​Panasonic Lumix LX100 II​ Review

October 3, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 17 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II produced images of excellent quality during the review period. It produces noise-free images at ISO 100 to 3200, with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 6400. ISO 12800 exhibits quite visible noise and loss of fine detail, and the fastest setting of ISO 25600 is even noisier, but still usable for small prints and web use.

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II dealt extremely well with chromatic aberrations, with limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light.

The built-in anti-shake system works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. Macro performance is also very good, allowing you to focus as close as 3cm away from the subject (although it's difficult to get the lighting correct at such a close distance). The images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting if you don't like the default results.

The large number of Creative Controls and Photo Styles allow you to quickly and easily customise the look of the camera's JPEG images, while the clever Panorama mode allows you to take panoramic images very easily by 'sweeping' with the camera, with the ability to apply one of the many different creative filters.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II . Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW file formats:

JPEG RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)
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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)
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Focal Range

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II 's 3.1x zoom lens offers a fairly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples.

24mm

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75mm

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (7.71Mb) (100% Crop)

Standard (3.52Mb) (100% Crop)

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RAW (19.4Mb) (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review. There's very slight purple fringing between areas of high contrast, but it's only noticeable on really close inspection, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II offers a macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 3cm away from the camera when the lens is set to 24mm wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject.

Macro

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Night

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II 's maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200.

Night

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Aspect Ratios

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II offers four different aspect ratios.

4:3

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1:1

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16:9

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3:2

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Photo Styles

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II has 8 preset Photo Styles, with Standard as the default setting. The contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction can be individually set for each picture style, and there is also a Custom style so that you can create your own look.

Standard

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Vivid

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Natural

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Monochrome

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L.Monochrome
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L.Monochrome D
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Scenery

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Portrait

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Filters

The Panasonic Lumix LX100 II has an extensive range of creative Filters with 22 different options on offer.

Expressive

Retro

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Old Days

High Key

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Low Key

Sepia

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Monochrome

Dynamic Monochrome

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Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

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Impressive Art

High Dynamic

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Cross Process

Toy Effect

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Toy Pop

Bleach Bypass

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Miniature Effect

Soft Focus

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Fantasy

Star Filter

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One Point Color

Sunshine

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