I found the WiFi functionality kind of variable in usability. I simply could not get it to find my PC to send photos wirelessly. However the Panasonic remote software worked well from an iPhone, and it was reasonably usable sending photos for display via DLNA. For photo transfer I either popped out the SD card, or used a cable. The transfer speed was slowish via cable, around 10Mbps. The UHS Speed Class 3 card can support writing speeds more than twenty times that, so I’d be surprised if it couldn’t be read a great deal faster.

In general the picture processing is pretty good, but I found the in-camera focus stacking routines produced variable results. You can grab individual frames for the specific focus you want from the 4K photo recording. You can merge all the frames in the 4K sequence to automatically optimise focus. Or you can specify a range (by picking points of focus you want included). The individual frame grabs as what they are. The full merge tended to focus, so to speak, on areas of the picture I didn’t necessarily agree upon. The third tended to give best results. The Rodin statue example on this page demonstrates that.

Conclusion

So what we have here is an incredibly feature-packed and powerful camera in a tiny little package, small enough to go into a pocket or handbag. Why bother when everyone has a camera in their phone? None of those will deliver the flexibility or quality available from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10.


* Technically, the 35mm equivalent focal length actual varies according to picture mode. The 4K photo mote, for example, uses a smaller frame in the centre of the MOS sensor panel, and so is 36 to 108mm equivalent. But that’s pretty much the case with all cameras that offer different resolutions.

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 compact camera
Price (RRP): $999 Manufacturer: Panasonic
Extremely powerful set of functions; fast to operate; very good picture quality; tilt display; ring controls
Close placement of controls can lead to accidental nudging of some; lesser zoom range than some
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