Considering getting a Panasonic LX10/LX15

Discussion in 'Other >= 1" Sensor Cameras' started by davidzvi, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    I have been considering getting a smaller 1" pocket camera. Since I have the GX85 already I'm leaning toward the LX10 over an RX100 (III/IV). At least the controls, settings, etc would be the same/similar.

    Just found out it doesn't have L.Monochrone, I wish it did. Any reasons I shouldn't get an LX10 and should get one of the RX100's?

    The V is out of the price range and I'm not really bothered about not having the EVF, I don't have one on my X70 and only rarely use the EVF on my GX85.
     
  2. MoonMind

    MoonMind SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    If you don't care about an EVF, I think that the LX10 is otherwise a very good choice if size is the most important thing. I'd try to handle the camera first if I were you: though; I found it to be extremely slippery even though the shape of the "grip" looks nice - it's even worse than the latest 1" TZ/ZS series cameras because it's slimmer. That said, the RX100 series is not much better in that regard.

    There's also another point I'd check thoroughly first: From what I've read, the LX10's startup time is *very* slow - if you found the LX100 sluggish (I'm not sure if you did), this'll probably feel worse.

    Anyway, have you considered the Canon G7X II? The lens gets mixed reviews, but I still find that camera the most well-rounded offer in 1" pocketable land - it handles quite well for its size, feels more secure in the hand, and even if the 100mm setting is a bit softer than one might wish for, it's useful to have, especially since it's f/2.8 ...

    Anyhow, the LX10 has a lot going for it, and I can see why you'd pick it over the Sony or Canon offerings.

    M.
     
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  3. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds SC Top Veteran

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    Troy
    Have you seen the new Lumix TZ200...?

    1” 20.1MP sensor, 24-360mm zoom, 5 axis hybrid OIS, tilting touch screen, EVF, 4K 30p...
     
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  4. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Yes, the specs are very tempting....if I had a spare £729 I might be interested! You can get a new Pentax KS-2 plus 2 lenses for that. I think it's a bit pricey....
     
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  5. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    David
    Yes I did find the LX100 a bit slow, it's one of the reasons I'm hesitating. It also has me debating selling off my X70. I enjoyed using it on my vacation to Portland and Seattle last year. The combination of the wide converter and Digital TC worked well enough. But my GX85 + 7-14 & 12-32 probably would have worked just as well and fit in the same sized bag.

    For either the Panasonic or Sony I'd add one of the rubber grips. There's a guy on DPR that has an LX and modified the Rubber RX grip to cover the excuse of a grip the LX has.

    Yes the Canon's 100mm might be handy but the softer lens and an easy add on grip will probably even out most of the handling issues.
    One of my biggest concerns about getting any of these is the power zoom, a super power zoom probably wouldn't be a good idea. Also the it's only touch, not tilting touch. But the grp does look a little better.
     
  6. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    David
    I really tempted to find a GM1 or GM5, but the prices have been going through the roof.
     
  7. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    Size and convenience are driving this train, so that's not an option. But yes that is another reason I'm thinking about the LX10.
     
  8. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Oh yes, I realise it's not a valid comparison if you need something small. It just seems a lot of money and the TZ series in my experience does not hold its value very well.
     
  9. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    Agreed, another reason for the LX (or older RX). The new TZ is too much, I've seen a few deals on the LX10.
     
  10. Have you considered the Canon G9X? Its tiny by comparison with the others, doesnt have a big zoom and looks like a decent carry anywhere camera.
     
  11. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    Good size, but slower lens and controls are too limited.
     
  12. Oh well, thats about it then. If you get an RX, one of the flipbac stickon grips might suit. They dont add weight, and barely any bulk. I have them stuck on my Nikon1s and my Olympus XZ-1.

    Camera Grips - FLIPBAC INNOVATIONS
     
  13. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    I've looked at used one of the FlipBac grips before. The guy on DPR used the Sony grip because of the curve so it wraps around a little since he also trimmed the flat portion.

    Here's images how he has it positioned and trimmed.
    Re: Consider getting a 1/2 case for the LX10/LX15: Panasonic Compact Camera Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
     
  14. Yeah I wondered what I would do if I got an LX or the TZ110 which I wanted at one stage... and decided I would be hunting down some kind of adhesive wrap rather than anything bulky like that. Theres a bit of a grip and its main issue is being slippery from what I can see. My TZ60 has a really annoying rubber bump, you couldnt call it a grip, but slippery it is not. If I were ever to buy a Sony RX something, I'd be using the spare flipbac I have.
     
  15. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    David
    I've churned a few of these little bodies; RX100 I, GM1, GM5 - twice :oops:. I've use a FlipBac, two Sony and a Franiec grip. I'd say the Franiec was the best with the Sony's a close second. The difference between those two and the FlipBac really was the curve around the edge of the body. The design allowed for it to mount further to the edge of the body and retain enough surface area to ensure they stay in place.