Inputs and Outputs Notes
Lens: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 digital camera is equipped with an
F1.4-F2.3 Leica DC Vario-Summilux lens. Its
4.7-17.7mm focal length is
equivalent to 24mm to 90mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing range is as
- Normal: 1.6' to infinity
- AF Macro/Manual Focus: 0.033' to infinity (wide), 0.98' to infinity (tele)
Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 24-90mm focal length of
the lens gives it an optical zoom of 3.8x. The camera's
extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 6.7x, depending upon the
picture size. In addition, the digital zoom
extends the focal length by another 4x.
Intelligent Zoom (i.Zoom): The camera's Intelligent Zoom
uses super resolution technology to extend the optical zoom ratio by
approximately 2x while maintaining the original image quality.
The DMC-LX7 records
images onto its internal memory (approximately 70 MB), or onto SD (8 MB to 2 GB), SDHC
(4 GB to 32 GB),
and SDXC (48 GB to 64 GB) Memory Cards. Pictures may be
copied between cards and the built-in memory if desired. SD cards with a minimum
Class 4 speed class are recommended for recording motion pictures.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a
1/1.7" MOS image sensor with approximately
12.8-million total pixels and 10.1-million effective pixels.
Image Recording Format:
The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1
aspect ratios. Uncompressed RAW images can be recorded for later processing and
editing with a PC. You can also simultaneously record a Fine or Standard JPEG
along with a RAW image. The camera can also record 60p HD movies in AVCHD,
as well as HD and SD movies in MP4. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and
|10M: 3648 x 2736
||9.5M: 3776 x 2520
||9M: 3968 x 2232
||7.5M: 2736 x 2736
|7M: 3072 x 2304
||6.5M: 3188 x 2112
||6M: 3328 x 1872
||5.5M: 2304 x 2304
|5M: 2560 x 1920
||4.5M: 2656 x 1768
||4.5M: 2784 x 1568
||3.5M: 1920 x 1920
|3M: 2048 x 1536
||3M: 2112 x 1408
||2.5M: 2208 x 1248
||2.5M: 1536 x 1536
|2M: 1600 x 1200
||2.5M: 2048 x 1360
||2M: 1920 x 1080
||0.2M: 480 x 480
|0.3M: 640 x 480
||0.3M: 640 x 424
||0.2M: 640 x 360
- PSH: 1920 x 1080; Bit Rate 28 Mbps; 60p
- FSH: 1920 x 1080; Bit Rate 17 Mbps; 60i
- SH: 1280 x 720; Bit Rate 17 Mbps; 60p
- FHD: 1280 x 720; Bit Rate 20 Mbps; 30 fps
- HD: 1280 x 720; Bit Rate 10 Mbps; 30 fps
- VGA: 640 x 480; Bit Rate 4 Mbps; 30 fps
Optical Image Stabilizer:
The Optical Image Stabilizer helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement
that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots.
Battery: The LX7 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
(DMW-BCJ13PP). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 165 minutes of
recording time, or about 330 images. When recording AVCHD motion pictures, the battery
provides approximately 90-100 minutes of continuous recording or 50-55 minutes actual
recording time. Playback time
using the LCD monitor is approximately 240 minutes. The battery takes
approximately 155 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A81B battery
Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the
camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC5PP AC
adapter, along with the DMW-DCC7 DC coupler. The AC adapter cannot
be used alone, as the DC Coupler provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if
you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or
playing back photos in a slide show.
LCD Monitor: The DMC-LX7 has a 3" TFT color LCD
monitor featuring approximately 921,600 dots and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has approximately 100% field of
Optional Viewfinder: The LX7 has a port on the back, just
above the LCD monitor, for plugging in the optional DMW-LVF2 External Live
Viewfinder. With the External Live Viewfinder, you can view the recording
screen, even when taking pictures with a low camera angle.
Flash: The LX7 has a built-in flash with a range of
2.6' to 28' (Wide) and 0.98' to 17' (Tele) in Auto ISO mode. The range
varies with other ISO settings. Available flash modes
include: Auto, Auto/Red-eye, Forced Flash, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye, or Flash Off.
Optional External Flash: The top-mounted hot shoe allows you
to attach an external flash, such as the DMW-FL220,
DMW-FL360, or DMW-FL500.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial and the
menu, the LX7 allows
you to choose from the following shooting modes:
- Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made
automatically. The camera identifies the scene and sets one of the
following: Portrait, Babies, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Scenes,
Close-ups, or Sunsets.
- Program AE Mode: You can use the recording menu to
change settings and set up your own recording environment.
- Aperture-Priority Mode: You can control the range of
focus (depth of field) by setting the aperture. The shutter speed is
automatically adjusted to be appropriate for the set aperture value.
- Shutter-Priority Mode: You can control the shutter
speed, while the aperture is automatically adjusted to be appropriate for
the set shutter speed.
- Manual Exposure Mode: You can set any aperture value
and shutter speed when automatic exposure adjustment prevents you from
recording at the desired exposure. Long exposures of up to 250 seconds is
- Creative Video Mode: Enables motion picture
recording with audio using Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority,
Manual, and High Speed Video settings.
- Custom Mode: You can register frequently used recording modes
and menu settings in Custom 1 or Custom 2 position, so you can quickly switch to those settings when desired.
- Scene Mode: You can select from different scene modes
using the menu. Available Scene Modes include: Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama
Shot, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,
Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, Glass Through,
and 3D Photo Mode.
- Creative Control Mode: You can use this mode to check coloring
effects, select a color mode from among these 12 available modes:
Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive
Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus,
Star Filter, One Point Color, Smooth Defocus, and Redial Defocus.
Self Timer: The self timer is
useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still
images. The delay time for single shots can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds.
You can also use the self timer in Burst mode to take 3 pictures after the delay.
Exposure Compensation: If you
are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to
correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set
the adjustments from -3 to +3 in 1/3-step increments.
Auto Bracket: In the Auto Bracket mode, 3 pictures are taken
with different exposures, allowing you to select the picture with the desired
exposure. You can set the exposure compensation from -1 EV to +1 EV in 1/3-step
Burst Modes: In Burst Mode, pictures can be taken
continuously while the shutter button is pressed. You can take up to 12 full
resolution photos at up to 11 frames per second. Up to 100 total photos can be
taken at slower frame rates (2-5 fps). You can also take photos at 40 or 60
frames per second, but at lower resolutions.
White Balance: You can choose
from the following white balance modes:
- Auto: automatically
adjusts the white balance
- Daylight: for recording
outdoors on a bright day
- Cloudy: for recording
outdoors under a cloudy sky
- Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade
- Flash: for taking pictures with flash
- Incandescent: for recording
under incandescent lighting
- White Set 1 & 2: sets the white balance manually on a
- Color Temperature: when using the preset color
ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the
ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark
places. Sensitivity can be set as follows:
- Auto: Automatically sets a value up to 1600, based on
the brightness of the subject.
- i-ISO: Automatically sets a value up to 1600, based on
the movement and brightness of the subject.
- Preset: Manually set to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200,
6400, or H.12800
- ISO Increments: 1/3EV (23 steps) or 1EV (9 steps)
between ISO 80 to ISO 12800
The camera has three available metering modes: Multi Metering, Center-weighted, or
Auto Focus Mode:
You can choose one of the following AF modes: Face Detection, AF Tracking,
23-area Focusing, or 1-area Focusing.
Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at
a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.
Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording
date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with
the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.
Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion.
You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You
can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.
Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or
enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move
the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.
This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in
cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once
an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image.
Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary
parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.
Auto Power Off: The camera is
automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of
time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10
Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge
compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints,
regardless of brand.
HDMI: The DMC-LX7 has a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting
the camera to an HDMI-compatible TV. A mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable is
necessary to connect the camera to an HDMI-compatible TV. If connected to a VIERA Link-compatible Panasonic TV, you can control the camera using the TV's
remote control. The unit is compatible with VIERA Link Version 5.
AV Out / Digital:
This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer with the
supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device
using the optional DMW-AVC1 audio/video cable. TV output is NTSC only.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.3 PE Edition (Windows XP/Vista/7): This
software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the
acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and
add effects. Various printing functions are supported.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE (Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X v10.4
/ v10.5 / v10.6 /v10.7): This software allows you to edit RAW format images,
and save them in a format, such as JPEG or TIFF, for displaying on a personal
LoiLoScope (30-day full-trial version): This software allows
you to make full use of your computer and edit motion pictures easily. (Installs
only a shortcut to the trial version download site.)
USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:
- Windows XP SP3
- Windows Vista SP2
- Windows 7 SP1
- Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.7