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- Panasonic Lumix LX7
- Panasonic's LX7 might've been the leading point-and-shoot of 2012...were it not for the Sony RX100.
Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera Review$499.99
The LX7's sensor is capable of 1080/60p output at 28Mbps maximum. To save memory or editing headaches, video may also but output in 60i or 30p, or even 720p. MP4 recording is also possible, up to 1080/30p. Find out how the performed in our video image quality test./r:link_to_content
Zoom control is unlocked while a recording is in progress, and accomplished via the same zoom lever that surrounds the shutter release.
Continuous autofocus is available during video recordings, and so is manual focus via the handy lever on the rear panel. Noise of the focus mechanism may be picked up by the built-in microphone, but it's not severe.
Although exposure settings are very flexible, most variables must be locked in prior to the beginning of a recording. Even turning the manual aperture control ring will not result in a change until a separate clip begins.
A stereo microphone resides on the top panel, directly in front of the hot shoe. Wind cut is the only audio feature available, meaning a levels display is nowhere to be found.