A Sketchbook Camera

Fairly small body, big lens.

Fairly small body, big lens.

Yesterday, I got a compact digital camera for my 55-th birthday, a Panasonic LX100 II.

Actually, I got it a bit earlier so I could get the hang of it and black out it’s logo out for street use.

In use, the lens extends phallically.

In use, the lens extends phallically.

But that’s not the only way the lens impresses. It has a fast aperture of f/1.7 at the wide end and spans a very useful range of 24 – 75 mm equivalent focal lengths.
The sensor is a micro 4/3 size and you can set different aspect ratios on it. I shot in 4:3 mostly, as this makes a refreshing change from the bath towel aspect ratio of 2:3.
The AF system in the Panasonic LX100 II is another strong point. Quite configureable and the face and eye AF locks on reliably. This is a camera you can hand around the table so that everyone’s presence is documented. Exactly what we did yesterday at my birthday dinner. So in the following pictures, there’s a few of me. Consider yourself forewarned.

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First impressions on file quality: colours are good, noise is not a bother up to ISO 1600. The sensor, like all micro 4/3 I’ve used, has a hard limit for resolution. And lens corrections are baked into the RAW files (!), so this makes for a sketchbook quality of the images. Nothing wrong with that, but not as engaging as the files from a high-res camera.

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