Panasonic LX100 II Offers Multi-Aspect Four Thirds Sensor

August 22, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

Panasonic has rolled out an update to its LX100 advanced compact camera, adding a new multi-aspect image sensor that delivers the same resolution in a variety of aspect ratios.

The 21-megapixel sensor on the LX100 II delivers a 17-megapixel image when shooting in 4:3, 3:2, 1:1 and 16:9 aspect ratios. If you’re feeling frisky, you can leverage the camera’s Multi Aspect Bracketing mode and shoot all of those aspect ratios at once.

Beyond the new sensor, the camera features a fixed 24-75mm (equivalent) f/1.7-2.8 lens with nine aperture blades and close focusing of up to 3cm. The lens is optically stabilized. There’s a new, higher-resolution 3-inch touch display alongside a Live View Finder with a 100 percent field of view and  2760K-dot equivalent resolution.

The LX100 II can record 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 30p or 24p with Panasonic’s 4K PHOTO mode to isolate 8-megapixel still images from a 30fps 4K burst. It also supports Auto Marking, Sequence Composition, Post Focus, Focus Stacking and Light Composition in 4K PHOTO mode. Light Composition is a new addition to Panasonic’s 4K PHOTO features–it creates an image from a burst by blending in lighter pixels when your scenery is otherwise dark (Panasonic says it’s good for shooting fireworks or the night sky).

For black-and-white fans, the LX100 II features a new L.Monochrome and L.Monochrome D photo style, which Panasonic says emphasizes highlights and shadows while preserving the detail. The grain effect is now adjustable in all monochrome photo styles as well.

Additional features include:

  • an aperture ring
  • 1/4000 sec. mechanical shutter; 1/16,000 sec. electronic shutter
  • max ISO of 25,600
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • focus peaking
  • aperture, focus and white balance bracketing
  • in-camera RAW development
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy
  • USB charging
The Lumix LX100 II ships in October for $1,000.