Panasonic LX100 (m4/3 - Large Sensor) Compact Camera with 5 year Guarantee £349.99 after Cashback | £549.99 @ Wilkinson Cameras
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Panasonic LX100 (m4/3 - Large Sensor) Compact Camera with 5 year Guarantee £349.99 after Cashback | £549.99 @ Wilkinson Cameras

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Found 5th Sep 2015
Edit: price at Wilkinson has increased but CameraWorld.co.uk have an even better deal, selling this for £340 after cash back. Credit to CricketChris for finding this.

A fantastic and well-reviewed compact. Large sensor (like Olympus and Panasonic Compact System Cameras) combined with a bright Leica lens (f1.7-2.8) giving full-frame rivalling shallow depth of field (much shallower than a standard crop DSLR with kit lens. Only main downside is that it doesn't have a huge zoom range, and not quite pocketable.

Winner of DPReviews Enthusiastic Camera Camera Roundup:
dpreview.com/art…/11

Good Reviews:
dpreview.com/rev…/13 - Gold Award
expertreviews.co.uk/dig…rce 5/5
cameralabs.com/rev…tml Highly Recommended

Reviews were based on starting prices of more that double this offer (£700-800 ish).

Panasonic are doing a double cashback on this until the 7th (be quick!) - £200 plus a 5 year manufacturer guarantee.
Details here:
promotions.panasonic.co.uk/pro…s/4
Also see links on the retailers page.

Need to apply for cashback 28 days after purchase, and cashback to be credited within 28 days. Make sure you claim by 19th October!

Available in Black and Silver from this retailer:
wilkinson.co.uk/cam…tml
wilkinson.co.uk/pan…tml

Bought myself - hope this helps others.

65 Comments

Original Poster

Forgot to mention, another deal for this camera went cold yesterday - but based on higher price at Amazon (£590) and a delivery time that would make it ineligible for the cashback (expires in 2 days). Thanks to Tribalista for pointing out the cashback deal though.

MUST NOT get drawn in. MUST NOT look into 4/3 set ups....Hmm, will these ever take me away from my entry level Canon bodies with the lenses that I've got and I'm happy with? I've got a 550d with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC and a Sigma 70-200 2.8, but I must admit that the smaller bodies would be great for me when I'm traveling.

I have this camera and its brilliant esp video in 4k and time lapse in 4k!

Panasonic cash back can be an issue so keep records and chase ...goes without saying

Must not look ......want

I've not read up on this camera before, looking at some of the gallery shots this ain't no everyday compact camera, wow!. Can't justify one myself, I already have investment into Sony A6000 and lens, but if I were jumping up from a compact camera to something more serious this would be really tempting. What I've found, the removal of complication at the start allows you to learn without being overwhelmed, this camera is the perfect jump between compact and SLR interchangeable. Just get your head around changing settings, no worry about needing to invest in lens at this stage, great starter camera, and great walk around camera after that. I dig this! Heat from me.

Heat. Great price for this after cashback. Unfortunately it requires a lot of faith that the cashback will be paid

notos

Heat. Great price for this after cashback. Unfortunately it requires a … Heat. Great price for this after cashback. Unfortunately it requires a lot of faith that the cashback will be paid


No faith required, always received cashback from lumix without a problem, gone for this from John Lewis an have no worries regarding the cashback

Was going to buy tomorrow but has jumped up by £50 to £600.

rodman

credit to me, you are … credit to me, you are welcome!http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/panasonic-dmc-lx100ebs-digital-camera-589-with-200-cashback-5-year-warranty-amazon-2276684?p=25918810


thank you for creating that website

pukenukem

I've not read up on this camera before, looking at some of the gallery … I've not read up on this camera before, looking at some of the gallery shots this ain't no everyday compact camera, wow!. Can't justify one myself, I already have investment into Sony A6000 and lens, but if I were jumping up from a compact camera to something more serious this would be really tempting. What I've found, the removal of complication at the start allows you to learn without being overwhelmed, this camera is the perfect jump between compact and SLR interchangeable. Just get your head around changing settings, no worry about needing to invest in lens at this stage, great starter camera, and great walk around camera after that. I dig this! Heat from me.



​ive had both the lx100 and the A6000, size wise the lx100 is very similar to the A600 w/ kit lens. I personally wouldn't consider the lx100 a compact sized camera even though it's being marketed as one. Very good enthusiast level camera although I prefer the A6000.

so whats best this or the a6000? looking for something smaller than lugging my dslr around all the time.....

Agharta

Was going to buy tomorrow but has jumped up by £50 to £600.


It's still £340 at camera world after cash back !

While it's technically a compact camera, it's pretty beefy. It fits in large outer jacket pockets well enough but inside pockets? No way. That said it's totally worth it for the picture quality and ease of control all the dials and knobs give you. There are some quirks I don't like but I'm hoping they'll be patched in future, things like when using manual focus you can tell when an object is sharply focused as there are cyan pixels around it in the EVF or display (but not in the final picture thankfully), it looks like a bug but is actually kinda helpful?

It'll be a great camera, but ugly as hell. Wonder what would be better - this or Sony RX100 ?
Can't afford either so....X)

woldranger

MUST NOT get drawn in. MUST NOT look into 4/3 set ups....Hmm, will these … MUST NOT get drawn in. MUST NOT look into 4/3 set ups....Hmm, will these ever take me away from my entry level Canon bodies with the lenses that I've got and I'm happy with? I've got a 550d with a Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC and a Sigma 70-200 2.8, but I must admit that the smaller bodies would be great for me when I'm traveling.



Have owned a GF2/GF3 (as it was cheap), GX1, G5, G6 finally an OMD....with a good £5,000 worth of different lenses.

To conclude M4/3 is rubbish.

I got an NEX7 a couple of years ago and haven't looked back, get an equivalent of A5100 etc if you want something worth the money and more importantly - lens investment because bodies are peanuts but M4/3 lenses aren't relative to the bodies.

It's downfall is the sensor size, it's just too small for reliable photography imo and severely restricting. You end up wasting so much time/shots that are just terrible, even by amateur idiot standards like myself.

You can get fantastic results from M4/3 but you can also win the lottery, that's a great anaology if exaggerated.
Edited by: "robo989" 6th Sep 2015

Herc

so whats best this or the a6000? looking for something smaller than … so whats best this or the a6000? looking for something smaller than lugging my dslr around all the time.....



A6000, easily.

robo989

Have owned a GF2/GF3 (as it was cheap), GX1, G5, G6 finally an … Have owned a GF2/GF3 (as it was cheap), GX1, G5, G6 finally an OMD....with a good £5,000 worth of different lenses.To conclude M4/3 is rubbish. :)It's downfall is the sensor size, it's just too small for reliable photography imo and severely restricting. You end up wasting so much time/shots that are just terrible, even by amateur idiot standards like myself.You can get fantastic results from M4/3 but you can also win the lottery, that's a great anaology if exaggerated.


Your setup is fine if you want to drop six grand on a camera and lenses, as well as carry loads of kit with you. For me I want reasonable pics and something that I will take out rather than something I cant be arsed to carry with me. Horses for courses really

Bendown

Your setup is fine if you want to drop six grand on a camera and lenses, … Your setup is fine if you want to drop six grand on a camera and lenses, as well as carry loads of kit with you. For me I want reasonable pics and something that I will take out rather than something I cant be arsed to carry with me. Horses for courses really



A5100+panacake
Admittedly the lens not as good but overall you'll be happier at same size.
Can leave it there or get addicted to wasting money on lenses

PhilK

It'll be a great camera, but ugly as hell. Wonder what would be better - … It'll be a great camera, but ugly as hell. Wonder what would be better - this or Sony RX100 ? Can't afford either so....X)



This is slightly better in terms of image quality however the RX100 is pocketable and this is not. The RX100 is at the maximum of what is pocketable, so if you want a camera that takes fantastic pictures but will fit in a pocket the RX100 is best. If you want absolute best image quality the LX100 is better, but if size isn't an issue you might as well get a Sony A6000 as that gives you more flexibility.

robo989

A5100+panacakeAdmittedly the lens not as good but overall you'll be … A5100+panacakeAdmittedly the lens not as good but overall you'll be happier at same size.Can leave it there or get addicted to wasting money on lenses


Does the sony have a built in evf?

Herc

so whats best this or the a6000? looking for something smaller than … so whats best this or the a6000? looking for something smaller than lugging my dslr around all the time.....


Having owned the LX100 I would say a6000. Also worth considering the Sony RX100 which is currently available for £219 or the RX100 M3 for £409.

Edited by: "TK42" 6th Sep 2015

Nice camera but too bulky to be a compact.

Completely useless camera for people who need to use their right eye for the viewfinder, and the Sony!

Not sure who this camera is aimed at. Its too big to be compact and at this price point you could get DSLRs with the ability to swap lenses.

hobsgrg

This is slightly better in terms of image quality however the RX100 is … This is slightly better in terms of image quality however the RX100 is pocketable and this is not. The RX100 is at the maximum of what is pocketable, so if you want a camera that takes fantastic pictures but will fit in a pocket the RX100 is best. If you want absolute best image quality the LX100 is better, but if size isn't an issue you might as well get a Sony A6000 as that gives you more flexibility.


Good summing up. Thanks for that. I have a Sony a5000 as it turns out, just a little down from the 6000 and makes fab pics. Some are just exquisite. Never thought I could take such faultless pics - hands not the steadiest, and an absolute photography clown - but my a5000 just sails through all that ! X)

skdotcom

Not sure who this camera is aimed at. Its too big to be compact and at … Not sure who this camera is aimed at. Its too big to be compact and at this price point you could get DSLRs with the ability to swap lenses.


Its aimed at people like me who want a small camera with viewfinder, fast lens, good build quality, ability to fit a filter, reasonable sized sensor, hotshoe, fast shutter speed, control the aperture on the lens rather than stupid menu systems. the list goes on. Just like everything in life. we all have different tastes.

This seems like a great camera for the price. It was £600+ not long ago plus about £50-100 cashback - so this is a good price.

Size is the same as the Sony A6000 which a lot of people recommend. However if you are not likely to but extra lenses then this is a much better all round camera I think.
Check out the 4K still feature from a video - saw this on a review and would like to see how good it is in real life.
You can take a picture when filming and set a nice 8MP image.

Bendown

Its aimed at people like me who want a small camera with viewfinder, fast … Its aimed at people like me who want a small camera with viewfinder, fast lens, good build quality, ability to fit a filter, reasonable sized sensor, hotshoe, fast shutter speed, control the aperture on the lens rather than stupid menu systems. the list goes on. Just like everything in life. we all have different tastes.



Yeah I get that it has the control that a compact doesn't have. But I can't get past the fact it's a fixed lens. Entry level DSLR or a 4/3 with interchangeable lenses just seems a better option to me. As you say though, each to their own.

I have a compact (Panny TZ40) and DSLR (Canon 550d) and I thinking of a 4/3 camera and getting an adapter to take my Canon EF lenses.
Edited by: "skdotcom" 6th Sep 2015

skdotcom

Yeah I get that it has the control that a compact doesn't have. But I … Yeah I get that it has the control that a compact doesn't have. But I can't get past the fact it's a fixed lens. Entry level DSLR or a 4/3 with interchangeable lenses just seems a better option to me.I have a compact (Panny TZ40) and DSLR (Canon 550d) and I thinking of a 4/3 camera and getting an adapter to take my Canon EF lenses.


yes 'you cant get past the fact' but many can
entry level dslr with kit lens is much bigger than this and probably not as good - getting a dslr to not change the lens isn't that good an idea.

if you are someone that would be happy with the range of focal lengths this gives then why suffer the bulk and slow lens? at the higher price its a bit harder to justify but at this price its a very real option.

tbh this is a little bit big for my tastes but can see many many people would like it.

how many people get a camera and kit and dont get any more lenses? bit of a waste that

Bendown

Does the sony have a built in evf?


not the a5100 as you know but the a6000 was this price a few weeks back, or currently 40-50 more

CampGareth

While it's technically a compact camera, it's pretty beefy. It fits in … While it's technically a compact camera, it's pretty beefy. It fits in large outer jacket pockets well enough but inside pockets? No way. That said it's totally worth it for the picture quality and ease of control all the dials and knobs give you. There are some quirks I don't like but I'm hoping they'll be patched in future, things like when using manual focus you can tell when an object is sharply focused as there are cyan pixels around it in the EVF or display (but not in the final picture thankfully), it looks like a bug but is actually kinda helpful?



It's a 'feature'. Called, Focus Peaking, or something like that? It can be turned off deep in the menus anyhow.

Bendown

Does the sony have a built in evf?



My NEX7 does....Sony do one with a built in EVF on newer Axxxx range I think.
Haven't really kept up to speed to be honest.

Hey guys, this camera is priced at 459£ before cashback here: http://www.digitalrev.com/product/panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx100/MTEwMzc4NQ_A_A?googlebase=1&country=GB&gclid=CNmi6c264scCFQGD2wodarwO7g
However they don't mention this offer on their website and I can't find the list or participating retailers on the panasonic website.
Do you think the cashback offer would work?
Thanks

toust

Hey guys, this camera is priced at 459£ before cashback here: … Hey guys, this camera is priced at 459£ before cashback here: http://www.digitalrev.com/product/panasonic-lumix-dmc-lx100/MTEwMzc4NQ_A_A?googlebase=1&country=GB&gclid=CNmi6c264scCFQGD2wodarwO7gHowever they don't mention this offer on their website and I can't find the list or participating retailers on the panasonic website.Do you think the cashback offer would work?Thanks


they dont mention it as no cashback - they are hong kong based

Original Poster

I agree that the camera is big and bulky for a "compact". What perhaps this discussion has missed it that this is a f1.7-2.8 lens (very fast, light gathering capabilities and shallow depth of field) that is unrivalled in more or less any cropped CSC zoom lens. You would need to have several primes, or an f2.8 zoom lens which would be double or maybe triple the size and probably cost too. Yes you would have the ability to change lenses, but for those with already interchangeable lens cameras or others that don't want to keep investing in lenses.

On top of all of that, there's additional features such as 4k video, wifi, timelapse etc not found on many CSCs or DSLRs. All in one neat small package. For convenience and portability, I would go for a LX100 or RX100. But for long term development and someone who doesn't mind carrying around a bag of lenses and willing to invest hundreds and thousands of pounds into equipment over the longer term, the Sony a6000 may be a better bet.

if you purchase this today are you gonna get the cashback??

Fortunately this camera is totally useless to me in that I require uncompressed clean hdmi, live. This camera doesn’t do that, which is excellent, because it saves me a lot of money by not buying it.
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