In a nearly unanimous vote, the Panasonic LX100 has been named the Serious Compact of the Year! This is the first time in the history of the competition that a single camera has garnered so many votes.
The latest of the popular line of LX cameras, the LX100 turns everything up to eleven–sensor size, lens, speed, video resolution, all around awesomeness–and rewrites the book on what a small camera can be*. Sony’s line of 1” sensor cameras has proven popular, so have single focal length point-and-shoots from Nikon and Ricoh. But the LX100 does what was formerly thought nigh impossible, marry a large(ish) sensor with a fast zoom.
Judges were drawn to the compact and fast 24-70mm F1.7-2.8 lens mated to the 16 megapickle multi-aspect Micro-Four Thirds sensor (borrowed from the much-admired bigger brother Panasonic Lumix GH-4), calling the combination “stunning,” “a real game-changer,” and “the camera most likely to keep Sony up at night.”
Judges were also enamored with the 4k video recording, built-in EVF and the name “Lumix”, suggesting that one of these days** the name “Lumix” will be whispered in the same hushed tones that “Leica,” “Zeiss,” and “Ricoh” are spoken.
The Panasonic LX100 will be announced next week.
*Let us ignore the iPhone for now because they ruined everything.
**Most likely after the Zombie Apocalypse.