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Panasonic Launches New LUMIX 4K Compact Camera DC-LX100M2

Oct 04, 2018

Panasonic is proud to introduce LUMIX LX100 II with a large, 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for the 7th generation model of Panasonic’s world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series.

The LUMIX LX100 II newly integrates a total 21.77-megapixel sensor achieving an effective 17.0 megapixels in 4:3 aspect ratio. Even the finest details can be precisely captured with the increased resolution of the new sensor. Together with the high-speed, high-performance Venus Engine image processor, it achieves superb image quality with natural, true-to-life description.

The LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-75mm) boasts a high-speed F1.7-F2.8 and high descriptiveness in detail and resolution corner to corner. It also produces a stunningly beautiful defocus together with the large MOS Sensor. In addition, a 9-blade aperture diaphragm helps to produce bokeh with smooth, circular shapes. The versatile zoom range of 24-75mm (35mm camera equiv.) is suitable for wide-ranging photography from snapshots to portraits. Notably, landscapes can be captured in dynamic 24mm ultra wide angle in any of 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios thanks to the multi-aspect capability. An aperture ring allows direct, intuitive control of the aperture to take maximum advantage of this high-speed lens. Stunning macro shots with intricate detail can be taken with a minimum working distance of 3 cm.

The LUMIX LX100 II integrates an LVF (Live View Finder) with approximately 2760K-dot equivalent resolution and approximately 100% color reproduction. This 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approximately 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. The new 3.0-type (inch) rear monitor increases its resolution to approximately 1240K-dot, enabling touch control. A variety of advanced functions are featured on the LUMIX LX100 II to spur the potential of advanced photographers. It allows direct, intuitive control with dedicated rings and dials such as an aperture ring, a control ring, a shutter speed dial or an exposure compensation dial.

The LUMIX LX100 II is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K video in 3840x2160 at 30p / 25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution to save as a 4K PHOTO. Auto Marking, Sequence Composition, Post Focus, Focus Stacking, and Light Composition are newly added to make 4K PHOTO even easier-to-use, in more creative ways.

The LUMIX LX100 II is also superior in response. Featuring DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, not only accuracy but also speed is improved to achieve Light Speed AF of approx. 0.10 sec* to capture fleeting photo opportunities. High-speed burst shooting is possible at 11 fps in full resolution.

For more creative freedom, Filter, Creative Panorama and Photo Style are available. L.Monochrome and L.Monochrome D mode are newly added to Photo Style, making it possible to shoot dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows while preserving the details. Plus, grain effect can now be adjusted in all monochrome modes in Photo Style. Other practical functions include Focus Peaking, Level Gauge, Aperture bracket, Focus bracket, WB (white balance) bracket and highlight/shadow control. The LUMIX LX100 II can also develop RAW images into JPEG inside the camera.

The LUMIX LX100 II includes Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption. It also complies with convenient USB/AC power charging.

*Based on the CIPA standard. At wide-end, when using Live View Finder at 60 fps.

1. New, Large 4/3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine

The LUMIX LX100 II incorporates a new 4/3-type (inch) total 21.77-megapixel*1 High Sensitivity MOS Sensor to acquire even higher resolution than its predecessor, the LX100. It boasts multiple aspect ratios (4:3/3:2/16:9) and the effective area in the 4:3 aspect ratio is with 17.0-megapixel*, which is more than approx.1.6x larger than that of a 1-inch sensor. This new high-resolution MOS Sensor maintains an excellent S/N ratio, resulting in a dramatic reduction of noise even when shooting at a high ISO setting at max.ISO 25600. It reproduces the finest details from corner to corner and an impressive defocus with a shallow depth of field from wide to tele-end, making the subject stand out.

The Venus Engine renders vibrant, true-to-life high quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive color reproduction. The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and detail processing according to each component frequency. Plus, Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally. As a result, the max. ISO 25600 (Extended) is achieved. A sharpening engine is capable of controlling over wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, resulting in faithful stereoscopic effect. The Venus Engine also excels in color reproduction with accurate evaluation of each color even it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity. With its 1728-zone metering, more precision WB adjustment and more natural image rendering are available.

The combination of the High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine achieves stunning picture quality that rivals that of D-SLRs.

* Multi-aspect count

2. F1.7-2.8 / 24-75mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens and 3cm macro shot

The LUMIX LX100 II incorporates LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens system (F1.7-F2.8) providing 3.1x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 24-75mm) with POWER O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer). Comprising 11 elements in 8 groups, including 2 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit achieves high contrast and resolution. The lens unit boasts F2.8 high speed even at the tele-end, allowing handheld shooting in low-lit situations or adding beautifully defocused background on both photo and video. To achieve further downsizing to fit in the camera body with the large 4/3-inch sensor, now every lens group is designed to move while Panasonic’s original centering technology is applied to the lens alignment enhance sharpness. Adoption of 5 aspherical glass lenses and optimization of optical design achieve beautiful, evenly smooth defocus with invisible edge line and the onion ring effect is suppressed by Panasonic’s unique aspherical lens mold technology. In addition, 9 aperture diaphragm help produce bokeh with smooth, circular shape.

The versatile zoom range of 24-75mm (35mm camera equiv.) is suitable for wide-ranging photography from snap to portrait. Notably, landscape can be captured in dynamic 24mm ultra wide angle in any of 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect thanks to the multi-aspect capability. The aspect can be set quickly with the aspect switch on the lens barrel. Multi-Aspect Bracket allows shooting still images in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios at a time with a single shutter release.

To describe the detail of the subject, stunning macro shots can be shot with minimum working distance of 3cm (wide) and 30 cm (tele) despite its large-sized sensor. It also complies with maximum 1/4000(mechanical) and 1/16000(electronic) high speed shutter speed.

3. Intuitive control and quick response

The LUMIX LX100 II integrates a LVF (Live View Finder) with 2764K-dot equivalent high resolution and approx.100% color reproduction. This 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx. 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. It comes with the Eye Sensor that automatically turns ON/OFF according to the photographer’s action. The Eye Sensor AF starts auto focusing by just looking into the LVF not to miss the shooting opportunity. The image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF, which features options of sensitivity – high, low and off – to reduce false operation during touching on the rear monitor.

A variety of advanced functions are equipped with LUMIX LX100 II to spur potential of advanced photographers. It allows direct, intuitive control with dedicated rings and dials such as aperture ring, control ring, shutter speed dial or exposure compensation dial. For example, controls including manual focus, zoom, step zoom can be operated with the control ring. Ergonomically designed synthetic leather grip provides stable hold.

The new 3.0-type (inch) large rear monitor increases its resolution to approximately 1240K-dot, enabling touch control. Direct operation is made possible with Touch AF or Touch Pad AF while enhancing the operability of 4K PHOTO.

The DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the LUMIX LX100 II achieves high speed AF of approximately 0.10 sec* and high speed burst shooting at 11 fps (AFS) / 5.5 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subject just in-focus. The LUMIX LX100 II integrates Starlight AF which allows users to shoot a star in the sky at night with auto focus. This can be achieved by accurate calculation of contrast value in a smaller AF zone.

*Based on the CIPA standard. At wide-end, when using Live View Finder at 60 fps.

4. Ultra high-definition 4K video and 4K PHOTO for unmissable moments

With its high-speed signal readout of the sensor and processing of the engine, the LUMIX LX100 II records smooth, high-resolution 4K videos in 3840x2160 resolution at 30p / 25p(50Hz Area) or 24p.

Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO with LUMIX LX100 II. With the 4K PHOTO, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution by extracting a frame of the most photogenic timing out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. Three exclusive functions are integrated to make the 4K photography even easier; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. The 4K Burst Shooting allows consecutive shooting at 30 fps*1, which can be used just like a photo burst shooting. Users can also choose either 4:3, 3:2 or 1:1 in addition to 16:9 with the aspect switch.

Choosing the best shot out of hundreds of frames recorded with 4K PHOTO is now easier with the newly added Auto Marking function. It lets users jump to the nearest frame where differences are obvious between consecutive frames to minimize the time it takes to choose the best shot. Sequence Composition makes it possible to make a stromotion image by synthesizing multiple images shot at a fixed frame with 4K PHOTO. A unique image reflecting the subject’s motion can be produced easily in the camera without needing a special retouching process.

The LUMIX LX100 II also comes with a Post Focus function that lets users select the in-focus area even after shooting. This is helpful in situations like macro shooting where strict focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing the focused subject. This function was developed by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth From Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology. The Focus Stacking function enables users to adjust the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with the Post Focus function in the camera. Users do not need to focus strictly while shooting as they can obtain the image with the defocus level that they want or pan-focus the image by simply selecting the focus area after shooting. This is beneficial when shooting macro shots of insects, small accessories, and so on.

In addition, the LUMIX LX100 II incorporates Light Composition function as a new option of 4K PHOTO mode. The camera synthesizes the images by choosing and saving a brighter pixel. This makes it possible to produce more luxurious, dramatic image of situations such as fireworks or night scenery in camera with ease.

*1 About 4K motion picture recording / 4K Photo recording

- Use a card with SD Speed Class with "UHS-I UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)" when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K] or [4K PHOTO].

(SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)

- Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 15 minutes with [MP4] in [4K].

- When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.

- When using an SDXC memory card: You can record a motion picture in a single file.

- When the ambient temperature is high or continuous recording is performed, the camera may stop the recording to protect itself. Wait until the camera cools down.

*2 For [4K] video output, use an HDMI cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as"4K compatible".

5. More options for creative freedom

・Filters and Creative Panorama

The LUMIX LX100 II integrates a variety of artistic functions that adds fun to digital photography. A total of 22 filters are available. It is possible to take pictures “with” and “without” filter effect simultaneously, so that users can compare them to choose later. With the Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and adding 18 filter effects.

・Photo Style with new L.Monochrome D mode

Photo Style, which changes the texture of the photo, is also upgraded. L.Monochrome mode and L.Monochrome D mode is newly added to Photo Style, making it possible to shoot dynamic monochrome photos with emphasized highlights and shadows while preserving the details. All three monochrome modes - Monochrome, L.Monochrome and L.Monochrome D – allow the user to adjust the grain effect between High/Standard/Low for more creative monochrome photoshooting.

・Exposure / WB / Focus / Aperture Bracket

In LUMIX LX100 II, Focus Bracket and Aperture Bracket are additions to conventional Exposure Bracket and WB Brackets for users to choose best shot later. In Focus Bracket, max.999 images can be shot with different focus points. The Aperture Bracket lets users have multiple shots with different depth of field.

・RAW data development in Camera

・Highlight / Shadow Control

-Focus Peaking

-Level Gauge

6. Other features

・Bluetooth® 4.2 and Wi-Fi® 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n)

The LUMIX LX100 II integrates Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with Panasonic's dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. This enables the camera to activate by simply using a smartphone/tablet or to add GPS geotag on the photos automatically.

・AC/USB Power Charging

The camera’s battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the users’ convenience.

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•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Product details

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