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Lumix LX100M2

This one could present difficulties. It’s sunset in Barcelona, with the sun potentially flaring the lens badly. Yet it is kept under control, while the darker elements of the picture remain full of detail:

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An exterior of the Sagrada Família Basilica by Gaudi. Sharp and detailed, as you’d expect given the excellent lighting conditions. And still under construction:

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A couple of interiors the Sagrada Família by Gaudi. Note the eerie lighting as the sun pours in through the predominantly oranges and yellows of the stained glass. I tried some comparative shots with auto white balance, and with it set to sun light, and the differences weren’t worth the effort.

Lumix LX100M2
Lumix LX100M2

The interior of this 14th Century Basilica was reasonably well captured with automatic settings. On reflection, though, I would have done well to use exposure compensation to darken the image by a stop to better reflect the actual sense inside the church.

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Errors … by me

That said, it was easy enough to adjust that image in Photoshop to something quite reflective of the real thing:

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I did use the exposure compensation dial to maximise colour capture of the stained glass windows:

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Another challenge to a camera. The golden/brown bulk of the picture was of the ceiling of the 14th Century structure of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. But the much less aged early-20th Century addition was brightly lit. Yet all is revealed:

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An accidental extreme. When I transferred the photos from camera to computer, I was puzzled how this picture could look so soft and lacking in detail. I checked the metadata recorded with the photos. Somehow I’d accidentally set the camera to manual aperture – a tiny f/16 – and shortest shutter speed – a mere 1/4,000th of a second. So, the camera compensated by pushing the ISO to its maximum of 25,600:

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Scaled down, that doesn’t quite as bad as it really is. Here is a crop. Note, had I set the camera to capture RAW, the result would have been extremely grainy. What we have here is the post-processing by the camera trying to clean up the image:

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Now, while that’s pretty terrible, the mere fact that something looking like the subject has been captured is amazing in the circumstances. But it also has something to say about the fast lens. You see, it would be rare circumstances indeed (outside of me messing up) for the camera to push ISO to anywhere near that level. Even the Basilica interior above, which I allowed to be overly bright, only went to an ISO of 800.

Conclusion

I found the Lumix LX100M2 camera eminently capable of taking excellent photos. It’s also compact, well controllable and very versatile. That’s a very strong recommendation for me for a useful travel camera.

Panasonic’s page for the Lumix LX100M2 camera is here.

Panasonic Lumix LX100M2 digital camera
Name: Lumix LX100M2 Price (RRP): $1,399 Manufacturer: Panasonic
DSLR-like controlSolid picture qualityFast lens
Difficult to hold without changing settings
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4.1Overall Score