Of course the images are slightly compressed but I left them as large as I could for detail, employing only cropping on a few. The video is compressed for web but generally I am quite pleased with the quality of the 4K video and the detail that remains in down sampling to 1080P. I do employ a good UV filter. Note on the first time lapse: I shot in raw but I adjusted exposure a few times during the shooting, a big no no, and didn't do any raw tweaks.

barn crack
barn crack
Chandelier
Chandelier
fern
fern
flower in green
flower in green
flowers
flowers
green leaves
green leaves
leaf
leaf
Seattle moon
Seattle moon
to seed
to seed


Panasonic LX100 samples from Willis Wall on Vimeo.

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PostWed Jun 03, 2015 11:22 pm 
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Thanks for posting these, especially the video. With online display I don't think it's possible to get a look at stills. I've kind of already decided on the LX100 as my next camera, as soon as my current one dies.

The video does look good but still gets my dander up. First 1080p was supposed to be super sharp, and now 4k is twice as many vertical pixels (I wish they'd be consistent about which dimension to measure). Regardless of how many literal pixels there are, there's still way too much compression going on and it still lacks the clarity that a real quality video camera produces. So while it's better and I like the small form factor, I just don't like the misrepresentation in the advertising.

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PostSun Nov 29, 2015 1:34 am 
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WillisWall, do you mostly shoot automatic with this camera or do you adjust the settings?  You've taken a lot of nice pictures this year!
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PostSun Nov 29, 2015 7:28 am 
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Bernardo, most of the time I'm on auto with manual exposure adjustment. For dark and flowing water shots the manual controls are easily accessed. This is not a good camera for star shots, however, and the zoom is just OK. Overall tho I've been really happy with the results despite the compromises for such a compact camera.

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PostSun Nov 29, 2015 2:53 pm 
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I've had my LX100 for about three months and love it.  Haven't had it out backpacking yet, but it didn't take long to fall head-over-heels in love with the easy to use controls.  Once I set things the way I like them, I almost never have to look at the stupid LCD to change settings.  90% of the things I'll ever use are either a manual knob/swtich/slider or under a pre-programmed button.  Don't need glasses, don't have to remove gloves.  I bought the spendy trendy ($40) auto-open lens cap, which makes it the fastest handling manual-capable P&S I've tried.

I initially sneered at the built-in HDR mode but after trying it have gone so far as to dedicate one of the programmable buttons to it.  It produces nicely balanced, mostly realistic shots in awkward lighting situations (as long as neither the camera nor the subject is moving).

Picture quality is fine for my purposes.  If you intend to print larger photos you might not be happy with "only" 12.8 megapixels, but for digital viewing I'm happy as a clam.

My biggest complaint at this point is that the lens insists on extending just for pulling pics off over USB.  I'm sure I'll have others when I get it out into rough conditions.
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PostFri Jun 16, 2017 11:54 am 
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Any updates on camera recommendations for the 2017 hiking season?
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PostSun Jun 18, 2017 11:37 am 
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Still a good camera...4K video really nice, and last year I was able to squeeze some ok night photography out of it. All a compromise but the size factor, able to fit in a strap pocket, along with easy manual controls keeps it viable.

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PostSun Jun 18, 2017 2:50 pm 
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I've had my LX-100 for a season and a half, and really have only two complaints:  picture quality at long zoom is poor, and the exposure compensation ring is too easy to accidentally bump out of place.  (Drawing a heavy line on it with a Sharpie helps with the latter.)  Manual controls and near-perfect viewfinder are the bomb.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
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