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Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera Review$499.99
The LX7's noise reduction algorithm proceeds smoothly and evenly up the ISO scale, starting with a respectable 0.63% noise at ISO 80, and keeping that figure below 1.00% until ISO 1600. Noise rates eventually peak at ISO 6400 with 1.95% image noise. Yet with such strong performance comes compromise. The software is aggressive and blurs detail even at minimum ISO, so the image quality tradeoff may not be worth it. More on how we test noise.
Available ISO sensitivities range from 80 to 6400, with an additional reduced resolution option of 12800. This is a wider range than we've come to expect, even from high-end compacts, however shots are basically unusable above 3200, so the extra flexibility is superficial.