Thoughts on Panasonic LX10 Compact Camera after Japan Trip
After posting my first impression of using my new Panasonic LX10 compact camera, I received quite a few emails asking about the camera, so I decided to share more about my experience of using the camera after my trip to Japan.
For further reach and flexibility, I shot most of my images on my Sony RX10 MKIII, and about 25% of my trip photos were shot using the Panasonic LX10. I would use my Panasonic LX10 when I was indoors, at the coffee shop and restaurants, or when I try to be less conspicuous on the street.
In short, you can find all the features you need on this little camera, except the viewfinder. Since I alway travel with multiple cameras, it doesn't bother me not to have a viewfinder. I did find the screen challenging to see with the bright sunlight at the Shakotan Peninsula. The focus was spot on most of the time, but not so accurate under certain circumstances. I think sometimes the camera intelligent is not smart enough to figure out where to focus. Instead, it just finds the easiest object to lock its focus. Luckily, the camera comes with a touchscreen, so it is easy to correct that if you pay attention when you shoot.
To be honest, I had used too many compact cameras before and I always amazed by the image quality of these 1" image sensor cameras. Personally, I think with any image sensors that are smaller than 1", the photos created should only live on a phone screen. I am aware that Apple has been advocating to print huge photos shot on an iPhone, but I cringed when I saw their billboards close up in person. To give you a better idea, I use a 5K screen Mac computer, if the image quality is not there, it is obvious when I load it on my screen. Under good lighting and with low ISO, the image from Panasonic LX10 looks sharp and flawless on my Mac even when viewing it with 100% blown up. The colors are pleasing and natural, it doesn't behave like Sony cameras, which often have a slight cool blue tint to it. With high ISO, the images from this camera remain sharp, but you can sure see the noise.
Before concluding this blog post, I'd like to address the most frequently asked question about the Panasonic LX10. Would I recommend you to buy this camera? Unfortunately, I can't give you a definite answer. It is a good camera with flaws. Photographers that come from different backgrounds and experiences are going to feel different about this cameras. If this is your first camera beyond your iPhone, then I am sure you will love it, but if you are a full frame camera user and an obsessive pixel-peeper, you probably are not going to like the images with higher ISO. Sometimes, after a few months buying a camera, I have doubted my decision. So far, I don't regret purchasing a Panasonic LX10, and I will continue to use it and explore its potential!