Sony RX100 or Panasonic Lumix LX7?
October 29, 2013 9:55 AM Subscribe
After being disappointed in yet another set of vacation photos because I didn't want to lug my dSLR around and ended up relying on my phone's mediocre camera, I've decided it's time for a high-end point-and-shoot. I've spent a couple weeks researching and have narrowed it down to two: the Sony RX100 and the Panasonic Lumix LX7. But I'm having a hard time deciding between the two! Do you have experience with either/both that can help me decide? I don't mind spending the extra money on the RX100 if it's worth it, but is it?
posted by rhiannonstone to technology (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
So the RX100 seems the obvious choice because of the huge sensor and smaller size, but the LX7's a little faster and a little wider. Many of the reviews I've read say that it produces great bright pictures, which is appealing to me because one of my complaints with past point-and-shoots is that my photos always turn out too dark and flat (and I can and do fix them later, but I'd still like the best possible image straight from the camera). The LX7 is also supposed to be easier and "more fun" to use, with regard to interface and controls, and the RX100's interface seems a little more complicated. BUT: ohmygosh that lovely sensor. And it's so sleek! And for the most part the photos I've seen taken with it look higher quality than the photos I've seen taken with the LX7, though everyone does so much post-processing these days it's hard to really tell.
Relevant details: I plan to use this for everyday photography, vacation photos, and party photos, and expect to shoot both indoors and outdoors. I take a lot of portrait-type photos and close-up shots. I'm an intermediate photographer and know my way around my dSLR, but I don't want to have to fiddle with a bunch of menu settings every time I want to take a quick photo. But I also like the flexibility of being able to go fully manual when I want to.