Panasonic DC LX100 II Detailed Review

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In additional DC LX100 II was introduced by Panasonic in August 2018. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.

Brand Panasonic
Category Compact
Date 08/2018
Sensor Properties

Also DC LX100 II has a Four Thirds CMOS sensor with size of 17 x 13 mm² (0.68″ x 0.51″).

Picture of DC LX100 II’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: DC LX100 II comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The DC LX100 II’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 17 megapixel. That’s roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Format Four Thirds
Sensor area 17.30 x 13.00mm²
(0.68″ x 0.51″)
Resolution (physical) 21.77 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 17.00 megapixel
Pixel size 11.10 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 11 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 75mm
Aperture (max) 1.7
Aperture (min) 2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The DC LX100 II uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.76 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.70x
Resolution 2.76 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DC LX100 II’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 60s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DC LX100 II’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DC LX100 II supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DC LX100 II’s auto focus processor uses 49 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 49
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DC LX100 II doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Panasonic’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DC LX100 II features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.20 megapixel. That’s about average.

Unfortunately, the DC LX100 II’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The DC LX100 II’s monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don’t work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.20 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DC LX100 II video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DC LX100 II Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The DC LX100 II has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Panasonic DC LX100 II has a BLG10E LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 340 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DC LX100 II’s battery battery parameters:

Type BLG10E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 340 photos

The Panasonic DC LX100 II’s dimensions are 114.8 x 66.2 x 55.0mm³. (4.5″ x 2.6″ x 2.2″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is a reasonable 393 grams (12.7 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DC LX100 II:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DC LX100 II is not much bigger:

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